Ireland Genealogy, Crowdsourced Graphic Design, California Literacy Resources, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, September 2, 2022


IrishCentral: Did your ancestors come from Armagh? Massive amount of new records released online. “Are you searching for family history in Co Armagh? We might have another breadcrumb to add to your trail. Roots Ireland has just added 26,210 Armagh records to their database. Dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries, the historic Irish records contain census substitutes, church records, and headstone records.”

New York Times: A Panorama of Design. “Coming to the rescue of leaflets, typefaces and ticket stubs is the People’s Graphic Design Archive, a crowdsourced database that recently went live after eight years of development. The digital archive, which currently contains about 5,000 items, allows anyone, anywhere in the world, to upload — and thereby keep — any piece of ephemera.”

California Department of Education: State Superintendent Thurmond Announces Access to Free Literacy and Biliteracy Learning Tool for California Families. “The Footsteps2Brilliance bilingual early literacy program for birth through third graders is accessible 24/7 via the Internet from the smartphones, tablets, and computers that families already own. This resource expands free access to all children and families statewide, creating a much-needed bridge between school and home. The $27 million digital literacy partnership will provide free learning resources in English and Spanish.”


CNET: Twitter’s Latest Feature Could Make Tweeting Less Intimidating. “Called Twitter Circle, the feature lets users tweet to a smaller group rather than all of their followers. When users compose a tweet, they’ll see an option to share a tweet with Everyone or their Twitter Circle. Users can add up to 150 people to their Twitter Circle and edit who is in the group.”

Boing Boing: Dall·E’s new outpainting feature extends images. “Astonishing, alarming and as incoherent as ever, the AI’s brush now fills in spaces beyond the original canvas, replicating the artist’s style and subject.”


City College of New York: CCNY to expand blockchain and crypto research and teaching. “Rosario Gennaro, professor of computer science in The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering, is the recipient of a five-year $850,000 grant to further CCNY’s contributions to the advancement of blockchain systems.”

Washington Post: The Biden White House gets feisty on Twitter. “‘We’ve never hesitated to call out hypocrisy, and we’re not going to stop now,’ said White House spokeswoman Alexandra LaManna…. The White House also recently hired Megan Coyne as deputy director of platforms in its Office of Digital Strategy. Coyne garnered widespread attention among Democrats for bringing humor and punchiness to a New Jersey state-run account with tweets that went viral.”


Ars Technica: Microsoft finds TikTok vulnerability that allowed one-click account compromises. “Microsoft said on Wednesday that it recently identified a vulnerability in TikTok’s Android app that could allow attackers to hijack accounts when users did nothing more than click on a single errant link. The software maker said it notified TikTok of the vulnerability in February and that the China-based social media company has since fixed the flaw, which is tracked as CVE-2022-28799.”

CTV: B.C. company wins defamation case against customer who posted bad Google, Yelp reviews. “A ‘disgruntled customer’ who posted reviews on Google and Yelp accusing a B.C. business of fraud has been ordered to pay $90,000 worth of damages for defamation by the province’s Supreme Court.”

FTC: FTC Sues Kochava for Selling Data that Tracks People at Reproductive Health Clinics, Places of Worship, and Other Sensitive Locations. “The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against data broker Kochava Inc. for selling geolocation data from hundreds of millions of mobile devices that can be used to trace the movements of individuals to and from sensitive locations.”


Motherboard: An AI-Generated Artwork Won First Place at a State Fair Fine Arts Competition, and Artists Are Pissed. “A man came in first at the Colorado State Fair’s fine art competition using an AI generated artwork on Monday. ‘I won first place,’ a user going by Sincarnate said in a Discord post above photos of the AI-generated canvases hanging at the fair.”

Tech Xplore: New algorithm based on the behavior of gulls improves edge computing. “The seagull algorithm encodes the migratory and attack behavior of gulls in such a way that it can be used to solve problems such as the assigning and routing of computational resources. The use of the simulated annealing algorithm in conjunction with the seagull algorithm will help the system avoid the local maximum and premature convergence problems, which are often the bane of other approaches to similar problems.” Not clear on edge computing? IBM has an overview. Good morning, Internet…

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