1.7 Million Documents Become an Explorable ‘Library of Babel’

Using AI and machine learning, artist Refik Anadol has turned 1.7 million digital documents from a Turkish museum into a massive nod to Jorge Luis Borges.

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New Threats to Genetic Information Privacy and GINA

A bill that passed its first hurdle yesterday in Congress threatens to take away genetic privacy protections put in place with the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) of 2008. H.R.1313, the “Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act,” might instead be called the “telling on relatives” ruling. It would also allow companies to compel employees to take genetic tests or pay a fine. GINA According to GINA, employers can’t use genetic information to hire, fire, or promote an employee, or require genetic testing, and health insurers can’t require genetic tests nor use results to deny coverage. The law clearly defines genetic tests – DNA, RNA, chromosomes, proteins, metabolites – and genetic information –genetic test results and family history of a genetic condition. GINA refers to a case, Norman-Bloodsaw v. Lawrence Berkeley Lab from 1998, that allowed clerical and administrative workers to sue their employer for requiring testing for “highly private and sensitive medical genetic

Source: Saving GINA: Is Genetic Privacy Imperiled? | DNA Science Blog

How Digital Nomads Are Leading the Seismic Shift in Where We Work

Have laptop, will travel. That’s become the slogan of an increasing number of the global white-collar workforce. People are unleashing themselves from corporations and companies to plug wirelessly into the wider world. The tribe of this digital diaspora is described and named in various ways—among them, location independent—but I prefer digital nomad. Full disclosure: I…

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Set up a VPN in 10 minutes for free—and yes, Americans urgently need one, thanks to Congress

Thanks to the GOP, ISPs can now sell your entire web browsing history to anyone without your permission. Who does this benefit? No one. There’s a way to protect yourself.

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