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Ukraine Energy, Deepnews Distills, Dublin Photography, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, January 21, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Danish Energy Agency: The Ukraine-Denmark Energy Center launches advanced database with open and transparent energy data. “The State Statistics Service of Ukraine (SSSU) and the Danish Energy Agency have launched a database covering three decades of previously disconnected energy data. By documenting developments in energy supply and consumption, the database could play a crucial part in visualizing possible scenarios for reaching Ukraine’s renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy independence targets.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Monday Note: Introducing Deepnews Distills. “We are now scanning more than 1500 English-speaking sources across all continents, from the San Jose Mercury News to The Wire in India to the Nikkei Asian Review in Japan. On a major topic, we might process 5000 stories, and then offer our subscribers a condensed version of 25 articles that are all adding something to the conversation while coming at the subject from different angles.” I want to try it but it’s $9 a month and they don’t have any topics I’m willing to pony $100+/yr for.

Afloat Ireland: Dublin Port Steps In To Save Online Archive Of Historic Dock Workers Images . “Dublin Port has stepped in to save the extensive photographic images collection of the Dublin Dock Workers’ Preservation Society, writes Tom MacSweeney.”

USEFUL STUFF

The Trace: What I Learned From Making Dozens of Public Records Requests for Police Data. “To tailor an effective request, first consult the database’s user manual. Here are 21 examples that might help.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

CNBC: Armed guards, secret location: Inside an illegal marijuana bazaar publicized on Instagram. “Shopping for illicit vape cartridges on Instagram is astonishingly simple. Open the app, plug in a hashtag such as #vapecartsforsale and — voilà — multiple posts appear with pictures of THC cartridges. In the comments or caption section, sellers advertise their products and post phone numbers for would-be buyers.”

USA Today: Doctor’s pro-vaccine TikTok went viral. Then came hate and threats from around the world . “Nicole Baldwin, a pediatrician working in suburban Cincinnati, posted a TikTok video encouraging vaccination on Twitter Saturday evening. It took less than 24 hours for the video to go viral on both TikTok, a video sharing app, and Twitter – and just another 48 hours before Baldwin was facing backlash from hundreds of thousands of people associated with the anti-vaccine movement.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

ZDNet: Hacker leaks passwords for more than 500,000 servers, routers, and IoT devices. “A hacker has published this week a massive list of Telnet credentials for more than 515,000 servers, home routers, and IoT (Internet of Things) ‘smart’ devices. The list, which was published on a popular hacking forum, includes each device’s IP address, along with a username and password for the Telnet service, a remote access protocol that can be used to control devices over the internet.”

Newswise: Research Reveals Internet Crime Becoming More Sophisticated and Persistent in Florida and Other Large States. “Internet crimes are becoming more sophisticated and persistent in Florida and several of America’s other most populous states, including California, New York, Texas, Virginia and North Carolina, according to research from Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Forensic Accounting.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

EFF: ICANN Needs To Ask More Questions About the Sale of .ORG. “Over 21,000 people, 660 organizations, and now six Members of Congress have asked ICANN, the organization that regulates the Internet’s domain name system, to halt the $1.135 billion deal that would hand control over PIR, the .ORG domain registry, to private equity. There are crucial reasons this sale is facing significant backlash from the nonprofit and NGO communities who make the .ORG domain their online home, and perhaps none of them are more concerning than the speed of the deal and the dangerous lack of transparency that’s accompanied it.”

Wired: Pop Culture May Evolve at the Same Rate as Birds and Bugs. “We like to think modern culture moves at a dizzying pace, fueled by a relentless parade of new works of music, literature, and technological design. Change in nature, by contrast, seems to follow a slower trajectory as genetic mutations over generations give animals bigger teeth, say, or a better camouflage. But maybe the opposite is true, and human culture doesn’t move so fast and we consumers are less eager to embrace change than we realize.” Good evening, Internet…

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