California Water Watch, January 6 Hearings, Computational Art, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, June 7, 2022


California Department of Water Resources: State Federal Water Managers Prepare for Dry Summer Conditions. “Californians can now access current water conditions in real time at California Water Watch, a new website launched by DWR. This website will help Californians see their local hydrological conditions, forecasts, and water conditions down to their address or their local watershed.”

Brookings Institution: Trump on Trial: A Guide to the January 6 Hearings and the Question of Criminality. “The report goes beyond prior analyses to provide the first in-depth treatment of the voluminous publicly available evidence and the relevant law, including possible defenses. It reviews the evidence as to whether Trump as a matter of law conspired with his outside counsel John Eastman, administration lawyer Jeffrey Clark, and others to defraud the United States in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371 by scheming to block the electoral count on January 6, 2021 and to subvert the Department of Justice’s election enforcement work. The report similarly reviews the evidence as to whether Trump and Eastman violated 18 U.S.C. § 1512(c) with their scheme to obstruct the congressional count.”


Wolfram Blog: Google Tests Search Filters On Left Side Bar. “We recently spotted Google testing the search bar navigation on the left hand side and now Google is testing different search filters on the left side bar. These are for product related queries that let you filter by feature, brand, department, size, etc.” Google’s looking more and more like Amazon.


CNET: Best Slack Features: Where to Find Them and How to Use Them. “Communication platform Slack is used by more than 10 million people every day. The service has helped businesses, companies and organizations stay connected during the pandemic as they adjust to hybrid workspaces. Over the last two years, Slack has added several new features to meet user needs. Here’s a list of Slack’s best features to help the app work best for you.”


TubeFilter: TikTok’s reportedly trying to get back into India. “TikTok reportedly wants to get back into India. According to a report from Economic Times, the platform’s parent company, ByteDance, is in the ‘exploratory stage’ of developing a partnership with Mumbai-headquartered realty developer Hiranandani Group.”

US Department of Defense: Veterans in Medical, Emergency Fields Sought for Oral History Collection. “It has often focused on the experiences of veterans in war, including Medal of Honor recipients and many who made the ultimate sacrifice. But in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s now looking to highlight stories from the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service — officers defined as veterans when they’ve completed their service — as well as Armed Forces service members who were deployed to natural disasters, national emergencies and public health crises.”

HuffPost: Google Has A New Job Interview Practice Tool You Should Try ASAP. “If you can’t practice with another human for an upcoming job interview, Google has a new solution: Talk to its computer. The company just launched an artificial intelligence-powered job interview prep tool called Interview Warmup that asks you common interview questions and gives feedback on your answers.”


The Guardian: Friendlyjordies: John Barilaro to be paid $715,000 by Google over YouTube videos. “Google has been ordered to pay former New South Wales deputy premier John Barilaro more than $700,000 over a series of ‘racist’ and ‘abusive’ videos published on YouTube channel Friendlyjordies.”

NBC News: Lakota elders helped a white man preserve their language. Then he tried to sell it back to them.. “The Lakota Language Consortium had promised to preserve the tribe’s native language and had spent years gathering recordings of elders, including Taken Alive’s grandmother, to create a new, standardized Lakota dictionary and textbooks. But when [Ray] Taken Alive, 35, asked for copies, he was shocked to learn that the consortium, run by a white man, had copyrighted the language materials, which were based on generations of Lakota tradition.”


Monash University: Crowdsourcing to combat child abuse. “Launched today, AiLECS researchers are asking persons aged 18 and above to contribute photographs of themselves as children through the My Pictures Matter crowdsourcing campaign. These pictures will be used to train AI models to recognise the presence of children in ‘safe’ situations, to help identify ‘unsafe’ situations and potentially flag child exploitation material.”

Techish Kenya: Google needs to properly remap the Nairobi Metropolitan Area. “For millions of people living in the Nairobi Metropolitan Area, moving between work and home, and between different parts of the city requires the daily use of Google Maps. This is both for directions and for traffic data. However, I’ve noticed that Google doesn’t really understand the city as it is now, and will at times fail you in three ways.” Good morning, Internet…

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