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Utah Apprenticeships, Hawaii Remote Work, India Independence Day, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, August 12, 2021

NEW RESOURCES

ABC 4: New website launched to help find apprenticeships in Utah. “The site… will serve as a resource to help interested people find apprenticeships across a variety of industries, with the hopes of addressing growing labor shortages in the state.”

KITV (Hawaii): New website launched for residents and employers looking for remote work opportunities . “The state launched a new website that has programs for residents looking for remote work opportunities and employers looking to hire Hawai’i residents for remote work. The website provides residents with direct links to partners of the Hawai’i Remote Work Pilot Project and the local American Job Center.”

Hindustan Times: Independence Day 2021: India gets official website for celebrations, features 360-degree VR. “The Independence Day celebration platform also provides a host of other features, including a special IDC radio, gallery, interactive filters, e-books on deeds of gallantry, 50 years of 1971 victory, and blogs on the freedom movement, wars and war memorials.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Al Jazeera: Twitter, Google to ban content denying Srebrenica genocide: RFE. “Twitter and Google intend to remove content that denies the genocide in Srebrenica from their platforms, according to a report by Radio Free Europe (RFE). RFE reported on Wednesday that Twitter and YouTube, responding to a request by the Institute for Research of Genocide Canada (IRGC), said the companies have a clearly established policy that ‘sanctions all hate speech’.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Variety: ‘Star Trek’ Creator Gene Roddenberry’s Estate Brokers Sweeping Digital Archive Deal With OTOY (EXCLUSIVE). “The project will include key texts and documents from Roddenberry’s career (the show predicted tablet computers among many other gadgets, after all), as well as images, blueprints and models. The archive will span the flagship ‘Star Trek’ series, original films, and subsequent spinoffs. The immediate benefit of the archive will be the ability to generate NFTs from the collection for Trek diehards, as well as offer the public life-sized hologram installations that promise to be “indistinguishable from reality” via Light Field Lab.”

Wired: TikTok Smells Like Gen X Spirit. “Immerse yourself in TikTok and you’ll see a raucous return of the old ’90s themes: self-savagery, acid disdain for the rich, anti-commercialism, open mental illness, and every shade of irony. Though the mere word TikTok scares off boomers, with their love of speechifying on Facebook, and millennials, with their commitment to polished brand-of-me’ing on Instagram, the indolent, endless scroll of TikTok smells like teen spirit. That’s seductive to Gen Xers who are rounding the bend to reading glasses and name-forgetting.” Oh as an older X’er I’ve done rounded that bend. Lol.

SECURITY & LEGAL

ThreatPost: Microsoft Warns: Another Unpatched PrintNightmare Zero-Day. “One day after dropping its scheduled August Patch Tuesday update, Microsoft issued a warning about yet another unpatched privilege escalation/remote code-execution (RCE) vulnerability in the Windows Print Spooler. The zero-day bug, tracked as CVE-2021-36958, carries a CVSS vulnerability-severity scale rating of 7.3, meaning that it’s rated as ‘important.'”

CBS News: Report links ransomware gangs to Russian intelligence. “Russian intelligence services worked with prominent ransomware gangs to compromise U.S. government and government-affiliated organizations, according to new research from cybersecurity firm Analyst1.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Washington Post: China’s mental health system has long been inadequate. Can AI change that?. “Before dying by suicide in 2012, a student from Nanjing in eastern China made a final post on Weibo saying goodbye. It quickly became an online gathering place for the depressed, garnering millions of responses. Users called it a ‘shudong,’ or ‘tree hole,’ for things they couldn’t say out loud. And nine years on, it still draws new comments every day. Each of these comments is a data point for the Tree Hole Rescue Project, an organization that uses artificial intelligence to scan Weibo posts and identify users at risk of hurting themselves.”

OTHER STUFF I THINK IS COOL

Washington Post: A Yale doctor is using a video game to fight the opioid crisis. “‘PlaySmart’ is one of several games that have been funded over the past decade by the National Institutes of Health and developed by Yale University’s play2PREVENT Lab, which designs games to promote ‘health, wellness, education and social intelligence.’ The game was made in part thanks to a grant from NIH’s Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) fund, which launched in 2018. The fund aims to help public health officials and health care providers better understand the root causes of the opioid crisis as well as research optimal treatments for opioid addiction and chronic pain.” Good evening, Internet…

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