East Africa Science and Journalists, State Of My Democracy, Utah Healthy Places Index, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, October 22, 2022


CABI: New web app connects journalists and scientists. “A new web app has been launched to make it super easy for journalists in Kenya and Uganda to find researchers for science stories. The Script Connect app is part of the Script science communication programme by SciDev.Net, funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation. It works like a ‘speed-dating’ app, linking journalists to scientists in East Africa.”

BusinessWire: Vote Run Lead Launches New Tool Critical to Understanding Representation and the Importance of State Legislative Races (PRESS RELEASE). “Vote Run Lead, the nonprofit that trains women to run for political office and win, is launching a new data visualization tool called the State of My Democracy, that shows the state of democracy and women’s representation in America’s statehouses.”

KSL: Utah Department of Health and Human Services releases new tool. “The Utah Department of Health and Human Services released a new tool Thursday aimed at showing people what is affecting their health. The executive director of the DHHS, Tracy Gruber, said the new tool, called the ‘Utah Healthy Places Index,’ breaks down factors that impact a person’s health by neighborhood.”

WNCN: NC Center for Missing Persons launches a new website; aims to reduce alert delays. “The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons (NCCMP) has launched a new website which will further its goal of working with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to find missing persons and reunite them with their families.”


Search Engine Journal: Google Lets You Disable Targeted Ads & Keep Personalized Searches. “Google’s new My Ad Center lets users disable targeted advertising without giving up helpful features like personalized search results. Previously, disabling targeted ads meant you had to go into your account settings and block Google from collecting Web & App Activity and YouTube History data.”

ABC News: Google sees less Chinese and Iranian hacking this election cycle, they say. “Just weeks away from the 2022 midterm elections, a senior Google official said Wednesday that the company hasn’t seen the same style of hacking from groups backed by the governments of China and Iran as during the 2020 election.”


Business Insider: A new social media app for high schoolers has dethroned TikTok and BeReal in the App Store rankings — and is surprisingly not toxic. “The social network exploding in popularity among teens is named ‘Gas,’ after the Gen Z lingo for ‘gassing someone up.’ For the older readers out there, that means giving someone a compliment.”

Gizmodo: Google’s Pixel Watch Is Great If You Want to Keep It Simple . “It’s light, slim, and easy to wear, and its pebble-like construction matches everything. Some people might complain its 41mm size is a little too small for Google not to offer multiple sizes like other smartwatch makers, but frankly, I think the Pixel Watch is a perfect size. Unfortunately, that’s about the extent of my excitement for the Pixel Watch.”


Bleeping Computer: Clearview AI gets third €20 million fine for illegal data collection. “France’s data protection authority (CNIL) has fined Clearview AI with €20 million for illegal collection and processing of biometric data belonging to French citizens. The amount is the maximum financial penalty the company could receive as per GDPR Article 83. Clearview AI received the same fine from Italian and Greek data protection authorities for the same violations in March and July.”


Washington Post: Opinion: We’re going to need an alternative to Twitter. “The Post’s report Thursday that Elon Musk is considering cutting 75 percent of Twitter’s workforce once his purchase of the company is finalized was alarming enough. I’m not exactly sure how many employees Twitter needs, but it’s hard to imagine that the site will improve or even maintain its current functionality with such a massive staffing reduction.”

Aalto University: Women imitate masculine traits to be taken seriously as gamers. “Women working in the gaming industry feel required to imitate stereotypically masculine personality traits if they want to gain recognition in gaming communities, reveals new research from Aalto University School of Business.”

Illinois News Bureau: Paper: Regional public universities increase access, social mobility for nearby residents. “By broadening access to higher education in their local geographic area, regional public universities increase the economic and social mobility of the residents in their counties, says new research co-written by a team of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign economists.” Good morning, Internet…

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