Anti-Transparency Legislation, Facebook, Google My Business, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 15, 2020

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New York Times: Legislative Tracker Sounds Alarm on Anti-Transparency Bills. “The National Freedom of Information Coalition is launching a bill tracker that aims to find, in real-time, all pieces of legislation that affect government transparency in state legislatures. On its website, the coalition is releasing dashboards of pending or recent legislation in all states for Sunshine Week, an annual celebration of open government that runs from March 15-21.”


The Register: Firefox 74 slams Facebook in solitary confinement: Browser add-on stops social network stalking users across the web. “The purpose of the Facebook Container is to let you continue to use Facebook but without having the social network site track your browsing elsewhere. ‘Installing this extension closes your Facebook tabs, deletes your Facebook cookies, and logs you out of Facebook,’ say the docs.”

Search Engine Land: Google signals stricter enforcement of GMB image guidelines. “Earlier this month, Google called attention to changes in its Google My Business photo and video guidelines, announced last year. The company is letting local marketers know that all images or videos will now be reviewed before being published.”


Make Tech Easier: Why You Should Use Two Browsers for Your Daily Browsing. “When you use browser compartmentalization, you use different browsers for different activities, and you are strict about following your rules for when to use which browser. Using separate browsers for separate activities will stop companies from tracking information between sites with different identifying information. Tracking cookies cannot follow between different browsers.”

Forbes: Exclusive: Zoom CEO Eric Yuan Is Giving K-12 Schools His Videoconferencing Tools For Free. “Students or teachers who fill out an online form using their school email addresses and are then verified by Zoom will have any accounts associated with that school’s domain also gain unlimited temporary meeting minutes, according to a site set up for the process overnight. The free Basic accounts are also available by request in Austria, Denmark, France, Ireland, Poland, Romania and South Korea, a spokesperson for Zoom said.”


University of Toronto Mississauga: Queer in the Suburbs: Hidden histories of Peel Region. “‘Groundbreaking’ research from U of T Mississauga is creating a new record of the unique experiences of LGBTQ2+ people living in Canada’s suburbs. The project collects first-person oral histories from current and former LGBTQ2+ residents of Peel Region and establishes an important new archive of suburban queer experiences. Select stories will also be featured in an upcoming exhibit at the Brampton-based Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives (PAMA).”


Search Engine Journal: WordPress Popup Builder Contains Serious Vulnerabilities. “Popular WordPress Plugin Popup Builder was discovered to have multiple vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to inject malicious JavaScript into a popup.”

Techdirt: Japan Approves New Law To Make Manga Piracy A Criminal Offense. Yikes! “Roughly a year and a half ago, we discussed a proposed amendment to Japanese copyright law that would seek to criminalize copyright infringement. The general consensus is that the chief impetus for this new addition to Japanese copyright law centered on the manga industry, which is a multi-billion dollar industry, despite that particular media being pirated alongside all other media.”

Mashable: TikTok and other popular iOS apps are spying on your iPhone clipboard. “Have you ever copied a password or perhaps even your credit card number on your iPhone in order to easily paste it onto a website form? If you have, then it’s likely you’ve just exposed that information to a slew of popular iPhone apps.”


Phys .org: Crowdsourcing plot lines to help the creative process. “Creative authors could soon have a new option to help overcome writer’s block, thanks to a system launched by researchers in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State. The crowd-powered system, called Heteroglossia, enables writers to elicit story ideas from the online crowd.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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