Monkeypox Ebook, Digital Storytelling, PACER, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 3, 2022


PR Newswire: GIDEON’s Monkeypox eBook Offered Free of Charge to Help Fight the Outbreak (PRESS RELEASE). “GIDEON, the leading infectious diseases database, released their monkeypox eBook at no cost. GIDEON exists to advance the fight against infectious diseases; the timely release of the eBook is another step toward its mission. The ‘Monkeypox: Global Status’ eBook is authored by top infectious disease specialists and doctors, including Stephen Berger MD, the co-founder of GIDEON.” The ebook will be available free for 30 days.


Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Digital Storytelling for the Next Generation of Latinx Journalists: Apply now for free online course offered by Knight Center and Microsoft. “To improve representation of Latinx storytellers in the media industries, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and Microsoft are teaming up to offer a free online course for Latinx college and university students in the United States. ‘Digital Storytelling for the Next Generation of Latinx Journalists’ runs for four weeks from June 20 to July 17, 2022.”


Above the Law: Free PACER Searches Coming! Federal Judiciary Boldly Steps Into Early 2000s!. “Move over “Free Hugs,” there’s a new slogan capturing the hearts and minds of America’s youth: ‘Free PACER Searches.’ Probably not, but work with me here.” A much more cynical assessment than Reuters that will scissor-kick your welling bubble of open records happiness.

Popular Science: Tweeting a spoiler? Put a content warning on it.. “Twitter’s content warnings conceal a video or photo with a black layer that users will have to click or tap to reveal what’s underneath. The feature was designed to protect people from seeing unwanted violent, adult, or otherwise sensitive content while scrolling through their feed, but you can use it to protect your followers from whatever you want—including spoilers.”


Lifehacker: 10 Podcasts to Help You Find Your Next Favorite Book. “On this list, explore podcasts like Chelsea Devantez’s Celebrity Book Club, Barnes & Noble’s Poured Over, and an audio book matchmaking program. These shows will tell you about which new things to read, which classics you shouldn’t, which celebrity memoirs worth checking out, and more. All of them will make your TBR pile a little more exciting.” Slideshow.


Washington Post: Google’s plan to talk about caste bias led to ‘division and rancor’. “Longtime observers of Google’s struggles to promote diversity, equity and inclusion say the fallout fits a familiar pattern. Women of color are asked to advocate for change. Then they’re punished for disrupting the status quo.”


Bleeping Computer: Hundreds of Elasticsearch databases targeted in ransom attacks. “Hackers have targeted poorly secured Elasticsearch databases and replaced 450 indexes with ransom notes asking for $620 to restore contents, amounting to a total demand of $279,000. The threat actors set a seven-day deadline for the payments and threaten to double the demand after that. If another week passes without getting paid, they say the victim would lose the indexes.”

Slate: All Their Apes Gone. “Since April 2021, when the Bored Ape Yacht Club collective auctioned its first NFTs, large corners of Twitter and other spaces have resembled a sillier planet of the apes. Celebrities like Jimmy Fallon and Paris Hilton showed off their BAYC-created apes on national TV. Shaq made his ape his Twitter profile picture. Justin Bieber got an ape, though he probably didn’t pay for it….Then came the hacks.”


WIRED: Tension Inside Google Over a Fired AI Researcher’s Conduct. “IN LATE 2018, Google AI researchers Anna Goldie and Azalia Mirhoseini got the go-ahead to test an elegant idea. Google had invented powerful computer chips called tensor processing units, or TPUs, to run machine learning algorithms inside its data centers—but, the pair wondered, what if AI software could help improve that same AI hardware?”

LitHub: How Empirical Databases Have Changed Our Understanding of Early American Slavery. “In historical scholarship during the early 21st century, some of these new methods and tools of truth-seeking have been put to work on a large scale in the history of slavery and race in America. Among the most important and useful of these tools are the careful construction of empirical databases. Increasingly, this work has been done by teams of scholars, who combine traditional sources with digital methods on a new scale.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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