Black-Founded Startups, Fishing in Wales, United Nations Disarmament Yearbook, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, October 6, 2020


This is from July and it completely flew past me. TechCrunch: This public spreadsheet lists Black founders who have raised VC, and the investors backing them. “Finding out how many Black founders have successfully raised venture capital, and which venture capital firms invested in their startups hasn’t been an easy task, historically. Venture capital data is often diceable by stage, say, or by startup type. But if you wanted to know how many Black founders a particular firm had invested into, that information has been hard to come by. Until now, that is.”

WalesOnline: Everything you need to know about fishing in Wales in one place. “Literally every place that you can go fishing in Wales has been researched and uploaded onto the site, along with contact information. With over 1,000 fishing locations including sea fishing marks, angling club waters and coarse fisheries, the website uses intuitive interactive maps, allowing you to find places to fish in Wales quickly and easily.”

ReliefWeb: Dedicated ‘United Nations Disarmament Yearbook’ website, now live, spotlights core peace, security challenges as global organization turns 75. “The Office for Disarmament Affairs launched a new website today featuring the latest version of the United Nations Disarmament Yearbook….This new digital platform allows diplomats, technical experts, journalists and other readers to effortlessly navigate through a comprehensive overview of key developments and trends from the past year with respect to multilateral disarmament, non‑proliferation and arms control. The forty‑fourth edition of the Yearbook and its website include, for the first time, a collection of explanatory graphics and charts as well as a full chapter on gender issues in disarmament.”

Brick Fanatics: New LEGO Star Wars fan website launches. “There’s a new website for LEGO Star Wars fans, with The Holo-Brick Archive now online and fully functional. Driven by fans for fans, it promises regular news and a product database packed with sets, books and all manner of branded merchandise.” That database? Has over A THOUSAND sets in it.


Library of Congress: Hispanic Audio Archive Rebrands as the PALABRA Archive and Releases New Recordings. “With the Library’s Hispanic Heritage Month festivities underway, it is time to celebrate one of our institution’s most treasured Luso-Hispanic collections. This year, as is tradition during the heritage celebrations, the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress announces the release of fifty new audio recordings from the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape (AHLOT) for online streaming. The release makes available new material from this literary audio archive of Iberian, Latin American, Caribbean, and LatinX poets and writers reading from their works.”

WTHR: Hoosiers can claim Equifax data breach money using new website. “The Indiana Attorney General’s Office is out with a new website where Hoosiers impacted by the Equifax data breach can claim their money. The data breach in 2017 compromised the info of about 147 million Americans, including roughly 3.9 million Indiana residents. Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, driver’s license numbers and credit card information were compromised.”


Reuters: Best-kept secret? Google move shows mapping risks. “Governments and technology companies are mapping much of the Earth with satellite imagery, drones and virtual reality to modernise land records or for virtual tours. But in doing so, they may be putting indigenous communities or those living in informal settlements at greater risk of eviction, illegal logging and other threats, human rights campaigners and mappers say.”

New York Times: A Museum Puts Its Fakes on Show. “The paintings on show in ‘Russian Avant-Garde at the Museum Ludwig: Original and Fake’ are all ostensibly by artists from that radical movement of the early 20th century. Yet displayed alongside bona fide works by renowned artists like Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko and Natalia Goncharova are paintings whose previous attributions museum researchers now reject.”


BloombergQuint: Texas Bombshell on Bribe Claims Threatens States’ Google Probe. “The multistate investigation of Alphabet Inc.’s Google is at risk of splintering further after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is leading the probe, was accused by his senior aides of potential crimes, including bribery.”


MIT Technology Review: Thank you for posting: Smoking’s lessons for regulating social media. “…like secondhand smoke, misinformation damages the quality of public life. Every conspiracy theory, every propaganda or disinformation campaign, affects people—and the expense of not responding can grow exponentially over time. Since the 2016 US election, newsrooms, technology companies, civil society organizations, politicians, educators, and researchers have been working to quarantine the viral spread of misinformation. The true costs have been passed on to them, and to the everyday folks who rely on social media to get news and information.”

Harvard University: Mail-In Voter Fraud: Anatomy of a Disinformation Campaign. “Our results are based on analyzing over fifty-five thousand online media stories, five million tweets, and seventy-five thousand posts on public Facebook pages garnering millions of engagements. They are consistent with our findings about the American political media ecosystem from 2015-2018, published in Network Propaganda, in which we found that Fox News and Donald Trump’s own campaign were far more influential in spreading false beliefs than Russian trolls or Facebook clickbait artists.”

Unite .ai: Researchers Develop New Tool to Fight Bias in Computer Vision. “One of the recent issues that has emerged within the field of artificial intelligence (AI) is that of bias in computer vision. Many experts are now discovering bias within AI systems, leading to skewed results in various different applications, such as courtroom sentencing programs. There is a large effort going forward attempting to fix some of these issues, with the newest development coming from Princeton University. Researchers at the institution have created a new tool that is able to flag potential biases in images that are used to train AI systems.” Good morning, Internet…

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