January 6, Catholic Church Attacks, Chrome OS, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 3, 2021


Democracy Docket: The Fight for Accountability After January 6. “Public Wise, an organization fighting to secure a government that reflects the will and protects the rights of all people, is launching a campaign to recognize the insurrection and hold accountable those responsible for it. Our first step is an exciting tool called the Insurrection Index, an online database of public records of individuals and organizations in positions of public trust who were involved in the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol.”

The B.C. Catholic: Catholic Civil Rights Leagues launches church attack database. “Last summer’s surge of anti-Catholic arson and vandalism may have abated, but the head of the Catholic Civil Rights League is cautioning that unless Catholics learn to stand together to denounce such hate crimes, worse is yet to come. Christian Elia, executive director of the CCRL, issued the warning while announcing the launch of the organization’s Church Attacks Database, which aims to keep a detailed, public record of all attacks on the Church in Canada.”


BGR: Google’s new Chrome OS update turns Chromebooks into scanners. “Chromebooks are here to stay, and on Tuesday, Google rolled out Chrome OS 96 — a huge new update that adds several exciting new features to the laptops. We’ll dive into everything Google added below.”

PC Magazine: New Twitch Tool Aims to Catch Ban Evaders. “Twitch is cracking down on folks trying to evade channel-level bans. The live streaming service’s new Suspicious User Detection tool gives creators and mods the power to penalize ban evaders.”


CogDogBlog: Seeing The Web As it Looks Without Image Alt Text . “I’m no guru on web accessibility, most of my projects likely will fail to meet the standards. But I am more interested in the small things we can and ought to do to at least try better.”


Sky News: Antisemitism, racism and white supremacist material in podcasts on Spotify, investigation finds . “The company said it does not allow hate content on its platform. But we found podcasts totalling several days’ worth of listening promoting extreme views such as scientific racism, Holocaust denial and far-right antisemitic conspiracy theories. And while some of the most shocking material was buried inside hours-long episodes, in some cases, explicit slurs could be found in episode titles and descriptions while album artwork displayed imagery adopted by white supremacists.”

Search Engine Journal: Google Algo Bug Puts Sites In Weird Limbo State. “In a Google Office-hours hangout, John Mueller answered a question about how long it takes for Google to re-rank a website that disappeared and returned. Part of his answer revealed an insight into a rare problem at Google that stops a website from ranking for any keywords at all, not even the name of the domain.”


Reuters: Russia fines Google 3 million roubles for not deleting banned content. “A Moscow court fined Alphabet Inc.’s Google 3 million roubles ($400,386) on Monday for not deleting content that it deemed illegal, part of a wider dispute between Russia and the U.S. tech giant.”

Ars Technica: Thousands of AT&T customers in the US infected by new data-stealing malware. “Thousands of networking devices belonging to AT&T Internet subscribers in the US have been infected with newly discovered malware that allows the devices to be used in denial-of-service attacks and attacks on internal networks, researchers said on Tuesday. The device model under attack is the EdgeMarc Enterprise Session Border Controller, an appliance used by small- to medium-sized enterprises to secure and manage phone calls, video conferencing, and similar real-time communications.”


NIST: NIST Recommends Steps to Boost Resilience of U.S. Timekeeping. “The nation should bolster research and development of systems that distribute accurate time via fiber-optic cable and radio as part of the effort to back up GPS and enhance the resilience of critical infrastructure that depends on it, according to a new report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).” Good afternoon, Internet…

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