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Wildlife Conservation, Scotland Memorial Inscriptions, South Asian Gender and Sexuality, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, November 27, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Green Queen: This New App Takes Users To The ‘Frontlines Of Wildlife Conservation’ In Real-Time. “Created by San Diego-based tech nonprofit Key Conservation, the new Key App is designed to bring users a feed of new conservation events that are happening all over the world, taking them to real-life opportunities by simply scrolling, clicking and signing up. The inspiration for the app first began when Key Conservation and wildlife biologist director Megan Cromp found a disconnect between people who wanted to help make a difference, but didn’t know how to contribute to work being done on the field and actionable steps to take.”

The Courier: One million memorial inscriptions gathered in lockdown history project. “The collection is the end product of months of painstaking work by volunteers across the country, who spent lockdown transcribing memorials and gravestones from more than 800 burial grounds for the database. ‘Scotland Monumental Inscriptions’ includes details of Sotland’s most notable figures in history, including kings, queens, Flora Macdonald who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie evade government troops after the Battle of Culloden, and pioneer Adam Smith.”

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the South Asian Gender and Sexuality Web Archive. “Amplifying the voices of those fighting against long histories of patriarchal dominance, the South Asian Gender and Sexuality Web Archive documents and preserves the work of activists, grassroots organizations, and social justice movements committed to promoting the visibility and experiences of LGBTQAI+ people and women in South Asia and its diasporas.”

The Tangerine: Archived then digitized: Tangerine issues from 1946-2012 available online. “The Tangerine, which is as old as Utica College itself, recently had issues from 1946 to 2012 digitized, thanks to the Utica College Library. Issues from 2012 to 2020 will also be made available online in the next part of this project.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Telecompaper: Yandex launches new ads service for SMEs. “Russian internet search engine Yandex has launched its new service Yandex.Business, an advertising service focused on SMEs. The service facilitates placement of advertising on the internet, even by small businesses.”

CNET: Trump administration gives TikTok new extension in forced sale saga. “TikTok is getting more time to finalize a deal to sell the short-form video app. On Wednesday, TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, received an extra week to sell its US operations. The short-video app also faced a potential US ban, but federal judges have blocked that from happening.”

USEFUL STUFF

TNW: This AI tool generates your creepy lookalikes to trick facial recognition. “If you’re worried about facial recognition firms or stalkers mining your online photos, a new tool called Anonymizer could help you escape their clutches. The app was created by Generated Media, a startup that provides AI-generated pictures to customers ranging from video game developers creating new characters to journalists protecting the identities of sources.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

BBC: Edith Whiskers: How an imaginary gran got millions of Spotify streams. “This is Edith Whiskers. Edith enjoys long hot baths, a spot of beekeeping and the occasional bike ride. She’s also had millions of streams on Spotify and soundtracked hundreds of thousands of TikTok videos. Not bad, considering she doesn’t really exist.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

ZDNet: Sophos notifies customers of data exposure after database misconfiguration. “UK-based cyber-security vendor Sophos is currently notifying customers via email about a security breach the company suffered earlier this week.”

BetaNews: If you’re still using Windows 7, you need to install this important, free 0-day patch. “Earlier this month a security researcher discovered a local privilege escalation vulnerability in both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. There’s no indication that Microsoft will issue a patch even for organizations the paid for extended support, but the vast majority of Windows 7 users will be left vulnerable. Or at least that would be case if it wasn’t for 0patch stepping up to the plate and making a micropatch available for free.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

New York Times: Designed to Deceive: Do These People Look Real to You?. “There are now businesses that sell fake people. On the website Generated.Photos, you can buy a ‘unique, worry-free’ fake person for $2.99, or 1,000 people for $1,000. If you just need a couple of fake people — for characters in a video game, or to make your company website appear more diverse — you can get their photos for free on ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com. Adjust their likeness as needed; make them old or young or the ethnicity of your choosing. If you want your fake person animated, a company called Rosebud.AI can do that and can even make them talk.”

Washington Post: When Twitter fact-checks Trump’s tweets, it polarizes Americans even more, our research finds . “Scholars have studied when fact-checking political misinformation effectively changes what citizens believe. Sometimes, research finds that such rebuttals can backfire; individuals confronted with contrary views double down on their beliefs. Other research suggests that correction backfires are relatively rare. But scholars have never investigated the effects of labeling misinformation when the source is the president of the United States.” Good morning, Internet…

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