Apple Open Source, Healthcare Cybersecurity, Foggy Bottom, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 9, 2021


9to5 Mac: Apple launches redesigned website with its open source projects and others from the community. “Apple today launched a redesigned version of its Apple Open Source website, on which the company provides access to open source data. The new website highlights not only Apple’s open source projects, but also those of third parties.”

GovInfoSecurity: HHS Launches Repository for Health Sector Cybersecurity Help. “The new website provides a single repository for healthcare and public health sector entities to access an array of resources, best practice documents, videos, newsletters and other tools aimed at raising awareness, driving behavioral change and moving toward consistency in mitigating the cybersecurity threats most relevant to the sector, HHS says.”

The GW Hatchet: Foggy Bottom Association launches digital neighborhood history project. “The Foggy Bottom Association kicked off an ongoing history project last month with a series of blog posts and an archive of historical resources about the neighborhood’s history after announcing the initiative earlier this year. The leaders of the project said they hope students and residents will form a better understanding of the neighborhood and increase efforts to preserve and acknowledge the centuries-long history of Foggy Bottom.”


TechRadar: Google Drive update will force you to clean up your mess of files and folders. “In 2020, the company launched a shortcuts system designed to simplify file and folder structures, by ‘creating pointers to items, rather than having items which existed in multiple locations’. Now, Google has confirmed that multi-location files will be automatically migrated to shortcuts, starting early next year.”


The Verge: How to create an NFT — and why you may not want to. “NFTs have been a cultural phenomenon throughout 2021, constantly making headlines as celebrities dabble in the space and as shenanigans, scams, and legal fights ensue. With some creators making millions off NFTs, though, it’s understandable why you’d want to try your hand at it or play around with the tech to get a better feel for it. We’re going to go over how to create an NFT using two of the most popular marketplaces, but before we get to that point, let’s cover some of the basics of what an NFT is and the decisions you may have to make before deciding to sell one.” Extensive explainer.


American Music Research Center: AMRC to preserve and share historic trove of silent-era film scores. “Between 1900 and 1929, when Sid Grauman ran silent films with live orchestral accompaniment in his Hollywood ‘movie palaces,’ he probably never imagined that the thousands of orchestral scores used by his musicians would be recognized as important Americana in their own right. A century later—with a $116,916 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Committee (NHPRC)—the University of Colorado Boulder’s American Music Research Center (AMRC) is creating a comprehensive digital archive of the Grauman Theatre Scores Collection.”

CNET: Google to give $1600 bonus to employees worldwide, says report. “Google plans to deploy an additional cash bonus of $1600, or its equivalent to employees worldwide, according to a Reuters report published Thursday, as a support measure for its global workforce amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.”


Los Angeles Times: ‘I need my girlfriend off TikTok’: How hackers game abuse-reporting systems. “It’s a very 2021 thing to fear. The policing of user-generated internet content has emerged as a hot-button issue in the age of social-mediated connectivity, pitting free speech proponents against those who seek to protect internet users from digital toxicity. Spurred by concerns about misinformation and extremism — as well as events such as the Jan. 6 insurrection — many Democrats have called for social media companies to moderate user content more aggressively. Republicans have responded with cries of censorship and threats to punish internet companies that restrict expression.”

Wired: An ‘Alt-Jihad’ Is Rising On Social Media . “Unlike their predecessors, the post-September 11 generation of young internet jihadists is no longer simply defined by their ideological affinities. This is a generation that was born into a global war on terror, came of age during the rise of the Islamic State, and witnessed the Taliban taking back control of Afghanistan. A generation that no longer trusts its self-appointed leaders, others within its communities, or mainstream religious mores. A generation that seems outwardly conflicted, borrowing from those that hate what it represents but seemingly compelled by that very same hate. A generation as fluent in Hadith to support wanton violence as in the hatred of minorities and the latest DaBaby track.”


Sacramento Bee: Stories about minor criminal offenses to be reviewed under The Bee’s ‘Clean Slate’ program. “Next month, The Sacramento Bee will launch the Clean Slate project, an effort to re-examine some older news stories about incidents, minor criminal offenses or cases that ultimately were dismissed but still live on in the digital world, sometimes making it difficult for the subjects to find jobs or move on with their lives.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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