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British Red Cross, DuckDuckGo, Offensive Searches, More: Sunday Buzz, October 14, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Who Do You Think You Are Magazine: British Red Cross launches ‘internationally important’ online archives database. “The British Red Cross Museum and Archives has about 56,000 items, one of the largest Red Cross collections in the world. It has now published an online database of 28,752 items. These include approximately 11,000 museum objects and catalogued archive items such as letters, posters, photographs and films.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Mashable: DuckDuckGo, the pro-privacy search engine, hits 30 million daily searches. “DuckDuckGo, which bills itself as ‘the search engine that doesn’t track you,’ has just hit 30 million daily searches. According to the company, this is a new daily record for the search engine. DuckDuckGo makes its traffic stats publicly available in an effort to be as transparent as possible.”

The Verge: Bing and Yahoo are suggesting offensive searches. “Bing and Yahoo, which is powered by Bing, are both suggesting offensive content within their search features. How-To Geek spotted that Bing’s image search is serving up suggestions for related topics that contain racist terms, the sexualization of minors, and otherwise offensive content. The Verge then found that this problem extends to Yahoo: its homepage search box includes an autocomplete feature that populates racist phrases, and the results often prioritize the company’s Yahoo Answers posts that contain offensive material.” As you might imagine, the article contains / links to a lot of offensive content.

CNET: Google CEO refuses to answer ‘detailed questions’ on China in letter to Senate. “Google CEO Sundar Pichai has sent a letter to US senators addressing their concerns about his company’s efforts in China. But in it, he refused to answer specific questions about the project — a move that’s ruffled lawmakers.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: How to Find Free Unlimited Wi-Fi Internet Access Almost Anywhere. “WiFi certainly doesn’t come cheap, but in a pinch, there are quite a few ways to find free WiFi, no matter where you are. You can use WiFi Hotspot Finders and arm yourself with information before you set out for the day to find free WiFi.” Obviously free WiFi has security issues, but this article links to a couple of other articles addressing that.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Michigan Newswire: Tribal and state partners collaborate to digitally preserve petroglyphs in Michigan’s Thumb. “Tribal and state partners are working closer than ever to care for and preserve more than 100 petroglyphs carved into a large sandstone outcrop on the Cass River floodplain using laser technology. ‘We created digital models of the Sanilac Petroglyphs with harmless pulses of light that detect and measure the 3D world,’ said Stacy Tchorzynski, an archaeologist at the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and project manager for the Sanilac Petroglyphs. ‘This is an ambitious collaboration between SHPO and MDOT, in partnership with the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan and the Michigan History Center, DNR.'”

Miami. com: An underground homemade food market is thriving in Miami — thanks to social media. “The underground business of homemade cooking is thriving in Miami — and it’s thanks to the social media gray market. Craigslist, OfferUp, Letgo and Facebook Marketplace are just a few of the local sites and apps where South Floridians can get their fixes of regional specialties, be it Guatemalan espumillas or Italian tiramisu.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Engadget: WhatsApp fixes video call exploit that allowed account hijacks. “WhatsApp owners may have just dodged a bullet. The messaging service has fixed a security flaw that let intruders hijack the app (and thus your account) when you answered an incoming video call in Android or iOS. If an attacker sent a malformed Real-time Transport Protocol packet, it would corrupt the app’s heap memory and open it to attack. Web users weren’t affected, since the browser-based client relies on the WebRTC protocol.”

TechCrunch: Want to reduce fraud? Make a better password, dummy! . “Researchers at Indiana University have confirmed that stringent password policies – aside from being really annoying – actually work. The research, led by Ph.D. student Jacob Abbott, IU CIO Daniel Calarco, and professor L. Jean Camp. They published their findings in a paper entitled ‘Factors Influencing Password Reuse: A Case Study.'”

ZDNet: Microsoft JET vulnerability still open to attacks, despite recent patch. “A vulnerability in the Microsoft JET database engine is still open to attacks, even after Microsoft shipped an update earlier this week during the October 2018 Patch Tuesday.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

InformationWeek: A Data-Centric Approach to the US Census. “A group of university researchers believes that the data gathered and analyzed by the US Census Bureau can be found in existing sources without sending any forms or people out into the field. Actually, the researchers argue that the government can collect much more data and more timely data using sources like tax returns, state websites, even Google search data.” This gives me a slight case of the eeks. Okay, a BIG case of the eeks.

Stars and Stripes: Jihadi propagandists’ YouTube use is declining dramatically, experts say. “The use of YouTube as a destination from which to spread jihadi terrorist propaganda online is dramatically declining, according to an intelligence group that tracks online extremism. New analysis of web links, conducted by the Site Intelligence Group, suggests Islamic State and al-Qaida continue to value the file-hosting services of Dropbox, Google Drive, and Google Photos, however, and remain among the top-used services to store battle footage, documentary-style productions, and video speeches.” Good morning, Internet…

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