Massachusetts Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice Index, YouTube, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, August 14, 2022


WWLP: Massachusetts Criminal Justice database open to the public. “The Baker Administration has announced a new online dashboard aimed at consolidating data from the state’s criminal justice system. It was initially part of 2018’s criminal justice reform law and is designed to increase transparency and public access to this type of data. The dashboard records inmate populations both in individual counties and the state’s department of corrections.”

Department of Health and Human Services: Federal Health Agencies Unveil National Tool to Measure Health Impacts of Environmental Burdens . “Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Environmental Justice, announce the release of the Environmental Justice Index (EJI). The EJI builds off existing environmental justice indexes to provide a single environmental justice score for local communities across the United States so that public health officials can identify and map areas most at risk for the health impacts of environmental burden.”


Engadget: YouTube is reportedly planning to launch a ‘channel store’ for streaming services. “YouTube has been working on an online store where you can purchase subscriptions for various streaming services, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Google-owned video streaming platform has reportedly been developing a ‘channel store’ for at least the past 18 months and is currently in talks with potential partner companies.”

ZDNet: Canonical releases Ubuntu 22.04.1. “Linux is always evolving and improving. So Canonical, Ubuntu Linux’s parent company, releases point upgrades about twice a year to deliver the latest software, improvements, and security fixes. Now you can easily update your Ubuntu release or download and install Ubuntu 22.04.1.”


Larry Ferlazzo: Kapwing Just Made Their “Pro” Plan Free For Educators And Students. “Kapwing, a cool multimedia tool that includes video-editing features and easy ways to produce memes, just announced that their ‘Pro’ plan would now be free to educators and students.”


WAAY: Alabama archives to return Native American remains, burial objects. “The remains of Native American people who once lived in Alabama were dug up a century ago — often by amateur archeologists — and given to the state along with the jewelry, urns and other objects buried with them.”

Internet Retailing: Lovehoney hits back as Google SafeSearch sees 250,000 of its customers unable to shop . “Lovehoney – the UK’s largest retailer for sexual wellness products and two-time Queen’s Award for Enterprise holder – has created an instructional guide to both raise awareness of the Google feature and help those over 18s that it is unintentionally obstructing.”


Android Police: Google wants to remind you that using 2FA doesn’t have to be a… drag . “Google has enlisted the help of drag personality Trixie Mattel to promote the use of two-factor authentication through the company’s Safer with Google initiative. The spot highlights one of the most straightforward 2FA methods — sending a notification to your phone to approve or reject a login request — to show that it doesn’t need to be an overly complicated ordeal.” I’m a Trixie fan but I think I’ll stick with my YubiKey.

Krebs on Security: It Might Be Our Data, But It’s Not Our Breach. “A cybersecurity firm says it has intercepted a large, unique stolen data set containing the names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, Social Security Numbers and dates of birth on nearly 23 million Americans. The firm’s analysis of the data suggests it corresponds to current and former customers of AT&T. The telecommunications giant stopped short of saying the data wasn’t theirs, but it maintains the records do not appear to have come from its systems and may be tied to a previous data incident at another company.”


Semiconductor Engineering: Tradeoffs In Archiving Data. “For the semiconductor industry, the great irony of digital preservation is that we may not be able to trust the technology we’ve created. Electronics fail and companies get bought or go out of business. Moreover, storing data has an economic component, whether that is measured in memory, energy costs, real estate, or simply maintaining a database that allows data to be accessed whenever it’s needed. And the more data that is stored, the greater the likelihood that something could go wrong.”

USC Viterbi: Busting Anti-Queer Bias in Text Prediction. “A team of researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Information Sciences Institute and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, led by Katy Felkner, a USC Viterbi Ph.D. in computer science student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship recipient, has developed a system to quantify and fix anti-queer bias in the artificial intelligence behind text prediction.”

Freethink: Text-to-image AIs are changing art forever . “The beta launch of DALL-E 2 is the latest big move in the growing text-to-image AI space. Here’s more about the industry-leading system, its competitors, and the impact this tech could have on the world of art.” I got my beta invitation Saturday morning. DALL-E is amazing and exciting and intriguing and an ENORMOUS timesink. Good morning, Internet…

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