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Fact-Checking, Tab Management, UK Flooding, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 12, 2019

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Poynter: Here comes a tool, approved by WhatsApp, to automate the distribution of fact-checks. “The love/hate relationship between fact-checkers and reader-submitted tips from private messaging may soon be a thing of the past. Meedan, the software company behind Check, a task management system used in collaboration by fact-checkers all over the world, has unveiled a new tool that would automate responses to tipsters without ever having to bother a fact-checker.”

CNET: Stop drowning in browser tabs with this Google Chrome trick. “Google’s new tab-grouping feature for the Chrome browser on desktop just might be the answer to your prayers. If you’re one of those people who always has 25 tabs open on one screen, the new tool will organize them so you’re not clicking through tabs like a mad person trying to find that email you opened five minutes ago.”

UKAuthority: Environment Agency feeds flood alerts to Google. “The Environment Agency is to begin sending flood alert information to Google for it to appear on its search engine and Public Alerts map.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Nieman Lab: Investigative journalism YouTube outlet Point is raising money for a misinformation-themed video game based on real-life stories. “The investigative online journalism startup Point, a London-based investigative journalism startup focusing on technology and internet culture that publishes solely via video investigations on YouTube, is running a Kickstarter to launch Misinformer, ‘a text based, detective-style mobile game that puts the player in the position of citizen journalist who has to crack a major misinformation-based conspiracy before an upcoming election.'”

The Guardian: YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki: ‘Where’s the line of free speech – are you removing voices that should be heard?’. “In YouTube’s fashionable central London ‘space’, where good-looking young people mill around and help themselves to the well-stocked free kitchen, there is a noticeboard that asks staff and visitors: What could we do better? On one of the sticky notes, someone has written ‘Nothing!!’ It would be reassuring for the executives who run the video site if that were true, although not many would agree that it is. Susan Wojcicki, YouTube’s CEO, who is in town for a three-week tour of Europe, is one of the most impressive and powerful women in tech – and also one of the most beleaguered.”

Route Fifty: How Libraries are Embracing Artificial Intelligence. “In Roanoke County, Virginia, a trip to the public library might include reading, online research, 3D printing—and, since last summer, the opportunity to chat with Pepper, a 4-foot-tall humanoid robot who sings, dances and teaches coding classes.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

TorrentFreak: ‘Copyright Troll’ Files Over 1,000 Piracy Lawsuits in Half a Year. “After filing more than 1,000 lawsuits against alleged BitTorrent pirates in the first half of this year, Strike 3 Holdings is the most active copyright litigant in the United States. Together with fellow adult entertainment company Malibu Media, the company is responsible for nearly all cases filed against alleged file-sharers in the US.”

TechCrunch: Hundreds of exposed Amazon cloud backups found leaking sensitive data. “How safe are your secrets? If you used Amazon’s Elastic Block Storage snapshots, you might want to check your settings. New research just presented at the Def Con security conference reveals how companies, startups and governments are inadvertently leaking their own files from the cloud.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The New York Times: Why Aren’t We Talking About LinkedIn?. “Twitter helps the powerful discover their worst selves and leaves everyone else vulnerable. Facebook brings people together only to subject them to marketing and manipulation. Our social feeds aren’t ready for the 2020 election. None of them are even ready for today. In recent months, they have faced serious scrutiny from Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike. Except one. Is there anything the rest of the internet can learn from LinkedIn?”

Inverse: Can Hypergiant Actually Build Intergalactic Internet?. “Hypergiant, a company better known for its A.I. software, has turned its attention to expanding the world’s largest computer network beyond the Earth. The moon, Mars, and beyond could get connected to all the musings and memes accessible on the world wide web, using a relay network of satellites that will also host an archive of human knowledge. It may sound like a rather pointless endeavor — who lives on the moon? — but that could soon change.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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