Google, Dropbox, Tonga, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 23, 2019


India Today: Google announces new election ad policy in India ahead of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 . “India is gearing up for Lok Sabha elections. Before the political campaigning process begins, Google has announced new election ad policy in the country that would provide detailed information on who is purchasing political ads online in India.”

Yahoo News: Google spends big on U.S. lobbying amid antitrust, bias battles. “Alphabet Inc’s Google disclosed on Tuesday that it spent a company-record $21.2 million on lobbying the United States government in 2018, topping its previous high of $18.22 million (£14.06 million)in 2012, as the search engine operator fights wide-ranging scrutiny into its practices.”


MakeUseOf: How to Collect Dropbox Files Without Uploading Them Manually. “Adding or uploading files manually is not the only method to get them into your Dropbox. You can send them (or ask others to send them) straight to your Dropbox in other ways, a few of which we’ll explore below.”


BBC: Tonga hit by near-total internet blackout. “Tonga is experiencing a near total blackout of mobile and internet services after the country’s only undersea cable was damaged. The problem took the island nation of about 100,000 people by surprise on Sunday night. Bad weather is being blamed as the cause of the fault.”

Global Investigative Journalism Network: What the Experts Expect for Data Journalism in 2019. “With the global spread of data journalism, the advent of artificial intelligence and the increasing use of big data alongside a rapid rise of disinformation, GIJN asked data journalism experts around the world what they anticipate for 2019. Here are their thoughts on the major trends, ideas and technologies that will affect how we do our jobs.”

Chronicle of Higher Education: Want to Learn How the World Sees Your College? Look on YouTube. “Nicolas Chae has a typical morning routine: He wakes up early, heads to the gym, and then changes clothes for class. But one thing about Chae’s morning routine sets him apart from his fellow sophomores at Princeton University: He carries a camera wherever he goes, gathering footage of his everyday interactions, which he broadcasts to thousands of people many times a month.”


CNET: Google could kill Google News in EU over controversial proposed law. “If the European Union goes ahead with a controversial set of changes to digital copyright, Google could pull its Google News service from the continent, according to a report Monday by Bloomberg.”

Ars Technica: GoDaddy weakness let bomb threat scammers hijack thousands of big-name domains. “Remember the December 13 email blast that threatened to blow up buildings and schools unless recipients paid a $20,000 ransom? It triggered mass evacuations, closures, and lockdowns in the US, Canada, and elsewhere around the world. An investigation shows the spam run worked by abusing a weakness at GoDaddy that allowed the scammers to hijack at least 78 domains belonging to Expedia, Mozilla, Yelp, and other legitimate people or organizations.”


EurekAlert: Artificial intelligence can dramatically cut time needed to process abnormal chest X-rays . “New research has found that a novel Artificial Intelligence (AI) system can dramatically reduce the time needed to ensure that abnormal chest X-rays with critical findings will receive an expert radiologist opinion sooner, cutting the average delay from 11 days to less than 3 days. Chest X-rays are routinely performed to diagnose and monitor a wide range of conditions affecting the lungs, heart, bones, and soft tissues.”

Stanford PACS: Glasnost! Nine Ways Facebook Can Make Itself a Better Forum for Free Speech and Democracy. “Facebook could make nine ‘incremental’ changes to ensure it becomes a better forum for free speech and democracy, according to a new report by academics at the University of Oxford in the UK and Stanford University in the US. Proposals include: an external appeals body; more user control over News Feeds; and better content review and fact-check mechanisms.” The report is available for free download at this link. Good afternoon, Internet…

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