Roma History, Brave Browser, Facebook Fact-checking, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 25, 2019


Deutsche Welle: A new digital archive of the Roma reflects diverse cultures. “The Roma have contributed to European cultural history in unexpected ways. The new RomArchive is designed to raise awareness of Romani cultures and arts — and aims to counter stereotypical presentations.”


CNET: Brave’s privacy-focused ads to spread beyond startup’s own browser. “Startup Brave has begun showing ads in its web browser with privacy-focused new technology. Later this year, other software makers could start doing the same. The company plans to release a software developer kit in the second half of 2019 that will let other programmers tap into its privacy-protecting ads, Chief Executive Brendan Eich told CNET in an exclusive interview.”

Poynter: This hoax got 250 times more Facebook engagements than two fact checks combined. “In the second installment of our new weekly column Fact vs. Fake, Poynter compared the reach of several top-performing fact checks on Facebook with the hoaxes they debunked. What we found was that falsities found a large audience in every country we examined — with topics running the gamut from supermarket price hikes in France to spending for Donald Trump’s border wall in the United States.”

Search Engine Journal: Facebook to Remove Pages and Groups Affiliated With Bad Actors. “Facebook may now remove pages that are affiliated with bad actors, even if the page has done nothing wrong. The company says this change is being made to prevent people from continuing to engage in the malicious activity through other existing pages.”


MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Picasa Alternatives to Use Instead. “The app that replaced Picasa—Google Photos—left a lot to be desired. Sure, it has lots of cool features, but for people who like a more hands-on approach in their photo organizing software, it’s not powerful enough. Amazingly, even after all this time, there’s not an app that you can definitively call the best Picasa replacement. So instead we’ve compiled a list of the best Picasa alternatives.”


New York Times: Amazon Is Pushing Facial Technology That a Study Says Could Be Biased. “In the study, published Thursday, Rekognition made no errors in recognizing the gender of lighter-skinned men. But it misclassified women as men 19 percent of the time, the researchers said, and mistook darker-skinned women for men 31 percent of the time. Microsoft’s technology mistook darker-skinned women for men just 1.5 percent of the time.”

Business Times: Japan to Protect Personal Data from Google and Other Foreign Techs. “Japan plans to implement strengthened policies that oversee foreign technology companies through same communication privacy rules which govern its domestic companies as its response to a series of personal data breaches worldwide.”


The Canberra Times: Details of 1 million Australians added to giant marketing database without their knowledge. “More than 1 million Australians have had their name and address added to the electoral roll and then automatically passed to global marketing giants without their knowledge. Direct enrolment laws passed by Parliament in 2012 meant Australians no longer had to register on the electoral roll to have their details entered, with information of workers and school students scanned from drivers licences, Centrelink and records from the Board of Studies in each state.”


MIT Technology Review: We analyzed 16,625 papers to figure out where AI is headed next. “…though deep learning has singlehandedly thrust AI into the public eye, it represents just a small blip in the history of humanity’s quest to replicate our own intelligence. It’s been at the forefront of that effort for less than 10 years. When you zoom out on the whole history of the field, it’s easy to realize that it could soon be on its way out.”

UPI: Scientists use artificial intelligence to create cell database. “A new artificial intelligence could help sort normal cells from diseased cells, researchers report in a new study. The Human Cell Atlas is a deep learning algorithm method that uses single-cell RNA sequencing to distinguish activated and deactivated cells within humans at any point, according to a study published Wednesday in Nature Communications. The ability to pinpoint healthy cells from diseased cells at a given time within a person’s life cycle.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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