Ukraine Cultural Heritage, EU Internet Standards, Maryland RSV, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, November 26, 2022


Ukrinform: Special section about Ukraine appeared on Google Arts & Culture. “On November 24, Google together with the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, with the support of Ukraine’s First Lady, Olena Zelenska, presented the online-space of Ukrainian culture on the Google Arts & Culture platform – ‘Ukraine is Here’.”

European Commission Science Hub: New website to monitor the uptake of key internet standards across the EU. “The Commission launches a new website to monitor the deployment of five categories of key internet communication standards in the EU, considered essential to achieve the EU vision of a free, open, accessible and secure global internet.”

State of Maryland: Maryland Department of Health releases RSV hospitalization data dashboard, urges Marylanders to wash hands, take precautions. “The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) today released a respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) data dashboard containing RSV hospitalization numbers in the state. The RSV data dashboard will be updated on Thursdays and display RSV hospitalizations by respiratory season. It is currently up-to-date. With holidays right around the corner, MDH is urging all Marylanders to take precautions against RSV and other respiratory illnesses that are spreading nationwide.”


The Register: Elon Musk to abused Twitter users: Your tormentors are coming back. “Twitter CEO Elon Musk has decided to allow suspended accounts back onto the micro-blogging service. Musk used the same process for this decision as he did when restoring access to a Florida Man who once held high elected office in the US – an utterly unscientific and easy to manipulate poll of Twitter users.”

CBS News: Twitter and other social media sites slipped on removing hate speech in 2022, EU review says. Please note this study is from the spring, before Elon Musk. “The EU report, carried out over six weeks in the spring, found Twitter assessed just over half of the notifications it received about illegal hate speech within 24 hours, down from 82% in 2021. In comparison, the amount of flagged material Facebook reviewed within 24 hours fell to 64%, Instagram slipped to 56.9% and YouTube dipped to 83.3%. TikTok came in at 92%, the only company to improve.”


New Yorker: Turning YouTube Comments Into Art. “…a ‘web experience’ [Chiara] Amisola created this past Valentine’s Day… explores ‘the rawness of human intimacy and confession in the YouTube comments left under love songs.’ The page is minimal: each comment appears in large black text above the video in question, which plays inside a small circle that rotates like an LP.”


Bleeping Computer: Google pushes emergency Chrome update to fix 8th zero-day in 2022. “Google has released an emergency security update for the desktop version of the Chrome web browser, addressing the eighth zero-day vulnerability exploited in attacks this year.”

Engadget: Google says Google and other Android manufacturers haven’t patched security flaws. “Google has disclosed several security flaws for phones that have Mali GPUs, such as those with Exynos SoCs. The company’s Project Zero team says it flagged the problems to ARM (which designs the GPUs) back in the summer. ARM resolved the issues on its end in July and August. However, smartphone manufacturers including Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo and Google itself hadn’t deployed patches to fix the vulnerabilities as of earlier this week, Project Zero said.”

Reuters: Russian court upholds $33 million fine against Google. “An arbitration court in Moscow has upheld a 2-billion rouble ($33 million) fine against Google issued by Russia’s federal anti-monopoly service over the company’s decision to block some YouTube channels, the RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing a court decision.”


The National: How virtual reality is being used to recreate Iraq’s destroyed heritage. “The new Mosul Heritage Museum in Iraq is inviting people to experience its greatest historical sites — in virtual reality…. Through painstaking documentation, computer technology and virtual-reality artistry, Qaf Lab, an innovation hub in Mosul that supports Iraqi entrepreneurs, has reconstructed five heritage sites destroyed or damaged by ISIS during their three-year occupation of Mosul from 2014.”

IFLScience: Social Media Trends Are Encouraging Animal Abuse In Viral Videos, Review Finds. “Social media is encouraging cases of animal cruelty, with trends driven by viral videos motivating some content creators to bring wild animals into their channels. That’s the message from the Social Media Animal Cruelty Coalition (SMACC) following research conducted as part of a coalition with 13 animal protection organizations.” Good morning, Internet…

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