Slovenia WWI Military, LGBTQ Films, Facebook, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, November 23, 2018


Total Slovenia News: First Database of Slovenia’s WWI Military Dead Now Online. Please be warned that the picture included with this article is very graphic. “The first edition of a database of the military victims of the First World War coming from the territory of present-day Slovenia has been finalised, featuring the names of 26,224 people who were either killed or went missing in the WWI campaigns.” The database is currently available only in Slovene, but I found it translated fine.

Watermark Online: Tampa, Orlando residents create expansive LGBTQ film database. “If you can’t name over 1,000 LGBTQ-focused films, Tampa Bay’s Brandon Taylor and Orlando’s Brock Cornelius would like to change that.”


Digital Trends: Facebook removes one-click comment test after users call the tool ‘dystopian’. “Facebook started testing an auto comment feature and promptly disabled it after users called the tool’s suggested comments on news coverage of a shooting ‘dystopian.’ Facebook users recently spotted comment suggestions on multiple types of Facebook posts, but the idea of an algorithm suggesting a comment for a disaster didn’t sit well with users. According to BuzzFeed, Facebook disabled the test after uproar over the feature.”

BBC: Facebook appeals Cambridge Analytica fine. “Facebook has appealed a fine imposed on it by the UK’s data watchdog following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The social network says that because the regulator found no evidence that UK users’ personal data had been shared inappropriately, the £500,000 penalty was unjustified.”


BetaNews: Looking for an open source password manager? Give Bitwarden a spin. “Everyone needs a password manager to surf the web safely — they enable you to set virtually crack-proof passwords for all your online accounts, plus store a range of other sensitive data too, all locked behind a single master password. If you’re unsatisfied with your current offering, or looking to support an open source alternative, then look at 8bit Solutions LLC’s Bitwarden 1.10.0 and Bitwarden for mobile 1.19.4.”


The Verge: Google, Apple, and Uber must share mapping data with rivals, says UK data group. “Tech companies like Google, Apple, and Uber should be forced to share mapping data with rivals firms and the public sector, the UK government has been advised by a data advocacy group.”

Technical .ly: Cypher Philly, a project born from a meetup, wants to unlock the power of open data. “For Cypher Philly founder Jess Mason, the copious amounts of open data produced every year by OpenDataPhilly needed another layer that could maximize their potential impact. It’s why he set out — alongside cofounder Jason Cox and about 40 volunteers — to build an application that can connect the dots between data sets meant for transparency and higher government efficiency.”

Phys .org: European privacy search engines aim to challenge Google. “In the battle for online privacy, U.S. search giant Google is a Goliath facing a handful of European Davids. The backlash over Big Tech’s collection of personal data offers new hope to a number of little-known search engines that promise to protect user privacy. Sites like Britain’s Mojeek , France’s Qwant , Unbubble in Germany and Swisscows say they don’t track user data, filter results or show ‘behavioral’ ads.”


Sahara Reporters: Is Nigeria Ready For A Possible Cyberattack On The 2019 Presidential Election? . “The question is: Is Nigeria ready to respond to cyberattack(s) on the 2019 presidential election to protect the integrity of the Election Information Systems and data? More importantly, does Nigeria have the required national cybersecurity technical capabilities, know-hows, tools, processes and professionals to protect the country from any cyber-attack?” Good questions from Paul Omoruyi.

eWeek: Facebook Boosts Bug Bounty Payouts for Account Takeover Flaws. “In an effort to improve user account security and mitigate hijacking threats, Facebook announced on Nov. 20 that it is increasing the awards it pays out to security researchers for responsibly disclosing flaws. The increases come via Facebook’s bug bounty program, which provides financial rewards for researchers who report issues to the social networking giant.”


MIT Technology Review: Online censorship in Saudi Arabia soared after Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. “The number of websites being censored in Saudi Arabia doubled a couple of weeks after Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the country’s consulate in Istanbul, according to an initiative that tracks internet censorship. While the increased censorship is not surprising, the results show how skillful automated tracking has become at sniffing out repression.”

Harvard Gazette: Critical collections. “More than a century ago, when botanists and naturalists were in the field collecting plant and animal specimens, they couldn’t have imagined that scientists would one day be able to extract DNA from samples to understand how plants and animals are related to one another. They couldn’t have imagined that their collections could one day shed light on the effects of global climate change, or the emergence and spread of pathogens, the spread of fungal-driven amphibian extinction, or the effectiveness of policies aimed at reducing pollution in the U.S.” Good morning, Internet…

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