UK Chefs, Epidemics Worldwide, Space Exploration, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, June 22, 2018


Eater London: This U.K. Chef Database Wants to Address the Industry’s Gender Problem . “At the same time as controversy swirls around gender representation in the restaurant industry, intensifying after Core by Clare Smyth was left off the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list — despite its head chef being named the ‘best female chef in the world’ — a group of women have set up an initiative designed to highlight and empower often-marginalised professionals. This month sees the launch of Women of Food, whose first step in the autumn will be to create a free-access UK female chef database for all those looking to work with chefs — from conference organisers and festival curators to investors and media.”

Washington Post: How prepared is the world for the next epidemic? This tool shows most countries are not.. “Public health officials and business leaders like Bill Gates have long warned that the world is not ready for the next pandemic. Now an initiative led by Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has developed a tool that spotlights gaps in preparedness, and actions that countries and organizations can take to close them. The new website…gives an individual score to each country and uses color codes to rank the world by five levels of preparedness.”

New Atlas: ESA completes massive archive of Rosetta images and data. “The European Space Agency (ESA) has completed a massive publicly-available archive of images and data collected over the course of the historic Rosetta mission.”


CNET: Google aims to show you how it uses your data. “If you’re tired of hunting aimlessly for privacy information in your Google account settings, this announcement is for you. Google has made account settings easier to navigate and understand, the company said Thursday in a blog post.”


Friday Fun from Joe: You can use this new website to help you find your World Cup twin. “A website built by Norwegian newspaper VG lets you find this the easy way. Just upload a photo of yourself – or your mates, or your dog, or a celebrity, or whoever – and it scans through all the players at the tournament, and pulls out your doppelgänger.” I was not struck by any great resemblance when I tried this, but it was amusing.


E Pluribus Unum: US CIO says White House OMB will continue to explore selling public data. “When I asked whether when or if it is acceptable for the United States government to charge companies, journalists and the public for government data, citing the example of paywalled immigration data, the chief information officer of the United States told me that ‘it’s part of the commercial equation’ and that it was ‘actually a discussion point for the strategy’ in her office in the White House Office of Management and Budget.”


The Register: Schneier warns of ‘perfect storm’: Tech is becoming autonomous, and security is garbage. “With insecure computers in charge, the healthcare and transportation sectors have become a nexus of security problems, infosec veteran Bruce Schneier warned delegates at Israel Cyber Week. Schneier said that confidentiality attacks, such as leaks of personal information, are being replaced by more dangerous integrity and availability attacks.”

Wired: Millions Of Streaming Devices Are Vulnerable To A Retro Web Attack. “IN MARCH, ARTIST and programmer Brannon Dorsey became interested in a retro web attack called DNS rebinding, teaching himself how to illicitly access controls and data by exploiting known browser weaknesses. It’s a vulnerability that researchers have poked at on and off for years—which is one reason Dorsey couldn’t believe what he found.”


New York Times Magazine: Want to Understand What Ails the Modern Internet? Look at eBay. “There was a time when eBay was practically synonymous with buying and selling things online. Now it’s surprisingly easy to forget that it exists, until you need to buy something you can’t find anywhere else or clear some space in the attic. Or until someone like Elon Musk, made fabulously wealthy when PayPal was acquired by eBay in 2002, muscles his way back into your consciousness by, for example, launching rockets into space or burrowing tunnels under major American cities. Where did he come from, exactly? As with a surprising number of tech heavyweights, the answer is complicated, but it runs through eBay.”

Sarah E. Bond: Digitization ≠ Repatriation: When Digital Humanities Provides Access But Not Restitution. “This week over at Hyperallergic, I wrote about new exhibits at the British Library and the Victoria & Albert Museum which both engage with the cultural heritage of ancient and medieval Ethiopia. An examination of the Ethiopian cultural heritage held in the libraries and museums of Britain can perhaps demonstrate a seminal point about digitization and the digital humanities more broadly: Digital editions can never fully replace an analog object. No matter how many manuscripts we digitize and make available online or 3D scans we create of the Parthenon frieze, they are not a replacement for repatriation.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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