Cloudflare Analytics, HIV Policy Lab, Google Tone Transfer, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, October 7, 2020


SC Magazine: Cloudflare announces free, privacy-focused website analytics. “A free website analytics platform unveiled today by Cloudflare will offer services similar to Google and other analytics platform, but without tracking users.”

Georgetown Law: New HIV Policy Lab uses law and policy data in the HIV response. “The HIV Policy Lab is a data visualization and comparison tool that tracks national policy across 33 different indicators in 194 countries around the world, giving a measure of the policy environment. The goal is to improve transparency, the ability to understand and use the information easily and the ability to compare countries, supporting governments to learn from their neighbours, civil society to increase accountability and researchers to study the impact of laws and policies on the HIV pandemic.”


Classic FM: Genius Google tool turns your tuneless humming into a lovely violin solo. “Using your phone or desktop, you can transform any unpolished melody into a violin, saxophone, flute or trumpet solo. And when we say unpolished melody, we literally mean any noise. Honestly, anything.”

CNET: TikTok launches US elections guide to combat misinformation. “TikTok said Tuesday that it’s rolling out a guide within the short-form video app that will show users trustworthy information about the upcoming US elections. The release of TikTok’s US elections guide is in line with how other social networks are trying to combat political misinformation ahead of the US elections in November. Other social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, also created an online hub for election content to direct people to authoritative sources.”

Arizona State University: Podcast helps make sense of nonsensical time. “…a rise in the spread and abundance of misinformation has made even the savviest among us stop and scratch our heads more than a few times before retweeting. That’s the bad news. The good news is that we’re not alone, and there are ways to help make sense of a seemingly nonsensical time. That’s what Arizona State University professors Michael Simeone and Shawn Walker want to help listeners of their new podcast be able to do.”

Bustle: You Can Now See Your Old Instagram Stories Sorted By Date & Location. “In honor of the apps’s 10 year anniversary, the Instagram Stories archive has been enhanced with a very graphically pleasing new feature that’s here to stay: an interactive Instagram Stories map and calendar. If you want to find your old Instagram stories, you can now see them organized by when they were shared and where they took place. This new feature is private, so it’s just for your own nostalgic enjoyment — meaning, all of your followers are not going to have sudden access to the date and location of all of your Stories.”


Reuters: China’s Didi Chuxing partners with WhatsApp for ride-hailing in Brazil . “Brazilian ride-hailing service 99, controlled by China’s Didi Chuxing Technology Co Ltd, has partnered with WhatsApp to accept orders on the chat platform owned by Facebook in a move that would allow users to summon cars without using another app.”

New York Times: WeChat, Wild Rumors and All, Is Their Lifeline. Washington May End That.. “When Sin Yee Tsui immigrated to New York in 1982 to work as a seamstress, it took so long for her to receive letters from China that she did not learn of her father’s death until after his funeral. Everything changed after WeChat, the Chinese messaging app, was released in 2011. She now wakes up every morning to greetings from relatives, in both her old homeland and her new one, a source of cheer during her retirement in Manhattan.”

Gulf Times: Hungarians launch crowd-funded news site. “Political journalist Attila Rovo began work yesterday at Hungary’s latest experiment in independent journalism – a crowd-funded online news service called Telex. Operating from a small apartment near the Danube and financed solely by donations from more than 34,000 readers, Telex is an attempt to break free from what Rovo and other critics describe as growing government influence over Hungary’s media via owners supportive of Prime Minister Viktor Orban.”


The Register: Chap beats rap in WhatsApp zap flap: Russian banker walks from insider trading case after deleting software. “A Russian ex-banker has been found not guilty of destroying potential evidence after he deleted a copy of WhatsApp from his phone before handing it over to police. Konstantin Vishnyak, 42, was cleared by Southwark Crown Court in London, England, of destroying documents relevant to a now-discontinued investigation into insider trading.”


Fast Company: Fake video threatens to rewrite history. Here’s how to protect it. “In an age of very little institutional trust, without a firm historical context that future historians and the public can rely on to authenticate digital media events of the past, we may be looking at the dawn of a new era of civilization: post-history. We need to act now to ensure the continuity of history without stifling the creative potential of these new AI tools.”

Space: Volunteers wanted: NASA’s Planet Patrol wants your help to find alien worlds. “You can help NASA’s newest planet-hunting mission do its otherworldly work. The space agency just launched a citizen-science project called Planet Patrol, which asks volunteers around the world to sort through images collected by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).” Good morning, Internet…

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