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Chicago Government, OGIS, The Met, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, May 9, 2017

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

ABC 7 Chicago: City Of Chicago Posts Deleted EPA Climate Change Information On Website. “According to the [Mayor Rham] Emanuel’s office, the new website ‘includes information on the basic science behind climate change, the different ways in which weather is impacted from increased greenhouse had emissions, and actions the federal government has taken to reduce the impact.'”

The FOIA Ombudsman: Update Your Address Book: OGIS is Moving!. OGIS stands for Office of Government Information Services. “We are also very excited to announce that in mid-May our new website will be live! The new website will feature the same content you know and love, with an updated URL, a fresh look and feel, and an extensive behind-the-scenes upgrade.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

W Magazine: There’s a Nonstop Dinner Party to Instagram on the Met’s Rooftop This Summer. “Last summer, the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art played host to Cornelia Parker’s mix of a classic red barn house and the Victorian mansion from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho, which was actually only a façade. This year, though, the museum’s annual roof garden commission is much more inviting: visitors are free to join in on a frozen bacchanal, cocktails in hand, which the Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas created by mining the institution’s collection and casting his picks from sections like African art and Antiquity in plaster, then coating them in weatherproof automotive paint.”

South China Morning Post: Social media becomes the new battleground for Hong Kong’s political parties. “With the main elections over, political parties are switching their battleground to social ­media, aiming to widen their reach in the community and ­consolidate their support base. Among those leading the way is the Democratic Party, which is launching its own broadcasting channel this summer, but its focus will not be just politics.”

Times of Israel: Google ranked best place to work in Israel. “The internet behemoth, which has offices in Tel Aviv and Haifa, surpassed the Israel Electric Corporation, which had topped the list for the past four years but dropped to number two.”

SECURITY/LEGAL ISSUES

Hacker News: Google 0-Day Hunters Find ‘Crazy Bad’ Windows RCE Flaw . “Google Project Zero’s security researchers have discovered another critical remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability in Microsoft’s Windows operating system, claiming that it is something truly bad. Tavis Ormandy announced during the weekend that he and another Project Zero researcher Natalie Silvanovich discovered ‘the worst Windows remote code [execution vulnerability] in recent memory. This is crazy bad. Report on the way.'”

Carnegie Mellon: Researchers unveil new password meter that will change how users make passwords. “The meter works by employing an artificial neural network: a large, complex map of information that resembles the way neurons behave in the brain. The team conducted a study about this neural network approach that received a Best Paper Award at the USENIX Security conference in August 2016. The network ‘learns’ by scanning millions of existing passwords and identifying trends. If the meter detects a characteristic in your password that it knows attackers may guess, it’ll tell you.”

Reuters: German court refers publishers’ case vs Google to European court. “A court in Berlin on Tuesday said it was referring to the European Court of Justice a dispute in which German publishers are accusing Google of abusing its market power by refusing to pay them for displaying newspaper articles online.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

KQED:Using Artificial Intelligence As a Teaching Assistant To Help With Questions Online. “A couple of years ago, Ashok Goel was overwhelmed by the number of questions his students were asking in his course on artificial intelligence…. With a limited number of teaching assistants, or TAs, many of those questions weren’t getting answered in time. So, Goel came up with a plan: make an artificial intelligence ‘teaching assistant’ that could answer some of students’ frequently asked questions.”

OTHER STUFF I THINK IS COOL

TechCrunch: Samsung’s new app uses emojis to help people with language disorders communicate. “Created by Samsung Electronics Italia (the company’s Italian subsidiary) and speech therapist Francesca Polini, Wemogee replaces text phrases with emoji combinations and can be used as a messaging app or in face-to-face interactions. It supports English and Italian and will be available for Android on April 28, with an iOS version slated for future release.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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