Meda Chesney-Lind, Twitter, Overture Maps Foundation, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, December 23, 2022


University of Hawaii News: Papers from nationally-recognized UH criminologist now available. “Research into the brutal shakedown of the Oʻahu Community Correctional Center in 1981, and the experience and backgrounds of delinquent girls and incarcerated women in Hawaiʻi are highlights of the work of former University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa women’s studies program director and professor emerita Meda Chesney-Lind, which is now available online. University Archives has made Chesney-Lind’s collection of research and academic work as a scholar and activist with a focus on women and crime available on ArchivesSpace.”


Interesting Engineering: Teenager who tracks Elon Musk’s jet sets up a new Twitter account, with a small difference. “Elonjet, the account that was allegedly banned for ‘doxxing’ Elon Musk’s live location is now back on Twitter under a new name. To comply with Musk-led Twitter’s new privacy policies, the account will post updates about Musk’s private plane but with a slight change.”

CNN: Twitter layoffs continue under Elon Musk. “Additional Twitter employees were terminated Thursday as part of ongoing, rolling layoffs under new owner Elon Musk, including from the public policy and media and entertainment teams, according to tweets from affected employees.”

The Verge: Geohot resigns from Twitter. “George Hotz, known for being the first person to carrier-unlock an iPhone and jailbreaking the PS3, both under his hacker alias ‘geohot,’ has resigned from his Twitter internship, he announced Tuesday evening on Twitter. ‘Appreciate the opportunity, but didn’t think there was any real impact I could make there,’ he wrote.”


New York Times: How to Use Parental Controls on Your Child’s New Phone. “The holiday season is here, and if you’ve decided to give in and get your child a smartphone or tablet, you may be nervous about safety, supervision and screen time. Software can’t solve everything, but it can help. Here are a few of the tools available to help parents or caregivers guide children’s first solo steps into the digital age.”


AFP: Google rivals join forces in online maps. “Meta, Microsoft, TomTom, and Amazon Web Services have now introduced what they call the Overture Maps Foundation, the goal of which is to make comprehensive mapping data openly available for use by whoever may need it, the nonprofit Linux Foundation said in a release.”

The Register: Paperwork decision scraps Google’s $600m Minnesota datacenter project . “The facility, first announced in 2019, was effectively ended after Google partner Honeycrisp Power failed to file the necessary paperwork for Xcel Energy to provide the power for the project, the Star Tribute reported this week. In response, the Minnesota-based utility terminated its electric service agreements with Google earlier this month.”


WIRED: Hands On With Flipper Zero, the Hacker Tool Blowing Up on TikTok . “If you had only heard about Flipper Zero through TikTok, where the tool has gone viral, you might think that it was a toy that could make ATMs spit out money, cars unlock themselves, and gas spill out of pumps for free. I spent the last week testing one to determine whether the world was as vulnerable to Flipper Zero as social media made it out to be.”

TechCrunch: Google appeals against India’s fine over ‘unfair’ business practices on Android. “Google said on Friday it has appealed against the Indian antitrust body’s order against the firm over alleged anti-competitive practices surrounding Android mobile devices in the key overseas market.”


Greater Good Magazine (Berkeley): How Social Media Can Add to Your Well-Being (Not Detract From It). “It is not sufficient to say social media is bad, don’t use it. We need a more proactive approach. The question often missing from the discussion is: How can social media use be optimized to enhance our well-being and flourishing?”

Harvard Business Review: The Risks of Empowering “Citizen Data Scientists”. “…with great business insight, augmented with auto-ML, can come great analytic responsibility. At the same time, we cannot forget that data science and AI are, in fact, very difficult, and there’s a very long journey from having data to solving a problem. In this article, we’ll lay out the pros and cons of integrating citizen data scientists into your AI strategy and suggest methods for optimizing success and minimizing risks.”

Stanford University: New Stanford study shows choices of virtual environments and avatars can promote positive psychological outcomes in the metaverse. “In a new study, Stanford University researchers examined how being able to completely transform one’s appearance and digital environment significantly impacts social interactions in the metaverse.” Good morning, Internet…

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