Florida Law Enforcement, Ho-Chunk Nation Language, Missing Persons Podcast, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, July 29, 2022


Miami Herald: Florida debuts new database on cops with bad records. It has holes, reform advocates say. “The basic website can be accessed by simply typing in an officer’s name and guesstimating a start date. The site, which debuted last week, is a start, but also has some critical holes, police reform advocates say. Among them: It doesn’t include citizen complaints, only goes back a decade, and for an officer to make the list, he or she must have a felony criminal conviction or have been found guilty of a moral character violation.”

EIN Presswire: Ho-Chunk Nation Releases Milestone Indigenous Language Digital Dictionary (PRESS RELEASE). “On July 30, 2022, Ho-Chunk Nation is proudly releasing their dictionary at the General Council in Madison, Wisconsin…. The new Hoocąk Wazijaci dictionary is freely available online and via mobile download. It includes nearly 12,000 entries and over 9,000 example sentences.”

Newswise: New Missing Persons Website and Podcast Launched. “A new website and podcast series are launching today (28 July) to tackle the myths and misunderstandings around missing persons issues. Missing Persons Uncovered seeks to empower the public to protect vulnerable loved ones with real-life testimonials and insights from practitioners in the field.”


TechRadar Pro: Wix has a new AI-powered website builder editor. “Wix has upgraded its website builder with the launch of a new editor offering a personalized web creation tool for each individual user. The launch essentially sees the company combine its Wix Artificial Design Intelligence (ADI) features with its classic Wix Editor, offering new themes, section layout suggestions for design optimization, as well as a faster edit tool for content management.”

CNET: Google Reveals Finalists for 2022 Doodle for Google Contest. “Five young, talented artists are a step closer Thursday to having their artwork showcased on Google’s homepage for a day and taking home a chunk of change for themselves and gear for their school.”


NPR: Amid the hype, they bought crypto near its peak. Now, they cope with painful losses. “Quarterback Tom Brady and his wife, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, starred in an ad for FTX, and a commercial for featured Academy Award-winning actor Matt Damon. These were designed to appeal to a potential investor’s fear of missing out. ‘Fortune favors the brave,’ Damon says. The ads included little-to-no explanation of crypto, and how risky the unregulated asset is. About two weeks after that ad debuted, Bitcoin set a new record: $68,990. Today, it’s less than a third of that.”

BBC: False claims of ‘deepfake’ President Biden go viral. “People are falsely claiming a video of US President Joe Biden posted by the Democratic Party is a deepfake. A deepfake is a video created using artificial intelligence to show someone saying or doing something they didn’t do. We’ve looked into the video.”


Bleeping Computer: LibreOffice addresses security issues with macros, passwords. “The LibreOffice suite has been updated to address several security vulnerabilities related to the execution of macros and the protection of passwords for web connections. The developer implemented fixes in the stable release of the product (LibreOffice 7.2) and the unstable branch (7.3).”

University of Oxford: Secure cryptography with real-world devices is now a realistic possibility. “New research published in Nature explains how an international team of researchers have, for the first time, experimentally implemented a type of quantum cryptography considered to be the ‘ultimate’, ‘bug-proof’ means of communication.”


Forward: Linguist Isaac Bleaman receives National Science Foundation award to study language of Holocaust survivors. “Isaac Bleaman, an assistant professor of linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation to study the speech of native Yiddish speakers who survived the Holocaust. The five-year $470,000 grant will support research that documents the Yiddish language as it was spoken by survivors who were interviewed for the Visual History Archive of the USC Shoah Foundation, an organization that was founded by film director Steven Spielberg in 1994.”

Associated Press: Wounded Knee artifacts highlight slow pace of repatriations. “Some 870,000 Native American artifacts — including nearly 110,000 human remains — that should be returned to tribes under federal law are still in the possession of colleges, museums and other institutions across the country, according to an Associated Press review of data maintained by the National Park Service.”

Troy Today: Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum seeks to engage visitors with interactive app. “Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum is working to create a mobile app that will engage its visitors, especially young people. The Museum is teaming up with QuantumERA, LLC, an immersive solutions company, to create the ‘Rosa Parks and the Women who Made the Movement’ mobile application, which will feature a virtual Rosa Parks and other unsung figures of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.” Good morning, Internet…

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