Illinois Physicians, Twitter, Google, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 20, 2019


Illinois State Genealogy Blog: Exciting News from the Illinois State Archives – the new Physician Database is now available online!. “The Illinois State Archives is happy to announce that the Physician Database is now available on CyberDriveIllinois! The database consists of more than 62,700 physicians and surgeons who registered for licensure with the Illinois State Board of Health and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. The records span August 1877 to February 17, 1937. ”


Engadget: Twitter bans advertising from state-controlled news outlets. “Twitter announced today that it will no longer accept advertising from state-controlled news outlets. Those accounts will still be able to use the platform, but not its advertising. The change comes after China’s state-backed media outlet Xinhua sponsored ads attacking Hong Kong protestors.”

Reuters: Exclusive: Fearing data privacy issues, Google cuts some Android phone data for wireless carriers. “Alphabet Inc’s Google has shut down a service it provided to wireless carriers globally that showed them weak spots in their network coverage, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, because of Google’s concerns that sharing data from users of its Android phone system might attract the scrutiny of users and regulators.”

New York Times: Facebook’s New Tool Lets You See Which Apps and Websites Tracked You. “The company introduced a new tool that lets people better see and control the information that Facebook has gathered about their browsing habits outside the social network. The tool, Off-Facebook Activity, allows users to view the hundreds of sites and apps that share data and customer information with Facebook. They can then erase the data it they want.” Not available in the US yet, unfortunately, but if you’re in Ireland, South Korea, or Spain, you’re in luck.


The Next Web: 6 ways to create a website that’s accessible (and why it’s important to do so). “If you thought website accessibility only mattered for governments and big business, think again. Accessibility matters to anyone who provides a product or service — public, private or volunteer. It particularly matters for small business. And paradoxically, small businesses are the ones most likely to get it wrong.”


SF Gate: SF is home to the world’s oldest webcam. After 25 years, it’s being switched off.. “A year earlier, [Jeff] Schwartz (known as Webdog) and his cohort Dan Wong (Danno) had already begun running the San Francisco FogCam, named for the shrouded view it offered of the San Francisco State University campus where they were taking computer science classes. Now, it’s the oldest continually operating webcam in the world, and has been running for 25 years. But at the end of August, Schwartz and Wong are pulling the plug.”

News and Observer: UK to pressure social media companies to fight anti-vax info . “Britain’s government plans to call a summit of social media companies to discuss what more they can do to fight online misinformation about vaccines following a spike in measles cases.”

South China Morning Post: Chinese University to start public archive on Hong Kong protests to document the movement and preserve material for future study. “A Hong Kong university will set up a public archive to preserve footage, posts on popular forum LIHKG, and any materials related to the massive city protests against the now-abandoned extradition bill, the Post has learned.”


University of Michigan: Guidelines aim to slow spread of fake climate change news on Facebook. “In this era of conflicting ideologies, fake news about climate change — especially on Facebook — can embolden those who remain unconvinced that it’s a threat and can easily influence people who only casually follow the issue. Lauren Lutzke, a doctoral student at the School for Environment and Sustainability, hopes her research can shed light on a potential solution to this problem.”

University of California Riverside: When disaster strikes, a search website for first responders will save lives. “When Mount Vesuvius erupted almost 2,000 years ago, it took hours for a single message from Pompeii to reach rescuers 18 miles away. Today we have the opposite problem during disasters: too much rapid information from many sources, with consequences just as fatal for some people. Engineers at the University of California, Riverside are working to change this with a tool that searches real-time text, photo and video from social media and surveillance cameras alongside data from sensors, like fire detectors and security alarms. With the tool, for example, firefighters could search the terms ‘fire’ and ‘crowds’ in a particular location and time and receive data from multiple sources.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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