Gustav Klimt, Frances Haugen, Brave Browser, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 11, 2021


Google Blog: How machine learning revived long lost masterpieces by Klimt. “Few artists enjoy such worldwide fame as Gustav Klimt. The new Google Arts & Culture online retrospective ‘Klimt vs. Klimt – The Man of Contradictions’ puts the spotlight on the artist’s eclectic work and life. A Machine Learning experiment recolored photographs of lost Klimt paintings, while a “Pocket Gallery” brings some of his most iconic works into your living room in augmented reality and 3D.”


Reuters: Facebook’s Oversight Board to Meet With Whistleblower Frances Haugen. “Facebook Inc’s oversight board, a body set up by the social network to give independent verdicts on a small number of thorny content decisions, said on Monday it would meet with former employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen in the coming weeks.”


MakeUseOf: 10 Useful Features of Brave You Didn’t Know Existed. “The Brave browser has been gaining in both popularity and userbase for some time now and for good reason. The privacy-centric browser is full of nifty features that make it a top contender against Google Chrome. Let’s find out what these useful features are that make Brave a good alternative.”


New York Times: Marie Wilcox, Who Saved Her Native Language From Extinction, Dies at 87. “For many years, Marie Wilcox was the guardian of the Wukchumni language, one of several Indigenous languages that were once common in Central California but have either disappeared or nearly disappeared. She was the only person for a time who could speak it fluently. She started writing down words in Wukchumni as she remembered them in the late 1990s, scrawling on the backs of envelopes and slips of paper. Then she started typing them into an old boxy computer. Soon she was getting up early to devote her day to gathering words and working into the night.”

EuroNews: British Museum accepts Nigerian artist’s gift – but keeps looted bronzes. “A Nigerian artist who gifted his own work to the British Museum with the hopes of receiving looted colonial art back from them has had his offer declined. The British Museum accepted a bronze plaque made by an artist Osarobo Zeickner-Okoro, from Benin City in Nigeria, who entered negotiations for the museum to return priceless Benin Bronzes that were looted by British troops in 1897. He offered his creation to encourage the museum to give back the sculptures but also to demand acknowledgement of Benin City’s modern-day culture.”

Fast Company: Meet the ex-Googler who’s exposing the tech-military industrial complex. “Jack Poulson has developed an encyclopedic knowledge of how tech companies are evolving into military contractors. Tracking such intricate connections has become a full-time—though unpaid—job for the former Google research scientist as head of Tech Inquiry, a small nonprofit tackling the giant task of exposing ties between Silicon Valley and the U.S. military.”


The Verge: Ireland’s status as tax haven for tech firms like Google, Facebook, and Apple is ending. “Ireland said Thursday it would join an international agreement that sets taxes on profits for multinational corporations at a minimum rate of 15 percent. This is a major shift for the country that is the European headquarters for many large US pharmaceutical companies, as well as tech firms, including Google, Apple, and Facebook.”

MIT Technology Review: 2021 has broken the record for zero-day hacking attacks. “A zero-day exploit—a way to launch a cyberattack via a previously unknown vulnerability—is just about the most valuable thing a hacker can possess. These exploits can carry price tags north of $1 million on the open market. And this year, cybersecurity defenders have caught the highest number ever, according to multiple databases, researchers, and cybersecurity companies who spoke to MIT Technology Review.”


The Strategist: Naming names won’t stop abuse on social media. “The idea that anonymity is a primary driver of antisocial behaviour online is frequently and widely asserted. Empirical research in this space reflects a vastly more complex picture, however, which varies from platform to platform and between demographics and social contexts. The internet is not a monoculture; it is a rich variety of subcultures which engage with anonymity and identity in diverse ways.”

Griffith University: EcoCommons – mapping the future in environmentally challenging times. “Griffith University is driving the construction of EcoCommons, a world-first collaborative platform for analysing and modelling ecological and environmental challenges. As its major partner, Griffith University’s eResearch Services is hosting the EcoCommons development project team with half of EcoCommon’s $5.2 million funding awarded to Griffith’s Climate Change Response Program.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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