Manitoba Indigenous Tuberculosis History Project, Virginia Cold Cases, Luxembourg Online Dictionary, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, June 22, 2022


Winnipeg Free Press: Portal into Indigenous tuberculosis history puts stories in new light. “On Tuesday, the [Manitoba Indigenous Tuberculosis History Project’] launches … a collection of resources that brings the history of Manitoba’s Indigenous sanatoriums and Indian hospitals to light, and aims to help communities track down information that has long eluded them.”

Virginian-Pilot: First version of Virginia cold-case database includes killings unsolved for years — with plans to expand. “The tool defines cold cases as a homicide, missing person or unidentified person case that has remained unsolved for at least five years. The cases on the website date back as far as 1973. The website only details cases investigated by state police but will later include cold case submissions from local law enforcement agencies, [Danica] Roem said.”


RTL Today: Luxembourg Online Dictionary launches new website . “According to the latest statistics, an average of 2,700 people visit the Luxembourg Online Dictionary (LOD) on a daily basis. To improve the user experience, the website’s content and accessibility have recently been redesigned.”

Poynter: Fact-checkers extend their global reach with 391 outlets, but growth has slowed. “Since last year’s census, we have added 51 sites to our global fact-checking map and database. In that same 12 months, another seven fact-checkers closed down. While this vital journalism now appears in at least 69 languages on six continents, the pace of growth in the international fact-checking community has slowed over the past several years.”


Make Tech Easier: 8 Zoom Alternatives to Make a Free Conference Call. “Zoom works great for conference calls, but you’re limited to 100 people and just 40 minutes in the free version. This isn’t always ideal, especially for longer meetings. Luckily, there are a variety of Zoom alternatives that don’t have as many restrictions in their free versions. Plus, some don’t even require people calling in to have an account.”


Cannabiz: Google and Facebook urged to drop ban on cannabis advertising. “David Beckham-backed UK firm Cellular Goods has launched a petition urging Google, Facebook, Instagram and others to end the ban on the sale and advertising of CBD and CBG on their platforms. The company, which specialises in wellness consumer products formulated with lab-made cannabinoids, has joined forces with seven other firms to call for an end to the ban.”

The Guardian: ‘The worst person you know’: the man who unwittingly became a meme. “Josep Maria García got the shock of his life when he found his image associated with the phrase online.”


Reuters: German Competition Regulator Launches Probe Into Google Maps. “Germany’s cartel office said it was launching proceedings against Google Germany and parent company Alphabet Inc on Tuesday to examine possible anti-competitive restrictions imposed by the Google Maps platform.”

Bloomberg: Google Avoids More Fines After Ending French Dispute Over News. “The French competition authority said Google significantly improved commitments it initially offered last year, which now address its concerns and have been made binding, ending the case. The Alphabet Inc. unit made promises last year in the wake of a 500 million euro ($527 million) fine for failing to follow an earlier order to thrash out fair deals with publishers. The company also agreed to withdraw its challenge against the penalty.”


Newswise: Sex Creators – A New Marginalized Profession that needs to be understood. “Don’t be quick to judge the marginalized ‘Sex Creator’ profession! A lecturer at Chula’s Faculty of Law urges all parties to understand the changing social context, and the government to regulate rather than suppress those in this profession while ensuring protection for all genders, and promoting sexual health and legal freedom of expression.”

Phys .org: Algorithm finds that thousands of artificial levees are missing from US database. “To better understand how artificial levees affect modern rivers in the United States, it is important to have a reliable, updated database of levee locations. However, the existing National Levee Database developed in 2006 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fails to capture many of the nation’s smaller structures. In a new study, Knox et al used machine learning to detect the artificial levees that are missing from the database.”

Tech Xplore: A model for the automatic extraction of content from webs and apps. “Content management systems or CMSs are the most popular tool for creating content on the internet. In recent years, they have evolved to become the backbone of an increasingly complex ecosystem of websites, mobile apps and platforms. In order to simplify processes, a team of researchers from the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) has developed an open-source model to automate the extraction of content from CMSs.” Good morning, Internet…

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