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European Film, New Jersey Disinformation Awareness, NY Energy Advisor, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 14, 2022

NEW RESOURCES

Agenda (Country of Georgia): National Film Center unveils new portal introducing European cinema, film art . “A new film portal introducing European cinema heritage and facilitating study of the history of the art form was unveiled by the Georgian National Film Centre on Thursday, with the website aimed to provide access to archival material, video classes and more to young cinephiles…. Allowing young enthusiasts to ‘explore and analyse’ cinema with knowledge of the art form and its history, it has been designed to utilise ‘pedagogical potential across a range of curriculum subjects,’ and involves tests, exercises, video lessons and other visual material on the subjects.” The site is available in Georgian, English, Serbian, and Italian.

StateScoop: New Jersey jumps into disinformation fight. “Disinformation has long been a concern for federal officials, election administrators and health authorities, all of whom have struggled to deflect falsehoods spread by malicious actors seeking to undermine public trust in U.S. institutions. Now the State of New Jersey is getting into the fight, with a new website launched earlier this month by the state’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparation.”

State Of New York: NYSERDA Announces Launch of NY Energy Advisor Website. “The New York State Energy Research and Develop Authority (NYSERDA) today announced the launch of the NY Energy Advisor website, designed to streamline the awareness of and access to clean energy programs and energy assistance for low-to moderate income households in New York State.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TechCrunch: Reddit rolls out new search improvements, including a way to find comments. “Reddit announced today that it’s rolling out the ability to search comments, alongside a few other search-related features. With the new comment search function, users no longer have to click on several comments to find threads when looking for a particular conversation.”

Engadget: Amazon is rebranding IMDb TV as ‘Freevee’. “Amazon’s IMDb TV is rebranding. Beginning April 27th, the ad-supported streaming service will be known as Freevee, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Amazon’s Studios division told the outlet the new name is designed to better reflect how much it costs to access the platform.”

USEFUL STUFF

Gizmodo Australia: Clever Stabilised Web Browser Makes Reading on iPads Easier for Users Dealing With Hand Tremors. “As much as technology has helped improve our lives, it’s not always as accessible as it could be, particularly for those with conditions like Parkinson’s disease which can cause tremors that make it hard to use some devices. But a new app called Staybl takes advantage of a feature included in the iPad since day one to make a simple task like surfing the web much easier even when tremors are being experienced.”

AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD

Spectrum Local News: Hard-to-trace social media accounts stir up online debate about Maine energy politics. “A strange phenomenon can be seen in the replies to almost any social media post about the campaign to replace Maine’s investor-owned electric utilities with a consumer-owned nonprofit. In Twitter threads, Facebook pages and comments on local news articles, a group of at least six self-styled ‘real Mainers’ — their profile pictures showing dogs or lighthouses, with bios such as, ‘Just a girl from Maine!’ or ‘Not from away’ — first appeared online in January and have posted almost exclusively about an early-stage energy policy debate that many might find obscure.”

Inside Higher Ed: A New Tool for Assessing Campus Climate on Religion. “Prospective students and their parents can find a wide range of useful information online about colleges and universities to help them decide which institutions might be the best fit. But there’s no go-to resource to assess how welcoming a college is to students from various religious backgrounds. That’s about to change. A group of researchers at Ohio State University and North Carolina State University has crafted a tool called the Interfaith, Spiritual, Religious, and Secular Campus Climate Index, or INSPIRES, which scores higher ed institutions on their levels of religious diversity and inclusion.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Register: Microsoft’s huge Patch Tuesday includes fix for bug under attack. “Microsoft’s massive April Patch Tuesday includes one bug that has already been exploited in the wild and a second that has been publicly disclosed. In total, the Redmond giant patched over 100 bugs today, including 10 critical remote code execution (RCE) vulnerabilities.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Princeton University: What climate choices should cities make? A Princeton data tool helps planners set priorities.. “A new tool for city planners helps them design a portfolio of actions that encompasses compact development, smart electric mobility, electric heating systems, mass timber construction, urban reforestation, and technologies that allow resources to circulate efficiently through the food, waste and energy sectors.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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