alifornia Law Enforcement, Anchor, GitHub, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, November 11, 2019


Sacramento Bee: Search this database of police officers convicted of crimes in the past 10 years. “The review found 630 officers convicted of a crime in the last decade — an average of more than one a week. After DUI and other serious driving offenses, domestic violence was the most common charge. More than a quarter of the cases appear never to have been reported in the media until now. And nearly one out of five officers in the review are still working or kept their jobs for more than a year after sentencing.” This database is about California law enforcement, not other states or federal.


TechCrunch: Spotify’s podcasting app Anchor now helps you make trailers. “Spotify’s simple podcasting suite, Anchor, is today introducing a new feature designed to help creators promote their podcast: trailers.”

Computer Business Review: GitHub Adds 10 Million New Users, Reveals 10 Most Popular Languages. “Over the past year, developers collaborated in a staggering 370 primary languages on GitHub. Among the top 10 programming languages, C#, Python and Shell climbed the list this year, while Ruby and Java fell in popularity. That’s according to the code repository’s annual Octoverse report, which also reveals a colossal 532 percent increase in the use of Google’s Dart language, as interest surges in the company’s Flutter SDK – built using Dart.”


Bloomberg: The Secret and Frustrating Life of a Google Contract Worker. “More than half of Google’s workers are temporary, vendor or contract staff, known as TVCs. This shadow workforce misses out on many of the famous benefits and perks that have burnished the internet giant’s reputation as one of the world’s best places to work. Last year, a group of TVCs called for better benefits and in September, TVCs working as data analysts in Pittsburgh voted to unionize, a rarity for the tech industry.”

BBC: Twitter in India: Why was rival Mastodon trending?. “Some of India’s most influential Twitter users are looking to move to little-known network Mastodon amid an outcry over Twitter moderation methods. Mastodon’s apparent trend-surge was prompted by Twitter suspending a leading Indian Supreme Court lawyer’s account twice.”

NPR: How Social Media Platforms Decide What Makes An Ad Political. “NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Siva Vaidhyanathan, professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, about how social media platforms decide what makes an advertisement political.” Audio with transcript.


Boing Boing: GIF site Gfycat announces mass deletions, threatens Archive Team with lawsuit. “Gfycat is a site that people upload GIFs to so they can share them with other people reliably. Used most conspicuously to host memes, clips from other media, and animated porn, it announced Wednesday that it was planning to permanently delete old, anonymously-posted images within days. Archive Team, a web preservation initiative coordinated by Jason Scott, set about archiving the site’s soon-to-vanish content. So Gfycat’s CEO, Dan McEleney, threatened it with a lawsuit, describing archival of the memes it hosts as a ‘denial of service attack’ and demanding compensation.”

Wall Street Journal: Census Overhaul Seeks to Avoid Outing Individual Respondent Data. “The Census Bureau is overhauling its systems after it found anyone with sophisticated data tools could use published results to identify millions of individual census respondents, according to agency officials. The new system would prevent anyone—whether policy makers, marketers or data thieves—from using published data to target people based on what they disclose on the census.”


Ancestry: Your Privacy is our Top Priority. “Your privacy is important to us. That’s why we want to share our position on a recent event where a Florida judge issued a search warrant to allow law enforcement to search all of GEDmatch, an open data personal genomics database. Following the issuance of the search warrant, GEDmatch opened its database of nearly one million users — beyond those who had consented to such access — within 24 hours. Ancestry believes that GEDmatch could have done more to protect the privacy of its users, by pushing back on the warrant or even challenging it in court.”

PR Newswire: Million Microbiome of Humans Project (MMHP) is launched, aiming to build the world’s largest human microbiome database (PRESS RELEASE). ” The ‘Million Microbiome of Humans Project’ (MMHP) was officially launched at the 14th International Conference on Genomics (ICG-14). Scientists from China, Sweden, Denmark, France, Latvia and other countries will cooperate in microbial metagenomic research, aiming to sequence and analyze one million microbial samples from intestines, mouth, skin, reproductive tract and other organs in the next three to five years to draw a microbiome map of the human body and build the world’s largest database of human microbiome.” Good evening, Internet…

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