Colorado Gun Safety, Instagram, US Currency, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, August 27, 2019


The Denver Channel: CU Anschutz unveils out-of-home gun storage map to help improve safety, prevent suicide . “Faculty members with the Colorado School of Public Health and University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus said this new tool, called the Colorado Gun Storage Map , can help improve safety and prevent suicide. Using the map, community members in a crisis can pick where they want to temporarily and voluntarily keep their firearm.” This is great.


Digital Trends: Instagram’s Threads app would allow your friends to monitor your every move. “Facebook is working on a new Instagram messaging app called Threads that will give your friends automatic status updates on essentially your every move, including information about your location, speed, and even phone battery life.” WHY?

CNET: Google puts women on US currency with an AR workaround. “In May, the Trump administration said it was pushing back a plan to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. But with a new Google app, you can see Tubman on the bill now.”

Mashable: Facebook’s ‘clear history’ feature delayed in U.S. over sex-trafficking case . “The decision to block the tool was made by Texas District Court Judge Tanya Garrison, reports Bloomberg, delaying the U.S. release until at least Aug. 30, 2019. It’s at the request of a woman who is currently suing Facebook for failing to prevent sex traffickers from taking advantage of her while she was a teenager. ”


Lifehacker: What to Do When You Receive a Takedown Request. “On Monday, YouTube filed a lawsuit against one of its users for extorting others through false copyright strikes; after submitting unverified copyright claims on videos, the user in question would demand a payment (like $300 by Paypal or $200 in Bitcoin) or threaten a third copyright strike on their account, which would mean termination from the platform altogether. The problem isn’t just that this user extorted others (though that’s terrible, too); it’s that platforms like YouTube arguably don’t devote enough effort to validating these claims, meaning users can freely submit takedown requests as a means of threatening other accounts.”

MakeUseOf: What Is Mixer? How to Start Streaming on This Twitch Alternative . “Live-streaming can now be considered mainstream entertainment. Popular streamers attract thousands of viewers, and are celebrities in their own right. Streaming has become a lucrative career option. Anyone can become a streamer. All you need is a computer and a streaming service like Twitch or Mixer. Here’s everything you need to know about what is Mixer and how to start streaming on Mixer.”


Slate: The Pin Is Mightier. “A friend of mine, an attorney at a nonprofit legal agency, was following up on a case for a client she’d met at a small-claims clinic the day before. As she used Google Maps to search for an address the client had provided, she noticed a featured pin for a nearby ‘lodge’ with a peculiar name: ‘Balls deep in the bullshit.'”

Stuff: How the National Library preserves New Zealand’s digital heritage. “As Auckland businessman Matt Blomfield celebrated the demise of the controversial Whaleoil blog site that defamed him, a web recorder was quietly crawling the site’s darkest corners, sucking up its content. Blomfield had bought the site, in the hope of killing off its poison-tipped archives. But it was already too late.”

New York Times: Preserving Latinx History Through Vintage Photos. “Over the past few years, my Tío Julio has developed a habit of sending me old family photos on WhatsApp. He writes long, novella-like captions with each image, sharing old family lore. Recently, he sent me a fading photo of my bisabuelo’s old house in Santiago, Dominican Republic, and recounted the time a torrential rain flooded the home and almost washed my uncle (then a newborn) into the street in a basket.”


Hackaday: Airport Runways And Hashtags — How To Become A Social Engineer. “Of the $11.7 million companies lose to cyber attacks each year, an estimated 90% begin with a phone call or a chat with support, showing that the human factor is clearly an important facet of security and that security training is seriously lacking in most companies. Between open-source intelligence (OSINT) — the data the leaks out to public sources just waiting to be collected — and social engineering — manipulating people into telling you what you want to know — there’s much about information security that nothing to do with a strong login credentials or VPNs.”

The Next Web: Indian court rejects the idea of linking social media accounts with IDs. “Earlier this week, The Madras High Court in India ruled against any possibility of linking Aadhaar or any government ID with social media accounts.”


Tubefilter: The YouTube Radicalization Pipeline Exists, And It’s Driving Users Toward Increasingly Alt-Right Content (Study). “A new study out of Cornell University has found ‘strong evidence for radicalization among YouTube users,’ and concludes that viewers who consume ‘mild’ radical right-wing content (it cites Joe Rogan, a YouTuber with a talk show and 6.1 million subscribers, as a creator of such ‘mild’ content) often migrate to viewing much more radical alt-right content.” Good morning, Internet…

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