Gaelic Songs in Nova Scotia, Making and Unmaking of Black Wealth, Global Drinking Water, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 26, 2022


Cape Breton University: Researchers to Launch Index of Gaelic Songs in Nova Scotia with ‘Language in Lyrics’ Project. “A comprehensive index of more than 6,000 Gaelic songs composed, sung, or published in Nova Scotia will be launched during a live event in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia on Saturday, March 26, 2022…. More than 30 fields of data were documented for each song, including composers, singers, song origins, song subjects, and song genres, making it possible to conduct detailed searches. More than 1,000 song lyrics will also be available from the index. Where possible, links are provided to song recordings or lyrics online.”

Indiana University: Digital timeline tracks ‘Making and Unmaking of Black Wealth’ to aid racial justice conversations. ‘Land, Wealth, Liberation: The Making and Unmaking of Black Wealth in the United States’ is an interactive timeline with photos, videos, historical information and resources for educators covering 1820 to 2020. The project explores the ways African Americans in the U.S. have produced wealth, and the factors that have affected their ability to build and maintain wealth and access economic opportunities.”

World Health Organization: New GLAAS data portal online. “The UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) data portal is now online… The portal features GLAAS data from the past three GLAAS cycles (2013/2014, 2016/2017, 2018/2019) on governance, finance, monitoring and human resources. On the portal, users can explore and download data, analyze trends, and make country and regional comparisons.”


CNBC: Google Fiber contractors in Kansas City are first to unionize under Alphabet Worker Union. “Google Fiber contractors in Kansas City, Missouri voted to unionize Friday, becoming the first workers with bargaining rights under the Alphabet Workers Union.”


The Verge: Shortwave just rescued my inbox from the drudgery of Gmail. “Shortwave is designed by a group of ex-Googlers, including Andrew Lee, who previously founded and sold Firebase, an app development platform, to Google. Shortwave — priced at $9 / month unless you’re OK with only three months of email history — makes no bones about its ambitions to step into Inbox’s shoes. It even looks and works like it with a blue-accented theme, but it’s more than just a clone. It builds upon the effective design choices that powered Inbox with some of its own, and in the two weeks I’ve spent with it, it has made me far more productive at managing my email.”


CNN: ‘They are the ones paying the consequences’: Jan. 6 rioters mimic Trump’s misinformation playbook but see different results. “Some rioters haven’t changed their online presences, occasionally discussing their charges in cryptic Instagram graphics — one defendant posted a Tupac Shakur lyric ‘Wake me when I’m free’– or alluding to politics in their Twitter, Instagram and TikTok bios with American flag emojis and tagging themselves as #J6. Others have made it their whole brand by spreading misinformation, using the opportunity to go on national television or even selling real estate or merchandise.”

SecurityWeek: North Korea Gov Hackers Caught Sharing Chrome Zero-Day. “Malware hunters at Google have spotted signs that North Korean government hackers are sharing zero-day browser exploits for use in waves of targeted attacks hitting U.S. news media, crypto-banks and IT organizations.”

CNET: Former TikTok Moderators Sue Over Work-Related Trauma. “In the federal lawsuit, filed Thursday and reported earlier by NPR, Ashley Velez and Reece Young, who both did moderation work for TikTok through third-party companies, say they spent 12-hour workdays reviewing ‘disgusting and offensive content’ that left them emotionally scarred.”


Tubefilter: Study: YouTube channels with “problematic” content are 12% more likely to use alternative forms of monetization. ” New research from Cornell Tech details the moneymaking strategies used by creators of ‘problematic’ content. Compared to their rule-abiding counterparts, these videomakers are 12% more likely to utilize revenue streams outside of the YouTube Partner Program — including merch, affiliate programs, and fan-funding services like Patreon.”

Northwestern Medicine: Teaching AI to Read Fetal Ultrasound in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. “Northwestern Medicine and Google are collaborating on a project to bring fetal ultrasound to developing countries by combining AI (artificial intelligence), low-cost hand-held ultrasound devices and a smartphone. The project will develop algorithms enabling AI to read ultrasound images from these devices taken by lightly trained community health workers and even pregnant people at home, with the aim of assessing the wellness of both the birthing parent and baby.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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