Are You Pressworthy, NASA Artemis Missions, Cyber Law Toolkit, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, November 5, 2022


Associated Press: How much press is someone ‘worth’? A new tool tackles inequality in missing persons stories.. “If you went missing, how much press would you be ‘worth’? The Columbia Journalism Review unveiled a tool on Thursday that calculates the number of stories your disappearance would net, based on demographics.”

University of Illinois UC: New online video resource: learn from experts about NASA Artemis space technology. “If you’re interested in space technologies that will put the first woman and first person of color on the Moon, you can now learn from experts for free and at your own pace. A collection of videos, each less than 30 minutes long, are creatively packaged as an accessible online course. In all, the videos provide an in-depth look at NASA’s Artemis missions to explore the lunar surface, then apply that new knowledge it to Mars’ missions and beyond.”

University of Exeter: Latest edition of influential Cyber Law Toolkit tracks online warfare around the globe. “The Cyber Law Toolkit, an established go-to resource for professionals and scholars working on international law and cyber operations, has been updated again for 2022. The Toolkit contains a customizable overview of all available national positions on international law and cyber operations. Users can search for specific countries or compare different states’ views on a diverse range of topics such as sovereignty, non-intervention, or due diligence.”

Sarajevo Times: Database of active Cases of Persons Missing during War in the former Yugoslavia launched. “The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Group on Missing Persons (GNO), which consists of domestic institutions responsible for issues of missing persons from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia, as part of the Berlin process, today in The Hague, will publicly launch the Database of active cases of persons missing as a result of armed conflicts on the territory of the former Yugoslavia.”


MIT Technology Review: Twitter may have lost more than a million users since Elon Musk took over. “The firm Bot Sentinel, which tracks inauthentic behavior on Twitter by analyzing more than 3.1 million accounts and their activity daily, believes that around 877,000 accounts were deactivated and a further 497,000 were suspended between October 27 and November 1. That’s more than double the usual number.”

Daily Beast: Twitter Employees Slam Elon Musk as ‘Tremendously Shitty’ During Mass Layoffs. “Scores of Twitter employees unceremoniously lost access to their work emails late Thursday as Elon Musk commenced a brutal round of layoffs. The workers have reacted with mixed emotions; some are devastated, having spent years at the social media giant. Others are happy to finally exit the chaos.”


New York Times: Worries Grow That TikTok Is New Home for Manipulated Video and Photos. “Edited or synthesized material also appears on other online platforms, such as Facebook, which has nearly three billion monthly active users. But experts said it was especially difficult to catch on TikTok, which encourages its estimated 1.6 billion active users to put their own stamp on someone else’s content, and where reality, satire and outright deceit sometimes blend together in the fast-moving and occasionally livestreamed video feed.”

Axios: Tech workers brace for massive wintertime layoff surge. “Layoff and hiring freezes are cascading across America, after a record boom lulled many employers and employees into a false sense of security.”

Iceland Review: National Library Rejects Esperanto Archive. “With dwindling membership, the Icelandic Esperanto Association has sold its former Skólavörðustígur property and is now searching for a home for its collection of 6,000 Esperanto works. The National Library of Iceland is not interested, leaving the future of the unique archive in question.”


Bloomberg: Candidates Keep Pushing Election Denial Online — Because It Works. “Candidates who have pushed the falsehood that the 2020 election was stolen routinely saw their posts collecting more engagement overall compared to the performance of each candidate’s average post, Bloomberg found. The review covered the Facebook and Twitter posts of every Republican running for Senate, Congress, governor, attorney general or secretary of state this year.”

Cornell Chronicle: SkinKit offers versatile, wearable on-skin computing. “On-skin interfaces – sometimes known as ‘smart tattoos’ – have the potential to outperform the sensing capabilities of current wearable technologies, but combining comfort and durability has proven challenging. Now, members of Cornell’s Hybrid Body Lab have come up with a reliable, skin-tight interface that’s easy to attach and detach, and can be used for a variety of purposes – from health monitoring to fashion.”

Harvard Gazette: How to spot a gerrymandered district? Compare it to fair ones.. “Called ‘redist,’ the tool creates a vast pool of alternate nonpartisan plans (upwards of 5,000 to 10,000) that can be compared to a map that’s being proposed or has already been enacted by local legislators or redistricting committees. This pool of nonpartisan baseline maps makes it possible to see whether the new map fairly represents the new shifts shown in the Census, or is an outlier.” Good morning, Internet…

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