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Forestry Research, Connecticut Collective Bargaining, State Historical Society of North Dakota, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, August 18, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Canadian Forest Industries: FPInnovations launches online library containing 50 years of research. “The search engine will comb through the full text of reports instead of just using a keyword or abstract search. Users can search by industry sector, author or publication edition in addition to keywords. A number of reports are free and searchable to the public, but FPInnovations members are able to access all reports and download reports specific to their own sector.”

Yankee Institute for Public Policy: Yankee Institute Statement: Yankee Institute Shines Light on Government with New Database. “Our new database is the first of its kind. It houses every state, municipal, and regional collective bargaining agreement in Connecticut, ensuring both that union members can access their own contracts — and that everyone can access the rules that govern their schools, police departments, towns, and state.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

State Historical Society of North Dakota: Online Databases And Indexes Available For Archival Research. “For the past ten or more years, we have had increasing questions on when, how much, and what of our collections would be put online. While not all our collections are available to be viewed on our website, there are increasing numbers of databases and indexes that allow researchers access to more information from a distance. In this new age of living around COVID-19, online access to collections, databases, and resources is especially useful. Below is a round-up of some useful sites that can assist your research from a distance. See what you can discover!” Genealogists, plenty of vital records stuff here.

CBC: Google stops responding directly to data requests from Hong Kong government. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google said on Friday it would no longer provide data in response to requests from Hong Kong authorities following the enactment of a new national security law imposed by China. The U.S. tech giant had not produced any data since the sweeping new law took force in June and would not directly respond to such requests henceforth, it added.”

Tom’s Guide: Google Chrome is making this controversial change to keep you safe. “With Chrome 86, Google is expected to tweak the address bar so that it only shows the website’s domain, not the full address of the web page you are on. Google is making the move in order to make it easier for users to spot when they’ve landed on a phishing site.” ICK.

USEFUL STUFF

The Quint: Fortnite Fallout: Epic Games’ War Against Apple & Google Explained. “American video games and software developer Epic Games has sued Apple and Google for their monopolistic and anti-competitive policies and removing its highly-rated multiplayer game Fortnite from their respective app stores. The game was first removed by Apple citing Epic Games’ violation of Apple’s App Store guidelines. Google followed suit.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Winnipeg Free Press: Neil Young sets sights on ‘corrupt’ Facebook, Google. “In the midst of his battle against President Trump, Neil Young has decided to take on a couple of other sizable entities —Facebook and Google. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has announced he’ll be spending thousands of dollars to disconnect his popular Neil Young Archives music site from the two online giants.”

Search Engine Journal: Why Google Showed Capitalism in Search for Socialism and Racism . “A former NYTimes reporter and novelist accused Google of having an ideological bias. He cited a search for ‘socialism and racism’ that returns results that include ‘capitalism.’ Google explained why this happened. And then removed the disputed search results.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

MyNorthwest: After numerous ‘red flags,’ AG Ferguson sues federal agencies over Seattle National Archives facility. “When the federal government decided, without any public process, to close and sell the Seattle facility of the National Archives and Records Administration earlier this year, a lot of people were taken by surprise. One of those blindsided by the decision was Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson…. On Monday, Ferguson’s office filed a lawsuit against three of the four federal agencies involved in the secret decision to close and sell the federal facility, which has been a fixture in Seattle’s Sand Point neighborhood since the early 1960s.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

CNET: Facebook says AI can help you spend less time getting an MRI scan. “The two images from an MRI scan of an injured knee look similar, but there’s a major difference: One was created more quickly with the help of artificial intelligence. Facebook researchers and doctors from NYU Langone Health say they were able to speed up MRI scans with the help of AI. The pictures were so clear that most doctors couldn’t distinguish an AI-created scan from a traditional one.” Good evening, Internet…

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