Jobs for Good, Twitter, Orion Browsers, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, June 11, 2022


Personnel Today: New job website aims to boost employment at sustainable firms. “Jobs for Good was set up in April but was given a boost as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) met this week to agree new plans to boost sustainability in employment. The site pledges only to advertise jobs from employers that run their organisations responsibly, without a negative impact on people and the planet, and with progressive policies on hybrid working and staff benefits.” I played with the site for a moment and was able to find jobs in America, the UK, and France, with several remote listings as well.


Engadget: Twitter’s new tweet reporting tools are now available to everyone. “Twitter’s newly improved tweet-reporting tools are now available to everyone on the platform. The company first began testing the new process for reporting harmful tweets in December, saying it was trying to take a ‘people first’ approach that would make it easier to flag tweets.”

Lifehacker: This Browser Can Use Chrome and Firefox Extensions at the Same Time. “If you have a Mac, iPhone, or iPad and you’re looking for something new from your web browser, you should check out Orion. The new browser lets you run both Google Chrome extensions and Firefox add-ons, while claiming not to sacrifice your privacy. Orion is based on WebKit, the browser engine used by Safari on Mac and all the browsers on your iPhone.”

How-To Geek: Vivaldi Browser’s Mail Client Is Now Ready for Everyone. “The Vivaldi web browser isn’t just a browser: it added an email client last year as a beta feature. Now the email client is officially exiting beta with today’s 1.0 release. Vivaldi Mail is a full-featured mail client built into the Vivaldi web browser, available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.”


Library of Congress: Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Announces Second Round of Grant Opportunities for Libraries, Archives, Museums and Higher Education Institutions. “Educational and cultural institutions that seek to amplify the stories of Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and other communities of color by using the Library’s digital collections are invited to apply for the second round of grant opportunities through the Of the People: Widening the Path Connecting Communities Digital Initiative at the Library of Congress.”

Decrypt: Coinbase Launches Database for People Whose Job Offers It Rescinded. “Coinbase has made a public database of people it was about to employ—but didn’t—after its hiring freeze included rescinding job offers. The so-called Talent Hub is ‘a list of amazing people affected by the recent talent changes at Coinbase,’ according to the company’s site. Former Coinbase candidates can self-submit their name, discipline, current company, and contact information.”


CNET: Tech Companies Need to Be Held Accountable for Disinformation, Experts Say . “Tech and media companies need to take responsibility for the continued spread of the misinformation and disinformation that has left many Americans unsure of what the truth actually is, a trio of experts said Thursday.”

The Verge: The Linguistics Search Engine That Overturned The Federal Mask Mandate. “Using corpora to answer legal questions, a strategy often referred to as legal corpus linguistics, has grown increasingly popular in some legal circles within the past decade. It’s been used by judges on the Michigan Supreme Court and the Utah Supreme Court, and, this past March, was referenced by the US Supreme Court during oral arguments for the first time.”

The Conversation: Virtual child sexual abuse material depicts fictitious children – but can be used to disguise real abuse. “Child sexual abuse material specifically refers to the possession, viewing, sharing, and creation of images or videos containing sexual or offensive material involving children. But less publicised is another form of child sexual abuse material: virtual child sexual abuse material (VCSAM).”


Smashing Magazine: Digital Museums For Digital History. “Computer technologies have simplified the process of recording historical events, technological breakthroughs, contemporary art, and everyday life. However, the notion of digital archiving can be deceptive. Often our technical footprints are carved in sand rather than stone.”

ZDNet: Google: We’re making the Chrome browser ‘more helpful’ by using machine learning. “Google on Thursday shared a few ways it’s using machine learning to improve the Chrome browser, including reducing the number of annoying notifications that pop up. All of the latest updates are all powered by on-device machine learning models, so user data doesn’t have to leave the device.”

Poynter: Twitter used to be a necessity. What is it now?. “I’ve never believed social media platforms are neutral — we’ve seen enough over the past decade to know how human biases can be baked into the infrastructure of our digital lives — but I tend to be more optimistic than pessimistic about social media’s role in journalism and media. But between Dean Baquet’s leaked New York Times memo and Elon Musk’s stutter-step pursuit to buy the platform, I’ve been seriously — and frequently — reconsidering my relationship with Twitter.” Good morning, Internet…

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