Images of Empowerment, Facebook Ads, Twitter, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 6, 2020


PR Newswire: Hewlett Foundation, Packard Foundation, and Getty Images Champion Positive Visual Representation of Women with Expansion of the Images of Empowerment Collection (PRESS RELEASE). “As individuals around the world celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, they can use powerful, positive photographs from Getty Images that show women’s lives and their work in eleven countries. The newly expanded Images of Empowerment collection, created by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, features 2,000 high-quality, editorial images of women working, accessing and providing reproductive health information and services, and as active participants in their communities in Colombia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda, and the United States.”


CNN: Facebook is removing Trump campaign ads. “Facebook (FB) said Thursday it will remove some ads run by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign that it says ran afoul of its policies to ‘prevent confusion around the official US census.’ Facebook had come under fire for allowing the Trump campaign to run ads this week on its platform asking people to ‘respond now’ to an ‘Official Congressional District Census.'”

CNET: Twitter bans hateful conduct around age, disease and disability. “Twitter on Thursday said it’s expanding its rules against hateful conduct to include ‘language that dehumanizes on the basis of age, disability or disease.’ Tweets that go against the new rule will be removed from the site.”


MakeUseOf: The 5 Best Open-Source Password Managers. “Open-source password managers keep these credentials in your hands only. You can install or self-host all the options on this list on your own machine. Which one is right for you?”


BBC: The TikTok stars giving diabetes the needle. “When best friends Ellen Watson and Beth McDaniel posted a TikTok video of themselves getting glammed up for a night out, they had no idea they were about to become a viral sensation. Overnight, a video of them dancing around racked up 500,000 views – not because of their outfits or before-and-after hair and make-up transformation, but because the Northern Irish students happily showed off their wearable blood glucose scanners which help them manage their type one diabetes.”

Slate: Sharing My Husband’s Digital Afterlife. “Navigating the bureaucracy of death is an unavoidable, time-consuming, and tedious affair. Call the bank to remove his name from our joint checking account, call credit card companies to cancel his cards, call the car insurance company to delete his vehicle from our policy, call to end the memberships he had and I couldn’t afford to keep. These are also one-dimensional tasks. No one can like, share, or comment on them. With his death, my husband killed their significance. But there was one account I did not close, at least not entirely. On days that I missed him more than the usual everyday missing of him, I’d tell Siri to call him so I could see his name and number pop on the screen.”


Digital Shadows: Dark Web Search Engine Kilos: Tipping the Scales in Favor of Cybercrime. “In November 2019, a dark web search engine called ‘Kilos’ emerged from the depths of the cybercriminal underground, ostensibly to play the role of new heavyweight champion of search engines for cybercriminal marketplaces, forums, and illicit products. And with this title, Kilos recognized the need to stand out from the crowd and ensure its entrance onto the scene was not one to be forgotten.”

Krebs on Security: The Case for Limiting Your Browser Extensions. “Last week, KrebsOnSecurity reported to health insurance provider Blue Shield of California that its Web site was flagged by multiple security products as serving malicious content. Blue Shield quickly removed the unauthorized code. An investigation determined it was injected by a browser extension installed on the computer of a Blue Shield employee who’d edited the Web site in the past month. The incident is a reminder that browser extensions — however useful or fun they may seem when you install them — typically have a great deal of power and can effectively read and/or write all data in your browsing sessions.”


Boston .com: A Cambridge non-profit partnered with Google to help people with ALS preserve their voice through A.I.. “‘I owe you a yoyo today.’ This phrase started a whole database of words and idioms that researchers have used to reconstruct patients’ voices after they’ve been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.”

Engadget: YouTube’s tweaks to recommend fewer conspiracy videos seem to be working. “As of January of 2019 — and after facing public backlash — YouTube promised to curb the amount of conspiracy videos it pushes to users. A study published by the University of California, Berkeley states that these efforts do seem to be working, and that their analyses show a 40% reduction in the likelihood of YouTube suggesting conspiracy-based content.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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