Voices in Education, Hong Kong Protests, Medical Device Safety, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 27, 2019


Bernews: BC Journal: Voices In Education Expands Access. “Bermuda College’s BC Journal: Voices in Education was recently invited to be included in the University of Florida’s Digital Library of the Caribbean. ‘The achievement was made all the more gratifying because the university cited the Journal’s quality, and academic contributions as a factor in its decision to include the scholarly publication,’ the College noted.”

The Nation: The Hong Kongers Building a Case Against the Police . “Those on Hong Kong social media—especially on Twitter and some channels on Telegram, the secure messaging app preferred by the protesters—have made a concerted effort to document and publicize police brutality. #HongKongPoliceBrutality and #HongKongPoliceTerrorism are just two of the hashtags Hong Kongers use on Twitter as they recirculate videos and graphics contextualizing the violence. These netizen-protesters see themselves as being on the front lines of the information war over Hong Kong, coordinating a PR campaign to raise awareness—and get the international attention that they see as crucial to their movement’s success.” This was a great story, but The Nation had an pop-in ad for its mailing list that was really intrusive. I could only get rid of it by reloading the page.


International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: Safety Data From 20 Countries Added To Implant Files Database. “Today the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is releasing the last batch of medical devices data to its International Medical Devices Database (IMDD), giving patients access to more than 120,000 records about faulty or even dangerous medical devices from around the world.”


MakeUseOf: 6 Best Websites to Find New, Trending, and Weird Memes. “Memes have become a unique type of language on the internet, letting people express opinions in a short but funny image. And like any language, it’s constantly evolving. If you want to know the latest memes or find unique ones, you’ve come to the right place.”


BBC: Teen’s TikTok video about China’s Muslim camps goes viral. “The post appears to be about beauty tips at its start – but the young woman then changes tack to ask her viewers to raise awareness of what she describes as a ‘another Holocaust’. An associated Twitter account has since claimed TikTok then blocked Feroza Aziz from posting new content, as a result. But TikTok has disputed this.”

Slate: When Things Go Wrong for Blind Users on Facebook, They Go Really Wrong. “The slip-up felt reflective of how [Tasha] Chemel and many blind users experience Facebook. Often, the company’s apps and websites trip up their accessibility software. Sometimes, they hear that Facebook is earnestly trying to fix the bug, and sometimes, it actually does. And then something else breaks.”


CNET: Facebook built a facial recognition app for employees. “Facebook, which has been under fire because of privacy concerns, said Thursday it built an internal app that allowed employees to identify their colleagues and friends who enabled facial recognition by pointing their phone cameras at them. The app, reported earlier by Business Insider, wasn’t released publicly.”

BNN Bloomberg: Google accused by rival of antitrust violations in ad market. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google was sued by a company that claims it was driven out of the digital advertising market by the search giant’s anti-competitive behavior, which is already under scrutiny by state and federal officials.”

TorrentFreak: French Court Orders ISPs to Block Torrent Sites and File-Hosters. “A Paris court has ordered five French Internet providers to block access to thirteen websites that link to pirated content. While pirate site blockades are nothing new, this is the first European court order that targets file-hosting services. The order, which also affects torrent sites, was issued following a complaint from the local anti-piracy group SCPP.”


BBC News: Russian cows get VR headsets ‘to reduce anxiety’. “A Russian farm has given its dairy cows virtual reality headsets in a bid to reduce their anxiety. The herd donned VR systems adapted for the ‘structural features of cow heads’ and were shown a ‘unique summer field simulation program’.” Good morning, Internet…

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