Safeguarding Science Toolkit, Altered States Database, Estonia WWII Refugees, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, November 29, 2022


Homeland Security Today: NCSC and Partners Unveil ‘Safeguarding Science’ Toolkit to Help U.S. Research Enterprise Guard Against Threats. “The Safeguarding Science online toolkit is designed for individuals and organizations in the U.S. scientific, academic, and emerging technology sectors who are seeking to develop their own programs to protect research, technology, and personnel from theft, abuse, misuse, or exploitation.”

Scientific Data: The Altered States Database: Psychometric data from a systematic literature review . “In this paper, we present the development of the Altered States Database (ASDB), an open-science project based on a systematic literature review. The ASDB contains psychometric questionnaire data on subjective experiences of altered states of consciousness (ASC) induced by pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods.”

ERR: Estonia establishing database of World War II refugees. “An estimated 80,000 Estonians fled the country during World War II and the Institute of Historical Memory is now establishing a database to enable further research. It is also seeking people’s help.” The database is available and has a little bit of information, but it’s very early days for this project.


Search Engine Land: YouTube just announced its 2023 class of #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund creators. “Earlier this year, YouTube announced a new fund aimed at helping black creators find dedicated partner support, seed funding invested into the development of their channels, and the opportunity to participate in bespoke training, workshops and networking programs. This week they named the first 30 creators for the 2023 class.”


WIRED: How to Make Autocorrect Work the Way You Want. “If autocorrect isn’t behaving the way you want it to, or you want to make it better or turn it off altogether, these are the settings and the screens you need to know about.”


Washington Post: Twitter grapples with Chinese spam obscuring news of protests. “Twitter’s radically reduced anti-propaganda team grappled on Sunday with a flood of nuisance content in China that researchers said was aimed at reducing the flow of news about stunning widespread protests against coronavirus restrictions.”

Variety: National Film Archive of India on Mission to Restore 5,000 Films. “The National Film Archive of India (NFAI) has undertaken the massive task of restoring 5,000 priceless classics of Indian cinema.”


The Guardian: Twitter failed to detect upload of Christchurch mosque terror attack videos. “Twitter has removed freshly uploaded footage of the Christchurch terror attack that was circulating on the platform, but only after the New Zealand government alerted the company, which had failed to recognise the content as harmful.”

CNET: FCC Unveils Rules for Clear Broadband Labels to Help Consumers Comparison Shop. “The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday unveiled rules that will require all internet service providers to display clear labels for their services — similar to the nutrition labels on food products — showing exactly what the customer is purchasing.”

Europol: International operation shuts down websites offering counterfeit goods and pirated content. “As of this year’s Cyber Monday, law enforcement agencies across several continents have taken down 12 526 websites, disconnected 32 servers used to distribute and host illegal content for 2 294 television channels and shut down 15 online shops selling counterfeit products on social media sites. In the physical realm, investigators seized 127 365 counterfeit products such as clothes, watches, shoes, accessories, perfumes, electronics and phone cases worth more than EUR 3.8 million.”


MIT News: Empowering social media users to assess content helps fight misinformation. “Using their findings, the researchers developed a prototype platform that enables users to assess the accuracy of content, indicate which users they trust to assess accuracy, and filter posts that appear in their feed based on those assessments. Through a field study, they found that users were able to effectively assess misinforming posts without receiving any prior training. Moreover, users valued the ability to assess posts and view assessments in a structured way.”

CogDogBlog: Gizmo-ing Stuff to Mastodon. “Once Jim Groom took the nudge to figure out how to spin up Mastodon in the Reclaim Hosting cloud gizmo (see, thingamagig!) and launch a place for DS106 I was starting to think how it might be possible to wire up the DS106 Daily Create (well into its 10th year, never missed a day, and zeroing in on the 4000th TDC, one has to hum the song Where Have All the MOOCs Gone) to join Tootland.” Good morning, Internet…

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