In the Media

  • Editorial: A 9-year-old charged with murder? The focus should be on healing, not punishment.

    Chicago Tribune -- 10/11/2019

    No child that young has been accused in a mass killing since at least 2006, according to the AP/USATODAY/Northeastern University mass murder database, the Associated Press reported.

  • Smart TVs are data-collecting machines, new study shows

    The Verge -- 10/11/2019

    In a different study, researchers at Northeastern University looked at 81 smart home devices and found that some, including Amazon’s Ring doorbell and Alexa, and the Zmodo doorbell, monitor when a user talks or moves, even when they’re not using the device. …

  • Was Governor Baker right to temporarily ban vaping products?

    Boston Globe -- 10/11/2019

    Todd Brown Clinical instructor and vice chair, Northeastern University School of Pharmacy; Stoughton resident; steering committee member, Stoughton OASIS…

  • VPNs may be your best weapon against internet throttling

    CNET News -- 10/10/2019

    A study from Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst published earlier this year found that AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon had all artificially slowed down online videos from services like Netflix and YouTube all the time, not just when networks were congested. …

  • Boston Is Using A Chemical Warfare Device To Help Fight Fentanyl

    WBUR -- 10/10/2019

    “Drug checking is a legal gray area,” says Northeastern University law professor Leo Beletsky. “There are provisions in Massachusetts law and the laws of pretty much every other state that might be interpreted to consider drug checking devices as drug paraphernalia.”…

  • AI in 2019: A Year in Review

    Medium -- 10/09/2019

    But this year, following calls to severely limit the use of facial recognition from scholars and organizers like Kade Crockford at the ACLU, Evan Selinger of Rochester Institute of Technology, and Woodrow Hertzog of Northeastern University, voters and legislators started doing something about it. …

  • A 9-year-old has been charged with murdering 5 people in a mobile home fire

    Business Insider -- 10/09/2019

    According to a database managed by the AP, USA Today, and Northeastern University: “No child as young as this one has been accused in a mass killing [four or more victims] since at least 2006,” the AP wrote.

  • Los Angeles proposes ban on e-cigarettes, vaping devices

    Fox News -- 10/09/2019

    “What bans like this are likely to do is increase the use of illicit products and decrease regulation, which ironically will expand the use of the products that are causing folks to get sick,” Northeastern University Professor Leo Beletsky told The Times.

  • What is ‘design thinking’? And why does it belong in classrooms?

    The Washington Post -- 10/09/2019

    Portnoy, a researcher and professor at Northeastern University, is the author of the upcoming book “Designed to Learn: Using Design Thinking to Bring Purpose and Passion to the Classroom.” …

  • The Future of Drug Education Is So Much Better than D.A.R.E.

    Vice -- 10/08/2019

    “This pattern has persisted into the overdose crisis, which has hit young people especially hard in some jurisdictions,” said Leo Beletsky, a professor of law and health sciences at Northeastern University, and drug overdose expert. “This initiative,” he continued, “is intended to reframe these education efforts toward information that’s most likely to reduce risk, and it’s not a moment too soon.”…

  • Guaranteed Income Draws More Support in Canada and U.K. Than in U.S.

    U.S. News & World Report -- 10/08/2019

    A recently released survey produced both by Gallup, the Washington, D.C.-based analytics and consulting firm, and by Northeastern University, reveals that a majority of Americans are against a universal basic income program as a way to support workers displaced by AI.

  • Students must be introduced to the human-machine workplace

    Times Higher Education -- 10/08/2019

    Stronger ties between educators and companies will be essential if humans are to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution, says Adenekan Dedeke…