Balkan Terrorism and Foreign Fighters, University of New Mexico Sports, Microsoft Power Platform, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 20, 2021


Balkan Insight: BIRN Launches Balkan Terrorism and Foreign Fighters Database. “The Terrorism and Foreign Fighters Database, which was launched on Friday by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, contains comprehensive information about court verdicts for domestic terrorism in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. It also includes verdicts from the trials of people accused of going abroad to fight for the so-called Islamic State and other militant groups in Syria and for pro-Russian separatist forces in the conflict in Ukraine.”

University of New Mexico: UNM Sports videos on display in time for March Madness. “University Libraries Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communications (DISC) has archived over 300 videos of The University of New Mexico’s athletic games spanning from 1947 to 2004. The UNM Sports History Digital Archive has been added to the UNM Digital Repository making them available to the public just in time for March Madness.”


PC World: Microsoft is testing its own IFTTT clone within Windows. “Microsoft’s Power Platform is an entire suite of Microsoft applications you’ve probably never heard of. Think of it as a framework for developing apps for people who can’t develop apps. And now one of the applications, Power Automate Desktop, may be headed to Windows as a sort of superpowered macro tool.”

WTHR: Newfields releases action plan following racially insensitive job posting. ” Newfields has released the action plan it promised after the community criticized the organization for a racially insensitive job listing. In the job posting, it listed that a role of the director position would be to find ‘[…] innovative ways that attract a broader and more diverse audience while maintaining the Museum’s traditional, core, white art audience.'”


CNET: TikTok is full of homemade lip glosses. But should you buy them?. “The glosses are eye-catching, handmade and cheap — some selling for as low as $2.99 a tube — making them a hot commodity among makeup connoisseurs on TikTok. Comments sections are flooded with people around the world hoping to get their hands on the products. But these videos, which have collectively garnered over 700 million views on the short-form video app, can understandably give some people pause. How sanitary is the creation and packaging of these glosses? What ingredients are going into these products, and how safe are they for your skin and body?”

Fort Smith Times Record: Arkansas wine survey seeks to build a database. “Many Arkansans do not know about the state’s more than 100 years of wine production. ‘What boggles me is so many people that have been born and raised here don’t know that we have this wonderful oasis here in Altus,’ said Audrey House, the owner and operator of Chateau Aux Arc Vineyards and Winery near Altus.”


ZDNet: Microsoft releases one-click mitigation tool for Exchange Server hacks. “Released on Monday, the tool is designed to mitigate the threat posed by four actively-exploited vulnerabilities that have collectively caused havoc for organizations worldwide. Microsoft released emergency fixes for the critical vulnerabilities on March 2. However, the company estimates that at least 82,000 internet-facing servers are still unpatched and vulnerable to attack.”

Just Security: A Dozen Experts with Questions Congress Should Ask the Tech CEOs — On Disinformation and Extremism. “Next Thursday will be the first time the tech CEOs will face Congress since the January 6th siege on the U.S. Capitol, where different groups of individuals incited by disinformation campaigns led by former President Donald Trump and his allies sought to prevent the certification of the presidential election. Questions about the role of the tech platforms in contributing to radicalization and extremism and propagating disinformation related to the election are expected, according to a press release from the Committee. They are also interested in the spread of disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.”


Mashable: Facebook is working on wristbands that let you control a computer with your mind. “Facebook’s Reality Labs (FRL), a research lab within Facebook focused on augmented reality technologies, is working on wristbands that can intercept your brain’s signals and use them to let you easily interact with an AR system.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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