Irish Language, PEN International, Pennsylvania Agriculture, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, November 4, 2019


Irish Tech News: to be launched welcoming in a new era for the Irish language online. “This launch welcomes in a new era for the Irish language online. focuses on providing news, events, job vacancies and information to the Irish language community and to the learners of the language.”

University of Texas at Austin: New Digital Resources Launch Online for Study of Human Rights. “Thousands of digitized records reflecting major historical events of the 20th century related to PEN International, a global writers’ organization, are available online beginning this month. A project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and completed by the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin has resulted in a new online finding aid for researchers, as well as access to teaching guides and nearly 5,000 digitized records.”

Farm and Dairy: New database supports farmers and consumers. “Consumers may now use their location and a specified radius, or a specific county, to search for community farmers market and/or farm markets. Wholesale buyers can perform a similar search with the additional ability to filter by a wholesale farmer’s certifications, facilities, crops grown, and acreage per crop. CSAs are featured on their own page and include radial location and county filters tied to a responsive map. Produce auctions are showcased on an individual page with a map that pinpoints all 16 locations within the state of Pennsylvania.”


The Verge: A Facebook content moderation vendor is quitting the business after two Verge investigations. “The professional services firm Cognizant will exit the content moderation business after two Verge investigations into working conditions at sites dedicated to Facebook, the companies said today. Cognizant had hired thousands of moderators around the world to remove hate speech, terrorism, and other inappropriate content from platforms including Facebook, Google, and Twitter.”

ReviewGeek: Spotify’s New Kid’s App Curates Your Children’s Music So You Don’t Have To. “Spotify is testing a new Kid’s app for Premium Family subscribers, and it might save your sanity. The standalone app will feature human-curated music, playlists, and kid-friendly graphics. All while keeping music your little ones aren’t ready for out of sight.”

Bleeding Cool: ComicbookDB .com Closing December – But Will Return, New and Improved. “ComicbookDB is owned by CBS, along with ComicBook and ComicVine. Bleeding Cool understands that this announced closedown is merely temporary, however, and that there is something new and better is coming. The owners just need to temporarily close the main portal down for now. And maybe sort out something that will let the Europeans come and play as well.” Apparently ComicbookDB is having some GDPR compliance challenges.


Core77: How to (Quickly) Use Your iPhone as a Super Magnifying Glass. “I hardly ever use my iPhone as a phone anymore. But as my eyesight deteriorates, I use it all the time to photograph small-print labels, then pinch and zoom on the photo so I can actually read the text. Well, what a dope I am.”


Out: Facebook Won’t Ban Fake News, But They Will Ban PrEP Ads. “Facebook rejected ads to raise awareness of PrEP, telling the New York medical provider Apicha Community Health Center that they weren’t ‘authorized to run ads about social issues, elections or politics.’ Apicha provides health services to communities in particular need, including Asians and Pacific Islanders (API), LGBTQ+ people, and people affected by HIV/AIDS.”


CNN: Facebook denied financial services opportunities to women and older people, lawsuit alleges. “Facebook is facing a proposed class action lawsuit for allegedly denying people financial services products based on age and gender. A complaint filed Thursday in a federal district court in San Francisco alleges that financial services ads on Facebook were targeted away from women and older people over the past three years. The complaint defines older people as those who are at least 40 years old.” That last sentence. OUCH.


Brookings: 10 actions that will protect people from facial recognition software. “Facial recognition (FR) software inspires intense reactions from many people. On the one hand, a number of individuals worry that FR will usher in an Orwellian nightmare of mass surveillance and privacy intrusions. They see FR combined with ubiquitous video cameras, artificial intelligence (AI), and data analytics as a formula for harming humanity and restricting individual freedom…. In this paper, I propose 10 actions that will protect people from the greatest risks associated with FR software; these include limiting data storage and sharing, mandating accuracy standards, instituting third-party assessments, and more.”

New York Times: Aaron Sorkin: An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg. “In 2010, I wrote ‘The Social Network’ and I know you wish I hadn’t. You protested that the film was inaccurate and that Hollywood didn’t understand that some people build things just for the sake of building them. (We do understand that — we do it every day.) I didn’t push back on your public accusation that the movie was a lie because I’d had my say in the theaters, but you and I both know that the screenplay was vetted to within an inch of its life by a team of studio lawyers with one client and one goal: Don’t get sued by Mark Zuckerberg.”

Phys .org: Bellevue startup uses artificial intelligence to help English learners’ pronunciation. “Bellvue-based Blue Canoe’s mobile app directs its users to repeat sentence prompts and record them. Speech-recognition technology then analyzes the recordings and uses machine-learning models to point out the differences. When users spend 10 minutes per day on the app, personalized feedback from an artificially intelligent (AI) teacher informs students precisely how they mispronounced words.” Good morning, Internet…

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