Twitter, CBS News, US Broadband Access, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, November 20, 2022


Boing Boing: Keep up with the latest Twitter meltdown news at this site dedicated to monitoring Musk’s daily f*ckups. “You can filter the news by tag (Bye-Bye, Call the Lawyers, Elon the Engineer, General Mayhem, Line Go Down, No-One Minding the Store, Rise of the Robots, Sickening Sycophants, Sleeping Under the Desk, and Twitter Blue) or elect to read the full firehose.”


Variety: CBS News Suspends Twitter Posting ‘In Light of the Uncertainty’ About Musk-Owned Social Platform. “CBS News is halting its activity on Twitter over Elon Musk’s turbulent and potentially devastating moves following his takeover of the company.”

Ars Technica: FCC unveils big update to broadband map—and wants you to help correct errors . “Today, the FCC released the long-awaited National Broadband Map update based on the most detailed data the commission has ever collected from ISPs. There’s still plenty of work to do, as this first version will undergo a challenge process to correct errors, and there are indications it will have many inaccuracies.”

Radio New Zealand: Difficulty accessing archive documents angers historians “Mounting difficulties getting hold of critical historical documents at the national Archive are sparking government infighting and threats of legal action. A high court Justice has noted cases are being severely impeded. To make matters worse, the $9 million IT system used to search the country’s history files has had to be shut down over a security breach of restricted documents.”


MakeTechEasier: How to Create a Web Archive With Archivebox. “Archivebox is an easy-to-use archival program that allows you to create an accurate snapshot of any website. This can be helpful for archivists and users that want to preserve information online. Not only that, Archivebox is also incredibly simple and easy to use.”

IP Watchdog: How to Use the USPTO Patent Public Search Tool. “Do you want a simple way to search for specific patents and to get PDF copies of those patents? And do you want those PDF files to come straight from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), so you can be confident that they contain any Certificates of Correction? Our first article in a series about the USPTO’s Public Patent Search (PPS) web page shows you how.”


Fierce Pharma: Pharma must stay the course on Twitter as docs are not abandoning the platform yet: Report. “Like it or loathe it, and whatever its new direction, Twitter is still a powerful platform for doctors, and pharma should not abandon the troubled social media site yet, according to a new report from healthcare consultants at ZoomRx.”

BBC News: Alan MacMasters: How the great online toaster hoax was exposed. “For more than a decade, a prankster spun a web of deception about the inventor of the electric toaster. His lies fooled newspapers, teachers and officials. Then a teenager flagged up something that everyone else had missed.”


News@Northeastern: Adversaries Are Ready To Strike Us Infrastructure, Warn Cybersecurity Experts At Northeastern Event. “Enemies are situating themselves within the cyber operations of U.S. infrastructure sites with the potential of striking at any time, warned Brandon Wales, executive director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).”


RMIT University: Nine in 10 adults have been cyberbullies, study finds. “Educated and married people, irrespective of their gender, are most likely to commit cyberbullying more frequently, according to the research, but demographics are not the only factors at play. The study found other characteristics such as being outgoing or deceptive ultimately contributed to a person’s likelihood of becoming a cyberbully.”

Stanford Graduate School of Education: A new approach to teaching science can help inoculate against misinformation, Stanford researchers say. “In a new essay published in the journal Science, [Jonathan] Osborne and [Daniel] Pimentel argue that new approaches to science education could help inoculate society against scientific misinformation in all of its forms, from the misguided to the malicious.”

Garowe Online: EDITORIAL: Why Africa should worry about new Twitter policies. “In Somalia, where information sharing has been traditionally oral, Twitter offered government officials the to narrate events, receive flak or praise from citizens, and debate on issues around security, culture, and economy…. Nothing could hurt Africa more than a dilution of a platform people have come to see as credible, available, and free and which has challenged authorities in most autocracies to conform or at least pretend to.” Good morning, Internet…

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