Evicted in Oregon, Northern Ireland Declassified Documents, Proton Calendar, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 7, 2022


Oregon Public Broadcasting: PSU researchers track Oregon eviction data on new website. “Over 16,000 Oregon renters have had evictions filed against them this year. And in recent months, eviction filings have surpassed pre-pandemic levels. That’s according to ‘Evicted in Oregon,’ a new project led by Portland State University researchers who have been collecting court data on Oregon evictions and publishing it online.”

Belfast Telegraph: State papers: NI records office lifts lid on Good Friday Agreement peace talks. “From Good Friday Agreement negotiations to parades and security — the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland has lifted the lid on previously unreleased files giving us a glimpse into our history. Each year, PRONI releases previously declassified government files under its 20-year rule and makes them available to the public. This year’s files have now been made public online, providing an insight into some of the key events from 1997 to 1998.”


Ars Technica: Proton Calendar rounds out security-focused Big Tech alternative on iOS. “Proton Calendar, which claims to be the ‘world’s only’ calendar using end-to-end encryption and cryptographic verification, has arrived on iOS, giving those seeking a more secure work suite an alternative to Google, Apple, and the like.”


Washington Post: Amazon, Uber ads appear on Twitter pages of white nationalists restored by Musk. “Ads for more than three dozen brands including major corporations appeared on the Twitter pages of white nationalist accounts in recent days after Twitter owner Elon Musk restored hordes of banned users to the social media platform.”

New York Times: Twitter’s Rivals Try to Capitalize on Musk-Induced Chaos. “Apart from employees at Meta, former Twitter workers have begun projects for what they say could be the next Twitter. Start-ups like Post and niche services like Mastodon and Hive Social have also reared their heads, as has the microblogging platform Tumblr.”


Bloomberg: FTX Implosion Prompts Call by DOJ Arm for Independent Probe. “The US Justice Department’s bankruptcy watchdog is calling for an independent probe into the collapse of FTX Group, saying a neutral party should investigate the cryptocurrency empire’s downfall.”

Associated Press: Maryland bans TikTok in state agencies, latest state to act. “Maryland is banning the use of TikTok and certain China and Russia-based platforms in the state’s executive branch of government, Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday, the latest state to address cybersecurity risks presented by the platforms.”


University of Edinburgh: Social media aids quest for beauty perfection. “Influencers on social media have contributed to an uptake of people using cosmetic procedures to enhance their appearance, research suggests. Instagram influencers who have had procedures – such as botox, and lip and face fillers – tend to promote the benefits of the enhancements without disclosing the downsides, the study found.”

Dallas Innovates: Why Are There 750,000 Unfilled Job Openings in Cybersecurity? UNT Researchers Are Getting Up to $750K to Find Out. “The grant award supports a new online platform to find out why cyber jobs are going unfilled—and make it easy for employers to find talent through an online database.”

MIT News: A faster way to preserve privacy online. “MIT researchers have now developed a scheme for private information retrieval that is about 30 times faster than other comparable methods. Their technique enables a user to search an online database without revealing their query to the server. Moreover, it is driven by a simple algorithm that would be easier to implement than the more complicated approaches from previous work.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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