19th Amendment, Facebook Data, Earth View, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, February 15, 2020


PR Newswire: Accessible Archives® Releases The 19th Amendment Victory: A Newspaper History, 1762-1922! (PRESS RELEASE). “Accessible Archives, Inc., a digital publisher of full-text primary source historical collections, announces the release of Part VII: The 19th Amendment Victory: A Newspaper History, 1762-1922 to its Women’s Suffrage Collection. This collection documents how generations of Women fought for the right to vote.”


Reuters: Facebook offers more data for research on impacts of social media. “Facebook said … the new expanded data set includes more than 38 million links with information on users’ reactions including views, clicks, shares and likes.”

Google Blog: 1,000 of the most stunning landscapes in Google Earth. “Earth View is a collection of thousands of the planet’s most beautiful landscapes, seen from space…. Today, we’re making our biggest update to Earth View by adding more than 1,000 new images to the collection, bringing the total to more than 2,500 striking landscapes.”

ABC News: New Twitter tool links users to accurate census information. “People who search for census-related terms will automatically see a link to the federal government’s census website, which contains information about participating in the census, what information is collected and how it is used.”


Asahi Shimbun: Tottori to provide flood estimates using Google Street View. “The Street View feature on Google Maps enables users to see landscapes and scenery on the maps. Under the prefecture’s system using special software, residents can experience flooding in a more realistic fashion and become more aware of the need to plan anti-disaster measures, the officials said. Essentially, they will be able to pick evacuation routes in a more simplified way than using the current hazard maps.”

Route Fifty: Frustrated by Flawed Broadband Maps, States Are Trying to Create Their Own. “State officials tasked with overseeing expansion of broadband to their residents say it is paramount to have accurate information about where infrastructure and service is lacking. But because connectivity data collected by the Federal Communications Commission often overestimates broadband’s reach, many states are trying to gather their own data, sometimes going door-to-door to query residents, to better understand service gaps.”

New York Times: What Happens When You Get Famous Off One Song?. “Last summer, a teenager named Tom Austin decided on a whim to record a rap song. He’d never made music before. But even as he was writing down lyrics — picking out references from an iPhone note of random stuff he’d been keeping — he was strangely sure of himself.”


TechCrunch: A US House candidate says she was hacked — now she’s warning others. “Politicians and political candidates are frequently targeted by hackers both in the U.S. and overseas. During the 2016 presidential election, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta had his personal email account hacked and thousands of emails published by WikiLeaks. The recently released report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller blamed hackers working for Russian intelligence for the intrusion as part of a wider effort to discredit then-candidate Clinton and get President Trump elected. Yet to this day, political campaigns remain largely responsible for their own cybersecurity.”

BBC: Google ordered to reveal author of Australian dentist’s bad review. “An Australian court has ordered Google to identify the person behind an anonymous bad review of a dentist. Dr Matthew Kabbabe, a teeth-whitening specialist in Melbourne, sought the order so he could sue for defamation.”

CNET: Clearview AI facial recognition company faces another lawsuit. “Clearview AI, a controversial facial recognition app being used by US law enforcement to identify suspects and other people, is facing another lawsuit. The new suit, filed Thursday, seeks class-action status and $5 million in damages for what it calls willful, reckless or negligent violations of biometrics laws in Illinois by Clearview and CDW.”


Engadget: New music label says it can use AI to find the next big artist. “At this point, artificial intelligence isn’t a new concept to musicians. We’ve seen artists like Björk and Arca use the technology to create new musical arrangements. But a new label called Snafu Records thinks it can also use AI to discover the next big artist long before even the most music-savvy talent scouts find them.”

TIME: How Artificial Intelligence Could Help Video Gamers Create the Exact Games They Want to Play . “Of course, simply playing a game is one thing. What about creating them, the way some musicians are using AI to generate entirely new forms of their art? [Matthew] Guzdial and his team are working on exactly that. They’re developing software that, working alongside human partners, creates new video games out of whole cloth.”

ScienceBlog: Facial Recognition: The Next Step In Fight Against Rabies. “Researchers in Tanzania can now determine if a dog was vaccinated for the rabies virus with a cellphone camera image.” Good morning, Internet…

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