Veterans Legacy Program, Ireland Marriage Equality, Florida Sewage Spills, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, June 11, 2020


University of Denver: Veterans Legacy Program Marches Forward With New Website. “Since its inception in 2018, DU’s VLP has commemorated more than 70 veterans buried at Fort Logan in its ‘More Than a Headstone’ (MTAH) project. It’s a number that is sure to keep growing: A new grant will keep the program going for a third year and allow the VLP to expand its outreach. The newest component of the VLP is a website, featuring virtual and self-guided tours alongside a growing roster of biographies and photos. A soon-to-be-released mobile app will showcase the students’ work on yet another platform.”

University Times: USI to Launch Online Archive Hailing Students’ Role in Marriage Equality. “The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) [has launched] an archive of reports, photos and videos… to celebrate the role of students in the 2015 marriage equality referendum…. It features details on the first time a USI president called for marriage equality – in 1977 – as well as how students’ unions pushed for exams to be moved so students could vote in the referendum.”

Tallahassee Reports: New Website Provides Sewage Spill Information for Florida Counties. “The Tallahassee Sewage Advocacy Group released the website in May. The website uses Florida Department of Environmental Protection data on spills throughout Florida from 2000 to 2020. Users can input their county to calculate gallons spilled per capita. The generated report also lists the date and volume of each recorded spill.”


Campaigns & Elections: How Social Media Has Powered America’s Racial Justice Protests. “Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have become as much a part of the racial-justice protests sweeping America as handmade signs, water bottles and face masks. Besides helping activists flood the streets, monitor the police, mobilize supporters and raise money, mobile apps and social media platforms have brought the American public right to the front lines.”

Engadget: Facebook suspended hundreds of anti-racist skinheads and musicians. “Facebook’s determination to crack down on hate speech swept up some innocent people. OneZero has learned that Facebook temporarily suspended ‘hundreds’ of anti-racist activists from SHARP (Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice), as well as the reggae and ska communities, for allegedly violating site standards. It even included ska legend Neville Staple of The Specials. ”


CNET: EU to hit Amazon with antitrust charges over treatment of third-party sellers, report says . “The European Union is preparing to file antitrust charges against Amazon over the e-commerce giant’s treatment of third-party sellers on its site, according to a report Thursday from The Wall Street Journal. The European Commission, the union’s top antitrust regulator, could file official charges as early as next week, according to the Journal.”

CNN: Amazon will temporarily stop providing its facial recognition software to police. “Amazon said Wednesday it will stop providing its facial recognition technology to police forces for one year, amid questions about the company’s commitment to fighting systemic racism.”


MIT Technology Review: How to turn filming the police into the end of police brutality. “Once again, footage taken on a smartphone is catalyzing action to end police brutality once and for all. But [Darnella] Frazier’s video also demonstrates the challenge of turning momentum into lasting change. Six years ago, the world watched as Eric Garner uttered the same words—’I can’t breathe’—while NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo strangled him in a chokehold. Four years ago, we watched again as Philando Castile, a 15-minute drive from Minneapolis, bled to death after being shot five times by Officer Jeronimo Yanez at a traffic stop. Both incidents also led to mass protests, and yet we’ve found ourselves here again. So how do we turn all this footage into something more permanent—not just protests and outrage, but concrete policing reform?”

International Business Times: Scientists Discover New Parasitic Fungus On Twitter, Name It After Social Media Site. “A team of researchers discovered a new species of fungus thanks to a photo shared on Twitter. According to the team, their discovery highlights the increasing role of social media in research. The new species is now a part of the Laboulbeniales order of fungi, and the researchers named it Troglomyces twitteri after the social media site in which it was first observed.”


Screen Rant: How To Find Made Up Words With Meaningless Definitions . “If you don’t know what Tendercake means then it is a cake or filling typically made with the flattened piece of fruit and cake eaten dry, according to an AI web tool that’s specifically designed to make up words. The website where the AI is located doesn’t only make up words, but also provides context through meaningless definitions and examples that makes them sound authentic. This is the just the latest example of how artificial intelligence is being used for new and novel purposes.” Good evening, Internet…

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