Arizona Law Enforcement, Bing Webmaster Tools, .gay, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, February 22, 2020


ABC 15: Database shows every Arizona law enforcement official tracked for ‘integrity’ concerns. “For the first time ever, ABC15 has published a searchable database of all Arizona law enforcement officials tracked by prosecutors for credibility concerns, including past crimes, lying on the job, and other integrity issues. The unprecedented database of the state’s ‘Brady lists’ contains more than 1,400 law enforcement officials.”


Bing Blogs: Announcing the new Bing Webmaster Tools. “Over the last few months, we have heard from the webmaster ecosystem that Bing Webmaster Tools user interface is slow and outdated. We’ve taken your inputs into consideration and are working on modernizing the tools. Today, we are delighted to announce the first iteration of the refreshed Bing Webmaster Tools portal.”

BusinessWire: New .gay Top-Level Domain Champions LGBTQ Nonprofits and Online Safety (PRESS RELEASE). “Domain registry Top Level Design proudly announces the launch of generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) ‘.gay’ after a near decade-long application process. The .gay domain extension represents a historic step forward that signals support of LGBTQ people, causes, and businesses.”

FamilySearch: Explore Historical Images Tool Unlocks Data in Digital Records. “Explore Historical Images marks the beginning of a new and different search experience. With this tool, images produced from FamilySearch’s 300+ digital cameras worldwide is made almost instantly available. Explore Historical Images helps you navigate to images of historical records that could contain information about your ancestors. Although you aren’t able to search for your ancestor by name directly, you are able to narrow your search by place, date, and other information that was captured when the image was taken.”


CNN: How fake faces are being weaponized online. “As an activist, Nandini Jammi has become accustomed to getting harassed online, often by faceless social media accounts. But this time was different: a menacing tweet was sent her way from an account with a profile picture of a woman with blonde hair and a beaming smile.”

Motherboard: We’ve Just Seen the First Use of Deepfakes in an Indian Election Campaign. “With deepfake election campaigns though, we are crossing over into an era where it’s going to be impossible to trust what we see and hear. The video of Tiwari, seated in front of a green-coloured wall and talking to the camera, was used to reproduce a forged version where he says things he never actually said, in a language he doesn’t even know! In this case, the speech was scripted, vetted and approved by the BJP for the creation of the deepfakes. But it’s not difficult to imagine someone faking a video to issue threats or hate against a specific section of the population.”

Crosscut: Closing Seattle’s National Archives is a ‘paper genocide’ for some Natives. “In displacing Native peoples, identities have been imprinted, often very imperfectly, on the documents here. David Z. Bean, chairman of the Puyallup Tribe, described in a letter objecting to the closure of the archives that they contain not only original treaties and drafts from the mid-19th century, but original correspondence with Indian agents and records ‘associated with litigation that document the Tribe’s effort to protect our treaty rights and territory.’ Moving them, he wrote, would have a ‘profound, negative and irreparable impact.’ Tribes, it should be noted, were not systematically consulted in advance of the decision to close the archives and sell off the property.”


CNET: Social Security numbers stolen in defense agency data breach. “An agency under the US Department of Defense was hit by a data breach that affected personal information. Hackers stole Social Security numbers, names and other personal data, a department spokesman said Thursday.”


Phys .org: Hate speech dominates social media platform when users want answers on terrorism. “People often resort to using hate speech when searching about terrorism on a community social media platform, a study has found.Community question answering sites (CQAs) are social media platforms where users ask questions, answer those submitted by others, and have the option to evaluate responses.”

Digital Trends: We used an A.I. design tool to come up with a new logo. Here’s what happened. “No matter what industry you work in, you’ve probably heard that artificial intelligence is coming for your job. Factory workers, news reporters, even stock brokers have all seen A.I. move into their fields, automating some of their roles. Proponents of automation point out that it tackles the menial, repetitive tasks, freeing workers to focus on more creative aspects. Now, gig economy marketplace Fiverr recently announced a new A.I.-powered tool that helps businesses create a logo.”

MSU Today: New Website Stimulates New Cancer Research Synergies At MSU. “Michigan State University has unveiled a new website highlighting the vast amount of cancer research being conducted throughout the university. The site…features the research of 95 faculty members spread across 20 departments and eight colleges.”


Hackaday: Film Negative Viewer Has Many Positives. “[Random_Canadian] recently found himself knee-deep in negatives, but wanted an easy way to weed out the mediocre memories. With this film negative viewer and converter, he can step through the pictures one by one on a big screen and decide which ones to keep.” Good morning, Internet…

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