Olympics in France, National Transportation Atlas Database, Google, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 1, 2022


International Olympic Committee: Publications from all previous Olympic Games in France now digitised by the Olympic Studies Centre. “As the 24-month countdown to the Olympic Games Paris 2024 approaches, the IOC’s Olympic Studies Centre is not only collecting publications related to the next edition of the Olympic Summer Games, but is also fast finishing the process of digitising all the publications of the Organising Committees (OCOGs) of past Olympic Games hosted in France, namely Paris 1900 and 1924, Chamonix 1924, Grenoble 1968 and Albertville 1992.”


Bureau of Transportation Statistics: BTS Updates Datasets to National Transportation Atlas Database. “The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics today released its summer 2022 update to the National Transportation Atlas Database (NTAD), a set of nationwide geographic databases of transportation facilities, networks, and associated infrastructure.”

Bloomberg: Google Delays Phasing Out Ad Cookies on Chrome Until 2024. “Google said it will delay a plan to phase out third-party cookies on its Chrome browser until late 2024, a move that will upend how ads are targeted on websites.”


CNBC: Google CEO tells employees productivity and focus must improve, launches ‘Simplicity Sprint’ to gather employee feedback on efficiency. “The Alphabet company had its regular all-hands last Wednesday, and the tone was somewhat urgent as employees expressed concern over layoffs and CEO Sundar Pichai asked employees for input, according to attendees and related internal documentation viewed by CNBC. Google’s productivity as a company isn’t where it needs to be even with the headcount it has, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai told employees in the meeting.”

Houston Chronicle: Inside the viral video trend that made Houston-area school children the face of Iranian propaganda . “Iranian state-sponsored media and pundits have been sharing a video of Houston-area children singing a popular new religious song that includes references to Iran’s supreme leader — and mentions soldiers and martyrdom.”

National Geographic: Rising seas threaten the Gullah Geechee culture. Here’s how they’re fighting back.. “Latitude, topography, and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean make the stretch of coastline from Jacksonville, North Carolina, to Jacksonville, Florida—called the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor— particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, such as sea level rise, storm frequency and intensity, higher temperatures, and a warmer, more acidic ocean.”


The Mainichi: YouTuber elected to Japan’s upper house intends to stay overseas, skip August Diet session. “Yoshikazu Higashitani, otherwise known as Gassy, is a popular YouTuber who exposes celebrity scandals and ran on the NHK Party ticket in the recent upper house election. He intends to remain in Dubai, claiming that returning to Japan will result in his arrest. House of Councillors members each serve six-year terms.”

Bleeping Computer: Ransom payments fall as fewer victims choose to pay hackers. “In Q2 2022, the average ransom payment was $228,125 (up by 8% from Q1 ‘22). However, the median ransom payment was $36,360, a steep fall of 51% compared to the previous quarter. This continues a downward trend since Q4 2021, which represented a peak in ransomware payments both average ($332,168) and median ($117,116).”


Washington Post: Residential schools banned native languages. The Cree want theirs back.. “Across Canada, the often brutal residential school system, designed to assimilate Indigenous people into White, European culture, succeeded in breaking the tradition of passing on languages from generation to generation — and put the survival of some in jeopardy. But now, 25 years after the last residential school was shuttered, some Indigenous communities — including the one here that Pope Francis visited Monday — are reviving and relearning their native languages.” Please be advised that the first few paragraphs in this story have references to sexual abuse.

Analytics India: The Societal Dangers of DALL-E 2. “The early tests by OpenAI and the red team have demonstrated seemingly worrisome results, including gender biases, reinforced racial stereotypes and overly sexual images.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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