Journalist Harassment, Machine Learning Tools, Facebook Libra, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 13, 2019


The Shift: ‘States using online harassment as a weapon against critical journalists’. “A new website launched by the International Press Institute (IPI) offers comprehensive resources for newsrooms to combat online harassment against journalists and its effects on press freedom, the organisation said.”

The Verge: Runway ML puts AI tools in the hands of creators everywhere. “Machine learning can be a fantastic tool for creators, but integrating AI into your workflow is a challenge for those who can’t code. A new program called Runway ML aims to make this process easier by providing artists, designers, filmmakers, and others with an ‘app store’ of machine learning applications that can be activated with a few clicks.”


Neowin: Japan becomes the latest country to investigate Facebook’s Libra. “According to sources familiar with the matter who spoke to Reuters, Japan has begun to investigate the ramifications of Facebook’s upcoming Libra cryptocurrency which is scheduled to launch next year. The officials will be looking into what effect it could have on the country’s monetary policy and financial regulation in anticipation of the upcoming G7 finance ministers meeting which will be held in France next week.”

The Jakarta Post: British YouTube rules out banning disputed drill music. “The head of the British division of YouTube on Friday ruled out banning a controversial style of street music that some activists blame for fuelling London gang violence.” I wasn’t sure what drill music was. Chiraq Drill informed me.

The Asian Age: This new Twitter feature will come in very handy. “To help keep toxic or irrelevant tweets at bay, Twitter is testing a new feature that will allow users to hide replies to their tweets.”


Pop Sugar: This Quick Hack Lets You Delete a Whole Day of Photos From Your Phone at Once. “We’ve all been there: your phone’s camera roll is running out of space and you don’t really feel like going through and deleting pictures one at a time. It’s tedious, time-consuming, and all too easy to accidentally delete the wrong photo. What if we told you that you can batch delete photos, clearing out a day of pictures at a time with just a few quick taps? Here’s the time-saving hack you need.”


Poynter: Politicians are launching their own fact-checking projects. Here’s why that’s problematic.. “It’s tempting to view the trend of politicians and governments co-opting fact-checking — and sometimes even fact-checkers’ own names — as business as usual for political campaigns. But it threatens to normalize other efforts that more explicitly aim to undermine the credibility of fact-checkers.”

Nieman Lab: Nuclear disasters, information vacuums: How a lack of data in Fukushima led to the spread of fake health news. “Last fall, a city council member in Minamisoma City, Japan circulated a printed leaflet among residents of the community, near where the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster happened in 2011. (It was the first nuclear disaster to occur since the internet became widely available.) The pamphlet reported that rates of thyroid cancer and leukemia increased dramatically after the accident. But, researchers from Minimisoma write in QJM: An International Journal of Medicine this month, the data was incorrect.”


New York Times: Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face. “Dozens of databases of people’s faces are being compiled without their knowledge by companies and researchers, with many of the images then being shared around the world, in what has become a sprawling ecosystem fueling the spread of facial recognition technology.”

Techdirt: YouTube Begins Blocking Stream-Ripping Sites. “As we’ve discussed previously, the past several years have seen the major music industry players paint an entirely new anti-piracy target on the backs of stream-ripping sites. These sites, which allow users to plug in the address for a YouTube video and get an audio rip outputted, are quite often used to generate audio files of copyrighted materials. This, however, is most certainly not their only use.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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