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Astronautics Jobs, Annotated Constitution, Apache National Forest, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, September 18, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

CNBC: There’s a new database of thousands of jobs at space companies, including SpaceX, Blue Origin and more. “Called ‘Space Talent,’ the database features over 2,900 open jobs listed across 140 companies in the space industry, from engineering to design to administration. Listings include rocket companies like SpaceX, Rocket Lab, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic; satellite operators such as SES and Maxar’s Digital Globe, Planet Labs and ICEYE; as well as lunar robotics company Astrobotic.”

Library of Congress: New Website Makes the U.S. Constitution Searchable with Supreme Court Interpretations Throughout History. “With advanced search tools and a modern user-friendly interface, the new website makes the 3,000 pages of the Constitution Annotated fully searchable and accessible for the first time to online audiences – including Congress, legal scholars, law students and anyone interested in U.S. constitutional law.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

White Mountain Independent: Arizona Memory Project now hosts collection of Apache County photos . “The Apache National Forest History collection from Round Valley Public Library highlights the history of the Apache and Sitgreaves National Forests beginning in the 1910s. The collection showcases the work of the Civil Conservation Corps, the National Forest Service and the logging industry in Apache County, Arizona….Viewers of the collection will find images of campgrounds, lodges, mills, reservoirs and lakes, construction projects, and the people that helped make the Apache National Forest a place to escape the summer heat.”

CNET: LinkedIn will let you test, display skills for employers. “LinkedIn wants to help you tout your skills. On Tuesday, the resume-sharing site said it’s introducing LinkedIn Skills Assessments, a tool that validates members’ proficiency for potential employers.”

Ars Technica: Google Fi gets a cheaper “unlimited” plan, bundled cloud storage. “Google Fi, Google’s MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) cellular service, is launching a second plan for users today. Besides the original pay-per-megabyte plan with unlimited calls and text, Google Fi is now launching a full blown ‘Unlimited’ plan (with throttling after 22GB) for $70, and it comes with 100GB of cloud storage thanks to a bundled ‘Google One’ membership.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Balkan Transitional Justice: BIRN Offers Grants to Explore War Crimes Archives. “The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has launched a call for proposals for small projects by journalists, artists, historians and civil society activists covering topics related to the archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and domestic courts in former Yugoslav countries that dealt with war crimes cases. BIRN said that it is seeking projects that will creatively use courts’ archives in order to promote truth, justice and accountability in the Balkans.”

Financial Times: How the Internet Archive is waging war on misinformation. “The Internet Archive, founded in 1996, is a non-profit that collects and digitises information, from films to books. It is best known for the Wayback Machine, a free repository of web pages that allows users to see what a particular URL looked like when it was archived, regardless of whether it has since been changed or taken down. Since the 2016 US election, as fears about the power of fake news have intensified, the archive has stepped up its efforts to combat misinformation.” Usually when I try to look at FT articles they’re paywalled; this one was not.

Asahi Shimbun: Vietnam’s social media swells with rival to Facebook, Google. “A new social network has entered the already crowded field in Vietnam as the communist party squeezes U.S. tech giants Facebook and Google with a new cybersecurity law. Lotus, a social network that allows users to create content and share posts to a home page, had received 700 billion dong ($30.14 million or 3.2 trillion yen) in funding from tech corporation VCCorp and hoped to raise another 500 billion dong, company General Director Nguyen The Tan said at the launch ceremony.” I know I linked to a story about new social media in Vietnam last month, but this is yet another one…

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Hacker News: Thousands of Google Calendars Possibly Leaking Private Information Online. I don’t really like this headline — I think it’s more people have their Google Calendars set up in a way that isn’t really secure, it’s not like information is “leaking” from a locked setup — but this article is a good reminder about Google Calendar. “At the time of writing, there are over 8000 publicly accessible Google Calendars, searchable using Google engine itself, that allow anyone to not only access sensitive details saved to them but also add new events with maliciously crafted information or links, security researcher Avinash Jain told The Hacker News.”

Motherboard: This Company Built a Private Surveillance Network. We Tracked Someone With It. “This tool, called Digital Recognition Network (DRN), is not run by a government, although law enforcement can also access it. Instead, DRN is a private surveillance system crowdsourced by hundreds of repo men who have installed cameras that passively scan, capture, and upload the license plates of every car they drive by to DRN’s database. DRN stretches coast to coast and is available to private individuals and companies focused on tracking and locating people or vehicles. The tool is made by a company that is also called Digital Recognition Network.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Arizona State University: Research project aims to build geospatial artificial intelligence for landform detection. “Earth is enormous, and while humans have done a decent job of being able to map out the boundaries of countries and states, the roads in our cities and the location of geological sightseeing destinations, there remains a lot of the world that isn’t precisely figured out. But a new project from Wenwen Li, associate professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, aims to learn more about our world and its varying terrain by applying artificial intelligence.”

The Conversation: How Congress turns citizens’ voices into data points. “The Congressional Management Foundation suggests that most congressional offices saw constituent contact double – or even increase eight-fold – from 2002 to 2010. Current staffers say the numbers have climbed even higher since then. Congressional staffers spend hours listening, reading, collecting and organizing all this information. All of it ends up going into databases in their offices. As a scholar of technology use in Congress, I’ve interviewed more than 50 staffers in more than 40 congressional offices. I’ve observed that advancements in computer technology are changing how Congress handles citizen communication and uses the data collected from those conversations to represent citizens – for better and for worse.”

The Getty Iris: Getty Will Devote $100 Million to Preserve and Study Ancient Art and Sites around the World. “Today, we at Getty are embarking on an unprecedented and ambitious $100 million global initiative, Ancient Worlds Now: A Future for the Past. Including far-reaching education, research, and conservation efforts unfolding through 2030 and beyond, the initiative seeks to promote a greater understanding of the world’s cultural heritage and its value to global society.” Good morning, Internet…

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