Coronavirus, Mental Health, EU Data Laws, MGM Data Leak, Antibiotics & Fake News

This week we begin with vizualizations about the impact of Coronavirus on the global market. After this, is a piece on certain mental health focussed European websites and portals using customers’ personal data for advertising purposes. This is followed by a story about Europe’s push against the American tech industry for data dominance. The next article is about a data leak at MGM resorts exposing the personal information of 10.6 million individuals. Following this, we cover the discovery of a powerful antibiotic, which was done by leveraging artificial intelligence. To end, we include news clip about a Facebook page that was recently been blocked by the Singapore government, under its ‘fake news’ laws.


Over the past several weeks, the coronavirus (COVID-19) has reminded us that the world is still small and interconnected. The deadly illness may have originated in mainland China, but it has impacted citizens in at least 28 other countries as of this article’s publication date. 

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Your mental health data is still for sale

Mental health websites don’t have to sell your data, but most still do. This statement was originally published on on 31 January 2020. The changes discussed in this article are based on a second analysis performed in late November, 3 months after the original study Your Mental Health is for Sale and following the exact same methodology. 

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EU Plans European Rival To Google With New Data And AI Proposals

The EU is coming for Google and Facebook. Not only has it been subjecting these two data-hungry corporations to anti-trust investigations, but it has today outlined plans that could ultimately create a tech giant or two of Europe’s own.

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MGM hack exposes personal data of 10.6 million guests

The personal information of 10.6 million guests who stayed at MGM Resorts hotels was hacked last summer. The hack was first reported by ZDNet on Wednesday, which said the stolen information was posted to a hacking forum this week. MGM confirmed the attack took place to the BBC.

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Powerful antibiotic discovered using machine learning for first time

A powerful antibiotic that kills some of the most dangerous drug-resistant bacteria in the world has been discovered using artificial intelligence. The drug works in a different way to existing antibacterials and is the first of its kind to be found by setting AI loose on vast digital libraries of pharmaceutical compounds.

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Fake news or free speech? Singapore’s stoush with Facebook

The World reporter Girish Sawlani delves into the furore surrounding Singapore’s order for Facebook to block a news site’s page as part of the country’s controversial ‘fake news’ laws.

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