IEI NGO Watchlist, Ignatius Sancho Letters, Threats Against Public Officials, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, November 1, 2022


Institute for European Integrity: IEI Launches With NGO Watchlist Sounding Alarm About Corruptive Influence In Europe . “The organizations placed on the Watchlist are identified as having deep involvement with or funding from an individual or entity that has been criminally prosecuted or sanctioned (Russia-invoked sanctions are excluded). Additionally, a separate category of watchlisted NGOs includes those with strong links to individuals with criminal allegations levelled by a European, EU, US, or UK government authority.”

News@Northeastern: Letters Of Ignatius Sancho Offer Window To Life Of Black Man In 18th-century London. “Led by Northeastern professors Nicole Aljoe and Olly Ayers along with four undergraduate research assistants, the Ignatius Sancho’s London project pulls data from digital and physical archives of Sancho’s letters and maps them, creating an interactive resource to help the public understand Black life in 18th-century England.”

Axios: A first-of-its-kind database tracks threats against public officials. “Researchers at Princeton University and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) are building the first-ever national database that tracks incidents of threats and harassment against government officials…. The researchers involved have spent two years culling from public sources of information to build a central repository of threat reports — one they say will grow more robust, useful and predictive over time.”


The Wrap: Elon Musk Dissolves Twitter Board, Crowns Himself as ‘Sole Director’. “Elon Musk dissolved Twitter’s board and made himself the ‘sole director’ of the company after all previous members were removed from their roles, according to a new SEC filing.”


Mercer University: Collaborative project identifies nearly 1,000 slave transactions in Macon from 1823-65. “For years, Bibb County deed books from the 1800s sat unopened, collecting dust inside the courthouse. But since 2018, a team of researchers has been studying and cataloging their contents, which include the sale and lease of enslaved people alongside transactions of land, horses and other property. Now, those records have been digitized and a searchable database is in the works, which will allow the untold stories of these African Americans to be shared and the public to learn more about the history of their ancestors as well as Macon.”

The Verge: Why one web pioneer thinks it’s time to reinvent the browser. “Darin Fisher has built a lot of web browsers. A lot of web browsers. He was a software engineer at Netscape early in his career, working on Navigator and then helping turn that app into Firefox with Mozilla. Then, he went to Google and spent 16 years building Chrome and ChromeOS into massively successful products. Last year, he left Google for Neeva, where he worked on ways to build a browser around the startup’s search engine. And now, he’s leaving Neeva to join The Browser Company and work on Arc, one of the hottest new browsers on the market.”

Washington Post: Musk’s inner circle worked through weekend to cement Twitter layoff plans. “Members of billionaire Elon Musk’s inner circle huddled with Twitter’s remaining senior executives throughout the weekend, conducting detailed discussions regarding the site’s approach to content moderation, as well as plans to lay off 25 percent of the workforce to start.”


Bleeping Computer: Chegg sued by FTC after suffering four data breaches within 3 years. “The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has sued education technology company Chegg after exposing the sensitive information of tens of millions of customers and employees in four data breaches suffered since 2017.”

Reuters: Google Pauses Enforcing Proprietary Billing System in India After Antitrust Order. “Alphabet Inc’s Google is pausing the enforcement of a policy that requires app developers in India to use its proprietary billing system for selling digital goods, following a ruling by the country’s antitrust body.”


Cornell Chronicle: Trust in online content moderation depends on moderator. “More than 40% of U.S. adults have experienced some form of online harassment, according to Pew Research surveys, highlighting the need for content moderation on social media, which helps prevent and remove offensive or threatening messages. But who – or what – are the moderators policing the cyber landscape? And can they be trusted to act as gatekeepers for safe content?” How Indonesia’s female candidates have used social media to boost Islamic image and win elections. “Many political candidates in Indonesia have been taking advantage of social media to design campaigns that promote piety. Female political candidates in particular have started to utilize social media to bring about social change and encourage women to become politically engaged.”

Harvard Business School: When Bias Creeps into AI, Managers Can Stop It by Asking the Right Questions. “Even when companies actively try to prevent it, bias can sway algorithms and skew decision-making. Ayelet Israeli and Eva Ascarza offer a new approach to make artificial intelligence more accurate.” Good morning, Internet…

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