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What CITI Program is Reading – 3/9/21

“What CITI Program is Reading” is our weekly blog series which highlights news articles curated by our staff and relevant to research, higher education, healthcare, technology, and more. Follow us on LinkedIn for upcoming editions and more information from CITI Program.

China spending on research and development to rise 7% per year in push for major tech breakthroughs
According to Premier Li Keqiang and a draft for China’s five year plan, research an development spending will increase by more than 7% per year and account for a higher percentage of the nation’s GDP, while focusing on the development of a number of technology areas.
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COVID is amplifying the inadequacy of research-evaluation processes
A lost year of research due the coronavirus pandemic, has brought to light issues that put some researchers at a disadvantage. It is important that lessons learned from the pandemic are utilized to address inequalities and create a level playing field for researchers.
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Big Tech’s research teams on shaky ground
Research integrity is always at the forefront for corporate research departments. Learn about recent controversies and different  approaches to research by some of our country’s largest technology companies.
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$1.3M in grants go toward making the web’s open-source infrastructure more equitable
In collaboration with the Open Collective Foundation, several organizations have organized a grantmaking operation that will fund 13 projects to answer questions about the way open-source digital infrastructure is being used, maintained and otherwise affected.
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Cybersecurity Trends and Emerging Threats in 2021
Explore cybersecurity trends of 2021 including and some basic solutions for addressing work-from-home attacks, DDoS-driven threats, and fileless malware and ransomware attacks.
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Better World Biohazard Programs Are a Must
National biosafety and security auditing programs lower the risk of laboratory releases becoming outbreaks and eventually pandemics. While the benefits of prevention severely outweigh the relatively low cost of implementing national biosafety and security programs, they are in short supply.
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EMA Advises Study Sponsors To Amend Informed Consent Forms
The European Medicines Agency has outlined two scenarios to help with application of the new section in its Q&A Guidance (Question 15), which relates to the access of medical records of clinical trial participants by EU GCP inspectors.
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The COVID‐19 pandemic and what bioethics can and should contribute to health policy development
Concerns have been raised about the quality and soundness of ethical guidance documents produced by bioethicists in relation to public health policy.
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