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Daily Archives: February 2, 2021

FDA – Personal Protective Equipment EUAs

FDA Table of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) EUAs [Emergency Use Authorization] – “Personal Protective Equipment refers to protective clothing, helmets, gloves, face shields, goggles, respirators or other equipment designed to protect the wearer from injury or the spread of infection or illness. To help address concerns about availability during the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA has issued EUAs for certain PPE products including face shields, other barriers, and respiratory protective devices such as respirators. Additionally, the FDA has issued recommendations and policies about PPE which can be found here: Recent Final Medical Device Guidance Documents…”

Counterfeit Respirators / Misrepresentation of NIOSH-Approval

CDC: “Counterfeit respirators are products that are falsely marketed and sold as being NIOSH-approved and may not be capable of providing appropriate respiratory protection to workers. When NIOSH becomes aware of counterfeit respirators or those misrepresenting NIOSH approval on the market, we will post them here to alert users, purchasers, and manufacturers. How to identify… Continue Reading

The body’s fight against COVID-19 explained using 3D-printed models

Via LLRX – The body’s fight against COVID-19 explained using 3D-printed models – In this interview, Nathan Ahlgren, assistant professor of biology at Clark University, uses 3D-printed models to explain what proteins do in viruses, how they interact with human cells, how the vaccine delivers mRNA into the cell, and how antibodies protect us. Continue Reading

Keynote: AI Transformation – Competing in the Age of AI #KMWorld

Via LLRX – Keynote: AI Transformation – Competing in the Age of AI #KMWorld – Knowledge sharing, social media and knowledge management expert V. Mary Abraham shares her readout and impressions of this timely and impactful keynote presented by Marco Iansiti, Harvard Business School Professor of Business Administration, and Coauthor of Competing in the Age… Continue Reading

Police in Libraries: What the Cop-Free Library Movement Wants

Teen Vogue: “In cities like Los Angeles, activists are working to end contracts between local police forces and public libraries…Cop-free library movements in St. Louis, New York City, and at Ivy League University libraries are similarly calling for police divestment. Libraries for All STL activists pressured the St. Louis County Library to terminate its contract… Continue Reading

As U.S. Capitol investigators use facial recognition, it begs the question: Who owns our faces?

Via LLRX – As U.S. Capitol investigators use facial recognition, it begs the question: Who owns our faces? – In the age of Big Tech, we need to grapple with what expectations we can and should have about who has access to our faces. The recent riot at the U.S. Capitol has put the question… Continue Reading

Stimulus check details keep changing. Here are the top things to know today

CNET: “Talks around stimulus checks are heating up this month: The House of Representatives is preparing to work on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-relief proposal, and Democrats are looking to use a legislative tool called budget reconciliation to potentially speed up passage of the bill. However, a group of 10 Senate Republicans (PDF) is also ready… Continue Reading

E&C Committee Leaders Investigate COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation Online

“Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chair Diana DeGette (D-CO), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA), and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) demanded answers from Facebook, Twitter, and Google today as part of their ongoing investigation… Continue Reading

What Facebook’s Privacy Policies Don’t Tell You

Gizmodo – Shoshana Wodinsky: “Folks, I’m gonna be honest with you. Over my (short) tenure covering digital privacy, I’ve seen my fair share of deeply shitty tech companies pulling deeply shitty stunts in attempts to profit off our personal data. Facebook is one of the names that comes up most frequently here, and that’s partially… Continue Reading