UK Movie Accessibility, TikTok Elections Center, Texas Economic Development, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, August 18, 2022


Film Stories: New website to support accessible film screenings for deaf and blind audiences launches in the UK. “A new website for the UK, which is the first of its kind, aims to make cinema accessible to all. Sidecard is a searchable database, which records details relating to film access materials, such as subtitle and audio description files.”

TechCrunch: TikTok launches an in-app US midterms Elections Center, shares plan to fight misinformation. “The new feature will allow users to access state-by-state election information, including details on how to register to vote, how to vote by mail, how to find your polling place and more, provided by TikTok partner NASS (the National Association of Secretaries of State).”

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Texas Comptroller’s Office Announces Local Economic Agreement Database is Now Online. “Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today announced his agency has created an online database for local governments to report their economic development agreements authorized by either Chapter 380 or Chapter 381 of the Local Government Code. The searchable database allows the public to search for agreements by local government, business entity and agreement type.”


TechCrunch: Reddit launches a new developer portal to give third-party apps and bots a boost. “Reddit is announcing today that it will open up a waitlist for developers who want to build software for the platform using a new toolkit from the company. The company plans to pair the new toolkit with a directory of third-party software extensions that moderators and Redditors alike can browse from to craft a custom Reddit experience. The new portal will offer tools and other resources to empower devs to build software extensions to enhance the social network’s existing experience.”


IANS: Cabinet approves widening access to traditional knowledge digital library database. “The Union Cabinet in its meeting held on Wednesday, approved a proposal to widen the database of traditional knowledge digital library (TKDL) for users. Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur said at a press conference that opening up of the TKDL database for users would help in providing greater access to Indian traditional knowledge.”

New York Daily News: Boston Children’s Hospital condemns right-wing lies about treatments for transgender minors. “Boston Children’s Hospital has been forced to publicly deny that its doctors are performing hysterectomies for minors after far-right anti-LGBTQ groups spread false reports online.”


Ars Technica: Update Chrome now to patch actively exploited zero-day . “The exploit was reported by Ashley Shen and Christian Resell of the Google Threat Analysis Group, and that’s all the information we have for now. Details of the exploit are currently tucked behind a wall in the Chromium bugs group and are restricted to those actively working on related components and registered with Chromium. After a certain percentage of users have applied the relevant updates, those details may be revealed.”

Department of Defense: DOD Releases First Departmentwide Social Media Policy. “The Defense Department today released a policy that for the first time spells out, from the highest levels of the defense community, how DOD military and civilian personnel should use official social media accounts to best advance the mission of the U.S. military and further instill trust in the credibility of the DOD.”

Washington Post: Swizz Beatz, Timbaland sue Triller for $28 million in missing payments. “Music artists Swizz Beatz and Timbaland sued Triller Tuesday, alleging the social media platform owes them more than $28 million after acquiring their live-streaming music series Verzuz.” Some October 2020 background on Triller from the NYT.


University of Florida: My Tutor is an AI: The Effects of Involvement and Tutor Type on Perceived Quality, Perceived Credibility, and Use Intention. “Artificial Intelligence is now being used to help tutor students at all educational levels. AI tutors can enhance learning outcomes such as facilitating various teaching-learning practices within and outside the classroom, supporting students 24/7, and providing students from economically disadvantaged areas access to all kinds of learning materials without being in the same geographical location. Yet, despite the now somewhat ubiquitous nature of AI tutoring, many students, teachers, and parents are skeptical of their efficacy.”

PR Newswire: Announces New Web Browser Test Results for 2022 (PRESS RELEASE). “, the non-profit entity dedicated to providing transparency on cybersecurity product efficacy, has published the results of its 2022 Web Browser Security Test. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox were tested for Phishing Protection and Malware Protection running on Windows 10 and 11.”

Virginia Tech: Historical costume descriptors bridge gap between past and present. “The objective is to compare language from the past with new language that we use today to describe costume artifacts across different time periods. The Oris Glisson Historic Costume and Textile Collection will be digitized and made available to the public, increasing accessibility and access.” Good morning, Internet…

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