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Kazakhstan Women, Greensboro NC, Tonga Internet, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 7, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

The Astana Times: First virtual museum of Kazakh women’s history educates and empowers. “Kazakh women’s history museums educate and empower women, providing an awareness-raising platform and tools for overcoming discrimination, said Women of Kazakhstan founder Dinara Assanova in an interview with The Astana Times. Assanova’s family provided her with a keen awareness of women’s contributions to society from a young age. ‘Motivation to study Kazakh women’s history was given to me by my grandfather,’ she said. ‘He was the one to initiate his private collection of outstanding women in Kazakhstan that I inherited.'”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Digital NC: Greensboro High School Student Magazines and Yearbooks Now Available on DigitalNC. “A new batch of over two dozen yearbooks from Greensboro High School has been digitized and made available on DigitalNC, courtesy of our partner, the Greensboro History Museum. Dating from 1910 to 1958, this collection includes annual yearbooks, a 1906 copy of the Greensboro High School Magazine, and several issues of Homespun, Greensboro High School’s literary magazine dating back to the 1920s and 1930s.”

Phys .org: Learning to talk again: life without internet in Tonga. “A two-week cyber blackout caused financial headache and social heartache in remote Tonga, but it also forced residents of the Pacific island kingdom to rediscover the art of offline communication. The sudden internet outage on January 20 brought an abrupt halt to many businesses and cut access to social media—the community’s lifeline to the outside world.”

Science Blog: MaNGA Data Release Includes Detailed Maps Of Thousands Of Nearby Galaxies. “The latest data release from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) includes observations revealing the internal structure and composition of nearly 5,000 nearby galaxies observed during the first three years of a program called Mapping Nearby Galaxies at Apache Point Observatory (MaNGA).”

USEFUL STUFF

Lifehacker: How to Submit a Bug Report to Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and More. “Leaky security, hardware exploits, crashes, broken features—every piece of hardware or software is prone to bugs and vulnerabilities, and it’s likely you’ve had the misfortune of dealing with them at some point in your tech life. While most people grin, bear it, and wait for the problem to fix itself, you can also take a more active approach to bugs and other security disasters by reporting your findings.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Quartz: Is Twitter biased against India’s right wing? A parliament panel wants to know. “Supporters of India’s ruling right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have for months alleged that Twitter is biased against them. Now, the social networking site has been summoned before a parliamentary panel on information technology (IT), in what is being widely perceived as a reaction to these concerns.”

National Post: How Facebook plans to stop a disinformation campaign from spreading during Canada’s upcoming federal election. “Facebook says it has learned from mistakes made during the 2016 U.S. election and it’s committed to preventing a similar disinformation campaign from spreading during Canada’s upcoming federal election. Kevin Chan, Facebook’s head of public policy in Canada, said the company’s biggest errors came from a fundamental misconception about what kind of threats they should be looking for.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

TorrentFreak: Kenyan Govt. Protests as National Anthem Hit With YouTube Copyright Complaint. “The Kenyan Department of Justice has aired its displeasure after a video on YouTube featuring the country’s national anthem was hit by a copyright complaint. UK-based De Wolfe Music is claiming to be the owner of the track, which is actually in the public domain.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Factor Daily: Data is India’s handicap in AI but help is at hand. “The global race in artificial intelligence is like the space race of the 20th century with large powers vying for the pole position. China currently leads the pack with countries such as the US and Israel trailing behind. India too has big ambitions in this race. The government announced last week that it plans to set up a National Centre for Artificial Intelligence to help citizens benefit from AI and related technologies.”

Wired: Neural Networks Need a Cookbook. Here Are the Ingredients. “WHEN WE DESIGN a skyscraper we expect it will perform to specification: that the tower will support so much weight and be able to withstand an earthquake of a certain strength. But with one of the most important technologies of the modern world, we’re effectively building blind. We play with different designs, tinker with different setups, but until we take it out for a test run, we don’t really know what it can do or where it will fail.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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