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Fix, or Toss? The 'Right to Repair' Movement Gains Ground - 0 views

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    August (2020), Democrats introduced a bill in Congress to block manufacturers' limits on medical devices, spurred by the pandemic. In Europe, the European Commission announced plans in March for new right-to-repair rules that would cover phones, tablets, and laptops by 2021.
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Contract for the Web - 0 views

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    Now for the first time ever, we have a global plan of action - the Contract for the Web - created by experts and citizens from across the world to make sure our online world is safe, empowering and genuinely for everyone. We invite governments, companies, civil society organizations and individuals to back the Contract and uphold its principles and clauses. The Contract for the Web will become a strong mechanism for each party to be held accountable for doing their part to build an open and free web.
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OPEN COVID PLEDGE - 0 views

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    Immediate action is required to halt the COVID-19 Pandemic and treat those it has affected. It is a practical and moral imperative that every tool we have at our disposal be applied to develop and deploy technologies on a massive scale without impediment. We therefore pledge to make our intellectual property available free of charge for use in ending the COVID-19 pandemic and minimizing the impact of the disease. We will implement this pledge through a license that details the terms and conditions under which our intellectual property is made available.
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how to destroy surveillance capitalism - 0 views

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    The only way out of our Big Tech problem is up and through. If our future is not reliant upon high tech, it will be because civilization has fallen. Big Tech wired together a planetary, species-wide nervous system that, with the proper reforms and course corrections, is capable of seeing us through the existential challenge of our species and planet. Now it's up to us to seize the means of computation, putting that electronic nervous system under democratic, accountable control.
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Reverse Engineering the source code of the BioNTech/Pfizer SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine - 0 views

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    With this, we now know the exact mRNA contents of the BNT162b2 vaccine, and for most parts we understand why they are there: The CAP to make sure the RNA looks like regular mRNA A known successful and optimized 5' untranslated region (UTR) A codon optimized signal peptide to send the Spike protein to the right place (copied 100% from the original virus) A codon optimized version of the original spike, with two 'Proline' substitutions to make sure the protein appears in the right form A known successful and optimized 3' untranslated region A slightly mysterious poly-A tail with an unexplained 'linker' in there The codon optimization adds a lot of G and C to the mRNA. Meanwhile, using Ψ (1-methyl-3'-pseudouridylyl) instead of U helps evade our immune system, so the mRNA stays around long enough so we can actually help train the immune system.
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Un monde virtuel, une pollution bien réelle - Allez savoir! - 0 views

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    "Un monde virtuel, une pollution bien réelle 21 août 2020 Le numérique pollue bien plus qu'on l'imagine. Solange Ghernaouti, spécialiste en cybersécurité à l'UNIL, dévoile la face cachée de cette industrie «peu vertueuse». On n'y pense jamais quand on pianote sur son téléphone mobile. Ça ne se voit pas quand on joue avec sa console ou qu'on branche son téléviseur sur Netflix. C'est également invisible quand on fait une recherche sur Google ou qu'on trouve une nouvelle opportunité professionnelle sur LinkedIn. C'est toujours impossible à déceler quand on stocke ses photos de vacances dans le Cloud et qu'on regarde une vidéo sur YouTube. Enfin, ça ne fait aucun bruit suspect quand on écoute une playlist en streaming sur Spotify. Et pourtant, l'industrie numérique pollue."
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AI Explainability 360 - 0 views

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    "AI Explainability 360 This extensible open source toolkit can help you comprehend how machine learning models predict labels by various means throughout the AI application lifecycle. We invite you to use it and improve i"
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https://www.odbproject.org - 0 views

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    "We are a five-person team concerned about the ways our communities' digital information is collected, stored, and shared by government and corporations. Based in marginalized neighborhoods in Charlotte, North Carolina, Detroit, Michigan, and Los Angeles, California, we look at digital data collection and our human rights, work with local communities, community orginizations, and social support networks, and show how different data systems impact re-entry, fair housing, public assistance, and community development."
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Open Science Saves Lives: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic | bioRxiv - 0 views

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    "In the last decade Open Science principles, such as Open Access, study preregistration, use of preprints, making available data and code, and open peer review, have been successfully advocated for and are being slowly adopted in many different research communities. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic many publishers and researchers have sped up their adoption of some of these Open Science practices, sometimes embracing them fully and sometimes partially or in a sub-optimal manner. In this article, we express concerns about the violation of some of the Open Science principles and its potential impact on the quality of research output. We provide evidence of the misuses of these principles at different stages of the scientific process. We call for a wider adoption of Open Science practices in the hope that this work will encourage a broader endorsement of Open Science principles and serve as a reminder that science should always be a rigorous process, reliable and transparent, especially in the context of a pandemic where research findings are being translated into practice even more rapidly"
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Behind the One-Way Mirror: A Deep Dive Into the Technology of Corporate Surveillance | ... - 0 views

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    "Trackers are hiding in nearly every corner of today's Internet, which is to say nearly every corner of modern life. The average web page shares data with dozens of third-parties. The average mobile app does the same, and many apps collect highly sensitive information like location and call records even when they're not in use. Tracking also reaches into the physical world. Shopping centers use automatic license-plate readers to track traffic through their parking lots, then share that data with law enforcement. Businesses, concert organizers, and political campaigns use Bluetooth and WiFi beacons to perform passive monitoring of people in their area. Retail stores use face recognition to identify customers, screen for theft, and deliver targeted ads."
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A Unified Framework of Five Principles for AI in Society · Harvard Data Scien... - 0 views

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    "Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already having a major impact on society. As a result, many organizations have launched a wide range of initiatives to establish ethical principles for the adoption of socially beneficial AI. Unfortunately, the sheer volume of proposed principles threatens to overwhelm and confuse. How might this problem of 'principle proliferation' be solved? In this paper, we report the results of a fine-grained analysis of several of the highest-profile sets of ethical principles for AI. We assess whether these principles converge upon a set of agreed-upon principles, or diverge, with significant disagreement over what constitutes 'ethical AI.' Our analysis finds a high degree of overlap among the sets of principles we analyze. We then identify an overarching framework consisting of five core principles for ethical AI. Four of them are core principles commonly used in bioethics: beneficence, non-maleficence, autonomy, and justice. On the basis of our comparative analysis, we argue that a new principle is needed in addition: explicability, understood as incorporating both the epistemological sense of intelligibility (as an answer to the question 'how does it work?') and in the ethical sense of accountability (as an answer to the question: 'who is responsible for the way it works?'). In the ensuing discussion, we note the limitations and assess the implications of this ethical framework for future efforts to create laws, rules, technical standards, and best practices for ethical AI in a wide range of contexts."
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An open source pharma roadmap - 0 views

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    "Medical R&D should respond to specific priority health needs. Opening up the R&D process to a wide range of contributors and stakeholders will allow the design of medicines that are better adapted to the needs of the end users, and will define the preferred product characteristics (PPCs) and target product profile (TPP) that will guide all the phases of product development. In OS, there are no insiders, meaning that strategic decisions may be made through informed community debate against the agreed-upon TPP. The broader community is thus involved in designing how a product will be developed, defining the studies that will be done, and establishing the criteria that will be applied for making stop/go decisions. In order to achieve this, investments are needed to build online communities and platforms that help groups collaborate effectively."
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Munich commits to "Public Money? Public Code!" - 0 views

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    "The FSFE welcomes the "Public Money? Public Code!" policy by the new Munich government. After the last government of SPD and CSU had distanced itself from the prior progressive Free Software strategy this is now a positive signal again. Public administrations following the principle of "Public Money? Public Code!" can benefit from collaboration with other public bodies, independence from single vendors, potential tax savings, increased innovation, and a better basis for IT security.", says Matthias Kirschner, President of the Free Software Foundation Europe."
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​Cybersecurity quick check for SME | ICTswitzerland - 0 views

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    "This questionnaire enables your company to determine the current situation and shows you whether you are implementing the most important technical, organisational and employee-related measures for a minimum level of cybersecurity protection. Rather than focusing on a comprehensive and complete analysis, this is a way for SMEs - especially those with little in-depth understanding of computing and IT security - to quickly and easily find out whether their technical, organisational and staff-related measures provide sufficient protection against cyber-risks. Learn in the Cybersecurity guide how you can better protect your business against threats from cyberspace and use the free tools of the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit to make your business more secure today."
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Les échanges inter-entreprises PARIS BARTER - 0 views

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    "Une action concrète aux problématiques de trésoreries des acteurs économiques parisiens La ville de Paris & France Barter s'associent pour vous faire découvrir l'échange inter-entreprises"
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Open Business - Transparency International UKTransparency International UK - 0 views

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    "Open Business sets a new bar for disclosures in anti-corruption and governance and provides an aspirational but achievable roadmap to better corporate practice. By demonstrating the value of harnessing transparency in these areas, this report shows how companies can embrace transparency to reduce corruption risk while also building consumer and public trust, protecting and building their reputation and gaining a competitive advantage. Informed by extensive research including in-depth interviews with legal and compliance figures from FTSE 100 companies, insight from some of the world's biggest institutional investors, and Transparency International's own anti-corruption expertise, this groundbreaking research: Sets out the business case for greater corporate transparency Fills the current 'guidance gap' by providing companies consolidated guidance on how to disclose policies and procedures publicly Offers solutions to the most frequently cited legal challenges to greater disclosures"
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EPIC - EPIC Files Complaint with FTC about Employment Screening Firm HireVue - 0 views

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    "EPIC Files Complaint with FTC about Employment Screening Firm HireVue Today, EPIC filed a complaint with the FTC alleging that recruiting company HireVue has committed unfair and deceptive practices in violation of the FTC Act. EPIC charged that HireVue falsely denies it uses facial recognition. EPIC also said the company failed to comply with baseline standards for AI decision-making, such as the OECD AI Principles and the Universal Guidelines for AI. The company purports to evaluate a job applicant's qualifications based upon their appearance by means of an opaque, proprietary algorithm. EPIC has brought many similar consumer privacy complaints to the FTC, including a complaint on Facebook's facial recognition practices that contributed to the FTC's 2019 settlement with Facebook. Last year EPIC also asked the FTC to investigate the Universal Tennis Rating system, a secret technique for scoring high school athletes"
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The State of Enterprise Open Source: A Red Hat Report - 0 views

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    "The full report details how and why open source solutions are making their way into enterprises with such remarkable momentum. And it explains some of the ways companies are turning to enterprise open source solutions to modernize their approaches to IT and digitally transform their businesses."
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Activities/ContactingAdministrationsForPMPC - FSFE Wiki - 0 views

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    "Our initiative "Public Money? Public Code!" has the purpose that Software, funded by public money and used in the public administration shall be Free and Open Source Software. We have an open letter, which you can sign as an individual or as a NGO. So far we have over 26.000 people and nearly 200 NGOs supporting our goal. Next to this we have already three administrations who have signed our letter but still we would like to have more administration supporting our cause. To achieve this we need your help."
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Journal de jbelien | Why use OpenStreetMap instead of Google Maps ? | OpenStreetMap - 0 views

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    "OpenStreetMap use is free as in free beer but also as in free speech ! Everyone can contribute and everyone can use it ! OpenStreetMap is open data ! Whether you're a developer, a scientist, an activist, a cartographer, …, you can use OpenStreetMap database to fulfil your need."
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