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Novartis faces key meeting in U.S. bribery scandal after settling corruption case 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 10:46 am

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Novartis, fresh from settling U.S. charges over alleged kickbacks to doctors, is preparing for a key meeting next week with U.S. prosecutors that could lead to the resolution of a decade-old bribery scandal.
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How should we punish criminal corporations?

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 10:45 am

In 2017, Western Union acknowledged that it had aided and abetted wire fraud in violation of the Bank Secrecy Act. But rather than facing prosecution, the corporation — whose reported annual revenue was $5.3 billion in 2019 — entered a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the United States. By agreeing to the DPA, Western Union avoided prosecution and agreed to pay $586 million to its victims, many of whom were elderly targets of consumer scams.
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Piedmont Healthcare pays $16M fine to settle False Claims Act lawsuit

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 10:43 am

Buckhead-based Piedmont Healthcare Inc. has reached an agreement to pay the federal government $16 million to settle allegations it violated the False Claims Act.
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The Ugly Consequences of Iran’s Corrupt Governance 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 10:41 am

Thirty-three year old Emran Roshani-Moghadam worked as a security guard at the F19 well at the Yadavaran oil field in Iran’s petroleum-rich but deeply impoverished province of Khouzestan. His monthly salary could feed his family for barely a week, and he hadn’t been paid in many weeks. Desperate, he called the oil ministry contractor who had employed him to request a modest loan, something he hoped could hold the family over until wages might be paid again. Rejected, he got off the phone, walked over to the F19 oil well and hung himself.
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Key dates in Germany’s Wirecard fraud scandal

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 10:33 am

BERLIN, Germany – German payments provider Wirecard, once a darling of the fintech scene, has suffered a dramatic fall from grace over the past 18 months.
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Philippines: Richest, most powerful Pinoys are ‘most corrupt’ 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 10:19 am

The rich and the powerful gain most in a corrupt system, according to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
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Effective anti-corruption advocacy through multi-stakeholder engagement

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 10:17 am

Multi-stakeholder engagement works. This is the conclusion of an external evaluation into Transparency International’s approach to preventing corruption in the mining sector.
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African Anti-graft Agencies Move to Halt Movement of Illicit Funds

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 10:16 am

Anti-graft agencies in Africa have commenced work on a draft protocol designed to halt the movement of illicit funds across the continent.
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What Hong Kong opinion poll respondents are saying about protests, security law

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 10:11 am

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A majority of people in Hong Kong oppose Beijing’s move to implement national security legislation in the semi-autonomous city, but support for year-long pro-democracy protests is waning, according to a survey conducted for Reuters.
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Amazon Establishes Counterfeit Crimes Unit Announcement 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 10:04 am

Amazon has announced that it will now be forming a new Counterfeit Crimes Unit in an effort to further prevent knockoff items from being listed on its digital stores, a decision coming after an earlier fallout at the end of 2019 with Nike, which no longer works directly with Jeff Bezos‘ company.
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Your VPN May Be Your Greatest Security Risk During COVID-19

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 10:02 am

Those employees you sent to work from home in March because of the COVID-19 coronavirus are probably still working from home. While some states have relaxed their stay-home orders, most haven’t, and even in those states that have companies are making a slow transition. This means that most of your employees are using a VPN (virtual private network) to reach corporate resources whether they’re in your data center or in the cloud.
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Counter-terrorism police charge man with three murders after knife attack in English town 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 09:59 am

LONDON (Reuters) - A suspect has been charged with three counts of murder over a knife attack in the English town of Reading described by police as a terrorist incident, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said on Saturday.
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Beating the Drums of War? Egypt’s National Security Threat and the Nile Dispute

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 09:56 am

A huge number of studies have indicated that future conflicts in the Middle East and Africa would be a result of water resources. Twenty five years ago, Ismail Serageldin, an Egyptian vice president of the World Bank, warned that wars of the 21st century will be fought over water not land or oil. It is not surprising that previous Egyptian governments and presidents have described the significance of the Nile water to the security of Egypt, and that any alternation to the distribution of the Nile water represents an imminent threat to the nation.
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The Middle East Reeling Under COVID-19 Impact on Livelihoods and Food Security

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 09:54 am

AMMAN (IDN) – Highlighting the increasingly dire situation in countries across the Middle East, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned that "deep humanitarian needs will worsen and new ones will emerge if the international community doesn't factor socio-economic aftershocks into our response and protect livelihoods and food security".
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GM Sectec and Visa promote the adoption of secure payment technologies and practices in Latin America

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 09:53 am

San Juan, PR, Miami, FL (June 18th, 2020) - GM Sectec, a global leader in cybersecurity, and Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments, have announced the development of a virtual initiative - following a series of successful roadshows in Latin America in 2019 - where they will work together, with the objective of evangelizing, educating and guiding companies in the adoption of secure payment technologies and practices, taking into consideration the moment that we are living in worldwide due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
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UAE launches system to increase food security 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 09:51 am

The UAE has launched a National System for Sustainable Agriculture to ramp up production and quality of local farms.
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US, Brazil most ‘failed’ COVID-19 states 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 09:47 am

As global confirmed COVID-19 cases are expected to soon hit 10 million, observers said there is no question that the US and Brazil - which account for nearly 40 percent of the world's total cases - are the most prominent failed states in the fight against the virus, and their incompetence threatens global social and economic recovery.
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Telegram to pay SEC fine of $18.5 million and return $1.2 billion to investors as it dissolves TON

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 09:31 am

Pavel Durov’s grand cryptocurrency dreams for his Telegram messaging service are ending with an $18.5 million civil settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission  and a pledge to return the more than $1.2 billion that investors had put into its TON digital token.
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New wave of ransomware from Russian-led hackers

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 09:29 am

Russia-based hackers are stepping up ransomware attacks against major US firms seeking to cripple computer networks if their demands for millions of dollars are not met, security researchers are warning.
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Time to shut down fake news factory

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 09:27 am

Hyderabad: Even as Covid-19 warriors are working round the clock to fight the unrelenting pandemic, there is another section too that is working overtime – the Fake News Factory.
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Cybercriminals change tack in SA, use more ransomware during lockdown 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 09:26 am

Stay vigilant. Hackers will keep trying to capitalise on Covid-19, warns Maher Yamout, senior security researcher at global cyber security firm Kaspersky.
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Covid-19: Africa under cyber-attack

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 09:22 am

The 2019 KnowBe4 African Report found that Africa is increasingly vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
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The South African industries under attack by hackers

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 09:20 am

NTT has published its 2020 Global Threat Intelligence Report, which details the state of cybersecurity around the world.
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Media advisor of ex PM Manmohan Singh falls in cyber criminal s trap one arrested

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 09:19 am

New Delhi [India], June 28 (ANI): The Delhi police have arrested a man for allegedly cheating media advisor of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sanjay Baru, on the pretext of selling liquor online.
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24 hours of war in the Middle East leaves region shaking 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 09:14 am

A raid on Iranian-backed groups in Iraq, Houthi rebels in Yemen attacking Saudi Arabia, Russia and Turkey squaring off in Libya, the aftermath of airstrikes in Syria and Turkey and Iran coordinating attacks on Kurdish militants all served as a backdrop for an unprecedented 24 hours in the Middle East.
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AI Ethics Coalition Condemn Criminality Prediction Algorithms 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 08:12 am

On Tuesday, a number of AI researchers, ethicists, data scientists, and social scientists released a blog post arguing that academic researchers should stop pursuing research that endeavors to predict the likelihood that an individual will commit a criminal act, as based upon variables like crime statistics and facial scans.
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How IT Pros Can Lead the Fight for Data Ethics 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 08:11 am

We often consider ethics as an unchangeable instance of right and wrong. But ethics involves a continual governance of conduct of an activity. So, determining ethical issues are usually measured with context. As real-world context has become more associated with data, IT teams must apply more systematic methodologies to identify how ethics of a real-world event are impacting their organization.
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Upholding ethics, human rights in biomedical study 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 08:11 am

Countries in the world are rallying to find vaccines and a cure for Covid-19 with several tests happening. This involves a lot of biomedical research and raises a lot of ethical questions. Scientists and medical researchers are exploring the possibility of using various methods such as gene editing. In undertaking biomedical research, trials and vaccines may need to be undertaken on human beings.
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6 leadership priorities for corporate boards after COVID-19 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 08:09 am

The COVID-19 crisis is accelerating a shift toward a more integrated approach to corporate governance that has been gathering force for some time. The pandemic has put people’s lives, livelihoods and learning at the centre of the public policy and business response in almost every country and industry sector. It has dramatically underscored the need for firms to engage proactively and systematically with diverse stakeholders, both internally and externally. And, it has highlighted companies as stakeholders themselves with an intrinsic interest in and shared responsibility for the resilience and vitality of the economic, social and environmental systems in which they operate.
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Is America living up to what it promised to be? 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Jun 29, 2020 08:08 am

SALT LAKE CITY — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had a sore throat and a slight fever, so he decided not to deliver a planned speech on what would be the last evening of his life. But he showed up at the Bishop Charles Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, anyway, and as a storm raged outside, delivered what is today known as the “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.
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