Miami New Times: New Database Lets You Search Miami Police Officer Complaints. “After talking to the sister of a woman who had a traumatic run-in with Miami police during a June protest, a light bulb went on for WLRN reporter Danny Rivero. Rivero had the name of the woman’s arresting officer and could easily access records that listed his record of complaints, suspensions, and reprimands. But he figured the public might not have the same familiarity with police records, so he set out to create a tool to make that information more accessible. Yesterday, Rivero announced the beta launch of Badge Watch, a website and soon-to-be app that keeps track of use-of-force incidents and citizen complaints against City of Miami police officers.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Radio Boise: Radio Free America On-Demand Archiver Shut Down. “In unexpected news, Radio Free America has suspended operations indefinitely as of Saturday, August 15, 2020. We are searching for an alternative show audio archiving service – which will take time – but we’ll keep you posted as we find a new solution.”
Johns Hopkins: Johns Hopkins JustUs Dialogues will spotlight critical health and justice disparities. “Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine will host a new online discussion series featuring many of the nation’s most important voices on topics relating to racial justice. The free JustUs Dialogues will kick off Thursday, Aug. 20, with a discussion on police reform and will culminate in October with an online symposium on health and restorative justice.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
New Indian Express: ‘Telegram revolution’: How a social media app helped drive protests in Belarus post presidential polls. “Every day, like clockwork, to-do lists for those protesting against Belarus’ authoritarian leader appear in the popular Telegram messaging app. They lay out goals, give times and locations of rallies with business-like precision, and offer spirited encouragement.”
New York Times: Facebook Braces Itself for Trump to Cast Doubt on Election Results. “Facebook spent years preparing to ward off any tampering on its site ahead of November’s presidential election. Now the social network is getting ready in case President Trump interferes once the vote is over. Employees at the Silicon Valley company are laying out contingency plans and walking through postelection scenarios that include attempts by Mr. Trump or his campaign to use the platform to delegitimize the results, people with knowledge of Facebook’s plans said.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Politico: Trump pressures head of consumer agency to bend on social media crackdown. “President Donald Trump has personally pushed the head of the Federal Trade Commission to aid his crusade against alleged political bias in social media, according to two people familiar with the conversations — an unusually direct effort by a president to bend a legally independent agency to his agenda.”
Techdirt: Judge Recommends Copyright Troll Richard Liebowitz Be Removed From Roll Of The Court For Misconduct In Default Judgment Case. “Would you believe it? Copyright troll Richard Liebowitz is in trouble yet again. And yes, we just had a different article about him yesterday, but it’s tough to keep up with all of young Liebowitz’s court troubles. The latest is that a judge has sanctioned Liebowitz and recommended he be removed from the roll of the court in the Northern District of NY.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
GAO Watchblog: USAspending. gov Contains a Treasure Trove of Information, But How Reliable Is It?. “Federal agencies are required to report spending information under the DATA Act, and agency offices of inspectors general (OIG) are required to review and report on the quality of agency data. In FY 2019, USAspending.gov reported that the government spent about $4.45 trillion. Today’s WatchBlog explores our review of 51 OIG reports that expressed concerns about the quality of the data that agencies reported for the first quarter of FY2019. Given that agencies are now required to report how they’re spending their COVID-19 funds on USAspending.gov, the reliability of this data is even more important.”
Liverpool Echo: University of Liverpool accepts slavery roots after new database of links revealed. “The University of Liverpool has acknowledged the role that proceeds of slavery played in its early beginnings as a group of independent researchers prepare to release information about its links to the notorious trade. The database, which has been put together by the Liverpool Black History Research Group based at the Kuumba Imani centre in Toxteth, explores the relationship between prominent slave traders and one of the University of Liverpool’s forerunner organisations, the Liverpool Royal Institution.” The database will be released next year.
EurekAlert: Argonne scientists use artificial intelligence to strengthen power grid resiliency. “At the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory a research team has developed a novel approach to help system operators understand how to better control power systems with the help of artificial intelligence. Their new approach could help operators control power systems in a more effective way, which could enhance the resilience of America’s power grid, according to a recent article in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems.” Good afternoon, Internet…
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