Women Mediators, See the Science, Indigenous Cooperative Businesses, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, March 8, 2021


ReliefWeb: New platform puts women at the forefront of peacemaking. “A new online database of women mediators has been launched today, designed to enable more women to play crucial roles in peace and mediation processes around the world. The first of its kind, the platform serves as a publicly available resource to search for, and identity, qualified women mediators. It can be used by organisations such as the United Nations, or national governments involved in peace processes, to help them search for candidates based on their specific areas of expertise, location and languages.”

Launched last month from Los Alamos National Laboratory, but I missed it: New virtual platform shows students the science behind everyday objects. “What makes bread rise? Why does hand sanitizer keep you from getting sick? How does a microwave oven heat your food? These are just a few of the concepts covered in the new virtual learning platform, See the Science, unveiled in celebration of International Women and Girls in Science Day, February 11, 2021….See the Science targets upper elementary and middle-school students—the age at which students, particularly girls, get intimidated—or inspired—by classes in science, technology, engineering, and math. Materials will also emphasize the scientific contributions of women.” The platform is expected to be available this month.

Toronto Star: New website, guidebook provides information on development of Indigenous co-operative businesses. “Early indications are that a guidebook that focuses on First Nations co-operative development across the country will be well received. The guidebook, titled Your Way, Together, was launched at a virtual ceremony on Tuesday by Co-operatives First, a Saskatoon-based organization that promotes and supports business development in rural and Indigenous communities, primarily in western Canada.”


Daily Nous: How to Find Philosophy Events on Clubhouse. “Some more philosophers are finding their way onto Clubhouse (previously), and a few philosophy events open to anyone on Clubhouse are taking place. But how can you find them? And if you’re hosting or taking part in an event, how can you let other philosophers know about it? The search tool on the app is not especially useful. Searching for ‘philosophy’ yields a list of people who have ‘philosophy’ in their handles or a bunch of clubs possibly related to philosophy, but probably not all the ones that actuall are, nor in any particular order. You can’t search for specific events.”


Sportscasting: Wendell Scott’s Historic NASCAR Career Will Finally Get Its Deserved Time in the Limelight. “In NASCAR, the story of Wendell Scott isn’t told enough. He was the first full-time Black driver to compete at the league’s highest level from 1961-73. The racing legend faced some of NASCAR’s best drivers and held his own. It looks like Scott’s historic racing career is getting the recognition it deserves. Racing fans can expect a digital collection highlighting the late driver’s legendary career.”

New York Times: FEATURE:Efforts made to archive 2011 Japan disaster data to pass on lessons. “Entities in Japan have been stepping up efforts to archive data of the 2011 devastating quake-tsunami disaster in the northeast, such as documents, pictures and video footage to pass on lessons of the catastrophe as people’s memory fades. Their collections serve as useful sources of information for researchers, educators and members of the general public who wish to learn from the past.”


CNET: Microsoft Exchange attackers strike more than 30,000 US organizations. “On March 2, Microsoft released an emergency security update for its Microsoft Exchange email and communications software, patching a security hole in versions of the software going back to 2013. But as customers slowly update their systems, there are signs that at least 30,000 organizations across the US have already been hit by hackers who stole email communications from their systems.”

International Business Times: Intern’s Selfie With Keys Forces German Prison To Change Over 600 Locks, Costs Him His Job. “The trainee who remains unnamed, inadvertently shared the picture with his friends to brag about his new job, local media reported. The thoughtless action, however, caused a serious security threat to the prison that houses 657 inmates. The mindlessness of the intern could have resulted in a mass break-out at the prison as anyone could have easily made replicas of the keys with the leaked image.”


NiemanLab: Young Americans are more likely to understand how news works on Google and Facebook. “A new study by the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas, Austin, shows that the American public is largely informed about how platforms like Facebook and Google work to varying degrees, but gaps exists depending on demographic, political, and platform use differences.”

Gizmodo: Stop Letting Google Get Away With It. “The privacy-protective among us can agree that killing off these sorts of omnipresent trackers and targeters is a net good, but it’s not time to start cheering the privacy bona fides of a company built on our data — as some were inclined to do after Wednesday’s announcement.”

The Register: You only need pen and paper to fool this OpenAI computer vision code. Just write down what you want it to see. “OpenAI researchers believe they have discovered a shockingly easy way to hoodwink their object-recognition software, and it requires just pen and paper to carry out. Specifically, the lab’s latest computer vision model, CLIP, can be tricked by in what’s described as a ‘typographical attack.'” Good morning, Internet…

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