Peacebuilding, Drone Incidents, North Carolina Newspapers, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, July 15, 2021


New York University: Center on International Cooperation Launches Digital Tool to Map Data- and Tech-Driven Peacebuilding Work. “A new interactive digital tool visualizes more than 200 data- and tech-driven global peacebuilding organizations and projects, offering a real-time picture of the scope of peace work and its use of cutting-edge technologies.”

The Drive: Use Our New Tool To Explore Thousands Of FAA Drone And Unidentified Aircraft Incident Reports. “We are excited to announce the launch of our new interactive tool that maps and makes searchable thousands of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and unidentified aircraft incident reports. The vast dataset is drawn from information compiled by the Federal Aviation Administration. Some of the reports are highly unusual, going far beyond typical low-altitude drone mishaps.”

DigitalNC: 1951-1976 Black Mountain News Issues Now Available. “Thanks to a nomination by our partner, Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center, 1,357 issues of Black Mountain News from 1951 to 1976 are now available to view on our website. Black Mountain News is published in Black Mountain which is located in western North Carolina in Buncombe County near Asheville. This batch of Black Mountain News issues builds on our current collection of the paper which originally spanned only from the paper’s first issue on September 6, 1945 to 1950.”

PR Newswire: SC Johnson and AccuWeather Announce Launch of First-of-its-Kind Pest Index to Help Families Plan for a Summer Full of Memories…Not Pests (PRESS RELEASE). “The Pest Index provides users with real-time information on the potential incidence of common bugs in their local towns and cities. It factors in location, weather and insect behavior to predict what level of pest activity – low, moderate or high – people can expect from both indoor and outdoor pests.”


CNET: TikTok hits 3 billion downloads. “TikTok has become the first non-Facebook mobile app to surpass 3 billion downloads globally, according to a Tuesday analysis from Sensor Tower. The milestone makes TikTok the fifth nongame app to cross the threshold, following WhatsApp, Messenger, Facebook and Instagram, which are all owned by Facebook.”

9to5 Google: YouTube rolls out subs-only chat, live polls, plus Clips to channels w/ over 1K subscribers . “YouTube looks to be taking game-streaming platform Twitch head-on with the addition of subscriber-only chat, viewer polls for all channels, while the Clips feature is arriving for channels with over 1,000 subscribers.”

TechCrunch: Streamlabs launches Crossclip, a new tool for sharing Twitch clips to TikTok, Instagram and YouTube. “The company behind ubiquitous livestreaming software Streamlabs is introducing a new way for streamers to share their gaming highlights to platforms well beyond Twitch. Streamlabs calls the new tool Crossclip, and it’s available now as an iOS app and as a lightweight web tool.”


Tools for Reporters: Who did that website belong to?. “You may already be familiar with WHOIS, the directory of website registrants. Under ICANN rules, you have to have contact info registered for a domain, and that contact info used to be public. Sadly, that changed in 2018 and much of the information is now redacted. But! A tool called WHOIS History Search came to the rescue.” There’s a certain amount of free searching you can do but getting details will cost you.


New York Times: Inside Facebook’s Data Wars. “An internal battle over data transparency might seem low on the list of worthy Facebook investigations. And it’s a column I’ve hesitated to write for months, in part because I’m uncomfortably close to the action. (More on that in a minute.) But the CrowdTangle story is important, because it illustrates the way that Facebook’s obsession with managing its reputation often gets in the way of its attempts to clean up its platform.”

Jerusalem Post: Jewish-Uzbek historical archives open up to the public. “The news recently reached Israel that Uzbekistan is promoting archival cooperation with Israel. Uzbekistan is now officially researching and documenting the history of its Jewish community, which has existed in the central Asian nation since the region was crushed by the hooves of Genghis Khan’s horses. This also includes hundreds of thousands of Jews who managed to escape the chains of Germany’s Panzer tanks.”

The Verge: Facebook accidentally lost a piece of its moderation policy for three years. “Instagram accidentally banned a post criticizing solitary confinement because Facebook had misplaced the policy allowing it, according to a new Facebook Oversight Board (FOB) decision.”


Science: European law could improve ‘scandalous’ lack of clinical trial data reporting. “A total of 3846 European trials—nearly 28% of 13,874 completed trials in the EU Clinical Trials Register (EUCTR) on 1 July—had not posted their results on the register, according to the latest data from the EU Trials Tracker, set up by U.K. researchers in 2018 to expose lax reporting. Public research hospitals and universities, not drugmakers, are responsible for the vast majority of the lapses, which appear to violate European rules that require sponsors to post their results within 1 year of a trial’s conclusion.” Good evening, Internet…

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