North Carolina Hmong, Twitter, Google Workspace, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, October 26, 2022


New-to-me, from National Association of Counties: North Carolina county library creates record of its Hmong population. “The Catawba County Library collaborated with DigitalNC (the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center) and the Historical Association on the Hmong Heritage Project to create a digital collection of artifacts and oral histories from the county’s Hmong population… There are about 305,525 Hmong people in the United States, 14,232 of whom are in North Carolina, according to 2020 U.S. demographic data.”


CNET: White House Denies Report of Elon Musk National Security Reviews. “The White House said Monday that reports the US is considering national security reviews of some of Elon Musk’s business ventures are ‘not true.'”

Reuters: Exclusive: Twitter is losing its most active users, internal documents show . “These ‘heavy tweeters’ account for less than 10% of monthly overall users but generate 90% of all tweets and half of global revenue. Heavy tweeters have been in ‘absolute decline’ since the pandemic began, a Twitter researcher wrote in an internal document titled ‘Where did the Tweeters Go?'” Um, to other platforms where we’re not trolled, spammed into oblivion, and relegated to horrible algorithmic timelines?

The Verge: Google is giving Workspace Individual subscribers a big storage bump. “Google is about to give Workspace Individual subscribers a whole lot more storage. Soon, every account will be upgraded from 15GB to 1TB of storage, the company announced on Tuesday, meaning people on that tier will be able to store a lot more than before.”


How-To Geek: How to Convert a JSON File to Microsoft Excel. “Have you received a JSON file that you’d like to convert to Microsoft Excel format? Excel offers a built-in option to help you import it without third-party parsing tools. Here’s how you can do it.”


The Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Behind TikTok’s boom: A legion of traumatised, $10-a-day content moderators. “Horrific videos such as these are part and parcel of everyday work for TikTok moderators in Colombia. They told the Bureau of Investigative Journalism about widespread occupational trauma and inadequate psychological support, demanding or impossible performance targets, punitive salary deductions and extensive surveillance. Their attempts to unionise to secure better conditions have been opposed repeatedly.”

Engadget: YouTube Music contractors vote to unionize. “A group of workers at YouTube Music Content Operations, an Alphabet subcontractor, have filed with the National Labor Relations Board for union recognition and bargaining power after a supermajority of the 58-strong group signed union cards.”


CNBC: How Google’s former CEO Eric Schmidt helped write A.I. laws in Washington without publicly disclosing investments in A.I. startups. “About four years ago, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt was appointed to the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence by the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. It was a powerful perch. Congress tasked the new group with a broad mandate: to advise the U.S. government on how to advance the development of artificial intelligence, machine learning and other technologies to enhance the national security of the United States.

Bleeping Computer: Hive claims ransomware attack on Tata Power, begins leaking data. “Hive ransomware group has claimed responsibility for a cyber attack disclosed by Tata Power this month. A subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Tata Group, Tata Power is India’s largest integrated power company based in Mumbai. In screenshots seen by BleepingComputer, Hive operators are seen posting data they claim to have stolen from Tata Power, indicating that the ransom negotiations failed.”

BBC: Google: India orders Google to pay another $113m fine. “India’s competition regulator has fined Google 9bn rupees ($113m; £98m) for anti-competitive practices, in a second such penalty in less than a week. The regulator accused Google of ‘abusing’ its dominant position on the app store to force app developers to use its in-app payment system.”


TechCrunch: Bumble open sourced its AI that detects unsolicited nudes. “As part of its larger commitment to combat ‘cyberflashing,’ the dating app Bumble is open sourcing its AI tool that detects unsolicited lewd images. First debuted in 2019, Private Detector (let’s take a moment to let that name sink in) blurs out nudes that are sent through the Bumble app, giving the user on the receiving end the choice of whether to open the image.”

New York Times: Why Am I Seeing That Political Ad? Check Your ‘Trump Resistance’ Score.. “In the run-up to the midterm elections next month, campaigns are tapping a host of different scores and using them to create castes of their most desirable voters. There are ‘gun owner,’ ‘pro-choice’ and ‘Trump 2024’ scores, which cover everyday politics. There are also voter rankings on hot-button issues — a ‘racial resentment’ score, for example, and a ‘trans athletes should not participate’ score. There’s even a ‘U.F.O.s distrust government’ score.” The link to the article is a “Gift Article” URL I generated, so you should be able to see it even if you normally hit a paywall. Good morning, Internet…

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