Australia Suicide Monitoring, Belarusian Web Archiving, Spotify, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, September 30, 2020


Sydney Morning Herald: National suicide monitoring website provides ‘seismic shift’ in tackling tragedies. “A national database compiling timely information from paramedics, hospitals, coroners, police and the community on suicides will be launched on Tuesday to demystify the subject in a bid to prevent more deaths. In what the National Mental Health Commission describes as a seismic shift in addressing the issue, Australia’s National Suicide and Self-Harm Monitoring System will be a real-time, centralised and publicly searchable database to help detect trends and guide interventions.”

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Belarusian Politics and Society Web Archive. “Developed by librarians at Harvard and Stanford Universities, and the University of Chicago — under the auspices of the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation — the Belarusian Politics and Society Web Archive exists to preserve material related to the 2020 presidential election campaign in Belarus and the events that followed.”


BetaNews: Spotify launches new Collaborative Playlist features. “The changes simplify the process of adding new contributors to a playlist so they can start adding songs, as well as making it easy to see who is working with you on a particular playlist. Spotify says the changes are being introduced to help people feel closer together during the current climate.”

CNET: TikTok removed more than 104M videos in the first half of the year. “TikTok removed more than 104 million videos from its platform during the first half of 2020, according to the company’s latest transparency report, released [September 22]. TikTok said that’s less than 1% of all videos uploaded to the popular app between Jan. 1 and June 30.”

Neowin: Mozilla launches Firefox 81 with new Alpenglow theme. “Mozilla has announced the availability of Firefox 81. The new update comes with a raft of new features including audio and video control from your keyboard or headset, a new browser theme called Alpenglow, and credit card autofill in the U.S. and Canada.”


CNN: Facebook allowed hundreds of misleading super PAC ads, activist group finds. “Facebook (FB) has allowed political advertisers to target hundreds of misleading ads about Joe Biden and the US Postal Service to swing-state voters ranging from Florida to Wisconsin in recent weeks, in an apparent failure to enforce its own platform rules less than two months before Election Day.”

The Verge: TikTok is cracking down on weight loss ads that promote ‘harmful’ body images. “TikTok is putting new restrictions on weight loss ads as the app increasingly comes under criticism for promoting dangerous diets. The new policy bans ads for fasting apps and weight loss supplements. It also puts increased restrictions on other weight loss-related ads, like limiting ads for ‘weight management products’ to users over 18 years old and not allowing those ads to ‘promote a negative body image or negative relationship with food.'”

The Guardian: Facebook suspends environmental groups despite vow to fight misinformation. “Facebook has suspended the accounts of several environmental organizations less than a week after launching an initiative it said would counter a tide of misinformation over climate science on the platform.”

Bloomberg: Estee Lauder Pays NASA $128,000 for Photo Shoot in Space . “The U.S. cosmetics giant is spending $128,000 for NASA to fly 10 bottles of its skin serum to the International Space Station. Once there, astronauts will take pictures of Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair in the cupola control tower, which has panoramic views of the cosmos. The images will be used on social media, with the company planning to auction one bottle off for charity when the items return to Earth this spring.”


Lawfare Blog: FBI & CISA Issue Another Warning About 2020 U.S. Election Disinformation . “The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) today issued another public service announcement that warns of the potential threat posed by foreign actors and cybercriminals spreading disinformation to cast doubt on the legitimacy of U.S. elections.”


IrvineTimes: ‘Dating site technology’ to help heart failure patients find clinical trials. “A UK charity for heart failure patients has developed a website which uses matching technology often used for dating sites to pair patients with appropriate clinical trials…. The charity says it hopes the system can help take the pressure off the NHS by no longer relying on healthcare staff to identify potential patients suitable for trials.”

EurekAlert: Initiative for Open Abstracts launches to promote discovery of research. “The Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA) calls on all scholarly publishers to open the abstracts of their publications, and specifically to distribute them through Crossref, in order to facilitate large-scale access and promote discovery of critical research.” Good morning, Internet…

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