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Macao Population Statistics, Google, Trust Project, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, October 10, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Government of Macao: DSEC launches Population Statistics Database. This URL has Chinese characters in it, so depending on your browser you might have a little trouble with it. The page itself is in English. “The Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) announced the launch of the Population Statistics Database, which aims to provide data users with easy and efficient access to population statistics of Macao. The Database covers four areas of statistics, namely total population, local population, households and housing. It supports sorting and filtering of data which enable users to search for population data by different demographic or housing characteristics, such as gender, age group, nationality, education attainment, parish and statistical district. Users can also create and download customised statistical tables and charts.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

The Next Web: Here’s everything Google revealed at its Pixel 3 event. “Google today held its annual Made By Google event, where it showed off its newest toys. While it’s true we got a glimpse of most of them ahead of time thanks to copious leaks (which Google themselves lightly poked fun at during the opening segment), it was still fun to see them in action. Here’s what it announced.”

Poynter: Increasing trust: The expanding Trust Project . “Twenty leading news organizations have joined an effort to increase transparency and trust in the news media, showing how they collect the news and work to provide accuracy and balance, the Trust Project announced today. Newcomers to the Trust Project include Bay Area News Group, CBC News, Heavy.com, Sky News, The Toronto Star, TEGNA, Voice of Orange County, Italy’s Corriere della Sera and Il Sole 24, Spain’s El Pais and Greece’s Kathimerini.”

The Verge: Microsoft begins re-releasing Windows 10 October update after fixing file deletion bug. “Microsoft is re-releasing its Windows 10 October 2018 Update today, following the company pulling it offline due to data deletion issues over the weekend. The software giant says there were only a few reports of data loss, at a rate of one one-hundredth of one percent. ‘We have fully investigated all reports of data loss, identified and fixed all known issues in the update, and conducted internal validation,’ says Microsoft’s John Cable, director of program management for Windows Servicing and Delivery.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: The 7 Best Online Databases as Simple as Spreadsheets. “When you think of database apps, your mind probably pictures Microsoft Excel first. The app has been the de facto market leader for at least two decades. But it’s not the only show in town. There are plenty of web-based database apps that are just as simple as using a spreadsheet. They each have their own strengths and weaknesses and are targeted at different types of users.”

Forbes: A Two-Minute Guide To Artificial Intelligence. “If you keep hearing about artificial intelligence but aren’t quite sure what it means or how it works, you’re not alone. There’s been much confusion among the general public about the term, not helped by dramatic news stories about how ‘AI’ will destroy jobs, or companies that overstate their abilities to ‘use AI.’ A lot of that confusion comes from the misuse of terms like AI and machine learning. ”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

BuzzFeed News: No One Knows How Bad Fake News Is On WhatsApp, But If Brazil’s Election Is Any Indication, It’s Bad. “A rumor circulating across WhatsApp this weekend had a warning for supporters of Brazil’s far-right presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro: Show up to the polling stations wearing any sort of merchandise with his name or face on it, and you will be turned away and unable to vote. This, you see, was part of a coup organized by Brazil’s electoral commission, which doesn’t want Bolsonaro to win. Of course, none of this was true, but that didn’t stop it from being one of the most shared pieces of content in public groups on WhatsApp in Brazil.”

TechCrunch: Looking back at Google+. “Google+ is shutting down at last. Google announced today it’s sunsetting its consumer-facing social network due to lack of user and developer adoption, low usage and engagement. Oh, and a data leak. It even revealed how poorly the network is performing, noting that 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds long. Yikes. But things weren’t always like this. Google+ was once heralded as a serious attempt to topple Facebook’s stranglehold on social networking, and was even met with excitement in its first days.” I promise I’m almost done with the Google+ retrospectives.

SECURITY & LEGAL

Gemalto: Data Breaches Compromised 4.5 Billion Records in First Half of 2018. “Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, today released the latest findings of the Breach Level Index, a global database of public data breaches, revealing 945 data breaches led to 4.5 billion data records being compromised worldwide in the first half of 2018. Compared to the same period in 2017, the number of lost, stolen or compromised records increased by a staggering 133 percent, though the total number of breaches slightly decreased over the same period, signaling an increase in the severity of each incident.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Fast Company: These portraits were painted to confuse facial recognition AI. “How do you have to distort a face so that facial recognition algorithms no longer see a face–and evade the technology that has become so pervasive in our world? That was the question the Seoul-based artistic duo Shin Seung Back and Kim Yong Hun posed to a group of 10 different painters. The result is their series Nonfacial Portrait, a striking collection of painted portraits that evade the algorithms.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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2 replies »

  1. Tara:

    In case you haven’t already seen the info on Berners-Lee and Inrupt/Solid, I thought you’d find it of interest (item linked below). ** I am *very* grateful for your Research Buzz work, for which I am thankful daily. Very much appreciate your spot-on judgment and integrity in reporting as you do.

    Pam Rolph

    Tim Berners-Lee plans to fix the web The father of the web has a radical plan to upend it. Find out about Inrupt and Solid, the decentralized platform he’s been stealthily building for the past nine months, in this exclusive interview from *Fast Company* .

    • Hey Pam, I mentioned Solid in the October 1 Buzz, hoping we’ll get more concrete information soon. I certainly have a lot of respect for Mr. Berners-Lee and hope for the best in his proposal!

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