Home News Humans Technology Analysis 28 January 2019 By Chelsea WhyteThe words used in millions of books show how US culture has generally become more permissive, leading to both innovation and risky behaviour. That is according to an analysis of books published in the US between 1800 and 2000. However, the study overlooks the fact that books only encapsulate certain sections of society. Who gets to write books is far from a level playing field. In 2016, 86 per cent of authors and writers in the US were white, according to the US Census Bureau. Many groups, including women, people who are poor and the LGBTQ community, are also under-represented. Publishing has mostly been the preserve of a privileged few, so using it to make generalisations about cultural norms doesn’t paint the full picture. Advertisement In the study, Joshua Jackson at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his colleagues searched … [Read more...] about Can scanning books really reveal if the US is becoming more tolerant?
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Last August, Zac Plansky woke to find that the rifle scopes he was selling on Amazon had received 16 five-star reviews overnight. Usually, that would be a good thing, but the reviews were strange. The scope would normally get a single review a day, and many of these referred to a different scope, as if they’d been cut and pasted from elsewhere. “I didn’t know what was going on, whether it was a glitch or whether somebody was trying to mess with us,” Plansky says. As a precaution, he reported the reviews to Amazon. Most of them vanished days later — problem solved — and Plansky reimmersed himself in the work of running a six-employee, multimillion-dollar weapons accessory business on Amazon. Then, two weeks later, the trap sprang. “You have manipulated product reviews on our site,” an email from Amazon read. “This is against our policies. As a result, you may no longer sell on Amazon.com, and your listings have been removed from our … [Read more...] about Dirty dealing in the $175 billion Amazon Marketplace
In September 2017, barely two months before Virginians went to the polls to pick a new governor, the state’s board of elections convened an emergency session. The crisis at hand? Touchscreen voting machines. They’d been bought back in the early aughts, when districts across the country, desperate to avoid a repeat of the 2000 “hanging chads” fiasco, decided to go digital. But the new machines were a nightmare, prone to crashes and—worse—hacking. By 2015, Virginia had banned one of the dodgiest models, but others were still in use across the state. Now, with the gubernatorial election looming, officials were concerned that those leftover machines were vulnerable. They had good reason. Evidence of Russian interference in the US democratic process was mounting. And at the DefCon security conference that summer, whitehat hackers had broken into every electronic voting machine they tried, some in a matter of minutes. (One model had as its hard-coded … [Read more...] about Paper and the Case for Going Low-Tech in the Voting Booth
Rebecca Harrington, provided by Published 3:53 pm PDT, Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The US Supreme Court declared abortion was legal and that women had a constitutional right to the procedure with the landmark case Roe v. Wade in 1973. But the reality of that right today varies considerably across the states. Since then, antiabortion activists and lawmakers have found ways around Roe to make it as difficult as possible for women to get the procedure in most states. Many legal scholars don't think the Supreme Court would outright overturn Roe — even if President Donald Trump gets his second nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, on the bench. The more likely route is that abortion rights will slowly erode over time until only women in blue states (or rich women who can travel there) can get them. LATEST BUSINESS VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing Lyft Doubles Valuation in One Year Cheddar TV What Keeps GoDaddy CEO Scott Wagner Up at Night … [Read more...] about 23 creative ways states are keeping women from getting abortions in the US — that could erode Roe v. Wade without repealing it
Christopher Rugaber, Ap Economics Writer Updated 10:29 pm, Wednesday, April 4, 2018 Photo: Richard Drew, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Trader William Lawrence works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Stocks are opening sharply lower on Wall Street as an escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China poses a threat to global economic growth and corporate profits. less Trader William Lawrence works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Stocks are opening sharply lower on Wall Street as an escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China ... more Photo: Richard Drew, AP AP News Guide: What's behind the US-China trade fight 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China, the world's two largest … [Read more...] about AP News Guide: What’s behind the US-China trade fight