Xinjiang Internment Camps, Future Energy Costs, Pakistan Digital Library, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 24, 2020


The Guardian: China has built 380 internment camps in Xinjiang, study finds. “China has built nearly 400 internment camps in Xinjiang region, with construction on dozens continuing over the last two years, even as Chinese authorities said their ‘re-education’ system was winding down, an Australian thinktank has found…. The information has been made public, including the coordinates for individual camps, in a database that can be accessed online, the Xinjiang Data Project.”

University of Texas at Austin: New Tool Models Future Energy Costs and Carbon Implications for 13 U.S. Areas. “Building upon the multiyear interdisciplinary Energy Infrastructure of the Future study, the new dashboard allows users to create their own scenarios for one of 13 U.S. regions for the year 2050. Users can model energy infrastructure pathways by varying three key sets of inputs: the mix of electricity generation sources, the percentage of light-duty vehicles that are electric, and the percentage of households heated by natural gas and electricity.”

Express-Tribune (Pakistan): Sindh to launch digital library on Thursday. “The Sindh culture department has developed a digital library based on interoperable system, through which readers will be able to access over 100 million books, research journals and articles sourced from libraries across the world. The library will be launched on Thursday and the initiative has been taken in line with Sindh High Court orders.” Sindh is a province in Pakistan.


US Department of Veterans Affairs: New site offers Veterans, family members VA benefits, services information. “VA’s new website landing page makes it easier for Veterans and family members to access VA benefits and services information. The website,, provides two newly updated booklets on information about VA benefits and services, as well as how to apply for them.”

Lifehacker: How to Find Android 11’s Secret Hidden Cat Game. “Yes, Android usually comes with some kind of quirky Easter Egg. Do you really think Google, famed creator of the ‘Doodle,’ the dinosaur game, and all sorts of other little oddities, would really pass up the chance to be silly in its mobile operating system? Pfft.”


Financial Express: How Google Maps is positioned to become the next big content platform. “For long, Google Maps has been the go-to app to find one’s location, look for directions or even read reviews before visiting a place. It is an essential tool today for its more than one billion monthly active users. But have you ever wondered about its potential to become the next big content platform? Yes, it’s possible. While data about its number of active users is quite easily accessible, very few know about the over 120 million contributors whom we depend on before trying a new restaurant or visiting a place.”


Washington Post: The company email promised bonuses. It was a hoax — and Tribune Publishing employees are furious.. “Employees of the Tribune Publishing Company were momentarily thrilled Wednesday after they received a company email announcing that they were each getting a bonus of up to $10,000, to ‘thank you for your ongoing commitment to excellence.’ To see how big their bonus would be, they just had to click on a link that … well, that’s when they learned they had failed the test. And there was no bonus at all.” I understand the need for enterprises to test security, but what a garbage thing to do.

ABC 7: Facebook hit with lawsuit over Kenosha protest deaths. “The suit, filed in the federal court of the Eastern District of Wisconsin on Tuesday, alleges Facebook failed to delete two pages on its platform that the lawsuit says encouraged violence against protesters. It claims this may have ultimately led 17-year-old Rittenhouse to allegedly kill two people and injure a third.”


MIT News: Why social media has changed the world — and how to fix it . “In 2005, about 7 percent of American adults used social media. But by 2017, 80 percent of American adults used Facebook alone. About 3.5 billion people on the planet, out of 7.7 billion, are active social media participants. Globally, during a typical day, people post 500 million tweets, share over 10 billion pieces of Facebook content, and watch over a billion hours of YouTube video. As social media platforms have grown, though, the once-prevalent, gauzy utopian vision of online community has disappeared. Along with the benefits of easy connectivity and increased information, social media has also become a vehicle for disinformation and political attacks from beyond sovereign borders.”

Smart Cities Dive: Sidewalk Labs tool aims to boost building energy efficiency. “Sidewalk Labs unveiled a new tool Tuesday that it says will help commercial buildings manage energy use and reduce environmental impact. The tool, known as Mesa, uses real-time data and automation to optimize energy use.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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