Social Media Law, Visual Impairment, Amazon, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 14, 2019


Michigan Radio: In trouble at school for social media posts? Now you can get legal help online. “Over the last eight years, [Nancy] Costello says she and her law students have responded to these cases by creating some 200 legal memos, ranging from copyright law (what if a student wants to use a Beyonce song in their class presentation?) to student journalism to libel suits. Yet the student questions kept coming. ‘I thought, this is just a microcosm of the rest of the country,’ Costello says. ‘So we decided to launch this national website.’ It’s called the McLellan Online Free Speech Library.”


Google Blog: With Lookout, discover your surroundings with the help of AI. “Now available to people with Pixel devices in the U.S. (in English only), Lookout helps those who are blind or have low vision identify information about their surroundings. It draws upon similar underlying technology as Google Lens, which lets you search and take action on the objects around you, simply by pointing your phone. Since we announced Lookout at Google I/O last year, we’ve been working on testing and improving the quality of the app’s results.”

NBC News: Amazon removes books promoting autism cures and vaccine misinformation. “Amazon is removing from its online marketplace ‘autism cure’ books that unscientifically claim children can be cured of autism with pseudoscientific methods such as ingesting and bathing in a potentially toxic form of bleach and taking medication meant to treat arsenic and lead poisoning.”


BetaNews: New Google extension for Chrome filters out toxic comments. “Tune is a brand new Chrome add-on from Jigsaw, one of Google’s sister companies, that aims to use AI to spot toxic comments and give users the ability to ‘turn down the volume’ on them.”

Linux for Everyone: Ditch Dropbox: Create A Personal Home Backup Server With Raspberry Pi 3 . “On the latest episode of Choose Linux, I talked about some of my first experiences with a Raspberry Pi 3 B+. About an hour after we wrapped recording, I decided to keep playing by setting up NextCloudPi. And I kinda love it, so here’s a quick and easy guide to setting up your own personal DropBox replacement at home.”


New York Times: The Anxiety of Having a Famous Follower on Twitter. “June 23, 2018, was a momentous day in the online life of Laura Pittenger, a New York playwright with roughly 1,200 Twitter followers. That was when the actor John Cusack, who has more than 1.6 million followers, retweeted her and followed her back. Ms. Pittenger was happy to have a celebrity follower. Then came the anxiety.”

Reuters: UK needs to meet Facebook, Google competition with new rules: report. “Britain needs to overhaul its competition rules to tackle the dominance of tech giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon, and increase consumer choice, a government review said on Wednesday.”


Search Engine Land: DuckDuckGo CEO testifies: Privacy legislation isn’t ‘anti-advertising’. “DuckDuckGo Founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg testified Tuesday morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on online privacy. The committee was holding a hearing on GDPR, CCPA and potential U.S. privacy legislation.”

Ars Technica: “Yelp, but for MAGA” turns red over security disclosure, threatens researcher. “Because the application is build in React Native, a JavaScript- and JSX-based scripting language that basically turns Web apps into ‘native’ Apple iOS and Android applications, the entire architecture of the application is available to anyone who downloads and unpacks it. And in that code, [Elliot] Alderson discovered a few things.”


Thanks to Jessamyn West for noting this on Twitter. UNIT: Norwegian research institutions have decided not to renew their agreement with Elsevier. “The offer from Elsevier is a long way from fulfilling the Norwegian requirements for open access to research articles. There is also no movement in transitioning the agreement from paying to read to paying for open publishing. The agreement with Elsevier will therefore not be renewed for 2019. The rectorates at the universities of Bergen, Oslo, Tromsø and Trondheim all support this decision.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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