WikiWaste, 2019 Photojournalism, Google Glass, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, December 09, 2019


Circular: “Wikipedia for waste” launched as knowledge sharing platform. “Resource management company Monksleigh has created a new company, Wiki Waste Limited – on a not for profit basis – to host, manage and deliver WikiWaste – a new encyclopaedia and information sharing platform for the resources and waste sector. The platform is based on Wikipedia and their free-source Wikimedia. The principles are similar in that it is completely free to use and open to users to comment and edit in line with the published Code of Conduct.”


AP Images Blog: Top AP photos of 2019 range from the epic to the intimate. “Ours is a world of sweeping vistas, and intimate scenes. In 2019, Associated Press photographers captured both.” Incredibly affecting. Note that there are some images of death in this extensive collection of photography.

9to5 Google: Google apps for Glass Explorer Edition will be killed in 2020 after final update. “Google Glass today lives on as enterprise product for factories and other similar environments. The consumer-focussed Glass continues to work for Explorers that spent $1,500 from 2013 to 2015, but it surfaced today that many Google Glass features will be killed in February 2020.”

Vogue Business: AR filters for clothing come to Instagram. “Carlings, which created a sold-out digital clothing collection last year, has now released the €40 ‘Last Statement’ T-shirt that comes with a logo triggering various designs that appear on Instagram through augmented reality filters. When a customer points their Instagram camera at the T-shirt, a design appears; it shifts and moves along with the camera and the person. This allows the customer to digitally wear and share new designs without buying a new T-shirt, says Morten Grubak, Northern Europe executive creative director for Virtue, an agency that led the project.”


The Guardian: Revealed: Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib targeted in far-right fake news operation. “Two Muslim US congresswomen have been targeted by a vast international operation that exploits far-right pages on Facebook to inflame Islamophobia for profit, a Guardian investigation has found.”

CNET: Iran’s internet freedom is on life support. “In November, Iran’s government announced a price hike on oil prices, leading to mass protests in Tehran. To quell the spreading unrest, the Iranian government effectively shut down the internet. After a week of Iranian security forces cracking down on protesters, including an estimated death toll between 140 and 208, internet access was gradually restored around the country. Judging by statements made by President Hassan Rouhani, the internet shutdowns could be a harbinger of more censorship in 2020 and beyond.”


The Verge: FTC officially rules that Cambridge Analytica deceived Facebook users. “In July, the FTC accused the consulting company, as well as CEO Alexander Nix and app developer Aleksandr Kogan, of collecting data on tens of millions of Facebook users through a personality-testing app. The news, first revealed in 2018, upended Facebook and led to a congressional appearance by Mark Zuckerberg. The FTC previously settled the case with Nix and Kogan, and today voted unanimously to formally call the company’s practices deceptive.”

BetaNews: Amazon is getting free access to NHS medical data. “As fear mounts in the UK at the prospect of the NHS being sold in part or in whole to the US, the government has decided to give Amazon access to National Health Service data for free. The arrangement means that Amazon will be able to access ‘healthcare information, including … symptoms, causes, and definitions’. The tech giant will be able to use the data in conjunction with Alexa to enable users to get medical help and advice via the digital assistant.”


EurekAlert: Computer game may help to predict reuse of opioids. “The game, now being developed as an app, tests each patient’s comfort with risk-taking, producing mathematical scores called betas long used by economists to measure consumers’ willingness to try new products. The team then used a statistical test to see whether changes in risk-taking comfort tracked with opioid reuse, and found that people who placed higher-risk bets had higher beta scores.”

1 News Now (New Zealand): Kiwi teen uses AI analysis of social media chatter to capture mood of the nation. “Independent political insights website Politikiwi started off as a personal project for 19-year-old software engineer Robert Calvert’s portfolio. Since December 2018, he’s gathered over 58,000 responses from people to tweets by party leaders in Parliament. He then put each tweet through Microsoft or Google’s natural language processing technology to analyse its sentiment — whether positive or negative towards the MP — based on the quantified emotional connotation of words used in context.” Good evening, Internet…

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