Kentucky Voting Rights, Canadian Politicians, China Photography, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, March 10, 2020


Courier Journal: A new website allows 152,000 Kentucky felons to see if their voting rights were restored. “Nearly three months after restoring voting rights to many Kentuckians convicted of felonies who had completed sentences, Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday said the numbers of those restored totaled 152,000. On Wednesday, Beshear said the state has a new website with a searchable database for people to find out if their voting rights were restored.”

The Star (Canada): How well are women represented on your local city council? Search hundreds of cities in our exclusive database to find out. “One hundred years ago, on a winter day in 1920, Constance Hamilton, a suffragist, social activist and talented pianist, took her seat on Toronto city council, making history as the first woman elected to municipal office in Ontario. A century later, and despite a decades-long push to get more women into municipal politics, gender parity remains elusive in city and town councils across Canada.”

New-to-me, from The Bejinger: Time Travel Through Beijing’s Past With This Vast Photographic Archive. “First conceived in 2006, the Historical Photographs of China online archive is the fruit of a large-scale project that collects, researches, digitizes, and publishes historical photographs of China. The images largely come from private collections held outside of mainland China, from families with some historical link to the country, and many photographs having been handed down through the generations. There are thousands and thousands of images in the collection, with some of the earliest going back to the late 19th century, offering a fascinating glimpse into China’s past.”


Krebs on Security: U.S. Govt. Makes it Harder to Get .Gov Domains. “The federal agency in charge of issuing .gov domain names is enacting new requirements for validating the identity of people requesting them. The additional measures come less than four months after KrebsOnSecurity published research suggesting it was relatively easy for just about anyone to get their very own .gov domain.”


GenealogyBank: Genealogy 101: Using Gazetteers for Genealogy. “In this article – part of an ongoing ‘Introduction to Genealogy’ series – Gena Philibert-Ortega describes how helpful gazetteers can be to your family history research, and provides links to find them.”

Wirecutter: How I Use Alexa to Dunk on My Kids. “I will stoop as low as it takes to fool and delight them, and Alexa has all the built-in tools I need. Should you want to fight back and own your kids like a boss, you need to check out Alexa Routines—little customizable commands you can create that tell Alexa to say or do pretty much whatever you want.”


Wired: A Brief History of Instagram’s Trouble With ‘Weight-Loss Tea’. “Do you want a lithe, toned body that absolutely does not take multiple photo-editing apps to achieve? Do you want to be a person whose hair and makeup look red-carpet-ready immediately after leaving the gym? Do you want to eat only photogenic smoothie bowls and be utterly unfazed by the fact that they are cold yogurt soup? Try this tea! The 30-Day Detox Starter Pack is now only $85—just use my promo code below. Oh, by the way: #ad.”

Arab News: Social media unites Arab women for digital activism across region and beyond. “Online activism has revolutionized Arab women’s struggle for equality in the past few years as they use the web to demand legislative change, confront sexual harassment and gender-based violence, as well as condemn patriarchy and misogyny.”


TorrentFreak: Plex Slammed By Huge Copyright Coalition For Not Policing Pirates. “Plex has become the latest neutral technology to get slammed for not doing enough to prevent movie and TV show piracy. According to pro-copyright lobby group CreativeFuture, which represents more than 560 companies and organizations, Plex – like Kodi – is a ‘dangerous digital media player’ that has joined the ranks of ‘internet heavyweights who refuse to take responsibility for the criminal behavior on their platforms.'”

Wired: How a Hacker’s Mom Broke Into a Prison—and the Warden’s Computer. “John Strand breaks into things for a living. As a penetration tester, he gets hired by organizations to attack their defenses, helping reveal weaknesses before actual bad guys find them. Normally, Strand embarks on these missions himself, or deploys one of his experienced colleagues at Black Hills Information Security. But in July 2014, prepping for a pen test of a South Dakota correctional facility, he took a decidedly different tack. He sent his mom.”


The Next Web: Scientists figured out how to fool state-of-the-art Deepfake detectors. “A team of researchers from UC San Diego recently came up with a relatively simple method for convincing fake video-detectors that AI-generated fakes are the real deal.”

FierceBiotech: New coronavirus maps offer insights for detection and treatment. “COVID-19, the coronavirus that’s causing the current worldwide outbreak, invades cells by hijacking a protein on their surface called human receptor angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2). Understanding the full structure of ACE2 could aid efforts to develop new detection and treatment techniques—and now a team of researchers from China is providing a map of the enzyme and the entry point it provides to COVID-19.” Good morning, Internet…

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