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US begins ‘unprecedented’ auction of Silk Road bitcoins

June 27th, 2014 in 2014, AFP, Bitcoin, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

The bitcoin world kicked into high gear Friday as the US government began auctioning some of the virtual currency seized in an FBI investigation of dark Web bazaar Silk Road…

Expert quote:

“This auction doesn?t validate bitcoin but simply demonstrated that the US government is anxious to get out before prices drop again. The US Marshals Service (USMS) has over 29,000 reasons to sell by private auction and sell now.”

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Challenge to plain tobacco packaging is crucial test for trade rules

May 5th, 2014 in 2014, AFP, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

A landmark challenge to Australia’s plain-packaging law for cigarettes and cigars at the WTO could have vast implications for how governments square the rules of trade with radical public health measures…

Expert quote:

“Resolution of this dispute is critical because it will go a long way toward indicating whether the WTO will allow countries to take reasonable actions that are intended to protect the public’s health in an equitable and non-discriminatory fashion.”

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‘Gulf War syndrome’ better understood

April 28th, 2014 in 2014, AFP, Newsmakers, Roberta White, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Roberta White, School of Public Health

Better help, including treatment, could finally be in sight for as many as 250,000 US veterans thought to be suffering a range of debilitating symptoms associated with “Gulf War syndrome.”…

Expert quote:

“Studies published since 2008 continue to support the conclusion that Gulf War illness is causally related to chemical exposures in the combat theater.”

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White House proposes to end NSA bulk data collection

March 25th, 2014 in 2014, AFP, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Wippl, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences

The White House outlined plans Tuesday to end the National Security Agency’s bulk telephone data collection on Americans, aiming to reassure the public following revelations about widespread surveillance…

Expert quote:

“There is nothing here which protects foreign nationals, which is the way it has always been.”

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Bitcoin world in turmoil after exchange goes dark

February 25th, 2014 in 2014, AFP, Bitcoin, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

The Bitcoin community was thrown into turmoil Tuesday after the disappearance of what had been its biggest exchange, shaking confidence in the fast-growing virtual currency…

Expert quote:

“This exposes its structural flaws. It shows self-regulation doesn’t work. When there is big money on the table, there is an incentive to cheat and consumers are 100 percent exposed.”

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ATMs raise Bitcoin profile, concerns

February 19th, 2014 in 2014, AFP, Bitcoin, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

Even if you aren’t sure what a Bitcoin is, you may soon find them at a nearby machine. The first Bitcoin ATMs are cropping up in North America, enabling consumers to swap cash for units of the crypto-currency, or cash in their Bitcoins. ATMs are coming in Europe and Asia as well…

Expert quote:

“An ATM makes it easier for the average person to get access to Bitcoins. But there is no consumer protection. There is no guarantee you will get your money back.”

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WTO hails ‘historic’ first global trade agreement

December 7th, 2013 in 2013, AFP, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

Commerce ministers capped days of hard negotiations Saturday by approving a WTO agreement on international commerce they hailed as a “historic” boost for the trade body…

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“Rather than honouring the multilateral process, powerful nations will move to regional trade deals such as the TPP to advance harmful proposals that were rejected at the WTO.”

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Obama feels the heat over ‘snooping’

October 24th, 2013 in 2013, AFP, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Wippl, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences

President Barack Obama must be used to the drill by now – picking up the phone to get an earful from another foreign leader venting at rampant US spies…

Expert quote:

“Chancellor Merkel is important. If the National Security Agency was not surveilling her communications, it was only because NSA was unable to do so. How could NSA not want to listen in on the person rated by Forbes as the second most powerful person in the world after President Obama? She leads the most important country in Europe.”

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Cuba’s Raul Castro takes big chance on currency reform

October 23rd, 2013 in 2013, AFP, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Paul Webster Hare 0 comments

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Paul Webster Hare, College of Arts & Sciences

Cuba is making a big gamble as it launches its most ambitious economic reform yet, the unification of its two currencies, which analysts say could bring enormous benefits but also danger…

Expert quote:

“This is a — possibly the — big ticket item of the reforms. It has long been considered in the ‘too difficult’ box of the Cuban economy.”

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Saudi withdrawal stuns UN Security Council

October 21st, 2013 in 2013, AFP, Charles Dunbar, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Charles Dunbar, College of Arts & Sciences

Saudi Arabia angrily rejected a UN Security Council seat Friday, accusing the UN body of “double standards” over the Syria war and other trouble spots in an unprecedented diplomatic broadside…

Expert quote:

“It is hard not to think that Riyadh’s decision reflects an overall cooling of the US-Saudi relationship.”

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