New York City Mental Health, Atlanta Law Enforcement, Facebook, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, August 20, 2021


NYC Health + Hospitals: Mental Health for All: New York City Launches First Ever Comprehensive Website and Public Education Campaign To Connect New Yorkers to Mental Health Resources. “Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray today unveiled a new comprehensive website and public education campaign to help New Yorkers navigate all the mental health resources available to them and find substance misuse support that meets their needs.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: New Atlanta database details use of force incidents involving police. “Atlanta Police found justification for 87% of the use of force incidents reported since 2017, according to a new database released Monday to track force used against citizens. The public dashboard displays information about at least 47,000 arrests and 501 use of force reports involving some of the city’s 1,600-plus officers. Up to 335 officers have been involved in use of force cases since 2019.”


MakeUseOf: Everything You Need to Know About Brave’s New Privacy-Focused Search Engine. “Brave is an open-source browser based on the Chromium project, but unlike Chrome, which eats up your RAM, Brave offers improved performance and a considerably faster browsing experience. Brave rose to fame as a browser focused on privacy and anonymity. In June, the company launched the beta version of its own search engine that prioritizes privacy above all else. Here’s everything you need to know about Brave’s search engine.”

Washington Post: FTC refiles antitrust case against Facebook, argues no social network comes close to its scale. “The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday refiled a bolstered version of its antitrust case against Facebook. In the complaint, the agency argues that Facebook holds monopoly power in personal social networking, with no other competitor coming close. The complaint alleges that Snapchat is the company’s next-closest competitor, with tens of millions fewer monthly users than either Facebook or Instagram.”


Mashable: How to make a TikTok. “There are so many different kinds of videos posted on TikTok — from dance videos to Booktok — and it can be challenging to figure out how to recreate TikTok trends. While there are many moving parts when making a TikTok video, they are all made in the same way. Our guide walks through the basics of making a TikTok from hands free recording to adding a sound.”


Mashable: Meet TikTok’s Spotify influencers. “The new iteration of music bloggers is TikTokkers with wildly popular Spotify playlists. Some TikTokkers have gained popularity from sharing their musical tastes in videos based around their unique or relatable Spotify playlists. These users have thousands of followers on both TikTok and Spotify, and the music industry is taking notice of their influence.”

BusinessWire: Logitech and Billboard Debut Song Breaker Chart, the First Ever Creator-Centered Music Chart (PRESS RELEASE). “This new monthly chart is the first of its kind to give credit to creators, recognizing their role in helping songs break into the coveted Billboard charts through memes and dance challenges originated or amplified on social media by the creators.”


Politico: Library of Congress bomb suspect livestreamed on Facebook for hours before being blocked. “The man suspected of making a bomb threat near the Library of Congress livestreamed his anti-government remarks for hours before Facebook took down his account on Thursday afternoon.”

NPR: The FBI Keeps Using Clues From Volunteer Sleuths To Find The Jan. 6 Capitol Rioters. “As rioters made their way through the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, many of them livestreamed their actions and posted photos and videos on social media. That steady stream of content created an enormous record of evidence that law enforcement needed to sift through to build cases against the accused. Now, more than 575 federal criminal complaints have been filed, and a striking pattern has emerged: Time and time again, the FBI is relying on crowdsourced tips from an ad hoc community of amateur investigators sifting through that pile of content for clues.”

CNN: China now wants to tell influencers how to speak and dress when live-streaming. “The Chinese Ministry of Commerce on Wednesday outlined proposals for an ‘industry standard’ for live-streamers who market products on online shopping platforms. The rules include details about how hosts on such shows should dress or speak in front of the camera, as well as guidelines for how platforms should allow consumers to provide reviews for hosts or the products that they market. Those reviews should also be made public, the ministry said.”


FBI: Girl Scouts of the USA and FBI Sign MOU in Support of STEM Programs for Girls. “The recruitment and retention of individuals with exceptional STEM talent is a top priority for the FBI. Furthermore, the FBI seeks to promote awareness of its mission and initiatives among young people. In furtherance of these goals, the FBI and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and are collaborating to increase young women’s interest, confidence, and competency in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).”

CNET: If NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover used Google Photos, it would look like this. “Perhaps one day when we humans finally get to Mars, we’ll take our Android phones and the Google Photos albums and montages we’ve created. Until then, we can live vicariously through a Google video that imagines what it would be like if NASA’s Perseverance rover used the photo-wrangling system.”


Data Centre Dynamics: Rebuilding EDSAC: The first real computer. “The computer industry is careless of history. It may have utterly changed our lives through digitization, but in the process it has neglected its own records. The first true computers were an achievement comparable to a Moon landing, but in some cases, nothing remains of them. Back in 1949, EDSAC was probably the first truly practical computer to go into everyday use. It spawned the first successful commercial computers and the first software libraries. But sixty years later, when engineers and historians wanted to understand it, they had a problem: there were no proper records of how it worked.” Good morning, Internet…

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