Bay Area Energy Atlas, Washington Public Lands, India Social Media, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, November 23, 2020


Association of Bay Area Governments: Bay Area Energy Atlas Now Online!. “ABAG’s BayREN program has launched the Bay Area Energy Atlas. The tool, developed by the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA, in partnership with BayREN, is a large database of PG&E account-level electricity and natural gas consumption linked spatially to building characteristics and sociodemographic data. The Energy Atlas was developed to assist local governments with climate action planning and to delve into how energy is being used in their jurisdictions.”

KHQ: WA State launches new app for viewing Public Lands. “Recreation and conservation lands managed by local, state and federal governments now can be viewed easily online in a new mapping application, the Recreation and Conservation Office announced today. The Public Lands Inventory Web app displays more than 18.8 million acres of public lands used for recreation or wildlife habitat in Washington. Information also is displayed about the type of use, owner, legislative district, year of acquisition, purchase price and acreage.”


Pune Mirror: Kerala Government backtracks on controversial act to punish offensive social media posts. “Facing outrage from a wider section of society, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala, led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, on Monday chose not to enforce the new section introduced in the Kerala Police Act (KPA), 2011, which was widely viewed as a brazen attack on freedom of speech.”

Yahoo News: Education Department removes tool for defrauded students 9 days after launch. “On Nov. 10, the Department of Education (ED) launched a fresh website to help borrowers who are seeking debt relief after being defrauded by a college. The new website attempted to improve the borrower defense process, which is a fairly complicated process that involves former students of allegedly predatory schools seeking loan forgiveness. On Nov. 19, that website was taken down.”


Monroe News-Star: Grant will help University of Louisiana Monroe digitize student newspaper records. “The National Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities) have awarded a grant to that provides funding to digitize 50 years of University of Louisiana Monroe’s historical student newspaper. The $2,200 LEH Rebirth Grant will allow the university archives to preserve students’ writings from the founding of the university in 1931 to 1980.”


The Island (Sri Lanka) : Govt. to introduce mechanism to regulate social media. “Minister of Mass Media Keheliya Rambukwella told the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Mass Media on Saturday that a proper mechanism to regulate websites would be introduced within the next two weeks.”


Gizmodo: Forensics Experts Used Social Media to Reconstruct Exact Cause of the Tragic Beirut Explosion. “One of the most awful elements of the devastating August 4 explosion in Beirut, which killed over 200 people and injured more than 6,500, was that it could have easily been prevented. Using videos of the event that were shared on social media, forensics researchers have been able to reconstruct exactly what happened, including the shocking negligence that led to the tragedy.”

New York Times: Can a Computer Devise a Theory of Everything?. “The Theory of Everything is still not in sight, but with computers taking over many of the chores in life — translating languages, recognizing faces, driving cars, recommending whom to date — it is not so crazy to imagine them taking over from the Hawkings and the Einsteins of the world.” Good evening, Internet…

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