Vermont Law Enforcement, Human History Datasets, Celebrity Jet Tracking, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 10, 2022


VT Digger: ACLU launches database to track problem officers. “The database, accessible on the Vermont ACLU’s website, will track Vermont officers with Brady letters filed in their name, including access to the Brady letters themselves. There are currently 60 letters posted or referenced, 51 of which were written since 2016.” If you’re not familiar with Brady Letters, VT Digger has a more extensive article about them here.

Nature: A cross-verified database of notable people, 3500BC-2018AD. “Our strategy results in a cross-verified database of 2.29 million individuals (an elite of 1/43,000 of human being having ever lived), including a third who are not present in the English edition of Wikipedia. Data collection is driven by specific social science questions on gender, economic growth, urban and cultural development. We document an Anglo-Saxon bias present in the English edition of Wikipedia, and document when it matters and when not.”


Business Insider: The teen who tracks Elon Musk’s jet has begun monitoring private jets for celebrities like Tom Cruise and Kim Kardashian. “Jack Sweeney, 19, said on Monday via Twitter that he had begun tracking four of Tom Cruise’s private jets under his Twitter account… The account has nearly 28,000 followers and also appears to track the travel patterns of several other celebrities, including Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, and Kim Kardashian.”


MakeUseOf: Don’t Know What Song to Listen to Next? Try These 4 Websites. “If you listen to music frequently, then you’re no doubt aware of the constant struggle to find new music to listen to. Sure, you may have long playlists of songs that you love, but when you want something fresh and new, it can be pretty difficult to find what you’re looking for. Fortunately, you’re not alone in this problem. There are a bunch of sites online that try to solve this problem. Here are four of the best.”


Consequence: Laurie Anderson Called Off Plan to House Lou Reed Archive in Texas over Gun Law. “The new exhibition ‘Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars’ opens at Lincoln Center’s Library for Performing Arts on Thursday, but it nearly ended up in Texas. As Reed’s widow Laurie Anderson explained in conversation with The New York Times, she cut off conversations with UT Austin after Texas legislators passed a law allowing handguns to be carried on college campuses.”


Route Fifty: Millions Still Lack Broadband Despite 5-year $44B Government Effort. “Despite tens of billions of dollars in funding and numerous efforts to improve internet availability across America, millions of Americans still lack broadband internet, according to a new audit from the Government Accountability Office. Released May 31, the audit posits reasons why the federal government’s broadband efforts haven’t been more successful.”

Canada NewsWire: New Government of Canada legislation to give Indigenous peoples a stronger voice and strengthen the protection and conservation of historic places in Canada (PRESS RELEASE). “The proposed legislation creates three new positions on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC) for First Nations, Métis and Inuit representatives, and improves integration of Indigenous history, heritage values, and memory practices into Canada’s national heritage and history.”


Fast Company: With glass buried under ice, Microsoft plans to preserve music for 10,000 years. “As Microsoft has shifted an increasing amount of its business to the cloud, the company has been investigating more reliable, and information-dense, ways to store data than on hard drives…. One such solution the company has developed is going into testing with the Global Music Vault now. Dubbed Project Silica, you could oversimplify the technology as something akin to a glass hard drive that’s read like a CD. It’s a 3-by-3-inch platter that can hold 100GB of digital data, or roughly 20,000 songs, pretty much forever.”

The Harvard Crimson: Harvard Holds Human Remains of 19 Likely Enslaved Individuals, Thousands of Native Americans, Draft Report Says. “Harvard University holds the human remains of at least 19 individuals who were likely enslaved and almost 7,000 Native Americans — collections that represent ‘the University’s engagement and complicity’ with slavery and colonialism, according to a draft University report obtained by The Crimson.”


Core77: “Parallel Reality” Display Shows Different Info to Different People at Same Time. “Imagine if you, me and a dozen other people were standing in a room staring at the same screen—but the screen showed something different to each of us, simultaneously. A California-based tech company called Misapplied Sciences has made this possible.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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