Female Medical Professionals, Jewish Folk Songs, Chrome, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, December 24, 2018


500 Women Scientists: 500 Women in Medicine launches to improve gender equity in medicine . “500 Women in Medicine (500WIM) is a satellite of 500 Women Scientists established by Kate Gerull, Jane Hayes, Iris Kuo, Maren Loe, and Tamara Sanchez-Ortiz, five medical students on a mission to improve gender equity in medicine. For the past 25 years, women have represented greater than 40% of medical school matriculants but continue to be underrepresented in positions of academic medical leadership: Women account for only 22% of full professors, and 16% of deans and department chairs in U.S. medical schools. The trends suggest that the number of talented women in medicine is not lacking, but rather the promotion and advancement of women is stifled.”

Wall Street Journal, and for me it was paywalled: Institute Gives Yiddish Songs a Fresh Star Turn. “Ruth Rubin devoted most of her life to preserving a Jewish folk song tradition that seemed destined to die. Now, a New York-based organization is making sure it survives permanently by creating a publicly available digital archive.”


Mashable: Draw in your browser with Chrome’s in-built Canvas web app. “Google Chrome has sneakily introduced an app for quick sketches. Spotted by Chrome Unboxed, if you open up you’ll be taken to Canvas, which lets you draw stuff within the browser.” This works in Chromium too.

Engadget: Slack apologizes for ‘mistakenly’ banning people who had visited Iran. “Late Friday Slack apologized for its far-too-wide-reaching bans, claiming that ‘we made a series of mistakes and inadvertently deactivated a number of accounts that we shouldn’t have.'”

Bloomberg: Facebook Is Developing a Cryptocurrency for WhatsApp Transfers, Sources Say. “Facebook Inc. is working on making a cryptocurrency that will let users transfer money on its WhatsApp messaging app, focusing first on the remittances market in India, according to people familiar with the matter.”


BuzzFeed News: There Is An App That Scans All Your Tweets To See How Problematic They Are And I Tried It Out. “Samuel Wood, a 24-year-old software engineer from London, has made an app called Vanilla that allows you to scan your tweets for anything problematic.”

MakeUseOf: What Is Shadowbanning and Could It Happen to You?. “When it comes to social media, if you don’t play by the rules, you don’t get to use the platform. This is made pretty clear to all users. However, there has been one practice that has been shrouded in mystery for years, so much so that users are confused as to if it actually exists or not. We are, of course, talking about shadowbanning. So, what is shadowbanning? And what can you do to prevent a social media platform from shadowbanning you?”


CNET: WhatsApp under fire for failing to remove child porn. “Facebook-owned WhatsApp is being criticized for failing to curb the spread of child pornography on the messaging app. A report by two Israeli online safety groups, Netivei Reshet and Screensaverz, concluded that it was easy to find WhatsApp groups in which people shared images and videos of children being sexually abused.”


Cointelegraph: Researchers Find Thousands of Crypto Pump-and-Dump Groups on Messaging Apps. “There are thousands of pump-and-dump groups on popular messaging apps, a study conducted by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) revealed Dec. 18. Pump-and-dump is the fraudulent practice of perpetrators encouraging unwitting investors to buy an asset to inflate its price artificially, and then selling it when the price gets high enough.”

TechCrunch: FBI kicks some of the worst ‘DDoS for hire’ sites off the internet . “The FBI has seized the domains of 15 high-profile distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) websites after a coordinated effort by law enforcement and several tech companies. Several seizure warrants granted by a California federal judge went into effect Thursday, removing several of these ‘booter’ or ‘stresser’ sites off the internet ‘as part of coordinated law enforcement action taken against illegal DDoS-for-hire services.’ The orders were granted under federal seizure laws, and the domains were replaced with a federal notice.”


EurekAlert: College binge drinkers are posting while drunk, ‘addicted’ to social media
. “College students who binge drink are frequently posting on social media while intoxicated and show signs of social media ‘addiction,’ according to a new study.”

MIT Technology Review: More than 75% of artists in US museums are white men, data mining reveals. “How do the collections in art museums reflect the societies that they’re from? A good starting point is to investigate the demographic diversity of the artists in these collections. But this work has never been done. Until now. Today, Chad Topaz at Williams College in Massachusetts and a few colleagues use data mining and crowdsourced research to build the first picture of demographic diversity in art collections across the US. And the results make for sobering reading.” Good morning, Internet…

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