Canada History, Facebook, Ubuntu, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, November 17, 2018


Canadian Research Knowledge Network: Over 60 Million Pages of Digitized Canadian Documentary Heritage Soon To Be Available At No Charge. “As of January 1, 2019, 60 million pages of Canadian digital documentary heritage will be available at no charge to users. The Canadiana collections are the largest online collections of early textual Canadiana in the world. The removal of the subscription paywall will allow unimpeded access to this unique historical content for researchers, students, faculty, and all users in Canada and around the world.”


Engadget: Mark Zuckerberg explains Facebook’s ‘borderline’ content filtering plan. “Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that the social network plans to build a tool that will give you more control over the kind of content you see. Zuckerberg has penned a lengthy post detailing the social network’s challenges when it comes to content moderation and disinformation campaigns following a New York Times report that exposed its shady crisis response tactics. In it, he said that the company continues to train its AI systems to be able to detect content that violates its guidelines. Once those AI systems can better understand what they’re looking at, Facebook will be able to create a tool that can keep specific kinds of content you might find upsetting or unsavory out of your feed even if they don’t violate its standards.”

ZDNet: Mark Shuttleworth reveals Ubuntu 18.04 will get a 10-year support lifespan. “At OpenStack Summit in Berlin, Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth said in a keynote that Ubuntu 18.04 Long Term Support (LTS) support lifespan would be extended from five years to 10 years.”

The Ubyssey: UBC struggles to acquire records for ‘nuanced’ residential school information database. “Seven months after opening, the UBC Indian Residential History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC) still doesn’t have all the records it needs to complete its mission. And signs of improvement are slow to come.”

Cision: Government of Canada Makes it Easier for Canadians to Learn about Aquatic Species at Risk (PRESS RELEASE). “Fisheries and Oceans Canada has updated and improved its online aquatic species at risk mapping tool. The improved interactive mapping tool allows Canadians to find out where aquatic species at risk and their critical habitat are located across Canada. The tool is now interactive, user-friendly and intuitive. Users can zoom in and out on the data and save their results.”


UC IT Blog: YouTube Caption Audit Tool Now Available from UCI. “Released via GitHub on July 27, 2018, the YouTube Caption Audit is a distributable web application that reports uncaptioned public videos for a given YouTube channel. Surprisingly, this is not something that can be done within the YouTube Video Manager, yet it is something that is critical to monitoring the state of accessibility of UC videos posted online or made available to students and the public. The YouTube Caption Audit application addresses that functional gap.”

Hongkiat: 4 Ways to Read Deleted Reddit Comments. “While browsing through Reddit, you must have seen deleted or removed comments that may have aroused your curiosity. But do you know you can recover most of these deleted comments with the help of third-party tools? In today’s post, I’ll show you four tools that can help you see deleted Reddit comments one way or another. These tools are completely free to use and aren’t illegal as well.”


Nieman Lab: How The Wall Street Journal is preparing its journalists to detect deepfakes. “We at The Wall Street Journal are taking this threat seriously and have launched an internal deepfakes task force led by the Ethics & Standards and the Research & Development teams. This group, the WSJ Media Forensics Committee, is comprised of video, photo, visuals, research, platform, and news editors who have been trained in deepfake detection. Beyond this core effort, we’re hosting training seminars with reporters, developing newsroom guides, and collaborating with academic institutions such as Cornell Tech to identify ways technology can be used to combat this problem.”

New York Times: A Look Inside the Tactics of Definers, Facebook’s Attack Dog. “A small firm called Definers Public Affairs brought the dark arts of Washington’s back-room politics to Silicon Valley when, while working for Facebook, it began disparaging other tech companies to reporters. But a few days before Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, testified to Congress in September, Definers set its sights on a different target: the senators about to question Ms. Sandberg.”

PC World: Microsoft Bing’s Black Friday research tools are hit-and-miss. “With Black Friday just (gulp!) a week away, Microsoft’s Bing search engine is launching tools to help with your shopping: a searchable index of deals, phone comparisons, and shortcuts to roundups of the best products. Unfortunately, Bing doesn’t currently seem to provide what you’re probably hoping for: a searchable list of Black Friday prices by item, together with the dates and times they’re available. It appears you’ll still have to do all the legwork yourself.”


The Guardian: Fake fingerprints can imitate real ones in biometric systems – research. “Researchers have used a neural network to generate artificial fingerprints that work as a ‘master key’ for biometric identification systems and prove fake fingerprints can be created.”


CNET: Google sister company puts glucose-sensing contact lenses on hold. “Alphabet’s life sciences arm, Verily, is putting a hold on its work with glucose-sensing contact lenses, Chief Technical Officer Brian Otis said in a blog post Friday.” Good morning, Internet…

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