Migrant Worker Rights, Human Immune System, Municipal Budgets, More: Wednesday Buzz, October 10, 2018


University of Sydney: New database documents rights abuses of 457 visa holders. “Dr Anna Boucher, immigration researcher in the Department of Government and International Relations and author of the new book Crossroads: Comparative Immigration Regimes in a World of Demographic Change, has developed a Migrant Worker Rights Database that codes all available legal decisions on migrant worker rights violations.”

University of California San Francisco: ‘10,000 Immunomes’ Database Opens a Window on Healthy Immunity. “Scientists at UC San Francisco have painstakingly assembled a searchable database of normal human immunity that researchers can now use as an instant comparison group in studies of the immune system and immune dysfunction. The new open-access data tool, called the 10,000 Immunomes Project (10KIP), pieces together the results of 83 studies that contain measurements on healthy people of various ages and backgrounds.”

IISD: UN-Habitat Database Provides Budget, Expenditure Data for Over 100 Cities. “The first database of its kind, UN-Habitat’s Global Municipal Database (GMD) offers a standard set of indicators and local-level, per capita budget data for over 100 cities. The database, launched in September 2018, aims to highlight the importance of local financial data to policy- and decision-making.”

The Verge: This online community expands visibility for female drone pilots. “Less than 5 percent of certified drone pilots in the US are women, which is a dreary statistic that highlights the lack of women in STEM industries. The number for women who fly recreationally is likely much higher, but being FAA-certified can open up career opportunities to enter the UAV industry, a fact many likely aren’t aware of. To close the knowledge gap, Elena Buenrostro started Women Who Drone, an online community where female drone pilots, photographers, and videographers can come together and learn from each other.” This site’s apparently been around for a year but it’s new-to-me. I’m also really surprised Zoe Stumbaugh’s not on the site.


Bloomberg: Google Drops Out of Pentagon’s $10 Billion Cloud Competition. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google has decided not to compete for the Pentagon’s cloud-computing contract valued at as much as $10 billion, saying the project may conflict with its corporate values.”

Neowin: Microsoft’s LinkedIn acquires Glint to improve employee engagement . “Microsoft has been on a shopping spree for a while, and it looks like it has no plans to stop. LinkedIn – a company which was itself acquired by the Redmond giant in 2016 – today announced plans to acquire Glint, a business specializing in employee engagement. Glint provides tools which allow business leaders to get feedback from their employees to know how the company is doing and what areas need improvement.”

CNET: Google appeals EU’s $5 billion fine over Android antitrust practices. “Google on Tuesday filed an appeal of a $5 billion fine imposed by the European Commission over antitrust violations related to the Android mobile operating system.”


Wired: The Next Great (Digital) Extinction . “I’ve been thinking about the GOE [the Great Oxidation Event], the Cambrian Explosion, and the emergence of the mammals a lot lately, because I’m pretty sure we’re in the midst of a similarly disruptive and pivotal moment in history that I’m calling the Great Digitization Event, or GDE. And right now we’re in that period where the oxygen, or in this case the internet as used today, is rapidly and indifferently killing off many systems while allowing new types of organizations to emerge.”


Evening Standard: Social media giant Facebook pays £15 million tax on £1.2 billion UK revenues. “FACEBOOK faced fresh criticism today after revealing it paid £15.7 million in tax on UK revenues of £1.2 billion. The social media giant has more than tripled the amount it hands to the exchequer from £5.1 million in 2016, with profits up from £58.5 million to £62 million as revenues increased by a third.”

Washington Post: Laughing at the Google+ bug? You’re making a big mistake.. “A vulnerability in Google’s software has led to the potential exposure of information belonging to half a million accounts on its social network, Google+, the company acknowledged Monday — to which many people joked: Who cares? This is a logic trap. Do not fall for it.”

From Ars Technica, and to absolutely nobody’s surprise: Google+ users, upset over data leak, sue Google. “It was only a matter of time—the same day that Google announced it was shutting down Google+ in the wake of a data leak, two users filed a proposed class-action lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco, saying that their privacy had been violated.”


EurekAlert: Social media data used to predict retail failure . “Researchers have used a combination of social media and transport data to predict the likelihood that a given retail business will succeed or fail. Using information from ten different cities around the world, the researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, have developed a model that can predict with 80% accuracy whether a new business will fail within six months.” Good morning, Internet…

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