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Hurricane Dorian, Autism Resources, Ohio Legal Aid, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, August 31, 2019

Poynter: A quick guide to avoiding hoaxes and false news about Dorian (or any other hurricane). “Just like any other life-threating natural phenomenon, strong winds are usually felt on social media long before they really affect people’s life. Hurricanes, just like floods or earthquakes, are commonly surrounded by hoaxes and might trigger the sharing of false information. To prevent this, the International Fact-Checking Network has built a quick guide that not only can be applied to Hurricane Dorian, but also to any other storm in the near future.”

NEW RESOURCES

Spectrum: New autism map points to diagnostic deserts in United States. “More than 80 percent of counties in the United States do not have diagnostic centers for autism, according to a new database. And across the country, autistic people live, on average, about 22 miles from a diagnostic center.”

Business Journal Daily: Community Legal Aid Launches Free Resource Site. “Community Legal Aid has partnered with the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation to launch … a website created justice system by providing free information on the state’s civil justice system. Information on common legal issues, details about court and other legal forms and referrals to legal aid and bar association referral programs are available on the website. Ohio Legal Help also provides plain-language legal information, interactive self-help tools and connections to local legal and community resources.”

WOWK: New website for job seekers in West Virginia. “The new website was born out of the statewide job fair back in March, that brought thousands to the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center looking for work. The whole idea with the website is to make it easier job seekers, and employers find each other without the travel.”

Diverse: New Website Tracks School Police Violence Against Students of Color. “The website also has an interactive map called the #AssaultAt map, which shows where alleged police attacks on students occurred from 2009 to present. So far, the website documents 110 incidents. Visitors can click pins on the map to learn more about each story, including photos and videos when available.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Gizmodo: Google Is Reportedly Farewelling China Thanks To Trump’s Trade War. “Google is reportedly packing up most of its production in China and moving it to Vietnam to escape rising productions costs due to Trump’s escalating trade war, according to a recent report from Nikkei Asian Review.”

Tubefilter: Amid Reported FTC Investigation, YouTube Announces New ‘YouTube Kids’ Website. “YouTube has not yet publicly settled with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with respect to a reported investigation into issues surrounding underage users, but the video giant said yesterday that it was launching a new website for YouTube Kids — which previously only existed in app form.”

CNN: Facebook rolls out stricter political ad rules ahead of 2020. “Facebook announced Wednesday it is imposing stricter disclosure and transparency standards on political ads in the United States after, the social networking platform said, it caught some advertisers trying to game the system by misleading users about who was funding the ads.”

USEFUL STUFF

PopSugar: These 8 Friend-Finding Apps Will Help You Make New Connections in Real Life. WARNING: Slideshow ahoy. “If you want to make real-life connections with new people but aren’t sure where to start, these eight friendship apps can help. Whether it’s finding people who are passionate about the same hobbies you are or just getting to know your neighbors, these apps let you take that initial first step so that bonding in real life is less stressful. Keep reading to learn more about these great friendship apps, and get ready to expand your social circle with people who just . . . get you.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

CNET: Facebook, Twitter to attend disinformation event at federal elections office. “Facebook and Twitter plan to attend an event this month at the Federal Election Commission’s office in Washington, DC, about digital disinformation, the companies said Thursday.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

NPR: China Intercepts WeChat Texts From U.S. And Abroad, Researcher Says. “Chinese cyberspace is one of the most surveilled and censored in the world. That includes WeChat. Owned by Tencent, one of China’s biggest companies, the chat-meets-payment app has more than 1 billion monthly users in China and now serves users outside the country, too, although it does not divulge how many. Researchers say its use abroad has extended the global reach of China’s surveillance and censorship methods.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Phys .org: Deaths of prominent life scientists tend to be followed by a surge in highly cited research by newcomers. “…when star scientists die, their subfields see a subsequent 8.6 percent increase, on average, of articles by researchers who have not previously collaborated with those star scientists. Moreover, those papers published by the newcomers to these fields are much more likely to be influential and highly cited than other pieces of research.” Good morning, Internet…

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