2010 Haiti Earthquake, Election Simulator, Gibraltar Maps, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, January 10, 2020


International Institute for Environment and Development: IIED publishes archive on post-quake planning in Haiti . “IIED is marking the ten-year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake by publishing an online archive documenting post-disaster community planning work in the city of Port-au-Prince. IIED will also launch a working paper summarising the experience gained in Haiti and host a discussion meeting later this month.”

MediaPost: ‘The Washington Post’ Launches ‘Post Opinions Simulator’ Ahead Of 2020 Election. “The Washington Post wants to make the 2020 Democratic primary and caucus season a little more interactive for its readers with a new tool called the Post Opinions Simulator. Through a proprietary, mathematical predictive model, the simulator allows user to adjust data like polling averages, fundraising numbers and amount of time remaining until Election Day and position five candidates against each other.”

Gibraltar Chronicle: Garrison Library creates digital map archive, with some help from MoD photographer. “The team at the Gibraltar Garrison Library, assisted by Cpl Tim Hammond, MOD’s Command Photographer, have embarked on a collaborative project with the aim of creating a digital archive of the Ordinance Survey maps of Gibraltar held at the library.”


Passenger Terminal Today: JFKIAT announces Google partnership. “Terminal 4 at John F Kennedy International Airport has become the first airport terminal in the world to partner with Google to bring the Google Assistant’s interpreter mode real-time translation technology to travelers.”

Mashable: Reddit bests Facebook by rolling out a superior deepfakes policy. “Basically, Reddit is quashing lies and disinformation on the site. Users cannot try to legitimately pass off as another individual or entity. For example, a user cannot register the username of a celebrity and truly pretend to be that celebrity on the site. While that’s the most weaponized scenario, Reddit is also specific in pointing out forgery and fake articles, and links are covered under this policy too.”

Neowin: TikTok patches flaws that could let hackers access personal user data and manipulate videos. “…security firm Check Point Research has published a report regarding major security vulnerabilities in TikTok that have now been patched by ByteDance. These flaws could have enabled hackers to not only access personal user data but also manipulate their profile status and videos.”


Lifehacker: How to Find The Best ‘Which ____ Are You’ Instagram Filters “I’ve done the annoying work of tracking down some of the more popular Instagram filters to give you an easier way to create your own fun stories. To get to each filter, tap on the link to its creator on your mobile app, and then tap on the smiley face icon in the dead-center of their profile.”



CNN: Hacking attempts originating in Iran nearly triple following Soleimani strike, researchers say. “Hackers looking to breach US computer networks sharply intensified their efforts following the death of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani, but have had limited success, according to internet security researchers and state government officials. Soon after the strike that killed Soleimani, Iran-based attempts to hack federal, state and local government websites jumped 50% — and then continued to accelerate, said network security company Cloudflare.”

The Register: Why is a 22GB database containing 56 million US folks’ personal details sitting on the open internet using a Chinese IP address? Seriously, why? . “A database containing the personal details of 56.25m US residents – from names and home addresses to phone numbers and ages – has been found on the public internet, served from a computer with a Chinese IP address, bizarrely enough.”


University of California: UC Response to Publisher Letter Opposing Immediate Open Access to Federally Funded Research. “Ivy Anderson and Jeff MacKie-Mason, who co-chair the team overseeing UC’s publisher negotiations strategy, have provided the following response to a recent open letter in which a number of commercial and society journal publishers voiced their opposition to a policy, rumored to be under discussion by the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy, that would require federally funded research be made freely available to the public immediately upon publication, rather than within 12 months as current policy stipulates.”

Science Blog: Simplifying How Scientists Share Data. “…often, sharing that data with other scientists – or with peer-reviewed journal editors, or funders – is difficult. The software might be proprietary, and prohibitively expensive to purchase. It might take years of training for a person to be able to manage and understand the software. Or the company that created the software might have gone out of business. A research team has developed an open-source data-management system that the scientists hope will solve all of those problems.”

The Next Web: You’ll need 19 years and $139,346 to download everything on The Pirate Bay. “Since its inception 17 years ago, users have uploaded 6,720 terabytes — or 6.7 petabytes — worth of content to The Pirate Bay, according to a data shared by Pirate Bay admin Winston… Out of this, only 2.58 petabytes are still being seeded.”


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