Black Owned Maine, Talking About Race, Prabhakar Raghavan, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, June 9, 2020


News Center Maine: New website helps Mainers support minority-owned businesses. “One way people can show support for the movement for equality is to support Maine’s diverse business owners. To help you find those businesses there’s a new website called Black Owned Maine. The site already includes a wide variety of businesses, from barbershops and beauty salons to law offices.”

Smithsonian: National Museum of African American History and Culture Releases “Talking About Race” Web Portal. “The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture today launched Talking About Race, a new online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture.”


Search Engine Journal: Google’s New Head of Search – Prabhakar Raghavan. “Prabhakar Raghavan has a PhD, has authored books and research papers, is a member and leader of various computer science organizations and so on. But what we in the search community are interested in is who is this guy and how will he impact search?”

BetaNews: You will soon be able to request Twitter verification. “Having used a secretive system to determine whether an account is deemed worthy of being verified or not, Twitter is now going to bring a ‘Request verification’ option into its apps. The feature is currently undergoing development, but Twitter confirms that there is a new system in the works.”


TechRepublic: How to get free AI training and tools. “Even if you don’t have a large training budget, you can still democratize your AI. Here are ways to get the AI training and resources your staff needs.”

Forbes: Image Scrubber Lets Protestors Post Photos Without Fear Of Reprisals. “Digital photographs carry what’s known as EXIF data, a stash of hidden technical information that is embedded in every digital image file. This data can include sensitive details such as the precise date, time and location at which the picture was taken, the make and model of the camera/smartphone it was taken with, and even the serial number of camera lenses… The online Image Scrubber allows users to quickly upload photos, remove any identifying EXIF data and also blur or paint over parts of the image, masking the faces of people in the photograph, for instance.” I think AI can deblur things which have been blurred, so painting is better if you’re going for privacy.


WWD: Leading Black Female Figures Take Over Celebrity Instagram Accounts in Social Media Action. “A new social media campaign focused on magnifying black women’s voices is launching Wednesday. Actress and Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow, soccer star Megan Rapinoe and a number of other white celebrities will be handing over their Instagram accounts for the day to prominent black women, including Teen Vogue editor Lindsay Peoples Wagner and Endeavor chief marketing officer Bozoma Saint John, for #sharethemicnow.”

9to5 Mac: Apple should acquire DuckDuckGo to put pressure on Google Search, analyst argues. “One analyst has a suggestion for how Apple could put pressure on Google: acquire DuckDuckGo. Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi says that an acquisition of privacy-focused DuckDuckGo would allow Apple to put pressure on Google and tap into lucrative advertising revenue.” ick.

The Nation: ‘Archives tell us different stories about how things were’: Inside the journey to document Modern Arab art. “On a most basic level, archives help establish what happened, when. For Arab art history, the problems facing a precise or exhaustive chronicle are double: existing archives are often incomplete, damaged or inaccessible, because of conflict in the region. And the analysis made by canonical art history of what was happening in the Middle East and Turkey – written primarily by US academics – views art of the region through the prism of its engagement with western art.”


TechCrunch: IBM ends all facial recognition business as CEO calls out bias and inequality. “IBM CEO Arvind Krishna announced today that the company would no longer sell facial recognition services, calling for a ‘national dialogue’ on whether it should be used at all. He also voiced support for a new bill aiming to reduce police violence and increase accountability.”

Wired: Protests Renew Scrutiny of Tech’s Ties to Law Enforcement. “THE COLLECTIVE OUTRAGE over the murder of George Floyd has led to nationwide protests, renewed calls for police reform, and uncharacteristically swift support for racial equity from Silicon Valley leaders. The backlash has been swift as well. Critics are calling out many companies now pledging support for Black Lives Matter, accusing them of failing to stop racist language on their platforms and, in some cases, enabling the over-policing and surveillance that protesters now march against.”

OneZero: Google Purged Almost 1,000 Abusive ‘Creeperware’ Apps. Now Some Are Coming Back.. “In June 2019, a group of cybersecurity researchers notified Google of more than 1,000 potentially malicious apps on the company’s Play Store that can be used to surveil, monitor, and harass users. Their findings, which have not previously been reported, eventually led to one of the largest ever mass removals of Android apps. Less than a year later, there are signs that the ‘creeperware,’ as the researchers called it, is returning.” Good morning, Internet…

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