United Nations History, Obituaries, Windows 10, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, October 29, 2019


United Nations News: UN spotlights digitization of audiovisual archives to preserve human history on World Day. “UNESCO in 2015 launched a fundraising project to create digital surrogates of the Organisation’s archives dating back to its predecessors, including the League of Nations’ International Institute for Intellectual Cooperation…. A wealth of 5,000 photos, 8,000 hours of sound recordings, 45 hours of film, and 560,000 pages of governing body documents capture oceanography, space exploration, human rights communications, and traces of intellectual figures such as Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Masaharu Anesaki and more.”

BusinessWire: Ancestry® Debuts the World’s Largest Digital Archive of Searchable Online Obituaries and Death Announcements, Powered by Cutting-Edge Artificial Intelligence (PRESS RELEASE). “Today, Ancestry®, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, is releasing the new Obituary Collection and announcing an upgrade to its U.S. Obituary Collection, adding to what is now the world’s largest, searchable digital archive of over 262 million worldwide obituaries and death announcements, containing almost 1 billion searchable family members.”


BetaNews: Windows 10 still has problems with the Start menu and search even after the KB4522355 update. “Last week Microsoft released KB4522355 proclaiming that it fixed issues with both the Start menu and search. Only it didn’t fix problems for everyone. Start menu problems remain, and some users are still unable to use the search facility.”

CNET: Google stumbles on earnings as it deals with outside turmoil. “Tensions continue to mount for Google, as the search giant faces antitrust blowback from both federal and state officials, as well as massive dissent from its own employees. Now as the company faces those pressures, it’s got another issue to deal with: Its profits were weaker than expected in the third quarter. On Monday, the company released a sluggish financial report. ”


MakeUseOf: 5 Apps Better Than Browser Bookmarks to Manage Tabs and Save Links for Later. “Bookmarks are great to save links for later, but they do tend to pile up into clutter. These smart apps will help manage bookmarks better than the built-in browser feature and even get you through your read-it-later list.” A few additional suggestions in the comments, but I really like the idea of 30DayBookmarks.


Techdirt: Skynet, But For Welfare: Automating Social Services Is Killing People. “Citizens looking for government assistance have grown accustomed to jumping through red tape hoops. Now, the hoops are inaccessible, but still must be jumped through. The most marginalized members of society are given URLs instead of contact names and numbers when many of them have no reliable access to the internet or a computer. A new series by The Guardian shows the human cost of going paperless. It’s happening all over the world, and it’s literally killing people.”

BuzzFeed News: Google Removed Employee Questions About Its Hiring Of A Former DHS Staffer Who Defended The Muslim Travel Ban. “Google has been removing questions from an internal company message board about its hiring of a former Department of Homeland Security staffer who once publicly defended the Trump administration’s Muslim travel ban.”

The Verge: MrBeast partners with more than 600 YouTubers, including PewDiePie and MKBHD, to plant 20 million trees. “More than 600 YouTubers are teaming up to take on one of the biggest fundraising challenges the platform has ever seen: raising $20 million by the end of the year to plant 20 million trees.”


Ars Technica: Congress concerned teenagers’ favorite app is national security threat. “Two senators are pressing for an investigation into TikTok, a short-form video app that’s mostly popular with teenagers, for potential national security concerns. Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who generally agree about very little, sent a letter [October 24th] to Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire formally requesting an investigation of TikTok ‘and other China-owned content platforms.'”

OpenGov Asia: New website to provide Australians with a safer online experience. “The national online hub provides comprehensive online education resources and tools to report harmful content. This will promote safer, more positive online experiences and help Australians learn more about safeguarding themselves and their children from online harms.”


Mashable: The app that went from Instagram trash to cleaning up the world . “Say hello to Litterati, a free app that both encourages users to pick up litter and to share their efforts with likeminded individuals. But the app does more than just provide a nudge to tidy up. Behind the profile pics, photo galleries, and cheery campaigns announcing participants’ intention to clean up their neighborhoods lies a secret weapon: crowdsourced data.”

Phys .org: Predicting research results can mean better science and better advice. “We ask experts for advice all the time. A company might ask an economist for advice on how to motivate its employees. A government might ask what the effect of a policy reform will be. To give the advice, experts often would like to draw on the results of an experiment. But they don’t always have relevant experimental evidence. Collecting expert predictions about research results could be a powerful new tool to help improve science—and the advice scientists give.” Good morning, Internet…

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