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Wisconsin Health, Blockchain, Google, More: Sunday Buzz, June 10, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Tool Links Health Care Organizations, Public To Improve The Health Of Wisconsinites. “The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute has updated and improved its online tool to help communities, organizations, and individuals easily assess and share health-related work in their local communities. The site, Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin, shows how local health departments and nonprofit hospitals work with each other and with other community organizations and members to assess local health needs and target priorities for action.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Coindesk: The UK Government’s Official Archive Is Testing Blockchain. “The National Archives (TNA), the official record-keeper of the UK government, is investigating the use of blockchain for records sharing. The research project, dubbed Archangel, is being led by the University of Surrey and involves partners such as the Open Data Institute. Among other goals, the initiative will explore the extent to which blockchain can address pressing questions related to archive management.”

Reuters: Google bars uses of its artificial intelligence tech in weapons. “Google will not allow its artificial intelligence software to be used in weapons or unreasonable surveillance efforts under new standards for its business decisions in the nascent field, the Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) unit said on Thursday.”

The Mercury News: Airbnb to launch new disaster relief registry in San Jose. “Starting in August, San Jose residents can sign up through Airbnb to offer space in their home, free of charge, to someone fleeing calamity. It’s a service Airbnb has offered for years — but always retroactively after disaster hits. The new tool marks the first time Airbnb is proactively building a database of volunteer disaster hosts. The San Francisco-based home-sharing company planned to announce the new program Saturday at the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Boston. Airbnb hopes eventually to expand the program beyond San Jose.”

The Guardian: Facebook advertises for ‘fake news’ fact checkers. “Facebook has advertised for ‘news credibility specialists’ to fact-check content that appears on its site, after accusations of bias and the ongoing controversy over fake news. Almost two years after the company fired its ‘trending’ news team and replaced it with algorithms in an attempt to fight accusations of anti-conservative editing, it posted the job listings on Thursday.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: How to See What’s Trending on Google: A Quick Guide to Google Trends. “With Google’s ubiquity, seeing what people search for is quite telling. You can easily find what the hottest topics are, which terms are trending, and gain insight into the minds of internet users. Google actually provides a powerful tool called Google Trends that lets you access and filter through this information with ease. Let’s take a look at the latest version of Trends and see how it can be useful for you.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Nieman Lab: La Pulla’s wildly popular YouTube videos (born at a 130-year-old newspaper) are bringing hard news to young Colombians. “María Paulina Baena gets stopped on the streets of Bogota, Colombia. Young people ask to take selfies with her and tell her how much they love La Pulla. The 27-year-old is the public face of the satirical video column that has shaken up the way young people consume news in Colombia. Created two years ago by five young journalists from the country’s oldest newspaper, the 130-year-old El Espectador, La Pulla has succeeded at what publishers worldwide long to do — connect with millennial audiences.”

BusinessWire: Mellon Foundation Grant to USC Libraries and USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance to Support Digital Collection for Dance Heritage (PRESS RELEASE). “Thanks to a $560,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation under its Arts and Cultural Heritage program area, the USC Libraries and the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance will create a new home for a rich collection of recordings of more than 1,200 culturally significant dance performances digitized at hubs in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., over 15 years by the Dance Heritage Coalition.”

BuzzFeed: The New Twitter Detectives Want To Bring Down Trump Without Becoming Alex Jones. “Just after 3 a.m. last Friday morning, Huffington Post contributor and progressive advocate Alex Mohajer set to work on a brief investigative project on Twitter. Pulling together red marker–circled articles, graphs, and screenshots from numerous financial websites, he rifled off 16 tweets with prosecutorial zeal and one ambitious goal: to build a compelling case linking Donald Trump to Russia’s $11 billion sale of its oil giant, Rosneft.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Register: Stop us if you’ve heard this one: Adobe Flash gets emergency patch for zero-day exploit . “Adobe has kicked out an out-of-band update for a security vulnerability in Flash – after learning the bug was being actively exploited in the wild by hackers to hijack PCs. The Photoshop giant said today its Flash Player 30.0.0.113 update should be a top installation priority for Mac, Windows, and Linux systems.”

Search Engine Journal: Google Has Removed Over 80% of Hacked Sites from Search Results. “Google has released new details about about its spam fighting efforts, revealing that more than 80% of hacked sites have been detected and removed from search results. The search giant plans to continue its efforts by working directly with popular content management systems to fight back against those who compromise forums and comment sections with spam.”

Ubergizmo: Researchers Create Wireless Transmitter That Could Thwart Hackers. “It is often said that you probably should not connect to a public WiFi network if you’re looking to conduct sensitive transactions, such as transferring money or viewing confidential documents. This is because due to the openness of public WiFi, there is a chance of your data being intercepted by hackers. However it seems that researchers at MIT might have come up with a way to prevent that with the creation of a wireless transmitter (via Engadget).” Good morning, Internet…

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