Google Seeks 'Do-No-Discoverable-Evil' Patent
theodp writes " E-mails and other communications between employees,' explains Google in a newly-published patent application for its Policy Violation Checker invention, 'can implicate potential violations of company policy or local, state or federal law that can go unchecked by attorneys or other legal personnel.' So how can you avoid those embarrassing Goldman Sachs and Enron e-mail gaffes? Use Google's 'methods and systems for identifying problematic phrases in an electronic document'! From the patent application: 'Documents may be used as evidence in court, administrative, or other proceedings. It is in a company's best interest to minimize or eliminate policy violations and/or situations that could give rise to legal liability. It is also often in a company's best interest to be able to Pack [?] these situations. Problematic phrases include, but are not limited to, phrases that present policy violations, have legal implications, or are otherwise troublesome to a company, business, or ...
Dot Earth Blog: On Pipelines, Pulitzers and Independent Online Journalism
Exploring implications for environmental policy and journalism as a small Web site wins a Pulitzer Prize.
Prepare for future of troops with 'mutant powers' Pentagon urged
According to Calif. Polytechnic State Univ. researcher Patrick Lin, the US military is developing technologies that will give troops what he calls "mutant powers." Lin says, however, that the authorities are not yet considering the policy implications.
Dr. Griffith Edwards, Pioneer in Addiction Medicine, Dies at 83
Dr. Edwards, a British psychiatrist, reshaped thinking about heavy drinking, the psychology of drug use and the implications for public policy.
Facebook Turns Off Facial Recognition In The EU, Gets The All-Clear On Several Points From Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner On Its Review
The ongoing investigation into Facebook's transparency on user data and privacy by Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner has come to a positive conclusion for the social network. The DPC, whose decisions had wider-ranging implications for all of Facebook's business in Europe, had made several recommendations earlier in the year to bring Facebook's policies in line with that of data protection regulations in the region. And it has now officially announced that "the great majority of the recommendations have been fully implemented to the satisfaction of this Office." Key to Facebook's success is that it is turning off its facial recognition features, also known as "Tag Suggest": This feature has already been turned off for new users in the EU, the DPC notes, "and templates for existing users will be deleted by 15 October."