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Denmark Nazis, Cleveland Orchestra, India Government Search, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, January 2, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Newish, definitely, New-to-me, from The Local Denmark: Thousands download newly-published list of Danish WW2 Nazis. “A list detailing of members of the Danish Nazi party, DNSAP, during the Second World War, has been downloaded thousands of times since its online release. The Danish Genealogy Association (Danske Slægtsforskere) earlier this year chose to make available for download a list known as the Bovrup Index, which gives the names of Danish Nazis from before and during the Second World War.”

Cleveland .com: Cleveland Orchestra expands access to archives with two new digital tools. “No need to be a scholar. These days, if you want to study the Cleveland Orchestra in depth, all you need is a computer or a ticket to a concert. Thanks to two recent developments in the orchestra’s archives department, everyone from scholars to the general public can now pore over the orchestra’s collections from home or casually examine treasures during a visit to Severance Hall.”

The Quint: This Govt-Owned Search Website Fetches Data from ‘Sarkari’ Portals. Government of India. I think in this case Sarkari means “official,” so it’s a search for official government information. “Currently, most of your online searches are directed towards Google which is universally known to fetch information on anything and everything you’d want to know. But, what if you were looking for stuff a bit closer to home and something much intricate and detailed?”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

BetaNews: Mozilla’s ‘experiment’ with banner ads on new tabs angers users. “Firefox users have expressed surprise, disgust and anger at the appearance of banner ads on new tabs in the browser. An advertisement appeared recently inviting users to make a booking via Booking.com.” Gah.

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: How to Make Your Instagram More Private: 8 Useful Tips. “As social networks continue to grow, being active on them can be risky. You often don’t know half the people that follow you, and you could even have someone stalking you. This possibility is especially terrifying on media-only platforms like Instagram which are engineered to urge you and others to discover more users by putting your pictures and videos on display through the Explore tab. However, it is possible to enjoy a more private Instagram experience.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

New York Times: In Screening for Suicide Risk, Facebook Takes On Tricky Public Health Role. “A police officer on the late shift in an Ohio town recently received an unusual call from Facebook. Earlier that day, a local woman wrote a Facebook post saying she was walking home and intended to kill herself when she got there, according to a police report on the case. Facebook called to warn the Police Department about the suicide threat.”

AFP: As TikTok videos take hold with teens, parents scramble to keep up. “Millions of teenagers seeking their 15 seconds of fame are flocking to TikTok, but many of their parents are only now learning about the express-yourself video app — often to their dismay.”

CNET: Google is primed to go big at CES again. “Last year at CES, Google set up a three-story Wonka factory of smart home devices. In a massive booth near the Las Vegas Convention Center, the search giant showed off how its Google Assistant could work with everything from washing machines to miniature train sets. There was a giant, voice-controlled gumball machine full of giveaway devices. A big, blue slide spiraled to the ground.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Quartz: In a year of data breaches, India’s massive biometric programme finally found legitimacy. “After almost a decade since its launch, India’s controversial biometric identity programme, Aadhaar, finally got a measure of clarity and legitimacy in 2018—but not before a few egregious breaches were exposed.”

NPR: ‘Ballistic Fingerprint’ Database Expands Amid Questions About Its Precision. “NIBIN was started in 1999 and has primarily been used by forensics examiners to testify at trial about the likelihood that a bullet was fired from a particular gun. But that’s all changing now. The Department of Justice is allocating money and resources to put NIBIN terminals into the hands of local police departments….But some defense attorneys challenge the notion that the markings are unique, and the FBI says even expert testimony can’t make that claim with certainty.”

The Next Web: Twitter let someone promote an obvious PayPal phishing scam. “Phishing scams are nothing new, but it’s certainly unusual to see them show up in your Twitter timeline as a promoted tweet. Nevertheless, earlier this evening, I came across this promoted post from the (since deleted) account @PaypalChristm.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

ScienceBlog: Machine Learning May Be Able To Predict If You’re In For A Healthy Old Age. “For a study published December 19, 2018 in Genome Biology, a collaborative team at the Salk Institute analyzed skin cells ranging from the very young to the very old and looked for molecular signatures that can be predictive of age. Developing a better understanding of the biological processes of aging could eventually help to address health conditions that are more common in old age, such as heart disease and dementia.” Good morning, Internet…

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