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Deaths in Custody, Google, Livestreaming, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 14, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

SBS News: Deaths in custody database reinvigorates calls for justice system overhaul. “Researchers behind a national database of Australian deaths in custody over the past three decades say they hope it shines a light on the lives lost and the need for reform. Nearly 800 coroners’ reports can now be searched in the one place, including the 437 Aboriginal deaths in custody since 1991.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Reuters: Alphabet’s Google commits $10 billion to accelerate digitization in India . “Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday said it would spend around $10 billion (8 billion pounds) in India over the next five to seven years through equity investments and tie-ups, marking its biggest commitment to a key growth market.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: 5 Best Live-Streaming Webcams Around the World for Virtual Sightseeing. “Zoos, tourist hotspots, and even NASA already use webcams to showcase action from around the globe. But now that anyone can buy a cheap but good webcam and connect it to the internet to live-stream, the game has leveled up. Today, webcams provide a virtual portal to the outdoors, especially when you’re stuck at home.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Denver Post: “We shouldn’t be curating people’s souls:” Denver museum repatriates sacred carvings to Kenyan tribes. “At the Denver museum, the discovery of 30 wooden statues sent curators on a quest to return the items said to hold the souls of ancestors. For the Mijikenda people in Kenya and northern Tanzania, the carvings — long rectangular, intricately designed bodies and round heads — both memorialize prominent members of the society who died and embody their spirits.”

NiemanLab: Four lessons from a new generation of Instagram editors in local newsrooms. “Most — if not all — of the fellows are members of the mobile-first Generation Z. Born after 1996, somewhere around three-quarters of Gen Zers use Instagram and 65 percent check the social media app daily. (Facebook, which owns Instagram, comes in a distant fourth with the same age group.) That makes the platform critical for news organizations that want to reach younger readers. About halfway through the 10-week program, a few of the fellows shared the strategies they’ve seen succeed on the popular video- and photo-sharing platform.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

France24: French police announce arrest of ‘darknet’ paedophilia site operator. “French prosecutors said Monday that police had arrested a man suspected of operating paedophilia sites on secret ‘darknet’ internet networks providing pornographic videos and pictures to thousands of people worldwide. The 40-year-old arrested near the southwestern city of Bordeaux on July 7 was described by prosecutors as “one of the 10 most-wanted targets” of authorities fighting child sex crimes around the globe.”

Motherboard: The Secret Service Tried to Catch a Hacker With a Malware Booby-Trap. “A Seattle Police Department officer tried to unmask a ransomware attacker by deploying his own hack, according to newly unsealed court records. Although in this case the officer’s attempt didn’t work, the news shows that the use of so-called network investigative techniques (NITs)—the U.S. government’s general term for hacking tools deployed by law enforcement—is not limited to the FBI. Here, the Seattle Police Department official was working in their capacity as a Task Force Officer for the U.S. Secret Service.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Block: Arweave aims to make the Internet Archive’s data accessible forever. “The Internet Archive is a non-profit library of digital content, ranging from websites to music and even software. But this ‘amazing resource’ is also ‘fundamentally centralized,’ says Sam Williams, Arweave’s founder. So, Arweave’s developers are adding torrents — files that can be distributed and accessible via a peer-to-peer network — to Arweave’s ‘next-generation archive.'”

University of Connecticut: UConn Library, School of Engineering to Expand Handwritten Text Recognition. “The UConn Library and the School of Engineering are working to develop new technology that applies machine learning to handwriting text recognition that will allow researchers to have improved access to handwritten historic documents. Handwritten documents are essential for researchers, but are often inaccessible because they are unable to be searched even after they are digitized. The Connecticut Digital Archive, a project of the UConn Library, is working to change that with a $24,277 grant awarded through the Catalyst Fund of LYRASIS, a nonprofit organization that supports access to academic, scientific, and cultural heritage.”

EcoWatch: 7 Outdoor Citizen Science Projects to Join This Summer. “Summer and fall are great seasons to enjoy the outdoors. But if you’re already spending extra time outside because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be out of ideas on how to make fresh-air activities feel special. Here are a few suggestions to keep both adults and children entertained and educated in the months ahead, many of which can be done from the comfort of one’s home or backyard.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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