Fierce Healthcare: AMA teams up with biotech incubator to connect physicians with startups. “The AMA and Sling Health, a student-run biotechnology incubator, launched the clinical problem database on the AMA’s Physician Innovation Network, an online forum that connects physicians and health technology companies looking for clinician feedback.”
University of Delaware: UD students develop online gallery for Wilmington artists. “Many artists who use studio space at the nonprofit Creative Vision Factory (CVF) in Wilmington find both a creative outlet and a sense of community there, a way to help them deal with the struggles they’ve faced in life. Now, a project undertaken in partnership with the University of Delaware will ensure that sharing their art will no longer be one of those struggles. Students and faculty have developed a digital archive where the public can learn about some of the artists and view a selection of their work. Plans are to continue expanding the archive with additional artists and new works.”
The Island Connection: Town Of Kiawah Island Releases Grow Native Plant Database. “The database was designed to help promote the use of native plants on the island and serve as a resource for residents, landscapers, landscape architects, landscape designers, and other entities. This searchable database includes native trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, ferns, and grasses and allows users to filter and find plants based on a variety of criteria, including plant type, size, light requirements, soil requirements, flower color, salt tolerance, deer resistance, and more. There are currently 196 plants in the database, but the list will be expanded over time.” I know this is just for one city, but what an unbelievable project and great way to get residents to assist in addressing ecosystem conservation and development.
Michigan Live: Maps of 6,300 miles of Michigan forest roads open for ORV use added to statewide database. “There are more than 6,300 miles of state forest roads in Northern Michigan available for off-road vehicle use. And now there’s a database to find those roads. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released final maps detailing the 6,339.5 miles of Northern Michigan state forest roads open to ORV use.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Search Engine Journal: Google Confirms the Issue With Deindexed Pages is Fully Resolved . “Google has confirmed the issue which manifested last week causing pages to be deindexed is now fully resolved.” Didn’t provide any details about what happened.
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Poynter: Who needs deepfakes when bogus crowd photos get thousands of shares on Facebook?. “In Indonesia, where people are paid to spread deliberately false information about presidential candidates on social media, fact-checkers have been busy debunking similar hoaxes in the lead-up to next week’s election. France 24 reported this week that misinformation has exacerbated religious rifts in Indonesian society. At the same time, a lot of the hoaxes that journalists are going after have to do with crowd size. In the past week, two of the most engaging articles from Liputan 6’s fact-checking team debunked photos that were taken out of context, according to audience metrics tool BuzzSumo.”
New York Times: Canada Joins the World in a Social Media Crackdown. “Unlike the last American presidential election, or the current vote in Alberta, where I’m writing this week’s newsletter, there was no obvious cybermeddling when Canadians voted in 2015. This week, however, Canada’s digital security and spy agency reiterated its warning that the country won’t be immune from foreign online interference in the federal election this October.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
TechCrunch: Hackers publish personal data on thousands of US federal agents. “A hacker group has breached several FBI-affiliated websites and uploaded their contents to the web, including dozens of files containing the personal information of thousands of federal agents and law enforcement officers, TechCrunch has learned.”
Yahoo News: German price platform sues Google over search results. ” A German price-comparison platform says it has filed a suit against Alphabet Inc.’s Google search business on allegations it has abused its dominant position by favoring its own price-comparison service in search results.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
MIT: AKDC’s LayerCake mapping tool now available to the public. “In LayerCake, latitude and longitude are mapped on the horizontal axis, while time is mapped on the vertical axis. The scale of the time axis is remapped to accommodate the chronological span of items on the map. Users may explore the map by panning, orbiting, and zooming their point of view. They may also click on map items for detailed information. A prototype of the tool released in 2017 provides a demonstration of capabilities of the tool by mapping the 12th c. travels of Ibn Jubayr.”
News@Northeastern: Your Gender And Race Might Be Determining Which Facebook Ads You See. “The research was troubling. It showed that the group of users to whom Facebook chose to show ads can be skewed along gender and racial lines, in potential violation of federal laws that prevent discrimination in ads for employment, housing, and credit. A Northeastern team tested Facebook’s advertising system with a series of online advertisements. As the researchers tweaked the images, Facebook’s system presented the ads more predominantly to specific racial and gender groups.” This is not the researchers intentionally microtargeting. This is Facebook’s own algorithm doing this.
Penn State News: Researchers to compare Twitter opinions on climate change with real-world views. “In their study, the researchers will construct a Twitter-driven regional opinion heat map, using an opinion-mining pipeline and the social media platform’s geotags, and analyze whether the map represents regional attitudes toward climate change captured in national survey data. Then, they will examine how differences in location, time and occurrences of climate-related events shape people’s opinions toward climate change. The researchers hope to gain a deeper insight regarding public opinion through the lens of social media.” Good morning, Internet…
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