North Pole, Governor Timothy M. Kaine, Gmail, More: Tuesday Buzz, October 23, 2018


Alphr: Online database to show impact of climate change on North Pole. “A new database has been created to help track the effects of climate change on the North Pole. Researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio have developed a system, called ArcCI (or Arctic CyberInfrastructure), which combines thousands of images from 1998 to the present day of the Arctic Ocean.”


Virginia Memory: Library Makes New Batch Of Emails From Governor Timothy M. Kaine Administration Available Online. “The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the release of 26,988 emails from the administration of Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (2006-2010). This latest batch comprises emails from individuals in the office of Kaine’s Secretary of Education. Included are the email boxes of Thomas Morris, Judith Heiman, Dietra Trent, Douglas Garcia, Jean Bankos, Kathy Glazer, Kendall Tyree, June Hines, Lorraine Lintecum, and Nicholas Galvin. Since January 2014, the Library has made 183,558 emails from the Kaine administration freely available online to the public.”

Ubergizmo: Google Announces More Third-Party Integrations For Gmail. “…Google has introduced Dropbox integration with Gmail in the past for consumers, but the good news is that if you’re a G Suite user (Google’s attempt at catering to enterprise users), then you might be pleased to learn that Google has announced additional third-party integrations for Gmail, Dropbox included.”

Facebook launches ‘Hunt for False News’ debunk blog as fakery drops 50%
. “Facebook hopes detailing concrete examples of fake news it’s caught — or missed — could improve news literacy, or at least prove it’s attacking the misinformation problem. Today Facebook launched ‘The Hunt for False News,’ in which it examines viral B.S., relays the decisions of its third-party fact-checkers and explains how the story was tracked down. The first edition reveals cases where false captions were put on old videos, people were wrongfully identified as perpetrators of crimes or real facts were massively exaggerated.”

BBC: YouTube pours money into how-to videos. “YouTube will spend $20million (£15m) developing educational and how-to content on the platform, the company has announced. Some video-makers have been frustrated by changes to the platform that made it harder for them to earn money producing short and well-researched videos. Critics say YouTube’s algorithms favour long and sensationalist videos.” I wish they’d just pay their creators better. Lot of channels I like are slowing down or just dropping out.


Route Fifty: Digital Record Deluge Threatens to Swamp States. “The dramatic growth in digital records produced by state agencies presents significant challenges as archivists seek to preserve the ongoing stream of information for the historical record. There has been a staggering 1,693 percent growth in state and territorial electronic records between 2006 and 2016, according to a new report from national organizations representing state CIOs and archivists. Despite the rapid growth, states’ average spending on archive and records management is just .007 percent of their annual budgets.”

CNN: Google should buy Twitter and Square. But it won’t. “Could Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey one day find himself working for Google? A prominent hedge fund manager hopes so. Doug Kass, who runs Seabreeze Partners Management and invests in Twitter, told The Street’s Real Money last week that Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL) is a logical buyer of both Twitter (TWTR) and Square (SQ).”

The Guardian: Bolsonaro’s son banned from WhatsApp amid claims of fake news campaign. “The politician son of the far-right favourite to become Brazil’s next president has been evicted from WhatsApp amid allegations that his father’s push for power has been turbocharged by an illegal fake news blitz on the Facebook-owned messaging app. One of Brazil’s top newspapers on Thursday claimed Brazilian entrepreneurs were bankrolling a multimillion-dollar campaign designed to boost Jair Bolsonaro by inundating WhatsApp users with messages undermining his leftist rival Fernando Haddad.”


Ars Technica: Entire broadband industry sues Vermont to stop state net neutrality law. “The nation’s largest broadband industry lobby groups have sued Vermont to stop a state law that requires ISPs to follow net neutrality principles in order to qualify for government contracts. The lawsuit was filed yesterday in US District Court in Vermont by mobile industry lobby CTIA, cable industry lobby NCTA, telco lobby USTelecom, the New England Cable & Telecommunications Association, and the American Cable Association (ACA), which represents small and mid-size cable companies.”


New Atlas: Cornell app looks users in the eye to gauge alertness. “Given that our level of alertness varies throughout the day, it only makes sense that we should avoid performing attention-demanding tasks when we’re at our drowsiest. An experimental new Android app is designed to determine when those times are, by examining users’ eyes.”

University of Toronto: Who’s in control? U of T researcher examines why it’s so difficult to disconnect from social media. “Academics have spent the last decade studying connectivity and social media – a trend that has more than two billion people around the world on Facebook and counting. For Tero Karppi, however, the focus has instead been disconnection… His new book, Disconnect: Facebook’s Affective Bonds, explores the challenges users face when they try to deactivate their Facebook accounts, and how efforts by social media companies to keep users logging in may be giving us less control over our digital lives.”

ZDNet: AI tech uncovers social media footprint red flags to enable smarter hires. “Berkeley, CA-based AI start-up Predictim’s AI technology can track a person’s digital footprint (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) to gain a better understanding of a caregiver’s personality and discover concerns which are missed by other tools and apps. By reviewing Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts, the AI technology can analyze a person’s personality characteristics, identify potential areas of compatibility as well as possible concern to help people make informed decisions.” Good morning, Internet…

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