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LinkedIn Alternatives, Google Sheets, Password Managers, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, March 17, 2019

USEFUL STUFF

Search Engine Journal: 13 Awesome Professional Networking Alternatives to LinkedIn. “I tend to use LinkedIn as a virtual Rolodex and I try to connect with all of the individuals that I work with, so that I always have an updated means of contacting them. However, like any social network, LinkedIn has weaknesses.”

How-To Geek: The Best Google Sheets Add-Ons . “Google Sheets add-ons work similarly to browser extensions. They are third-party apps you install to Sheets to gain additional features. Some add-ons increase productivity, and some add more extensive capabilities. Here’s how to get started.”

MakeUseOf: The Best Password Managers for Every Occasion. “Everyone should attempt to store their passwords securely. Along with two-factor authentication, it’s one of the best practices for locking down your precious online accounts. But which password manager is right for you? Today we’ll try to answer that question.” There are some additional suggestions in the comments.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Hyperallergic: Collaging with the Rijksmuseum’s Entire Collection at Your Fingertips. “When museums open the archives, some artists go to work.” Can I say that this is a large cartoon / comic strip without it being pejorative?

Poynter: Is expert crowdsourcing the solution to health misinformation?. “When HealthNewsReview.org announced it was shutting down in December, it went mostly unnoticed. Almost nobody tweeted about the closure of the outlet, which had been debunking bogus health claims for 13 years. An email to the IFCN listserv highlighting HealthNewsReview’s demise got no responses. And the move went uncovered by most major media outlets.”

ReadMe (Sri Lanka): The Population Registry is an ambitious goal of the e-Government. “According to Ajith Perera – the recently appointed Minister of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology, there are ‘ambitious’ plans to bring the Government together under an e-Government. As per the minister, the first step towards this would be to create a population registry of all Sri Lankan citizens. Dubbed the “Mother of all databases”, this would contain all the information about the population of Sri Lanka. The database would be available for all Government ministries to share data. Of course this does present a massive security risk.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Schneier on Security : Judging Facebook’s Privacy Shift. “There is ample reason to question Zuckerberg’s pronouncement: The company has made — and broken — many privacy promises over the years. And if you read his 3,000-word post carefully, Zuckerberg says nothing about changing Facebook’s surveillance capitalism business model. All the post discusses is making private chats more central to the company, which seems to be a play for increased market dominance and to counter the Chinese company WeChat. In security and privacy, the devil is always in the details — and Zuckerberg’s post provides none. But we’ll take him at his word and try to fill in some of the details here. What follows is a list of changes we should expect if Facebook is serious about changing its business model and improving user privacy.”

TechCrunch: ICE has a huge license plate database targeting immigrants, documents reveal. “Newly released documents reveal Immigration and Customs Enforcement is tracking and targeting immigrants through a massive license plate reader database supplied with data from local police departments — in some cases violating sanctuary laws.”

New Scientist: Home DNA-testing firm will let users block FBI access to their data. “One of the biggest home DNA-testing companies seems to have bowed to a backlash over its decision to allow the FBI access to its database, by announcing a new way for customers to stop law-enforcement agencies accessing their data.”

ABC 12: MSP database contains millions of photos of Michigan residents. “You might expect the police to have access to your driver’s license photo, but what about your social media photos as well? It’s called the Statewide Network of Agency Photos or Snap. Michigan State Police’s database of photos. Millions of them, possibly of you, me and a whole lot of other people in the state of Michigan. Photos you had no idea law enforcement had access to.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Polytechnic: Sending the right Snapchat is a science. “Though it seemed meticulous, maybe even a little insane, every detail mattered. The setting, timing, stickers, filters—they all carry their own weight, and we’ve learned to recognize the message each detail sends. We’ve created our own science: ‘Snapchat psychology.’ Practiced by millennials across the nation, ‘Snapchat psychology’ is our form of poetry.” Great writing here.

Wired: China Is Catching Up To The Us In AI Research—fast. “AT THE WORLD’S top computer-vision conference last June, Google and Apple sponsored an academic contest that challenged algorithms to make sense of images from twin cameras collected under varied conditions, such as sunny and poor weather. Artificial intelligence software proficient at that task could help the US tech giants with money-making projects such as autonomous cars or augmented reality. But the winner was an institution with very different interests and allegiances: China’s National University of Defense Technology, a top military academy of the People’s Liberation Army.” Good morning, Internet…

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