Museum of Dufferin, Indigenous Australia, Tim Berners-Lee, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 10, 2020


The Star: Museum of Dufferin launches new online climate exhibit. “Bringing climate change to a local relevancy, the Museum of Dufferin partnered with Climate Action in Dufferin to launch a new digital exhibition called ‘Before Your Eyes’. The digital exhibit looks to take the latest science on climate change in pollution and carbon dioxide, connecting the impacts to the local community while educating on solutions to reduce emissions.”

Sydney Arts Guide: Carriberrie Website Celebrates Indigenous Song And Dance This NAIDOC Week. “The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is marking NAIDOC Week 2020 with the release of Carriberrie, a breathtaking online journey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander song and dance from the traditional to the contemporary, set across stunning Australian landscapes. Carriberrie features 156 dancers, 23 performances and nine cultural groups, and is available online now.”


CNBC: World wide web inventor launches privacy platform for enterprises; NHS and BBC sign up. “Tim Berners-Lee, the English computer scientist best known as the inventor of the world wide web, has revealed that his latest start-up has launched a privacy platform for enterprises. The U.K.’s National Health Service, the BBC, NatWest Bank and the Flanders Government are among its early adopters.”

ZDNet: Older Android phones will start failing on some secure websites in 2021. “They may not be cool, and they’re certainly not up to date, but there are millions of old Android smartphones out there running 2016’s Android 7.1 Nougat or earlier. On Sep. 1, 2021, however, those phones will start failing when they try to connect with websites secured by Let’s Encrypt Secure-Socket Layer (SSL)/Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificates.”


Digital Inspiration: Google Drive Monitor – Get Email Alerts When Files are Deleted in your Drive. “If you are like me who is terrified at the prospect of forever losing important files that were deleted by mistake, Google Drive Watch can help. Google Drive Watch is an open-source Google Script that automatically monitors your Google Drive and sends daily email notifications with a detailed list of files that were deleted the previous day.”


Associated Press: Census takers say they were told to enter false information. “Two census takers told The Associated Press that their supervisors pressured them to enter false information into a computer system about homes they had not visited so they could close cases during the waning days of the once-a-decade national headcount. Maria Arce said her supervisor in Massachusetts offered step-by-step instructions in how to trick the system. She said she felt guilty about lying, but she did not want to disobey her supervisors, who kept repeating that they were under pressure from a regional office in New York to close cases.”

New York Times: How 2020 Changed the Internet. “In this long (and still ongoing) election season in America, there are two things I have learned about the internet companies through which many of us experience the world. First, Facebook, Google and the rest have reluctantly embraced their role as our gatekeepers to information, and there’s likely no going back. Second, so much about how these gatekeepers exercise their power remains unknown to the rest of us.”


Jackson Free Press: Mississippi Program to Use Door Cameras to Fight Crime. “Mississippi’s capital city could begin using residents’ door security cameras in its effort to fight rising crime. Recently, Jackson began a pilot program with two technology corporations to provide a platform for the police department to access private surveillance via Ring cameras. Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said if home and business owners allow, they could give the city permission to access those cameras through the platform, and the city could use the data collected to track criminal activity, WLBT-TV reported.”


USC Viterbi School of Engineering: AI News Bias Tool Created By USC Computer Scientists. “USC computer scientists have developed a tool to automatically detect bias in news. The work, which combines natural language processing and leverages moral foundation theory to understand the structures and nuances of content that are consistently showing up on left-leaning and right-leaning news sites, was presented at the International Conference on Social Informatics in the paper ‘Moral Framing and Ideological Bias of News.'”

ScienceBlog: When Algorithms Compete, Who Wins?. “James Zou, Stanford assistant professor of biomedical data science and an affiliated faculty member of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, says that as algorithms compete for clicks and the associated user data, they become more specialized for subpopulations that gravitate to their sites. And that, he finds in a new paper with graduate student Antonio Ginart and undergraduate Eva Zhang, can have serious implications for both companies and consumers.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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