January 6, University of Missouri System, MIT Press, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, March 11, 2021


HuffPost: Citizen Sleuths Launch A Slick New Website To Hunt Down Capitol Insurrectionists. “The website… was built by a small team of volunteer software developers, using the work of open-source investigators looking into the deadly Capitol attack. The site features a color-coded timeline that reflects the time of day, and allows users to click around on a map of the Capitol and pull up any video evidence from a particular location and time frame. Users can even track an individual suspect’s movements over the course of Jan. 6.”


KMIZ: UM System puts online courses in one place with Missouri Online. “The University of Missouri System launched a new website Tuesday that puts online courses from all four system schools in one place…. The combined online universities offer more than 260 online degree and certificate programs, with 22 additional programs coming online in 2021.”

MIT News: The MIT Press launches Direct to Open. “The MIT Press has announced the launch of Direct to Open (D2O). A first-of-its-kind sustainable framework for open-access monographs, D2O moves professional and scholarly books from a solely market-based, purchase model where individuals and libraries buy single e-books to a collaborative, library-supported open-access model…. Beginning in 2022, all new MIT Press scholarly monographs and edited collections will be openly available on the MIT Press Direct e-book platform. Instead of purchasing a title once for a single collection, libraries now have the opportunity to fund them one time for the world through participant fees.”


Mashable: On TikTok, mental health creators are confused for therapists. That’s a serious problem.. “TikTok has a therapy problem. Creators who purport to reduce the stigma around mental health issues may be unintentionally spreading misinformation on the app, where people who post about mental health are easily confused with real professionals making similar content.”

Voice of America: Tunisia Cracks Down on Social Media 10 Years After Arab Spring. “Tunisian police are arresting social media activists for criticizing the government online and calling for protests, according to rights groups. Ten years after Tunisia’s Arab Spring uprising for democracy, the country has been hit by a wave of riots and protests over ongoing political unrest and a poor economy.”


CyberScoop: FBI alert warns of Russian, Chinese use of deepfake content. “The FBI warned in an alert Wednesday that malicious actors ‘almost certainly’ will be using deepfakes to advance their influence or cyber-operations in the coming weeks. The alert notes that foreign actors are already using deepfakes or synthetic media — manipulated digital content like video, audio, images and text — in their influence campaigns.”

TechCrunch: America’s small businesses face the brunt of China’s Exchange server hacks. “Microsoft last week revealed a new hacking group it calls Hafnium, which operates in, and is backed by, China…. It’s not clear what Hafnium’s motives are. Some liken the activity to espionage — a nation-state gathering intelligence or industrial secrets from larger corporations and governments. But what makes this particular hacking campaign so damaging is not only the ease with which the flaws can be exploited, but also how many — and how widespread — the victims are.”

AP: Molson Coors says cyberattack impacting brewing operations. “Molson Coors Beverage Co. said Thursday it has been hit by a cyberattack that disrupted its brewing operations and shipments. In a regulatory filing, the Chicago-based company said it has hired forensic information technology experts and legal counsel to help it investigate the incident.”


Purdue University: Creating a new type of computing that’s ‘naturally probabilistic’. “‘You see, nature is unpredictable. How do you expect to predict it with a computer?’ said American physicist Richard Feynman before computer scientists at a conference in 1981. Forty years later, Purdue University engineers are building the kind of system that Feynman imagined would overcome the limitations of today’s classical computers by more closely acting like nature: a ‘probabilistic computer.'”

EurekAlert: The University of Barcelona leads the construction of a pocket high-resolution microscope. “An international team led by researchers of the University of Barcelona builds the smallest and cheapest high-resolution microscope to date. To build it, researchers developed new nanoLEDs that act as a lightning source and determine the resolution of the microscope without lenses. The team created a new start-up and started a new European project to bring this technology to the market.” Good evening, Internet…

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