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BLOOM AI, Black History & Culture Collection, Kentucky Community Resources, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, July 13, 2022

NEW RESOURCES

MIT Technology Review: Inside a radical new project to democratize AI. “Unlike other, more famous large language models such as OpenAI’s GPT-3 and Google’s LaMDA, BLOOM (which stands for BigScience Large Open-science Open-access Multilingual Language Model) is designed to be as transparent as possible, with researchers sharing details about the data it was trained on, the challenges in its development, and the way they evaluated its performance. OpenAI and Google have not shared their code or made their models available to the public, and external researchers have very little understanding of how these models are trained.”

Globe Newswire: Getty Images Launches Initiative to Elevate Black History and Empower Storytellers. “Getty Images, a preeminent global visual content creator and marketplace, today launched the Black History & Culture Collection (BHCC), an initiative created to provide free non-commercial access to historical and cultural images of the African/Black Diaspora in the US and UK from the 19th century to present day.”

WLKY: Louisville nonprofit launching new app to bring free resources to those in need across Kentucky. “The website pulls together resources across Kentucky for everyday needs like housing, health and education. Users have the ability to narrow down what they are looking for and see options located in their area.”

Houston Chronicle: The Houston Chronicle’s executive editor wants you to read these stories while the paywall is down. “Our stories that were tucked behind a paywall will be available to you from now until July 14. That means all of the Houston Chronicle’s impactful, useful, inspiring journalism is yours to read for the next three days— for free.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNN: Twitter sues Elon Musk to force him to complete acquisition. “Twitter has sued billionaire Elon Musk in an effort to force him to follow through with his deal to buy the social media company. The lawsuit, filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery on Tuesday, comes after Musk said in a letter to Twitter’s top lawyer late Friday that he wants to terminate the blockbuster $44 billion acquisition agreement.”

Washington Post: Twitter went easy on Trump because it ‘relished’ the power, ex-employee says. “A former Twitter employee told the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection that the company gave former president Donald Trump more lenient treatment because it enjoyed the ‘power’ his stature lent to the social network.”

AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD

New York Times: Musk’s Damaged Goods. “Twitter has operated at a loss for seven of the nine years it has been a public company. It received no rival offers while Musk was trying to buy it. Its board determined that Musk’s offer of $54.20 a share was the best it could obtain, suggesting it saw no way to reach that price on its own. And since Twitter accepted Musk’s offer, its stock has lost over a third of its value.”

Vox: TikTok is full of shady secret advertisements. “Influencer Marketing Factory bills itself as ‘the influencer marketing expert’ and did not respond to multiple requests for comment. The company says it has done TikTok campaigns for everything from fitness apps to mushroom coffee. Some influencers labeled those posts as ads or partnerships. Many didn’t. All of them should have, according to truth in advertising rules that are supposed to be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state attorneys general.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Guardian: Tech platforms face UK ban on blocking news providers before appeal. “A change to the online safety bill means that articles in breach of a service’s terms and conditions cannot be removed or hidden until the publisher has been notified and has received the verdict of any appeal to the platform. The amendment to the legislation is intended to avoid a repeat of an incident last year when YouTube suddenly banned the digital station TalkRadio from its platform for violating its content guidelines. It was reinstated 12 hours later.”

Daily Beast: Feds Nab Louisiana Woman Who Tried to Rent a Hitman on RentAHitman.Com. “A Louisiana woman found herself on the wrong end of an FBI sting operation after attempting to hire a contract killer via a parody website ‘linked directly’ to the bureau’s internet crime squad, according to a federal complaint first obtained by The Daily Beast.”

Neos Kosmos: Archbishop Makarios sues blogger for defamation. “Archbishop Makarios Grinezakis claims a blogger has falsely accused him of misappropriating millions of church dollars to fund a palatial apartment on Sydney Harbour and luxurious lifestyle while covering up abuse and dealing in bribes. The head of the Orthodox Church in Australia has appeared often on Greek Flash News blog penned by Alkis Morelas.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Higher Ed Dive: College Board no longer disclosing AP test results by ethnicity, state. “The College Board in an emailed statement did not address why it removed demographic data. It said that it provides that information to schools, districts and state departments of education and that it has already sent it to the former two groups. Researchers can also request AP data online, the College Board said.” Good morning, Internet…

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