Ben Shepard
Ben Shepard

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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.

Sun, Nov 17

Four Ways to Fix Social Media’s Political Ads Problem — Without Banning Them

Twitter announced the details of its new political advertising policy on Friday, and once it goes into effect this month, politicians won’t be able to run false ads on Twitter. But they also won’t be able to run ads that correct the spread of misinformation.

Tue, Nov 05

Ethical research — the long and bumpy road from shirked to shared

From all too scarce to professionalized, the ethics of research is now everybody’s business, argues Sarah Franklin in the sixth essay in a series on how the past 150 years have shaped science, marking Nature’s anniversary.

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.

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