Wikipedia, Facebook Fact-Checking, YouTube, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, January 12, 2019


PLOS One Blog: Peer-reviewed physics for Wikipedia: PLOS ONE Topic Pages. “Despite Wikipedia’s importance as a resource for both practicing physicists and the wider community, it is rare for professional physicists to contribute, in part because there are few, if any, professional incentives to do so. We’re all in agreement that researchers should receive proper attribution for our work (which is why PLOS ONE supports ORCID); and as credit is not given for submitting or editing Wikipedia pages, only a small fraction of the physicists that I asked about this have edited even a single Wikipedia page. With this in mind, we’re excited to introduce PLOS ONE Topic Pages, which are peer-reviewed review articles written with Wikipedia in mind. These provide opportunities for author attribution and will result in both journal articles and Wikipedia pages of high quality and utility.”

Mashable: Facebook tackles fake news in the UK with a new fact-checking service. “Facebook is partnering up with Full Fact, a British charitable organization that focuses on fact-checking, to get rid of fake news in the UK, the company announced Friday. This is a continuation of Facebook’s efforts to combat fake news, which the company ramped up after the 2016 election, but it’s the first time the company has launched such an initiative in the UK. ”


Amit Agarwal at Digital Inspiration: YouTube Uploader – Let Others Upload Videos to your YouTube Channel. “Introducing YouTube Uploader, a simple file upload form that lets anyone upload videos to your YouTube channel from their desktop or mobile phone. The uploader doesn’t even need a Google account and they’ll still be able to upload video files of any size to your YouTube channel.”


CNET: Microsoft’s Bing search engine served up child porn, report says. “Researchers at AntiToxin Technologies found that Bing brought up photos of nude children and would recommend related search terms to users looking for child pornography. The search engine also suggested similar images when the photos were clicked on. AntiToxin was commissioned by TechCrunch to investigate the matter, after the publication received an anonymous tip about child porn on Bing.”

NPR: Alexa Can Help Kids With Homework, But Don’t Forget Problem-Solving Skills. “How do virtual assistants like Alexa, which are increasingly common in households, affect children’s learning experiences?”

Al-Fanar Media: In Jordan, Antiquities Sites Enlist Nearby Communities as Partners. “A prominent theme among presentations scheduled for a major international conference on the archaeology of Jordan, being held in Florence, Italy, this month, is the growth of projects that engage local communities in the preservation of ancient sites.”


Sydney Morning Herald: Google board sued for hushing up misconduct claims about ‘father of Android’. “Alphabet Inc.’s board of directors was sued by a shareholder for ‘quietly’ approving a $US90 million ($125 million) exit payment to the father of Android, Andy Rubin, and protecting other executives accused of sexual harassment.”

ZDNet: CVs containing sensitive info of over 202 million Chinese users left exposed online. “A security researcher has stumbled over an unsecured MongoDB database server that contained highly detailed CVs for over 202 million Chinese users. Who owned the database is still a mystery, said Bob Diachenko, Director of Cyber Risk Research at Hacken Proof, the one who found the server’s data left exposed online.”

The Intercept: For Owners Of Amazon’s Ring Security Cameras, Strangers May Have Been Watching Too . “THE ‘SMART HOME’ of the 21st century isn’t just supposed to be a monument to convenience, we’re told, but also to protection, a Tony Stark-like bubble of vigilant algorithms and internet-connected sensors working ceaselessly to watch over us. But for some who’ve welcomed in Amazon’s Ring security cameras, there have been more than just algorithms watching through the lens, according to sources alarmed by Ring’s dismal privacy practices.”


Tech Xplore: A new algorithm for solving archaeological puzzles. “A team of researchers at Technion and the University of Haifa have developed a new computer vision approach for solving archaeological puzzles. In their paper, pre-published on arXiv, they introduce a general algorithm that can automatically reassemble fragments of archaeological artifacts.”

Bustle: Social Media Posts About Exercise Discourage Many Of Us From Working Out, New Study Finds. “It’s the most common time of year to join a new gym or to commit yourself to fitness routine. The festive period is long gone, and a feeling of determination for the new year is most likely sweeping through most of us. Many of us may feel encouraged by things we see on social media, from motivational quotes to commentaries on how working out can help our mental health as well as our physical health. However, new research has unfortunately suggested that users find social media posts about exercise are more harmful than good, in the majority of cases.”

CBR: IBM Weather Forecasting Crowd Sources Data Via Phones and Planes. “The Weather Company, a subsidiary of IBM, has unveiled the Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting System (GRAF) which will provide hourly-updated weather forecasts with a high degree of accuracy. GRAF will gather data in a crowd source manner from millions of devices and sensors worldwide to build a dataset of constantly updating weather informatics.” Good morning, Internet…

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