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Indiana Nalaxone, Forest Carbon Emmisions, Africa Education Research, More: Sunday Buzz, August 26, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

WSBT: New interactive map tracks Nalaxone use in Indiana. “The full scale of the opioid epidemic can be hard to imagine. There’s a new tool in Indiana to help visualize where its impacting communities the most. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has released a heat map that shows where Naloxone has been administered in Indiana. You can even type in a specific address.”

Mongabay: Seeing REDD: a database of forest carbon emissions reduction projects. “A searchable database of initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) is now available through the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).”

AllAfrica: Africa: New Database Puts African Education Research At the Heart of Policy and Practice. “To increase the visibility and impact of African education research, we partnered with the charity Education Sub-Saharan Africa to create the African Education Research Database. This is a curated collection of peer-reviewed studies undertaken by researchers in sub-Saharan Africa. Since work began on the project a year ago, around 2,500 studies have been catalogued in the online database. Studies can be browsed by country and topic.”

WSAZ: Website tracks how West Virginia spends taxpayer money. “You can track how state government is spending every dollar of your taxes, and the website is revealing spending habits of different state departments, including the highly scrutinized Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. The West Virginia State Auditor spoke to the Cabell Commission Thursday about a new website that tracks every dollar spent in real time.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNET: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will testify before House Energy and Commerce Committee. “Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Sept. 5, the committee confirmed Friday.”

USEFUL STUFF

News BTC: New Google Chrome Extension Flags Suspicious ICO Sites. “Cryptocurrency investors have a lot to worry about these days. Not only has crypto-related cybercrime tripled over the last year, but prices have continued to drop, and many tokens picked up during initial coin offerings (ICOs) are turning out to be nothing more than scams. A new Google Chrome extension aimed at detecting potential scams, however, is now available and should offer investors an added layer of protection, security, and peace of mind.”

Glitch: Free and Open Learning Resources for All. “We’ve seen all kinds of people use Glitch to build the apps of their dreams. One of the most popular reasons that folks use Glitch is for learning…. Teaching someone to code can be quite an endeavor, but with Glitch’s tools for collaboration, customization, and our take on version control, you’ve got everything you need to succeed. Let’s take a closer look at some more resources available for educators on Glitch as you get ready to go back to school.”

OpenSource: How to publish a WordPress blog to a static GitLab Pages site. “A long time ago, I set up a WordPress blog for a family member. There are lots of options these days, but back then there were few decent choices if you needed a web-based CMS with a WYSIWYG editor. An unfortunate side effect of things working well is that the blog has generated a lot of content over time. That means I was also regularly updating WordPress to protect against the exploits that are constantly popping up.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

NBC News: Volunteers found Iran’s propaganda effort on Reddit — but their warnings were ignored. “Some Reddit users were repeatedly posting divisive political rhetoric from a group of obscure news websites. That effort led a Reddit moderator from California named Alex Brown and a small team of volunteers to investigate. Using publicly available data about who started the news websites, they were able to find evidence of a wide-ranging propaganda network across the social news site with ties to Iran. Brown and other amateur researchers notified Reddit, but the website, the fifth-most visited in the U.S., according to data from Amazon’s Alexa analytics, did not respond.”

Motherboard: The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People. “Moderating billions of posts a week in more than a hundred languages has become Facebook’s biggest challenge. Leaked documents and nearly two dozen interviews show how the company hopes to solve it.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Engadget: Hackers gain access to millions of T-Mobile customer details. “T-Mobile has fallen foul of yet another cybersecurity issue. In a statement released this week the company said that an unauthorized entry into its network may have given hackers access to customer records, including billing ZIP codes, phone numbers, email addresses and account numbers. According to T-Mobile, the intrusion was quickly shut down, and no financial data, social security numbers or passwords were compromised.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

MIT Technology Review: This is what filter bubbles actually look like. “American public life has become increasingly ideologically segregated as newspapers have given way to screens. But societies have experienced extremism and fragmentation without the assistance of Silicon Valley for centuries. And the polarization in the US began long ago, with the rise of 24-hour cable news. So just how responsible is the internet for today’s divisions? And are they really as bad as they seem?” Good morning, Internet…

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