Public Domain Game Jam, South Dakota Newspapers, Cook County Gang Database, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, February 24, 2019


Techdirt: Announcing The Winners Of The Public Domain Game Jam!. “At the beginning of January, we decided to celebrate the long-awaited entry of new works into the public domain with a game jam, inviting designers to submit games of all kinds based on newly-copyright-free works from 1923. We got way more entries than we expected, and handed them off to our huge judging panel of game designers and copyright experts, who left comments and nominated them in our six prize categories. Now we’ve tallied up the votes and reviews, so without further delay, here are the winners of Gaming Like It’s 1923…”

Capital Journal: State Historical Society makes more issues of historical newspapers available online. “Several more South Dakota newspaper titles have been added to the growing online database of historical United States newspapers available to the public, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.”

Chicago Sun-Times: Cook County board votes to permanently dismantle gang database. “The Cook County Board voted to destroy the county’s gang database Thursday, setting legal steps and guidelines to make sure the database can’t be restarted. The vote was the death knell for the contentious database, also called the Regional Gang Intelligence Database. Last month, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office announced it had ‘terminated’ the database, a decision that came after no other law enforcement agency agreed to host it.”

The Register: Google: Hmm, this government regulation stuff looks important. Let’s stick some more lobbyists on that. “Facing down an increased interest in tech regulation, Google is said to be rejigging its global lobbying efforts and upping its focus on privacy and competition. The search and ad giant might not have garnered quite the column inches that Facebook and its oblivious boss Mark Zuckerberg has – but it is still in lawmakers’ crosshairs.”


New York Times: The Obama Presidential Library That Isn’t. “In a break with precedent, there will be no research library on site, and none of Mr. Obama’s official presidential records. Instead, the Obama Foundation will pay to digitize the roughly 30 million pages of unclassified paper records from the administration so they can be made available online.”

Los Angeles Times: Facebook decided which users are interested in Nazis — and let advertisers target them directly. “Facebook makes money by charging advertisers to reach just the right audience for their message — even when that audience is made up of people interested in the perpetrators of the Holocaust or explicitly neo-Nazi music. Despite promises of greater oversight following past advertising scandals, a Times review shows that Facebook has continued to allow advertisers to target hundreds of thousands of users the social media firm believes are curious about topics such as ‘Joseph Goebbels,’ ‘Josef Mengele,’ ‘Heinrich Himmler,’ the neo-nazi punk band Skrewdriver and Benito Mussolini’s long-defunct National Fascist Party.”

The Guardian: Anti-vaxx propaganda has gone viral on Facebook. Pinterest has a cure. “As pressure mounts on Facebook to explain its role in promoting anti-vaccine misinformation, Pinterest offers an example of a dramatically different approach to managing health misinformation on social media. ‘We’re a place where people come to find inspiration, and there is nothing inspiring about harmful content’, said Ifeoma Ozoma, a public policy and social impact manager at Pinterest. ‘Our view on this is we’re not the platform for that.'” A big difference here that the article doesn’t seem to mention is that Pinterest is a private company, and therefore is not beholden to stock owners who want to make as much money as possible. Now that Pinterest is looking at an IPO it’ll be interesting to see if their attitude and remedies change.

The Ringer: Back to the Stratosphere: How the Rarest Music in the World Comes Back. “Duster was a small, largely forgotten band from the late ’90s. Then their legend began to grow on sites like Discogs. Now, they’re the subject of a major reissue. The internet made it all possible.”


ABC News: Teens tweet Trump, find Senate ally, score civil rights win. “All the bill needed to become law was President Donald Trump’s signature. It would create a national archive of documents from civil rights cold cases. Students had been working on the project for years, families waiting on it for decades. But time was running out. Legislation dies in the transition from one session of Congress to the next, and unless Trump acted, it would be lost. So the students at New Jersey’s Hightstown High School did what teenagers do: They started tweeting at the president.”

University of Washington Medicine: Data error exposes patient information. “On Dec. 26, 2018, UW Medicine became aware of a vulnerability on a website server that made protected internal files available and visible by search on the internet on Dec. 4, 2018. The files contained protected health information (PHI) about reporting that UW Medicine is legally required to track, such as reporting to various regulatory bodies, in compliance with Washington state reporting requirements…. The files contained patients’ names, medical record numbers, and a description and purpose of the information. The files did not contain any medical records, patient financial information or Social Security numbers.”


TechCrunch: Update regulations on medical AI, experts plead . “The field of medicine is, like other industries and disciplines, in the process of incorporating AI as a standard tool, and it stands to be immensely useful — if it’s properly regulated, argue researchers. Without meaningful and standardized rules, it will be difficult to quantify benefits or prevent disasters issuing from systematic bias or poor implementation.”

Boston University School of Medicine: New Open-Source Bioinformatics Tool Identifies Factors Responsible for Diseases. “Researchers have developed and tested a new computational tool, Candidate Driver Analysis (CaDrA), which will search for combinations of factors that are likely to cause a specific disease. CaDrA recognizes that diseases are complex and likely induced by multiple causes. It is now available free to members of the research community. To measure CaDrA’s ability to select sets of genomic features that are responsible for certain oncogenic phenotypes in cancer, the researchers performed extensive evaluations based on simulated data, as well as real genomic data from cancer cell lines and primary human tumors. The results from their simulations showed CaDrA has high sensitivity for mid- to large-sized datasets, and high specificity for all sample sizes considered.” Good morning, Internet…

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