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How to ethically study people on Facebook? Researchers discuss
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A study on Facebook users that altered the news feeds of some 700,000 people in 2012 drew shrill outcry from Facebook users, ethicists, politicians, and researchers when the work was published this summer. The feedback prompted a post-mortem of the methods in that study within the research community as well as a re-examination of ethics surrounding research on people and their data. Read More
The escalators are gone
First look: What Filene's looks like as the new Boston office of ad agency Havas
Gone are the mannequins and automatic mark-downs. The new major tenant of the landmark Filene's building is Havas, the French advertising  & public relations company.
I must admit: even though Filene's closed almost ten years ago, I was a little sad to see the escalators, the stacks of sweaters, and the perfume-spritzers gone. But the Watertown architecture firm Sasaki Associates has kept a few traces of the department store that was once part of every Bostonian's life as it transformed the top four floors of the landmark Downtown Crossing building into offices for Havas Worldwide. Havas is a French advertising conglomerate that owns Boston ad agency Arnold Worldwide; Debi Kleiman, an executive vice president at Havas and former director of the trade group MITX, gave me an early look at the space last week. Read More
Women in Tech
How women interns are making a major impact on Boston’s tech scene this summer
Laura Parrish, an intern at Refresh based out of Greentown Labs, is one of a growing number of women at local tech startups.
Tech startups are often associated with Silicon Valley and men. To contrast that perception, we went on a quest to find some of the women interning at Boston startups this summer; to talk to some of the people hiring them; and explore how these companies are creating a positive environment for women interested in tech. Read More