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Baltimore Law Enforcement, The Genealogy Squad, Google Lens, More: Friday Evening ResearchBuzz, May 3, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Baltimore Fishbowl: Open Justice Baltimore creates an openly searchable database of Baltimore’s cops. “Data scientist collective Open Justice Baltimore has assembled a new database with information on thousands of city police officers, comprised of data from public records and vetted, crowd-sourced information from the general public. The tool, dubbed BPD Watch, includes the names, badge numbers, salary history, unit assignment, photos (where available) and other details about more than 3,000 individuals employed by the Baltimore Police Department as of late October of 2018.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Genealogy Guys Blog: The Genealogy Squad Facebook Group Is Announced. “A new Facebook group for genealogy, The Genealogy Squad, is being launched … on Monday, 6 May 2019. The mission of the Genealogy Squad Facebook group is to provide a positive space for the sharing of appropriate and reliable methods and resources to assist genealogists at all levels in their research activities.”

Ubergizmo: Google Lens Picks Up Support For Japanese. “Google Lens was introduced back in 2017. It can simply be described as a real-life reverse image search where users rely on their handset’s camera to identify objects in real life. Lens enables them to learn more about the things around them. It’s particularly useful for translating languages you don’t know and if like me you can’t read Japanese, you’re going to like the fact that Google Lens now has support for Japanese.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

BBC: Antiquities looted in Syria and Iraq are sold on Facebook. “Facebook is being used by networks of traffickers to buy and sell looted antiquities, the BBC has learned. Private groups also discuss how to illegally excavate ancient tombs, according to research by academics. Facebook says it has removed 49 groups following the BBC’s investigation.”

Japan Times: TikTok sets its sights on the music industry. “Short-form video app TikTok isn’t content being the center of online youth culture in Japan. Now, it’s eyeing the music industry. Earlier this month, TikTok announced a new project called Spotlight. This initiative invites users to submit original music, which will then be siphoned into a special playlist available for anyone using the app to access and add to their own creations. At some point, a panel of judges will whittle contestants down over the course of a season, with somewhere between five and 10 artists being selected as winners at the end.”

Reveal News: CFPB moves to limit home loan data. “Want to know which banks target people of color for loans with high interest rates, steep fees, or reverse mortgages? Or which banks deny home loans to African Americans and Latinos even when their income shows they could easily cover the monthly payment? You won’t be able to find out if new regulations proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau go through.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Dark Reading: Misconfigured Ladders Database Exposed 13M User Records. “Another company has misconfigured another AWS-hosted database, and this time the results are 13 million user profiles exposed. Employment-recruitment site Ladders exposed the records of job seekers who had signed up for the possibility of landing a high-end position.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

EFF: Content Moderation is Broken. Let Us Count the Ways.. “Many of us view content moderation as a given, an integral component of modern social media. But the specific contours of the system were hardly foregone conclusions. In the early days of social media, decisions about what to allow and what not to were often made by small teams or even individuals, and often on the fly. And those decisions continue to shape our social media experience today.”

EurekAlert: Finnish school students outperform US students on ‘fake news’ digital literacy tasks. “A recent study revealed students at an international school in Finland significantly outperformed U.S. students on tasks which measure digital literacy in social media and online news. The researchers suggest this may be due to the Finnish and International Baccalaureate curricula’s different way of facilitating students’ critical thinking skills compared to the US system and curriculum. The results of this study were published in the Journal of Research in International Education in April.”

Duke Chronicle: How to curb loneliness and increase happiness using social media. “The Center for Advanced Hindsight—an applied behavioral science research center at Duke—is partnering with a new social media app called Wisdo to better understand how online platforms can contribute to more positive online engagement. Duke’s analysis into Wisdo contributes to the Center’s larger mission to conduct research that has a direct impact on people’s lives, especially in promotion of healthy behaviors.” Good evening, Internet…

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