Government AI, Peterloo, Stadia, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 21, 2019


Nextgov: White House Launches “The site features AI-focused policy initiatives and accomplishments across the federal government and also brings together governmentwide resources such as fact sheets, strategic documents, agency programs and more.”

About Manchester: New website launched to explore Peterloo. “A new website… has been launched that will interactively explore the events and legacy of thePeterloo Massacre 200 years after this watershed moment in Britain’s democracy. Using detailed 3D imagery the user is placed in St Peter’s Field so that they can see how events unfolded when 60,000 people gathered in Manchester on 16 August 1819 seeking rights and representation.”


BBC: Google reveals gaming platform Stadia. “Google has unveiled a new digital gaming platform called Stadia which will stream better-than-console-quality games that have traditionally had to be either downloaded or purchased on disc.”

BetaNews: Firefox Quantum 66 blocks audio autoplay, improves scrolling behavior and adds option to search all tabs. “The new release is light on new features, but heavy on delivering significant improvements across the browser. The big new addition is that websites will now automatically be blocked from playing sound — however, the customizable feature won’t be immediately available to all users.”

UC Riverside News: Veterans history project receives VA funding through 2020. “After a successful pilot year, the initiative, titled ‘Along the Chaparral: Memorializing the Enshrined,’ will continue for an additional two years, supported by a new contract worth $398,659 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration. ”


CNN: Facebook apologizes after mistaking Trump social media director for a bot . “Facebook on Tuesday said it had apologized to White House social media director Dan Scavino for temporarily blocking some features on his account for a few hours on Monday.”

The Observer (Notre Dame): Professor Jason Ruiz receives grant to create digital archive of Pilsen murals. “Hundreds of murals cover the walls of homes businesses, schools, public buildings and train stops in the Pilsen neighborhood in the lower west side of Chicago. The murals depict the culture of the large Mexican population that blossomed in Pilsen in the 1960s and continues to live there today. However, visitors to the National Museum of Mexican Art located in Pilsen may find that information on the murals is lacking.”

The Mainichi: Japan ruling party grills Google in bid to tighten IT regulations. “Japan’s ruling party questioned a Google LLC executive Wednesday over the company’s data protection and transaction practices as part of efforts to tighten regulation on it and similar information technology giants.”


Forensic Magazine: Exclusive: The FBI Had Already Accessed Family Tree DNA’s Database Before Cooperation. “The filters at FamilyTreeDNA started catching some attempted uploads to their database toward the end of 2018. The format was unrecognizable—something they had never seen before. So the company sent an email to the listed point of contact. Days later, FamilyTreeDNA got a call. It was from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They had uploaded the strangely-formatted files.”

CNET: MyPillow, AmeriSleep websites were hit with hacks stealing credit card data. “Hackers planted malware to steal credit card information from customers at two major sleep retailers, researchers have found. The two companies, MyPillow and Amerisleep, are popular pillow and mattress companies, boasting millions of dollars in sales on their websites. What was not on their websites was breach disclosures for skimmers that security researchers at RiskIQ discovered, going back to April 2017.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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