Radio New Zealand: New database to improve aid transparency in Pacific

Radio New Zealand: New database to improve aid transparency in Pacific. “Last week the Institute’s [Lowy Institute] Pacific Aid Map was released, covering close to 13,000 aid projects from 62 countries. Jonathan Pryke said governments, civil society and other stakeholder groups in the Pacific would benefit from the online resource. ‘The real aim of this project is to just enhance transparency of all aid flows in the Pacific, which will hopefully contribute towards making this aid better,’ he said.”

Ars Technica: In-the-wild router exploit sends unwitting users to fake banking site

Ars Technica: In-the-wild router exploit sends unwitting users to fake banking site. “Hackers have been exploiting a vulnerability in DLink modem routers to send people to a fake banking website that attempts to steal their login credentials, a security researcher said Friday. The vulnerability works against DLink DSL-2740R, DSL-2640B, DSL-2780B, DSL-2730B, and DSL-526B models that haven’t been patched in the past two years.”

Money Control: Google search volume can predict price movement of cryptocurrency, suggests study

Money Control: Google search volume can predict price movement of cryptocurrency, suggests study . “A working paper circulated by US-based think tank National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that unlike traditional financial markets, the returns and price movements in cryptocurrency markets are a factor of the type of attention they receive.”

Open Secrets: Foreign interests have spent over $530 million influencing US policy, public opinion since 2017

Open Secrets: Foreign interests have spent over $530 million influencing US policy, public opinion since 2017. “Foreign lobbyists and agents acting on behalf of foreign interests have reported hundreds of millions of dollars in payments since January 2017, an analysis of OpenSecrets’ exclusive new Foreign Lobby Watch data reveals. Today we’re making available, for the first time, a searchable database of foreign interests spending on lobbying and influence in the United States.”

Retail Dive: Algorithms feeding unsustainable price cuts online

Retail Dive: Algorithms feeding unsustainable price cuts online. “While consumers and sellers alike may think that Amazon itself is driving price competition, it’s now often third-party marketplace sellers, on Amazon and Walmart, that initiate price-based skirmishes, according to the report. Dynamic pricing algorithms have enabled retailers to detect every online price change, including temporary promotions, and that’s, ‘leading to race-to-the-bottom behavior and permanent drops in Average Selling Price,’ Profitero said.”

Business Insider: Facebook, Amazon, and Google just spent record amounts of cash on lobbying Washington, DC

Business Insider: Facebook, Amazon, and Google just spent record amounts of cash on lobbying Washington, DC. “Amid increased scrutiny from major politicians and activists, tech giants Facebook, Amazon, and Google each set records during the second quarter of 2018 for dollars spent on lobbying in Washington, DC, disclosures showed. Facebook, a company that has faced backlash over privacy concerns, the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and fake news on its platform, spent $3.67 million on lobbying in the quarter. That’s the largest single-quarter sum the company has ever spent, Politico reported.”