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Integrated Reporting, Open Source Security, Washington State Parks, More: Thursday Afternoon Buzz, August 9, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Business Green: New database to highlight benefits of integrated reporting. “The free database includes a wide range of studies and papers exploring how integrated reporting that brings together financial and non-financial metrics, including environmental and social data, leads to increased stock liquidity, better performance, higher market valuation and a longer-term investor base for the businesses that adopt it.” I didn’t have a good sense of integrated reporting, but this article helped me out.

PR Newswire: WhiteSource Unveils Free to Use Vulnerability Checker to Combat Most Critical Open Source Vulnerabilities (PRESS RELEASE). “The new standalone CLI tool is free to use and available for anyone to download directly from the WhiteSource website. Once downloaded, the Vulnerability Checker offers users the opportunity to import and scan any library and run a quick check on the chosen development projects against last month’s top 50 open source vulnerabilities. The Vulnerability Checker compiles a detailed report within minutes after scanning the designated libraries in your command line, highlighting detected vulnerabilities, their severity, paths, as well as links to references and suggested fixes.”

Washington Secretary of State: State Parks And Rec Gives Thanks For Massive CCC Photo-scanning Project. “The Washington State Archives’ Digital Projects Archivists Maggie Cogswell and Mary Hammer led the way in completing a massive, 11-year project digitizing and cataloging photos of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. This collection of 2,396 photographs shows work conducted on Washington state parks by the CCC from 1933 to 1938, and includes images of Moran, Lewis and Clark, Deception Pass, Millersylvania, Riverside, Rainbow Falls, Carkeek, Denny Park, Mt. Spokane, Saltwater, Beacon Rock, Gingko, and Twanoh State Parks.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Mashable: Facebook’s app is now the third-most popular browser in the U.S.. “In case you still had any doubts about how influential Facebook is, consider this: Facebook’s app is now the third-most popular browser in the United States, according to new data. The study, from analytics company Mixpanel, shows that Facebook’s mobile app is the now one of the top mobile browsers in the U.S., accounting for 7.63 percent of mobile browser traffic in the country.”

MakeUseOf: Amazon’s Storytelling App for Kids Goes Free . “Amazon Rapids is a storytelling app from, you guessed it, Amazon. It was originally launched in 2016 as a way of encouraging children to read, with the stories presented as text message conversations between the various characters.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Motherboard: Telecom Lobbyists Have Stalled 70 State-Level Bills That Would Protect Consumer Privacy. “On July 27, Washington, DC’s Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment proposed a set of rules restricting the city’s internet service providers from selling customer data and browsing history without their consent. The proposal seems basic, commonsense and broadly supported by the public. And, if recent history is any judge, it’s doomed to failure.”

The Register: Hey, you know what a popular medical record system doesn’t need? 23 security vulnerabilities. “Fresh light has been shed on a batch of security vulnerabilities discovered in the widely used OpenEMR medical records storage system. A team of researchers at Project Insecurity discovered and reported the flaws, which were patched last month by the OpenEMR developers in version 5.0.1.4. With the fixes now having been out for several weeks, the infosec crew on Tuesday publicly emitted full details of the critical security bugs, with a disclosure [PDF] so long it has its own table of contents.”

CNET: Comcast security flaws exposed customers’ personal info. “Security flaws in Comcast Xfinity customer software reportedly exposed customers’ partial home addresses and Social Security numbers. Security researcher Ryan Stevenson found that two vulnerabilities in the internet service provider’s online portal for its more than 26.5 million customers left the data open to hackers, according to Buzzfeed.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Vox: We analyzed every QAnon post on Reddit. Here’s who QAnon supporters actually are.. “Late on a recent Thursday night, a Reddit user posted a comment in a forum (or subreddit) devoted to the game Magic: The Gathering about how the company that makes the game is hiring with diversity in mind — and how that was ruining the quality of its cards. Then he went to another subreddit, /r/TheRedPill, a men’s rights community known for its misogyny. He posted a comment saying our society lets gay and transgender people and women get away with sexual harassment. His next stop is what’s most interesting.”

New York Times: Rules Won’t Save Twitter. Values Will.. “This week, Alex Jones, the persistently mendacious conspiracy-theory spouter — yeah, that’s a real job in 2018 — finally became the ultimate swipe left of the social media age. Apple, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Spotify and most other major internet distributors banished Mr. Jones, either permanently or for some unspecified star-chamber-determined amount of time, for hate speech and other violations. But not Twitter.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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