Ben Shepard
Ben Shepard

World News

Find out what’s happening in Science & Society around the world. Discover changes to science policy and law, new scientific study results, Supreme Court rulings, debates about nature versus nurture, and news about the sharing of genetic information.

Wed, Aug 28

Facebook Updates Their Policies Regarding Ads About Social Issues, Elections, or Politics in the US

Today, we’re sharing additional steps we’re taking to protect elections and prepare for the US 2020 election. Those steps include strengthening the authorization process for US advertisers, showing people more information about each advertiser and updating our list of social issues in the US to better reflect the public discourse on and off Facebook.

Fri, Aug 16

Working Together Better: ProPublica’s Guide to Collaborative Data Journalism

We’ve learned a lot about how to make large-scale collaborations around datasets work, and today we’re giving away all of our secrets.

Tue, Aug 13

A Detailed Analysis of the He Jiankui / CRISPR-baby scandal

This article is an effort to provide some deep context for the He Jiankui affair and to begin analyzing it. It focuses on He’s experiment, without delving into the broader ethical issues around ‘human germline genome editing’ in the abstract.

Fri, Aug 02

NEW RESEARCH: Researcher Engagement in Policy Deemed Societally Beneficial Yet Unrewarded

From the Ecological Society of America’s Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Maintaining the continued flow of benefits from science, as well as societal support for science, requires sustained engagement between the research community and the general public.

Thu, Aug 01

Facebook is funding brain experiments to create a device that reads your mind

Big tech firms are trying to read people’s thoughts, and no one’s ready for the consequences.

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