January 6 Hearings, Human Cell Function, Mexico Music, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, June 13, 2022


Just Security: The January 6th Hearings: A Criminal Evidence Tracker. “We will update these trackers after each hearing to show the accumulation of new evidence as to each of these criminal offenses. These inaugural charts are a baseline established by compiling key details that were already in the public record and supplemented by what we learn during the first hearing. We believe readers can judge for themselves the evidence and strength of the case through these detailed findings.”

MIT News: New CRISPR-based map ties every human gene to its function. “The Human Genome Project was an ambitious initiative to sequence every piece of human DNA. The project drew together collaborators from research institutions around the world, including MIT’s Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, and was finally completed in 2003. Now, over two decades later, MIT Professor Jonathan Weissman and colleagues have gone beyond the sequence to present the first comprehensive functional map of genes that are expressed in human cells.”

Dartmouth University: Hopkins Center Hopes to Lift Up Music From Mexico. “The symposium will also unveil the Mexican Repertoire Initiative and Collection at Dartmouth, which will, among other things, encourage musical partnerships, host an accessible database of new Mexican compositions, and release recordings aimed at the general public.”


Government Printing Office: Syracuse University Becomes First Library to Preserve Government Collections as they are Published. “Syracuse University Libraries expands its Preservation Steward agreement with the U. S. Government Publishing Office (GPO). Under this agreement, libraries pledge to permanently preserve print collections of historical Government publications produced by GPO. Syracuse University Libraries is the first Preservation Steward to agree to preserve new volumes as they are published, as well as the historical volumes.”

Library of Congress: FADGI Publishes Revision to Influential Still Image Digitization Guidelines. “The Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) Still Image Working Group is pleased to announce the publication of the 3rd edition of the Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials. The newly-revised Guidelines are in draft form and are open for public review and comment from the digital preservation community. The public comment period will close on Friday, August 5, 2022, and the final approved version will be published in early FY23.”


PetaPixel: Picsart Adds AI Enhancement Tool to Upscale and Improve Photos. “With over a billion users making it the top 20 most downloaded app in the world, Picsart is adding new functionality to both its business and individual creator platforms. Called AI Enhance, the new tool upscales images while also improving the overall quality for the purposes of printing or sharing online. Picsart says that AI Enhance uses advanced AI models to remove or blur pixelated effects, add pixels, and sharpen and restore scenes and objects, including faces.”

ReviewGeek: 8 Easy Ways to Keep Your Google Drive Clutter-Free. “Whether you use Google Drive for work, school, or anything in between, it can be a real challenge to keep it organized and clutter-free. However, if you’re up for some occasional preventative maintenance, we think these tips can help you stay on top of things.”


CNBC: Amazon is flying internet influencers to luxurious resorts in bid for social media clout. “For three days in May, more than a dozen stars of Instagram, YouTube and TikTok convened in the coastal town of Todos Santos, Mexico, where they were treated to sunset dinners and spa sessions. It’s the type of luxurious weekend that internet influencers have come to expect from the growing number of companies trying to capitalize of their online fame. But the event on Mexico’s Pacific Coast wasn’t run by one of the powerhouses of social media. It was hosted by Amazon.”

Deadline: Eva Longoria, Charles D. King Creating Diverse Crew Members Database For Studios – Produced By. “Producers Eva Longoria and Charles D. King shared their frustrations today at the Produced By conference, relating that studios tell them they looked for diverse crew members, but couldn’t find any. MACRO CEO King and UnbeliEVAble Entertainment founder Longoria said they are creating a database of diverse talent they can present to studios when faced with that question.”


Security Boulevard: How to Prevent and Respond to Social Media Impersonations. “Social media impersonations have become a very popular tactic to deploy online scams. Cybercriminals, fraudsters, and identity thieves alike pose as a trusted figure, such as a celebrity, corporate executive, or a well-known high-net worth individual, to try and trick unsuspecting people into taking an action, such as wiring money or sharing login credentials.”

The Atlantic: The Teens Slipping Through the Cracks on Dating Apps. “When dating apps started becoming popular in the early 2010s, many people feared that seeking romance on the internet might be dangerous. Since then, online dating has become a normal part of how adults find new relationships. Still, one uncomfortable aspect of these apps remains mostly unaddressed: the ease with which underage users can create profiles and risk being preyed on by adults.”


Internet Archive Blog: We Can Rebuild It: Using the Internet Archive to Discover Original Order
. “One of the things archivists get excited about is the importance of ‘original order’. This is the idea that the arrangement of records by their creator has significance to our understanding of the records themselves. Wherever possible, archivists will try to determine the original order of materials in their care. An item received at the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County in 2015 presented something of a puzzle in this respect.”

Washington Post: The Google engineer who thinks the company’s AI has come to life. “[Blake] Lemoine, who works for Google’s Responsible AI organization, began talking to LaMDA as part of his job in the fall. He had signed up to test if the artificial intelligence used discriminatory or hate speech. As he talked to LaMDA about religion, Lemoine, who studied cognitive and computer science in college, noticed the chatbot talking about its rights and personhood, and decided to press further. In another exchange, the AI was able to change Lemoine’s mind about Isaac Asimov’s third law of robotics.” Good morning, Internet…

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