CARTO Datasets, Apple Maps, UK Prison Research, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, December 01, 2019


Geo Awesomeness: CARTO boosts public geospatial data with Google BigQuery. “When location intelligence platform CARTO built its Data Observatory, the chief idea was to create an up-to-date index of location data. The recently released Data Observatory 2.0 takes that vision forward to provide Data Scientists with a scalable platform full of rich data in the format they really need it in! CARTO is now hosting geospatial datasets on Google Cloud’s BigQuery public datasets program.” You can learn more about CARTO via this article from TechCrunch.

Neowin: Apple ‘taking a deeper look’ at how it handles disputed borders. “Earlier this week, the changes to Apple’s Crimea map were announced by State Duma, Russian parliament’s lower house, describing the former boundaries as an ‘inaccuracy’. As a result of this, Apple received widespread Ukrainian condemnation and has now stated that it is “taking a deeper look” at how it handles disputed borders.”


Prison History: How to use the Census for Prisons Research. “Like for households, those who resided in state institutions, including prisons, had to be described and enumerated in the official census returns. In 1841, the process was handled by the local enumerators, and not all public institutions were included. In 1851, arrangements were made in advance for such institutions to send returns directly to the Census Office and, in consequence, coverage was much more comprehensive. The idea of a list of everyone resident in a prison – staff and prisoners alike – sounds like a gold mine for family historians and prison researchers alike. In many respects it is, as I will explain. First, though, it is important to point out that the census has one major limitation: it captured the population on a single night and only once every ten years.” This is for the UK.

BetaNews: You can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free. “When Windows 10 first appeared, Microsoft made quite a fuss about that fact that while it was possible to upgrade for free, this was a time-limited offer. Many people rushed to upgrade because they felt the deadline was hanging over them like the sword of Damocles… but it seems that the deadline was not as pressing as Microsoft made out. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that more than five years after the launch of Windows 10, it is still possible to upgrade for free. So what’s going on?”


The Washington Post: Opponents of Elizabeth Warren spread a doctored photo on Twitter. Her campaign couldn’t stop its spread.. “As the image solidified negative views of Warren among some who favor other Democratic candidates, the incident offered a fresh lesson about political disinformation: Homespun operations on social media represent a rising threat, capable of inciting conflict among voters and turning unwitting users into agents of online deception.”

CNN: Twitter boss Jack Dorsey says he’s going to live in Africa. “Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey has capped a whirlwind tour of Africa by pledging to move to the continent for several months in 2020. Dorsey said in a message on the social media platform that he didn’t know where he would be living, but he planned to spend up to half of next year in Africa.” Bear in mind this man is the CEO of two publicly-owned companies. (Square is the other one.)

Metro: BBC demands Tories take down Facebook adverts that ‘distort’ its clips. “The BBC has told the Conservatives to remove online adverts that use edited versions of its political broadcasts.”


MakeUseOf: Google’s ReCAPTCHAs Also Capture Your Private Information. “Interesting fact: you actually rarely encounter an original CAPTCHA. They’ve largely been supplanted by reCAPTCHAs, a system owned by search engine giant, Google. And in an effort to stop spambots, reCAPTCHAs have evolved so much, they’re now a threat to your privacy.”

Reuters: EU antitrust regulators seek details of Google’s data practices: document . “European Union (EU) antitrust regulators are seeking details of Google’s data collection practices, according to a document seen by Reuters, a move that could signal yet more regulatory woes for the world’s most popular internet search engine.”

Bleeping Computer: New Chrome Password Stealer Sends Stolen Data to a MongoDB Database. “A new Windows trojan has been discovered that attempts to steal passwords stored in the Google Chrome browser. While this is nothing unique, what stands out is that the malware uses a remote MongoDB database to store the stolen passwords.”


TechCrunch: Scientists turn undersea fiber optic cables into seismographs. “Monitoring seismic activity all over the world is an important task, but one that requires equipment to be at the site it’s measuring — difficult in the middle of the ocean. But new research from Berkeley could turn existing undersea fiber optic cables into a network of seismographs, creating an unprecedented global view of the Earth’s tectonic movements.” Good morning, Internet…

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