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Gender-Based Violence, Illinois STEM Education, Google Fusion Tables, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 12, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

CBC: Everything we know about gender violence in one new website. “A newly launched government website is bringing together all federal programs, research and information related to gender-based violence across Canada, in an effort to reduce confusion and duplication of services and pilot projects.”

PR Newswire: CPASS Foundation Launches Illinois’ First Comprehensive STEM Education Resource Database for Students from Underrepresented Communities (PRESS RELEASE). “The statewide database will aggregate all of the available STEM education programs, resources and opportunities available to Illinois K-12 students. It is designed to make STEM opportunities available to underserved students from an earlier age, and ultimately bring greater diversity and opportunity to healthcare and technology. This online portal will be easy to navigate; updated in real-time for parents, educators, students and mentors; and be the foundation for an ecosystem of opportunities, including a growing number of CPASS STEM programs.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

G Suite Updates: Google Fusion Tables to be shut down on December 3, 2019. “Google Fusion Tables was launched almost nine years ago as a research project in Google Labs, later evolving into an experimental product. For a long time, it was one of the few free tools for easily visualizing large datasets, especially on a map. Since then, Google has developed several alternatives, providing deeper experiences in more specialized domains. In order to continue focusing our efforts in these areas, we will be retiring Fusion Tables.”

Neowin: Telegram introduces custom translations, Instant View 2.0, and more . “Telegram is getting a series of improvements today, including support for custom translations, Instant View 2.0, and a redesigned app for Android. The Android update brings it to version 5.0 and brings a number of improvements, including a revamped interface for some parts of the app.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

BBC: Facebook’s hidden battle against ad-blockers. “The methods Facebook uses to thwart ad-blocking technology have been criticised by web developers. The social network injects dozens of lines of code in every page to make it harder for ad blockers to detect and hide sponsored posts. But that makes the website less efficient and stops software such as screen readers used by visually impaired users from working properly.”

The Verge: Facebook’s role in the French protests has polarized observers. “Facebook is one lens through which to view the French protests — but it’s not the only one. In the London Review of Books, Jeremy Harding examines the issue not according to the medium but to its message: widespread dissatisfaction with French President Emmanuel Macron, rising taxes, and stagnant wages. In Harding’s piece, Facebook is mentioned precisely once, in the context of how one of the movement’s organizers first came to prominence. That’s led some observers to question whether Facebook’s role in the protests is overstated.”

Nieman Lab: “So many times we forget to listen”: How Spaceship Media moderated a Facebook group of 400 political women without it going off the rails. “When I spoke with Spaceship Media’s cofounders a year ago, they were about to embark on creating arguably the most ambitious news-centric Facebook group in existence: A goal of 5,000 women with diverse views in one group, talking about politics without everything self-imploding.” Forum moderation is an incredibly tough and thankless job, but when it’s done well, it’s amazing.

SECURITY & LEGAL

TorrentFreak: Scammers Use Facebook and Google to Spread Malicious ‘Pirate’ Files. “Scammers and spammers are using user-generated content sites to distribute links to malware and viruses. The malicious content is advertised as pirated software and games, in an attempt to lure users. The issue is plaguing many platforms but appears to be rather persistent on Facebook and Google groups.”

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Filed A Patent To Calculate Your Future Location. “Facebook has filed several patent applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office for technology that uses your location data to predict where you’re going and when you’re going to be offline.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Tech Xplore: Using machine learning to detect unreliable Facebook pages. “Researchers worldwide have hence been trying to develop methods to detect and prevent deception on Facebook and other social media platforms. Panida Songram, a researcher at Mahasarakham University, in Thailand, has recently carried out a study investigating the use of supervised machine learning to detect the reliability or unreliability of Facebook pages.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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