Race In School Districts, Brazil Museum Fire, Baidu, More: Sunday Buzz, October 21, 2018


Sojourners: New Database Lets You Search Racial Disparities in School Districts. “ProPublica has released a new interactive database that allows users to examine racial disparities in more than 96,000 individual public and charter schools, and 17,000 districts across the United States.”


BBC: Brazil museum fire: Prized ‘Luzia’ fossil skull recovered. “Most of the skull from a prized 12,000-year-old fossil nicknamed Luzia has been recovered from the wreckage of a fire in Brazil’s National Museum. The 200-year-old building in Rio de Janeiro burned down in September, destroying almost all of its artefacts. But on Friday the museum’s director announced that 80% of Luzia’s skull fragments had been identified.”

Reuters: Search engine Baidu becomes first China firm to join U.S. AI ethics group. ” Chinese search engine Baidu Inc (BIDU.O) has become the first Chinese company to join an artificial intelligence (AI) ethics group led by top U.S. tech firms, amid wider political clashes over AI competition between China and the United States.”


MakeUseOf: How to Password Protect and Encrypt a Flash Drive: 5 Easy Methods. “Unfortunately, you cannot password protect your entire USB flash drive, like you can password protect your PC or phone. Secure tools all work with encryption. Unless you want to invest in an encrypted flash drive with hardware encryption, you can use freeware applications to achieve a similar level of USB protection. This article summarizes the easiest ways to password protect or encrypt files and folders on a USB flash drive.”


New York Times: In Virginia House Race, Anonymous Attack Ads Pop Up on Facebook. “A competitive race in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District has an alarming new element: anonymous attack ads on Facebook. The ads, which appeared on a Facebook page called ‘Wacky Wexton Not,’ were purchased by a critic of Jennifer Wexton, a Democrat trying to unseat Representative Barbara Comstock, a Republican. The race is one of the most closely watched in the country.” Meanwhile, Chipotle free delivery ads are being flagged as political?

The Daily Star: HRW concerned over Bangladesh govt’s intensive surveillance on social media. “Human Rights Watch today said Bangladesh government has embarked upon intensive and intrusive surveillance and monitoring of social media ahead of national elections, raising concern over a chilling effect on speech.”

CNET: Facebook apologizes for showing baby product ads to woman who lost her child. “Facebook has apologized after a British woman who lost her child continued to see baby product ads after changing her advertising preference on the site. Anna England-Kerr found that her feed ‘was filled with ads for baby things’ despite using the social media site to share the news that her daughter had been stillborn and changing her settings to avoid such advertising, she wrote in an open letter to the company.”

Metro: Driven crazy: Google Maps deletes one lane of M4. “CONFUSED motorists were left scratching their heads today after Google Maps appeared to accidentally delete an entire lane of the M4. The glitch saw 1.5 miles of the westbound carriageway simply vanish. It would have meant drivers directed to leave the motorway and take B roads on a 10-mile detour through the countryside.”


AP: Hackers breach system, get data on 75,000. “A government computer system that interacts with was hacked earlier this month, compromising the sensitive personal data of some 75,000 people, officials said Friday.”


Route Fifty: Algorithms Can’t Fix Societal Problems—And Often Amplify Them. “At research organization AI Now’s 2018 symposium in New York Tuesday, activists and artificial-intelligence researchers drove home the idea that algorithms are an insufficient Band-Aid slapped on top of deeper societal problems present in the United States.”

Phys .org: Social media buffers depression among older adults with pain. “With a few finger strokes or swipes on a computer or cell phone, seniors with pain reduce the risk of depression when visiting social media sites. In a newly published University of Michigan study, researchers reported that using social media can reduce the negative health effects of curtailed social contact that comes as a consequence of pain.”

Science Daily: Social media for medical journals operates in ‘wild west,’ needs more support to succeed . “In this first study to examine social media editor roles at medical journals, researchers found that while medical journals are using social media more to extend the reach of new research, the responsibilities and measures of success for these roles aren’t well defined or supported. More support is needed to get the information to the public more efficiently.” Good morning, Internet…

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