Ohio Businesses, Facebook, China Search Engines, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, July 13, 2019


Ohio Attorney General: AG Yost Launches New Tool to Help Ohio Consumers. “Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost today announced the launch of a new online tool to help Ohioans gauge the reputations of businesses and steer clear of those with problematic pasts….The searchable database houses civil lawsuits and criminal indictments filed by the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Section and its Economic Crimes Unit since 2013.”


Ars Technica: Facebook’s FTC fine will be $5 billion—or one month’s worth of revenue. “The Federal Trade Commission and Facebook have reportedly agreed on a $5 billion fine that would settle the FTC’s privacy investigation into the social network. With Facebook having reported $15 billion in revenue last quarter, the $5 billion fine would amount to one month’s worth of revenue.”

Abacus News: China has a censored search engine just for kids from state news agency Xinhua. “In a country with censorship as strict as China’s, it can be hard for authorities to ensure every trace of anything deemed inappropriate is expunged from the internet. Now state-owned media outlet Xinhua is making a new search engine app designed just for kids.”

BBC: Twitch streamers banned for dangerous driving. “So-called ‘IRL streaming’ – derived from the internet jargon ‘in real life’ – has become a popular pastime for many, with personalities like Pokimane and Loltyler1 amassing millions of followers through their regular real-life streams.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Largest publisher of scholarly journals cuts off UC researchers amid cost dispute. “On Wednesday, professors and students across the University of California who tried to read articles published in any of 2,500 scholarly journals since Jan. 1 got an unpleasant surprise: They couldn’t. Elsevier, the world’s largest publisher of journals — from the famous Lancet to the less-known Journal of Psychosomatic Research — had cut UC off.”


MakeUseOf: 6 Ways to Find All Accounts Linked to Your Email Address or Phone Number. “From the dial-up days till now, most of us have signed up for a countless number of online accounts. But we barely log in to even half of them today. Now, the email address or a phone number you surrendered for registration can be misused. It’s time to ask yourself—’How do I find all accounts linked to my email address?'”


Rolling Stone: Why Did Instagram Confuse These Ads Featuring LGBTQ People for Escort Ads?. “On Tuesday, a thread from Salty, a newsletter and digital publication aimed at women, transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people, started circulating on Twitter. The thread called out Instagram for banning six ads featuring transgender and non-binary people of color. Instagram’s reasoning: the ads in question promoted escorting services, they said, a violation of the platform’s terms of service. There was just one problem with this argument — none of them were sex workers.”

Times of San Diego: UC San Diego to Launch Data Preservation Partnership. “The partnership between the UCSD library and the Texas Digital Library is intended to shore up a weak spot for libraries that hold sensitive personal or health information in their custody. According to UCSD, libraries and archives currently have preservation networks for all content types except sensitive and private data.”

Global Press Journal: How Sri Lankans Are Preserving History, One Manuscript At a Time. “Thousands of one-of-a-kind manuscripts written on palmyrah leaves that were lost during Sri Lanka’s civil war, are being recovered. Now, local people are working to digitize them and preserve the history they contain.” This Web site was a bit of a slow load for me, but I found the article well worth it.


CNET: US mayors resolve not to pay hackers over ransomware attacks. “More than 225 US mayors have signed on to a resolution not to pay ransoms to hackers. It’s a collective stand against the ransomware attacks that have crippled city government computer systems in recent years.”

Nieman Lab: Governments making “fake news” a crime risk stifling real journalism — accidentally or intentionally. “To stem the rising influence of fake news, some countries have made the creation and distribution of deliberately false information a crime. Singapore is the latest country to have passed a law against fake news, joining Germany, Malaysia, France, Russia, and others. But using the law to fight the wave of fake news may not be the best approach. Human rights activists, legal experts, and others fear these laws have the potential to be misused to stifle free speech, or unintentionally block legitimate online posts and websites.”


EurekAlert: Study explores how social movements can use virtual worlds. “Online virtual worlds can help social movements raise awareness and create safe spaces for their members, according to a new study by an academic at the University of East Anglia (UEA).” Good morning, Internet…

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