Kenya Women, Collective Bargaining Agreements, California Culture, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 9, 2020


Christian Science Monitor: ‘Numbers don’t lie’: The team ‘Counting Dead Women’ in Kenya. “For years, whenever Kathomi Gatwiri complained that violence against women in her home country of Kenya was out of control, she got used to hearing the same response: prove it. So at the beginning of 2019, the academic and one of her best friends from college, Audrey Mugeni, decided they would do exactly that. They set up Facebook and Twitter pages called ‘Counting Dead Woman – Kenya’ and dedicated themselves to a grim project: creating an online archive.”

Federal News Network: OPM launches new online collection of agency bargaining agreements, per Trump workforce EOs. “The Office of Personnel Management on Thursday launched a new online database of collective bargaining agreements from agencies across government. The creation and launch of the new collective bargaining agreement database, which Federal News Network previewed earlier this week, fulfills a requirement of one of the president’s May 2018 workforce executive orders.”

California State Library, and this link goes to a PDF: California State Library Partners with Google Arts & Culture to Create Online Exhibits. “The California State has released its first online exhibits produced in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture, which digitally showcases the unique treasures of more than 1,400 archives, foundations and museums from over 70 countries As a celebration of California’s unique diversity, the State Library’s first two offerings are: ‘Shikishi Haiku’ and ‘Daguerreotypes: The First Photographs’.”


New York Times: Don’t Tilt Scales Against Trump, Facebook Executive Warns . “Since the 2016 election, when Russian trolls and a tsunami of misinformation turned social media into a partisan battlefield, Facebook has wrestled with the role it played in President Trump’s victory. Now, according to a memo obtained by The New York Times, a longtime Facebook executive has told employees that the company had a moral duty not to tilt the scales against Mr. Trump as he seeks re-election.”

Human Rights Watch: Bangladesh: Online Surveillance, Control. “Bangladesh authorities are blocking access to online news sites in violation of the right to free speech and access to information, Human Rights Watch said today. The government has also adopted advanced methods to block or conduct surveillance on internet traffic and regulate online news sites without a sufficient legal framework to protect rights to privacy, expression, and access to information.”


BetaNews: US government-funded phones come with pre-installed malware. “Researchers at Malwarebytes have uncovered malware pre-installed on phones offered under the US government-funded Lifeline Assistance program. Assurance Wireless by Virgin Mobile offers the UMX U686CL phone as their most budget-friendly option at only $35 under the scheme. However, users are getting more than they bargained for. An app called Wireless Update is designed to update the phone’s OS but can also install other apps without consent.”

Fast Company: San Diego’s massive, 7-year experiment with facial recognition technology appears to be a flop. “Since 2012, the city’s law enforcement agencies have compiled over 65,000 face scans and tried to match them against a massive mugshot database. But it’s almost completely unclear how effective the initiative was, with one spokesperson saying they’re unaware of a single arrest or prosecution that stemmed from the program.”

Ars Technica: Paul Krugman’s no good, very bad Internet day. “Despite his field expertise, Krugman is a prime candidate for such attacks, given his public presence and previously demonstrated unease with technology. He may well have been targeted by someone attempting to use social engineering to gain access to his computer. But victims of these sorts of attacks often don’t report them because of embarrassment over being fooled.”


Georgia State University: Politically Motivated Hackers Deface Websites Under Conditions that Deter Recreational Hackers. “Hackers commonly deface websites to protest social and political injustice around the globe, spreading their message to a wider audience. However, recreational hackers are less likely to deface websites in countries with a ‘capable guardian,’ a term researchers use to describe a strong military presence that uses computer emergency response teams as first responders to cyberattacks. The presence of suitable targets also led to increases in the frequency of website defacements across countries.”

Washington Post: How to spot a Photoshopped image, or, The Problem with the Internet. “The Internet facilitates ignorance as readily as it does knowledge. It allows us to build reinforcements around our errors. It allows us to share a fake image and wave away concerns because the target of the image is a shared enemy for your in-group. Or, simply, to accept a faked image as real because you’re either unaware of obvious signs of fakery or unaware of the unlikely geopolitics that surround its implications.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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