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Engineering Ethics, Tumblr, WordPress, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 18, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

USC Viterbi: From Deep Sea Mining To Genetic Engineering. “A newly launched USC Viterbi online publication – believed to be the first student-run engineering ethics magazine in the country – examines some of the major issues of our day.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNET: Tumblr traffic slumps after December adult content ban. “Similarweb, a web analytics firm, reported that visits to the popular blogging site have dipped significantly since the December pornography ban. On Dec. 3, total Tumblr views on desktop and mobile were at just over 520 million. As of Jan. 28, views had dropped by more than 100 million, according to Similarweb.”

WordPress: One-third of the web!. “WordPress now powers over 1/3rd of the top 10 million sites on the web according to W3Techs. Our market share has been growing steadily over the last few years, going from 29.9% just one year ago to 33.4% now. We are, of course, quite proud of these numbers!”

The Verge: Facebook promises new AI tool will proactively detect revenge porn. “Facebook is launching a new AI tool today that it says can proactively detect and flag intimate images and videos of someone posted without their consent. The system will be active on Facebook and Instagram, and, unlike current filters, it can detect ‘near-nude’ content. This content is then flagged and sent to a human moderator for review.”

USEFUL STUFF

MyHeritage Blog: Free Irish Records for St. Patrick’s Day!. “Do you have any Irish roots? According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Irish diaspora in the United States alone numbers more than 33 million people — 10.5% of the total U.S. population, and roughly 5 times Ireland’s population of 6.7 million. This isn’t even counting the descendants of Irish immigrants in countries around the world. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’re offering all MyHeritage users FREE access to all our Irish record collections from March 14–20, 2019.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Journal (Ireland): RTÉ wants to digitally archive 20,000 tapes of its radio programmes between 1988 and 2008. RTÉ stands for Raidió Teilifís Éireann. The company does Ireland television and radio. “It said that these recordings were created between 1988 and 2008, and contain a mixture of studio and field recordings that were originally produced for radio programming. The tapes RTÉ has on file, however, do vary in quality and duration.”

Reuters: Google faces third EU antitrust fine next week – source. “Alphabet unit Google is likely to be hit with a third EU antitrust fine next week related to its AdSense advertising service, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, with the sanction expected to be much smaller than previous fines.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Ars Technica: Nasty WinRAR bug is being actively exploited to install hard-to-detect malware. “Malicious hackers wasted no time exploiting a nasty code-execution vulnerability recently disclosed in WinRAR, a Windows file-compression program with 500 million users worldwide. The in-the-wild attacks install malware that, at the time this post was going live, was undetected by the vast majority of antivirus product.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Al Jazeera: The path to colonial reckoning is through archives, not museums. “As the French President Emmanuel Macron tours East Africa, he is certain to get a cordial welcome. If everything goes to plan, it will be all smiles and few uncomfortable questions. However, this should not be the case. Macron has called for an international conference on the return of African art and artefacts looted during colonialism. But art and artefacts are not the only things that should be returned.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

The Silhouette: McMaster alumna promotes STEM satire through new website. “After completing an undergraduate degree in chemistry and masters in chemical engineering at McMaster University, Lexa Graham embarked on a new path. She performed in stand-up comedy shows and wrote for satire sites like The Onion and CBC Comedy. After identifying a gap in the market for satirical science content, she launched [DNAtured] on Feb. 21.” Like The Onion, but for STEM topics. I liked it. Good afternoon, Internet…

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