George Washington University, Safe DM, Colorizing Images, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 17, 2020


GW Today: Collections Website Offers Research Opportunities. “The George Washington University has launched its pilot collections website, a work in progress presenting high-resolution photographs of and information on more than 4,000 artifacts and works of art. The site is a collaboration between the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery and the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.”


BBC News: New Twitter filter deletes naked pictures from messages. “A new social media filter has been launched to prevent users from receiving unsolicited naked pictures. On Friday the plugin – called Safe DM – which blocks and deletes pictures of penises sent via direct message became available to Twitter users.” It’s an add-on to the Twitter service, not a browser plugin. BuzzFeed news tested the filter. I did not want to use that as the main article in this case because some of the pictures were er well um. But if you want to see how the tests went, you can read the article here.

BusinessWire: MyHeritage Releases Groundbreaking Feature to Automatically Colorize Black and White Photos (PRESS RELEASE). “MyHeritage, the leading global service for discovering your past and empowering your future, announced today the release of MyHeritage In Color™, an innovative feature that automatically colorizes black and white photos and produces incredible results. Photos are colorized using sophisticated deep learning technology that is currently exclusive to MyHeritage.”

CNET: Spotify songwriter pages dive into who wrote some of your favorite tunes. “…Spotify launched songwriter pages to make it easier to learn about and listen to the songwriting resumes of people who crafted some of your favorite tunes, including Trainor, Billions and Missy Elliott. ”


Motherboard: Neo-Nazi Terror Group Posted Propaganda to Google Maps. “The news illustrates the extent to which The Base—under an intense, nationwide FBI probe resulting in several arrests of its members—used both hidden and open source platforms to spread its propaganda.”

Wired: Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s Lost Notebook. “Zuckerberg and Facebook got four sentences in my cover story, ‘The New Wisdom of the Web.’ If I’d known the things that Zuckerberg hadn’t shared with me that afternoon at the La Costa Resort and Spa, I might have devoted more space.”


FBI: FBI Art Crime Team Announces the Repatriation of Over 450 Cultural and Historical Artifacts to the Republic of Haiti. “The 479 Haitian artifacts were discovered in 2014, when the FBI Art Crime Team seized more than 7,000 items from the private collection of an amateur archeologist, Donald Miller, who had likely acquired the items in contravention of state and federal law and international treaties. This was the largest single recovery of culture property in FBI history.”

Dawn: CPJ slams new social media measures. “A leading media rights watchdog has slammed new regulatory measures for social media platforms in Pakistan. According to a draft of the law, the new measures announced earlier this week would pave the way for allowing Pakistani authorities to ask for the removal of content, disable encryption, and demand companies open offices and host data centres inside the country.”


Ubergizmo: New Coronavirus Tracking App Lets You Know If You’ve Come Into Contact With Known Carriers. “With this new app, it allows users in China to check and see if they might have come into contact with people who are either known carriers of the virus, or who might be suspected of having it. According to the Chinese government, they have defined ‘close contact’ as people who work together, share a classroom, or live in the same house.”

MIT News: Automated system can rewrite outdated sentences in Wikipedia articles. “A system created by MIT researchers could be used to automatically update factual inconsistencies in Wikipedia articles, reducing time and effort spent by human editors who now do the task manually.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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