ICE Arrests, Google Glass, YouTube, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, July 27, 2018


Documented NY: Early Arrival: New Database Casts Light on NYC ICE arrests. “Project and the Center for Constitutional Rights created the database, which spans from 2013 until today, using data they gathered through two state initiatives: the Regional Immigration Assistance Centers and the Immigrant Family Unity Project.”


Techstory: Google Glass now comes with Artificial Intelligence . “On Tuesday, Israeli software company Plataine demonstrated a new app for the face-mounted gadget. Aimed at manufacturing workers, it understands spoken language and offers verbal responses. Think of an Amazon Alexa for the factory floor.”

Yahoo: YouTube Deletes Videos Posted by Infowars, Suspends Alt-Right Channel From Live-Streaming. It does not appear the channel itself has been suspended. “Google’s YouTube pulled down four videos posted by Alex Jones’ ultra right-wing Infowars for violating policies banning hate speech and graphic content. YouTube’s penalizing of Infowars, a notorious source of conspiracies and misinformation, is the latest development in the ongoing challenge internet platforms face in trying to balance free speech with enforcing standards to block hateful and disturbing content.”


Gizmodo: A Guide To Using Android Without Selling Your Soul To Google. “As soon as you start up a new Android phone, you get prompted to sign in with your Google account — but what if you don’t want to do that? Maybe you want to take advantage of Android but limit what Google knows about you, or maybe you just prefer the alternative apps; whatever the case, here’s how to live a Google-free Android life.”

CNET: How to make YouTube faster in non-Chrome browsers. “Chris Peterson, technical program manager at Mozilla , pointed out this discrepancy on Twitter earlier this week, claiming YouTube was loading up to five times slower in Firefox. The slow loading in other browsers is due to YouTube’s use of the Shadow DOM v0 API, he says, which is now deprecated and used only in Chrome, meaning YouTube is significantly slower in virtually all other browsers. Fortunately, there’s an easy workaround for non-Chrome users: Revert back to the old design. Of course, the option to opt out of the new design is long gone. But there are browser add-ons and extensions that will bring it back and speed up your YouTube experience.”


Reuters: Facebook removes pages of Brazil activist network before elections. “Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Wednesday took down a network of pages and accounts used by a right-wing Brazilian activist group, cracking down on what it called a misinformation network ahead of elections in October.”

Preservica: Amnesty International creates new global human rights digital archive with Preservica. “The world’s largest grassroots human rights organization will use Preservica’s active digital preservation platform to create a global archive that will accelerate investigations into human rights violations and protect digital records of significant historical importance to the global movement.”

NARA: Archives Recalls Fire That Claimed Millions of Military Personnel Files. “The National Archives and Records Administration recently marked the 45th anniversary of a devastating fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, Missouri, that destroyed approximately 16–18 million Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF) documenting the service history of former military personnel discharged from 1912 to 1964.”


ACLU: Amazon’s Face Recognition Falsely Matched 28 Members of Congress With Mugshots. “Amazon’s face surveillance technology is the target of growing opposition nationwide, and today, there are 28 more causes for concern. In a test the ACLU recently conducted of the facial recognition tool, called ‘Rekognition,’ the software incorrectly matched 28 members of Congress, identifying them as other people who have been arrested for a crime.”


TechCrunch: 2.5 billion people use at least one of Facebook’s apps . “Facebook is hiding that users are leaving its main app but sticking with Instagram and WhatsApp by publicizing a new metric. Facebook today for the first time announced that in June, 2.5 billion people used at least one of its apps: Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp or Messenger. That’s a helpful number, because it counts real people, rather than accounts, since people can have multiple accounts on a single app. Two and a half billion people compares to 2.23 billion monthly users on Facebook, 1 billion users on Instagram, 1.5 billion users on WhatsApp and 1.3 billion users on Messenger.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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