England Aerial Photography, Baseball: America’s Home Run, EPA Notifications, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, March 23, 2022


BBC: In pictures: Thousands of aerial images of England online for first time. “Historic England has published more than 400,000 aerial photographs online for the first time, including hundreds of locations in the East. The pictures include historic landmarks and cropmarks showing hidden archaeology beneath the surface. Historic England hopes to add more than six million aerial images to its explorer tool in the coming years.”

GlobeNewswire: Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum To Open Baseball Exhibition (PRESS RELEASE). “A special website makes available the stories, themes and historical artifacts presented in the exhibition, and it provides multi-media storytelling by some of the most significant organizations and people associated with the game of baseball. Schedules and information regarding public programing and events associated with the exhibition are outlined as well, providing experiences for both on-site and online visitors.”

EPA: New EPA Tool Provides the Public with Customized Updates on Local Enforcement and Compliance Activities. “Through ECHO Notify, users can signup to receive weekly emails when new information is available within the selected geographic area, such as when a violation or enforcement action has taken place at a nearby facility.”


Google Blog: Get organized with a little Google Photos spring cleaning. “Flowers are blooming, the weather’s getting warmer, the days are a little longer — which means it’s also time for spring cleaning. Over the coming weeks, we’re starting to roll out some updates to Google Photos to make it even easier to sort through your albums, import photos and videos you have saved somewhere else, see your shared content and find screenshots. Let the decluttering begin!”

The Verge: Snap bans anonymous messaging features from third-party app integrations. “Snap is banning anonymous messaging features from third-party apps that integrate with its platform over concerns that they could be used for bullying and harassment. The change comes after a lawsuit last year sought to hold Snap liable for misuse of its platform linked to the death of a teenager who was being bullied on two Snapchat-connected apps.”

KnowTechie: TweetDeck might turn into a Twitter Blue perk. “Fans of TweetDeck, Twitter’s alternative social management tool, might have to pony up for the privilege of using it in the future. That’s according to code found by Jane Manchun Wong, famed app-diver and finder of hidden features.”


PetaPixel: Chrome Extension Can Detect Fake Profile Pictures with 99.29% Accuracy. “V7 Labs has created a new artificial intelligence-based (AI) software that works as a Google Chrome extension that is capable of detecting artificially generated profile pictures — like the ones above — with a claimed 99.28% accuracy.” Note this is for detecting GAN-generated images, not deepfakes.


CNN: The dark side of Discord for teens . “When a mother in Washington state learned her teenage daughter was on Discord, a popular social media platform, she felt reasonably comfortable with the idea of her using it to communicate with members of her high school marching band. But in September, the mother discovered the 16-year-old was also using the audio and chat service to message with someone who appeared from his profile picture to be an older man.”

The Justice: English professor develops virtual Open Corpus Project. “Prof. Dorothy Kim (ENG) is currently working to develop a virtual corpus, or collection of written texts, of Early Middle English language. This would give researchers the opportunity to search across multiple archives and databases of manuscripts. The current status of the Open Corpus Project, as the site is titled, was unveiled at a Faculty Lunch Symposium on Thursday, March 17.”


Engadget: US Justice Department says Google misuses attorney-client privilege to hide documents. “The US Department of Justice has accused Google of training its employees on how to shield business communications from discovery in cases of legal disputes “by using false requests for legal advice.” As Axios reports, the DOJ has told the judge overseeing its antitrust case against the tech giant that Google instructs employees to add in-house lawyers to written communication, apply attorney-client privilege labels to them and make a request for legal advice even when it’s not needed.”

CNET: Internet Crime Cost People More Than $6.9B in 2021, FBI Says. “People lost more than $6.9 billion to internet crimes in 2021, a jump of more than $2 billion from 2020, according to the FBI’s annual Internet Crime Report. The report, released Tuesday, contains ‘information about the most prevalent internet scams’ reported to the federal law enforcement agency’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.”


New York Times: How Native Americans Are Trying to Debug A.I.’s Biases. “Ms. [Chamisa] Edmo explained that tagging results are often ‘outlandish’ and ‘offensive,’ recalling how one app identified a Native American person wearing regalia as a bird. And yet similar image recognition apps have identified with ease a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Ms. [Davar] Ardalan noted as an example, because of the abundance of data on the topic. As Mr. [Tracy] Monteith put it, A.I. is only as good as the data it is fed. And data on cultures that have long been marginalized, like Native ones, are simply not at the levels they need to be.” Good morning, Internet…

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