Glasgow’s Tech Ecosystem, Italy Fascist Landmarks, Luxembourgish, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, November 25, 2022


Glasgow City Council: Glasgow launches open-access database to showcase £2.6billion regional tech ecosystem. “The Glasgow Tech Ecosystem Platform is an open-access database offering to better connect start-ups with investors and corporates, providing real-time insights on the health of the regional innovation economy and showcasing Glasgow City Region’s wider tech ecosystem to the world…. The data covers 740+ technology-based start-ups as well as investors and accelerators, universities, co-working spaces, tech meetups and much more.”

Wanted in Rome: Italy’s fascist landmarks mapped in new website. “An online map charting the existing monuments, buildings and memorials honouring fascism in Italy was launched on Tuesday by the Istituto Ferruccio Parri, an historical research institute in Milan. The luoghi del fascismo website is hailed as Italy’s first nationwide project to document the surviving traces of Benito Mussolini’s regime and assess how the memory of fascism has been preserved and even revived in recent decades.”

Government of Luxembourg: LOD.Lu – the “Lëtzebuerger Online dictionnaire” now also available as an app. “You’re on the bus and can’t remember a word? You’re out and about and don’t know how to say Clemency in Luxembourgish? You’re in a restaurant and wonder what a Ziwwi is? Just ask the LOD app! The brand new website of the Lëtzebuerger Online Dictionnaire was introduced five months ago, with a new look and enhanced features…. To make the dictionary’s content even more accessible, the LOD is now also available as a free app (, which can be downloaded from Google’s Play Store or Apple’s App Store.”


Financial Times: Twitter disbands Brussels office, prompting fears about online safety. “The executives had led the company’s effort to comply with the EU’s disinformation code and the bloc’s landmark Digital Services Act, which came into force last week and sets new rules on how Big Tech should keep users safe online. Other Twitter executives in the small but vital Brussels office, seen as a crucial conduit to European policymakers, had left at the start of the month during company-wide cuts that removed around half of its 7,500-strong workforce.”

Daily Dot: WikiLeaks website is struggling to stay online—as millions of documents disappear. “WikiLeaks’ website appears to be coming apart at the seams, with more and more of the organization’s content unavailable without explanation. WikiLeaks technical issues, which have been ongoing for months, have gotten worse in recent weeks as increasingly larger portions of its website no longer function.”


WAMC: Ft. Ticonderoga acquires major collection as it prepares for 250th anniversary of American Revolution . “Fort Ticonderoga has acquired a private collection of more than 3,000 objects, including over 200 rare firearms, as the historical site prepares to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the American War for Independence.”

New York Times: Inside Sam Bankman-Fried’s Quest to Win Friends and Influence People. “A network of political action committees, nonprofits and consulting firms funded by FTX or its executives worked to court politicians, regulators and others in the policy orbit, with the goal of making Mr. Bankman-Fried the authoritative voice of crypto, while also shaping regulation for the industry and other causes, according to interviews, email exchanges and an encrypted group chat viewed by The New York Times.”

ERR (Estonia): National Archive finds streets named after Red Army soldiers inappropriate. “A report compiled by the National Archives of Estonia has found that commemorating fallen Red Army soldiers in public space by naming streets after them, is inappropriate and incompatible with contemporary understandings of Estonian history and culture.”


Europol: Action against criminal website that offered ‘spoofing’ services to fraudsters: 142 arrests. “Judicial and law enforcement authorities in Europe, Australia, the United States, Ukraine, and Canada have taken down a website that allowed fraudsters to impersonate trusted corporations or contacts to access sensitive information from victims, a type of cybercrime known as ‘spoofing’. The website is believed to have caused an estimated worldwide loss in excess of GBP 100 million (EUR 115 million).”

New York Times: Lawsuit Takes Aim at the Way A.I. Is Built. “Like many cutting-edge A.I. technologies, Copilot developed its skills by analyzing vast amounts of data. In this case, it relied on billions of lines of computer code posted to the internet. [Matthew] Butterick, 52, equates this process to piracy, because the system does not acknowledge its debt to existing work. His lawsuit claims that Microsoft and its collaborators violated the legal rights of millions of programmers who spent years writing the original code.”

CNN: House Republicans say TikTok made misleading claims in briefings on data handling. “House Republicans say TikTok may have misled congressional staff in private briefings about the company’s handling of US user data, in a new letter to the short-form video app this week.”


CBS News: Minnesotans’ massive antique pump organ collection spans neighboring homes. “Ron Manzow has spent most of his life in Plainview. He taught third grade for decades before retiring. But you could say his home is still full of history lessons. Manzow has collected 75 pipe organs. His collection has gotten so big, in fact, that he bought the house next door to him for storage.” Good morning, Internet…

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