ACLU Of Delaware, Michigan Algae Blooms, Equiano Internet Cable, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 9, 2022


WBOC: ACLU of Delaware Launches Public Archive to Highlight Their Civil Impact on Delaware’s History. “The American Civil Liberties Union or ACLU of Delaware has been advocating for civil liberties and civil rights in Delaware since 1961. Earlier this month the organization launched a public archive to preserve records and highlight the ACLU of Delaware’s involvement in the civil rights history of Delaware.”

State of Michigan: New tool available to track harmful algal bloom reports. “The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) are reminding Michiganders to be aware of the potential for harmful algal blooms (HABs) in bodies of water. To help the public know where HABs have been reported, a new Michigan Harmful Algal Bloom Reports map is now available online at”


Tech Central: Google’s giant Equiano Internet cable has landed in South Africa. “The Equiano subsea Internet cable was landed at Melkbosstrand north of Cape Town on Monday, the last stop on the route south for the 12-fibre-pair system that promises to drive down Internet costs in South Africa when it comes online in the coming months.”


Tom’s Guide: The best photo storage and sharing sites in 2022. “Some have free tiers of service, while others are geared more towards professionals. Whatever your needs, there’s sure to be a photo storage site for you; we’ve rounded up our favorites below.”


A Current Affair (Australia): Warning over ‘fake’ Google reviews. “A Melbourne dentist has denied deceiving the public, after her clinic was found to be receiving glowing five-star online reviews from patients that likely do not exist. It comes as A Current Affair can reveal the extent that consumers are being fooled by bogus testimonials.”

News@Northeastern: How TikTok Made Reading Fun Again. “Thanks to TikTok users posting reviews of their favorite books with the hashtag #BookTok, a crop of books has skyrocketed in popularity, and some Gen Zers are discovering that reading can be fun.”

International Journalists’ Network: New tool helps media in Kenya combat spread of false information. “To address the spread of disinformation during the 2022 election season and beyond, the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme launched the iVerify Network of Fact-checking Desks, a digital platform that newsrooms and journalists can use to fact-check information before they publish or broadcast. New to Kenya, iVerify has in the past been used successfully elsewhere in Africa.”


Ars Technica: Scientists hid encryption key for Wizard of Oz text in plastic molecules. “Scientists from the University of Texas at Austin sent a letter to colleagues in Massachusetts with a secret message: an encryption key to unlock a text file of L. Frank Baum’s classic novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The twist: The encryption key was hidden in a special ink laced with polymers.”


Nature: A deep learning approach to fight illicit trafficking of antiquities using artefact instance classification. “We approach the task of detecting the illicit movement of cultural heritage from a machine learning perspective by presenting a framework for detecting a known artefact in a new and unseen image. To this end, we explore the machine learning problem of instance classification for large archaeological images datasets, i.e. where each individual object (instance) is itself a class that all of the multiple images of that object belongs.”

Stanford Daily: Is Google’s AI sentient? Stanford AI experts say that’s ‘pure clickbait’. “Following a Google engineer’s viral claims that artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot ‘LaMDa’ was sentient, Stanford experts have urged skepticism and open-mindedness while encouraging a rethinking of what it means to be ‘sentient’ at all.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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