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August 26, 2015

Welcome to this week’s issue of Sources Hotlink. This week’s featured articles are spread over a wide variety of themes. In the stock exchange, we discover unethical corporate behaviours and the impotence in the SEC. In media, we find more evidence to support what we already suspect: Fox News is heavily biased. International trade and copyright laws are exploited to the detriment of disabled persons and a civil rights group has taken an ideological about-face.

For our marketers, publishers and content creators, we feature a guide to viral advertisements and an article expressing the need and some basic guidelines for data security. We also feature a book on Internet censorship and a movie on South African apartheid.

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Featured Articles on Sources.com

SEC Admits It’s Not Monitoring Stock Buybacks to Prevent Market Manipulation

The price of stock is determined by the people who want it. The more buyers relative to the sellers, the higher the price of the stock. It’s simple economics; the higher the demand, the higher the price. What happens when companies decide to buy their own stock? Market manipulation. By spending money on their own stock instead of improving their product, companies can essentially leech money from investors. Sounds unethical? It gets worse. The securities exchange commission, those in charge of policing the stock market, has admitted that they have no power to stop this type of market manipulation. Read more

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Securities Law -
Financial Markets

TPP Undermines User Control and That's Disastrous for Accessibility


Publishers create with their consumers in mind. Unfortunately, this means that people who don’t fit in the target market are often not considered during product design. Books are rarely adapted for the blind. Movies are rarely adapted for the deaf. Imagine the frustration of a person who purchased a movie only to realized that they could not enjoy it. Surely, they can alter a product they legally purchased so they can consume it? According to laws set by the TPP, this is copyright infringement. By exploiting copyright policies, the Trans- Pacific Partnership is essentially saying ‘tough luck’ to the disabled. Read more


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Copyright Law -
Integration of Disabled Persons

The Long Sad Slide From Leading Civil Rights Organization to Anti-Black Lives Matter Group

When you place someone on the seat of power, it can corrupt them. Leaders can turn your entire organization’s beliefs backwards. The Congress of Racial Equity once fought for black Americans and against segregation. Now, however, the only relevancy they can retain is when they shame black lives matter protesters or when they are praised for it by the American political right. What was once an organization that fought along side Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. now fights to eject people of Asian decent from Uganda. Read more


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Racism -
U.S Civil Rights Movement

5 Ideas that Really Matter But FOX Won't Address Them in the Presidential Debate

It certainly feels like Donald Trump has turned the presidential elections into a comedic reality show. It follows that important issues – issues that affect millions of American families – are going unacknowledged entirely. If you follow Fox’s coverage, chances are you’re borderline paranoid on the illegal immigration issue and completely ignorant of issues that don’t fit the conservative agenda. Issues like institutionalized racism which has resulted in many deaths this year, minimum wage which forced some children to go hungry, climate change where we are the last generation that can make any significant impact. The lack of universal health care; leaving families drowning in debt and public institutions that are regularly exploited by private companies. Read more


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News Bias -
Politics and Media

Recent News Releases

"Shawkan" in very poor health after two years of provisional detention

Reporters Without Borders calls for Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid’s immediate release and the withdrawal of all the charges against him at his next court appearance on 17 August, three days after he will have completed his second year in provisional detention. Read more

Annex Chess Club Dog Days Tournament

The hottest days of summer are known as the "dog days" after the belief that Sirius (the dog star) adds to the heat of the sun. At Annex Chess Club, we’re celebrating the summer heat with our Dog Days Swiss. The tournament runs from August 17 to September 21. Players of all ages are participating in the tournament. Accommodating a wide range of chess playing strengths, the tournament is divided into three sections: a “Crown” section for the top players, and two “Reserve” sections for players rated under 1900 and 1500. (Chess players’ ratings are maintained and published by the Chess Federation of Canada.) Read more


IFIC Releases Monthly Statistics for July 2015

The Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) announces that for the month ending July 31, 2015, the assets under management (AUM) for the mutual funds industry reached $1.24 trillion. Year-to-date, industry AUM increased by $102.8 billion or 9.0%.

Net sales for the mutual funds industry totalled $4.26 billion. Net sales of long-term funds were $3.99 billion and net sales of money market funds were $275.6 million.
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Getting Publicity: Connecting journalists and news makers

The Formula: How To Make A Video Go Viral

When you hear the words ‘social media marketing’, more often than not, you are thinking about Facebook and Twitter – maybe even Instagram. Many people fail to realize that Youtube is also a social media platform. You use videos to get your message out and you read comments to get feedback and consumer interactivity. So, how do you use Youtube as an effective marketing strategy? How do you reach as many people as possible? The answer is simple: go viral. Unfortunately, going viral is harder than it sounds. If it weren’t, every video would go viral. Read more

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Social Media - Web Content Development

What Publishers Should Do To Implement Data Privacy Protection

For better or worse, the breach in Ashley Maddison’s database has raised serious awareness – if not concern—for data privacy protection. As consumers, when we decide to buy a product or service that requires personal information, we expect that information to be kept safe. Not only because a leak of this information can cause havoc in our social, personal and financial lives but also because we need to trust those we do business with. With advancing technology, increased cloud integration and general increased reliance on vulnerable networks, keeping information away from skilled ‘hacktivists’ and tech-savvy malicious misfits is becoming harder by the day. Read more

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Hackers -
Data & Information Security

Topic of the Week: Economic Crises

If you’ve taken any introductory course in economics, you’ll know about the business cycle. The economy naturally fluctuates between highs and lows. But when the economy fluctuates too high or low? Up too fast or down too fast? We have an economic crisis. What does that mean? For me and you, it means drastic change in our purchasing power – the value of the money we hold. What could once by a sandwich can now only buy a piece of bread; what could once buy a sandwich can now buy a sandwich shop. Of course, this is a gross oversimplification. The exact reactions between consumers and suppliers is a little more complex than introductory economics. Read More

Website of the Week: Index on Censorship

Index on Censorship is an international organisation that promotes and defends the right to freedom of expression. The inspiration of poet Stephen Spender, Index was founded in 1972 to publish the untold stories of dissidents behind the Iron Curtain. Today, we fight for free speech around the world, challenging censorship whenever and wherever it occurs.

Index uses a unique combination of journalism, campaigning and advocacy to defend freedom of expression for those facing censorship and repression, including journalists, writers, social media users, bloggers, artists, politicians, scientists, academics, activists and citizens. Read more

Related Subjects on the Sources Subject Index
Censorship - Freedom of Expression

Book of the Week: Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of the Global Internet Filtering

Many countries around the world block or filter Internet content, denying access to information -- often about politics, but also relating to sexuality, culture, or religion -- that they deem too sensitive for ordinary citizens. Access Denied documents and analyzes Internet filtering practices in over three dozen countries. Read more

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Freedom of Information
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Internet Access

Film of the Week: Invictus

Following the fall of apartheid, newly elected President Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) faces a South Africa that is racially and economically divided. Believing he can unite his countrymen through the universal language of sport, Mandela joins forces with Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), captain of the rugby team, to rally South Africans behind a bid for the 1995 World Cup Championship. Read more

Related Subjects in the Sources Subject Index
Apartheid -
Rugby

Quote of the Week

Sources Calendar

International Day against Nuclear Tests

On 2 December 2009, the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly declared 29 August the International Day against Nuclear Tests by unanimously adopting resolution 64/35. The resolution calls for increasing awareness and education "about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world."
The International Day against Nuclear Tests, together with other events and actions, has fostered a global environment with more optimistic prospects towards a world free of nuclear weapons. There have been visible signs of progress on various fronts but, equally, challenges remain. It is the hope of the UN that one day all nuclear weapons will be eliminated. Until then, there is a need to observe International Day against Nuclear Tests as we work towards promoting peace and security world-wide.

Date: Aug 29/2015
Website: http://www.un.org/en/events/againstnucleartestsday/


Annex Chess Club Dog Days Tournament
Annex Chess Club

The hottest days of summer are known as the "dog days" after the belief that Sirius (the dog star) adds to the heat of the sun. At Annex Chess Club, we're celebrating the summer heat with our Dog Days Swiss. Running from August 17 to September 21, this regular club tournament is in three sections by CFC rating: Crown, Under-1800, and Under-1500.

Date: Aug 17/2015 to Sep 21/2015
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Annex Chess Club
Location: 918 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON
Website: http://annexchessclub.com/


International Day of Charity

Poverty persists in all countries of the world, -- regardless of their economic, social and cultural situation, particularly in developing countries.
In recognition of the role of charity in alleviating humanitarian crises and human -- suffering within and among nations, as well as of the efforts of charitable organizations -- and individuals, including the work of Mother Teresa, the General Assembly of the -- United Nations in its resolution A/RES/67/105PDF document designated the 5th of September, the -- anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, as the International Day of Charity.

On this International Day of Charity, the United Nations invites all Member States and all international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to commemorate the Day in an appropriate manner, by encouraging charity, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.

Date: Sep 5/2015
Website: http://www.un.org/en/events/charityday/


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