Mine Tailings, Nursing Home Comparisons, Google Data Studio, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 27, 2020


Global Mining Review: Public database of mine tailings dams aims to prevent disasters. “The release of the Global Tailings Portal coincides with the one-year anniversary of the tailings dam collapse in Brumadinho, Brazil, which killed 270 people. After that disaster, a group of institutional investors led by the Church of England Pensions Board asked 726 of the world’s largest mining companies to disclose details about their tailings dams. Many of the companies complied, and the information they released has been incorporated into the database.” I didn’t know what mine tailings are. Apparently they’re are basically mining waste.


McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: CMS to streamline Nursing Home Compare, other Compare websites for consumers . “Long-term care providers could soon see changes to the Nursing Home Compare website under the latest initiative by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The agency announced Thursday that it plans to combine and standardize its eight separate Compare websites: Nursing Home, Hospital, Home Health, Dialysis Facility, Long-Term Care Hospital, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility, Physician and Hospice.”

Google Blog: Do more with Data Studio Community Visualizations. “Data Studio Community Visualizations, currently in beta, allow you to create and integrate custom JavaScript components into your dashboards. You can use Community Visualizations to expand your chart selection, customize your report styling, or create custom components that perform advanced analysis or even in-browser machine learning.”


BBC: Facebook and YouTube moderators sign PTSD disclosure. “Content moderators are being asked to sign forms stating they understand the job could cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to reports. The Financial Times and The Verge reported moderators for Facebook and YouTube, hired by the contractor Accenture, were sent the documents.”

Mashable: YouTubers are quitting their day jobs to influence full time. Their followers aren’t always impressed.. “There are many influencers with larger-than-life personas out there already. There’s Jeffree Star, who just dropped a video tour of his $14 million mansion; David Dobrik, who claimed to give away a Tesla on Instagram; and James Charles, who attended the Met Gala last year, just to name a few. They’ve long ago surpassed relatability and have actually parlayed their online fame and lavish lifestyles into bankable success. But the influencers we’re talking about here are a different breed.”


New York Times: Have a Search Warrant for Data? Google Wants You to Pay. “Facing an increasing number of requests for its users’ information, Google began charging law enforcement and other government agencies this month for legal demands seeking data such as emails, location tracking information and search queries.”

Techdirt: Leaked Document Suggests Possible Facial Recognition Ban In Europe. “Given the tech’s relative inability to do its job, along with a host of other concerns including built-in biases that make it far more likely minorities will suffer the effects of false positives, lawmakers are finally putting the brakes on approving facial recognition use by government agencies. A white paper leaked to Euractiv appears to indicate the biggest ban so far is under consideration in Europe — one that would affect most of the continent.”


The Verge: How much longer will we trust Google’s search results?. “Recode’s Peter Kafka recently interviewed Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti, and Peretti said something really insightful: what if Google’s ads really aren’t that good? What if Google is just taking credit for clicks on ads just because people would have been searching for that stuff anyway? I’ve been thinking about it all day: what if Google ads actually aren’t that effective and the only reason they make so much is billions of people use Google?”

CoinWorld360: Brave New Coin’s new tool uses artificial intelligence to track emotions of the crypto community on Twitter. “Brave New Coin (BNC), a New Zealand research company specializing in blockchains, has introduced a new system for assessing the emotions of the Bitcoin community based on Twitter messages. According to the BNC, the new Twitter Sentiment assessment system analyzes over 34 million Twitter feeds related to the bitcoin every week. The firm uses artificial intelligence algorithms that look for entries containing the words bitcoin, $BTC and BTC and others.”


Boing Boing: Very fun algorithm guesses your name with surprising accuracy. “Nathan Yau created this fun and fascinating name guessing algorithm. You select ‘male’ or ‘female,’ the decade you were born, and then type in the first letter of your name.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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