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Quote This Woman+, Civic Rights Luxembourg, International Museum Day 2023, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, December 6, 2022

NEW RESOURCES

New-to-me, from International Journalists’ Network: This South African initiative helps newsrooms access women experts. “A South Africa-based nonprofit media company called Quote This Woman+ (QTW+) has curated a database of women experts in Africa for journalists to reach out to…. The database, which started in 2019 as a spreadsheet with 40 sources, now has over 600 African female experts and other experts from underrepresented groups.”

RTL Today (Luxembourg): ‘Myrights.lu’ to help people in matters of civic rights. “The new website on civic rights, called myrights.lu, now unites close to 100 contact points relating to issues of housing, employment, asylum, and healthcare in the Grand Duchy. The site outlines around 140 individual topics and is available in five languages, including French, English, German, Luxembourgish, and Portuguese.”

EVENTS

International Council of Museums: International Museum Day 2023 to focus on sustainability and well-being. “Museums are key contributors to the well-being and to the sustainable development of our communities. As trusted institutions and important threads in our shared social fabric, they are uniquely placed to create a cascading effect to foster positive change. There are many ways in which museums can contribute to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: from supporting climate action and fostering inclusivity, to tackling social isolation and improving mental health.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Motherboard: Stack Overflow Bans ChatGPT For Constantly Giving Wrong Answers. “Stack Overflow, a coding website that has long served as the internet’s go-to Q&A forum for programming advice, has temporarily banned OpenAI’s new chatbot, ChatGPT. The forum’s moderators say the site has seen an influx of responses generated by the new tool, which uses a complex AI model to give convincing, but often incorrect answers to human queries.”

New York Times: Ordinary Investors Who Jumped Into Crypto Are Saying: Now What?. “In early November, Adrian Butkus, a 43-year-old father of two, put $600,000 — much of his life savings — into an account at BlockFi, a cryptocurrency trading firm. BlockFi had marketed the account as risk free, yielding 6.5 percent interest, more than Mr. Butkus could get anywhere else. Just days later, as the collapse of the cryptocurrency exchange FTX shook the entire crypto industry, Mr. Butkus asked BlockFi for his money back. But the firm had suspended customer withdrawals, citing its close financial ties to FTX.”

AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD

TechCrunch: Third-party Twitter app makers turn their attention to Mastodon. “Open source Twitter alternative Mastodon has gained a bit of attention in the wake of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition. Now, it’s gaining interest from third-party Twitter app developers, as well. The makers of popular Twitter clients, including Aviary and Tweetbot, have recently set their sights on building similar clients for the growing Mastodon user base.” Hopefully with Mastodon’s open ecosystem they can get creative with these clients!

WIRED: The Twitter Files Revealed One Thing: Elon Musk Is Trapped. “Musk’s moderation assignments will only get more complicated from here. The longer he owns the site, the more likely he is to face a challenge with political entanglements. And research has suggested that hate speech has already become more visible on Musk-run Twitter.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Reuters: Exclusive: Musk’s Neuralink faces federal probe, employee backlash over animal tests. “Elon Musk’s Neuralink, a medical device company, is under federal investigation for potential animal-welfare violations amid internal staff complaints that its animal testing is being rushed, causing needless suffering and deaths, according to documents reviewed by Reuters and sources familiar with the investigation and company operations.”

Make Tech Easier: FBI Warns of Tech Support Scams through Remote Desktop Software. “This week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a warning about tech support scams that are conning people into giving away access to their financial accounts through remote desktop software. Perhaps the most frightening aspect of the report is the bureau’s admission that the numbers are probably higher than what they reported.”

Human Rights Watch: Iran: State-Backed Hacking of Activists, Journalists, Politicians. “Hackers backed by the Iranian government have targeted two Human Rights Watch staff members and at least 18 other high-profile activists, journalists, researchers, academics, diplomats, and politicians working on Middle East issues in an ongoing social engineering and credential phishing campaign, Human Rights Watch said today.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Georgia Tech: New Computing Approach May Save At-Risk Carnival Costume Making Tradition. “Wire-bending has been a traditional method of constructing costumes for the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival since the 1930s, but Vernelle A.A. Noel, a joint professor with the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing and School of Architecture in the College of Design, has been conducting research on this at-risk practice.”

University of Rochester: National Science Foundation Grants $1.8 Million to Build Foundation for New Music Production Ecosystem: Researchers from the University of Rochester and Northwestern University Collaborate. “A team of researchers from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, Warner School of Education & Human Development, Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, and School of Arts & Sciences, along with Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, are collaborating to leverage and better utilize Artificial Intelligence (AI) to empower musicians to produce and disseminate their art more effectively and independently.” Good morning, Internet…

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