Data Analysis, Twitter, Mobile Browsing Privacy, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 31, 2019

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Penn Medicine News: Penn Medicine Releases Free, ‘Self-Service’ AI Tool for Data Analytics. “The Penn Medicine Institute for Biomedical Informatics has launched a free, open-source automated machine learning system for data analysis that is designed for anyone to use, from a high school student looking to gain insight on their baseball team’s statistics, to trained researchers looking for associations between cancer and environmental factors.”


Vice: Twitter Has Started Researching Whether White Supremacists Belong on Twitter. “Twitter is conducting in-house research to better understand how white nationalists and supremacists use the platform. The company is trying to decide, in part, whether white supremacists should be banned from the site or should be allowed to stay on the platform so their views can be debated by others, a Twitter executive told Motherboard.”


Gizmodo: How to Browse From Your Phone Anonymously. “Keeping your browsing anonymous is just as important on your phone as it is on your laptop and desktop—whether you want to thwart the advertisers, stop big tech building up a profile on you, or just keep your browsing to yourself, you don’t want to leave your privacy to chance, especially considering we all use our phones for sensitive browsing more and more these days.”

Lifehacker: Use This Webtool to Rip Videos from Tweets and Embed Them in Your Own. “Tripper is a free, desktop-based web tool that lets you rip videos from other people’s tweets and place them in your own.”


New York Times: Your Kids Think You’re Addicted to Your Phone. “The kids are all right. But the parents? Since 2016, adults have grown much more concerned about the time they spend on mobile devices even as their teenage children have grown far less worried about their own use, according to a new report from Common Sense Media, a nonprofit children’s advocacy and media ratings organization.”

University of Glasgow: White Paper raises concerns about access to the nation’s digital past. “People are struggling to access a treasure trove of the UK’s modern digital archives due to physical, technological and legal barriers, academics have warned in a White Paper published today. The paper says that unless regulations are changed to take account of user needs in the fast-paced modern world then this priceless national digital resource could become obsolete for future generations.”

CNN: Nancy Pelosi says Facebook ‘willing enablers’ of Russian interference. “A doctored video that was slowed down in a way that made it appear as if Pelosi was slurring her words went viral on Facebook last week. The company did not remove the video, but instead down ranked it, meaning, according to Facebook, that it appeared in fewer users’ News Feeds. It took Facebook 32 hours to down rank the video, CNN learned.”


BetaNews: Undetectable HiddenWasp backdoor malware hits Linux users, allowing for full control of infected systems. “HiddenWasp is slightly unusual in having Linux in its sights, and the targeted remote control tool is able to avoid detection by all major antivirus software. The malware is described as ‘sophisticated’ as it comprises a deployment script, a trojan and a rootkit.”


The Register: There’s a scarily good ‘deepfakes’ YouTube channel that’s quietly growing – and it’s freaking everyone out. “Russian researchers hit the headlines last week by reanimating oil-painted portraits and photos into talking heads using AI. Now, here’s another reminder that the tools to craft deepfakes are widely available for just about anyone with the right skills to use: the manipulated videos posted on YouTuber Ctrl Shift Face are particularly creepy.”

EFF: Fines Aren’t Enough: Here’s How the FTC Can Make Facebook Better. “A $3 billion fine would be, by far, the largest privacy-related fine in the FTC’s history. The biggest to date was $22.5 million, levied against Google in 2012. But even after setting aside $3 billion to cover a potential fine, Facebook still managed to rake in $3.3 billion in profit during the first quarter of 2019. It’s rumored that Facebook will agree to create a ‘privacy committee’ as part of this settlement. But the company needs to change its actions, not just its org chart. That’s why the settlement the FTC is negotiating now also needs to include limits on Facebook’s behavior.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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