AI Detection, Section 504 at 50, Android, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 10, 2023


NPR: A college student created an app that can tell whether AI wrote an essay. “Teachers worried about students turning in essays written by a popular artificial intelligence chatbot now have a new tool of their own. Edward Tian, a 22-year-old senior at Princeton University, has built an app to detect whether text is written by ChatGPT, the viral chatbot that’s sparked fears over its potential for unethical uses in academia.”

Syracuse University News: Southeast ADA Center Launches Virtual Interview Series: Section 504 at 50. “In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Southeast ADA Center has launched a special virtual interview series where we speak with leaders of the disability rights movement who advance the cause of equal rights through their tireless work. The interview series and resources are available at the website Section 504 at 50. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects the rights of qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination.”


The Verge: Google’s bringing new features to older versions of Android. “Google is taking another shot at bringing new features to phones that haven’t gotten OS updates in years. It’s releasing something called the ‘Extension Software Developer Kit,’ which should let developers use features like Android 13’s new photo picker in apps running on some versions of Android 11 and 12.”


Larry Ferlazzo: Four New & Helpful Resources About Using ChatGPT For Education. “I’ve been adding quite a few new links to THE BEST POSTS ON EDUCATION & CHATGPT over the past couple of weeks without highlighting them, so you might want to check it out.”


University of York: World-famous Avebury site to be brought to life online for first time. “Avebury comprises one of the UK’s largest Henge monuments, containing the world’s largest stone circle at almost 350m in diameter, with avenues of paired standing stones… The four-year project will analyse, expand, digitise, and share Avebury’s unique multimedia archive, detailing its Neolithic origins, and a history that ranges from a medieval hamlet to a modern site of heritage, tourism, creativity, and spirituality.”

WIRED: How an Iraqi Instagram Influencer Became a People Smuggler. “[Abdulrahman] Khalid Is Now Working As A Waiter In Western Turkey. He Makes Only Occasional Posts To His Instagram Account. He Claims Instagram Has Suspended The Account 10 Times, Including One Five-month Ban, And Worries More Posts About Atheism Would Prompt A Permanent Deletion. Deletion Would Matter Because Khalid Has Become More Than An Influencer. He’s A People Smuggler, Too.”


Education Week: There Are Hundreds of New Bills Targeting Cyberattacks in Schools. Will They Work?. “More state policymakers are recognizing the serious consequences that cyberattacks can have on K-12 schools, but the policy response is ‘still insufficient,’ according to the Consortium for School Networking’s analysis of school-related cybersecurity bills introduced in 2022.”

Motherboard: Citizen App Doxes Billie Eilish’s Family Home to Tens of Thousands of People. “A push notification informed thousands of users of the crime reporting app Citizen Thursday night that police were responding to a 911 call in Los Angeles, an attempted burglary at a specific home in the city’s Highland Park neighborhood. At 9:41 p.m., the notification was updated to disclose that, according to police, the home belonged to pop star Billie Eilish. The notification—which included the home’s exact address—was sent to 178,000 people, according to the metrics that Citizen shows its users, and was viewed by nearly 78,000 people.”


The Hill: Americans more inclined to browse social media than post their own content: Gallup . “Although YouTube is the most popular platform that Americans said they used, only 11 percent of those who have accounts said they posted their own content. Twitter… is one of the least popular platforms among Americans, with about 39 percent of Americans saying they use the platform but only 11 percent saying they frequently post their own content.”

Smithsonian Magazine: How an Unorthodox Scholar Uses Technology to Expose Biblical Forgeries . “As it turns out, [Michael] Langlois is a professional musician, having played bass on some 20 French studio albums, from soul to gospel to pop. He had recently laid down the bass tracks on an album of Celtic music by the French composer Hélène Goussebayle, and that summer he would perform in France with the Christian rock singer Chris Christensen. But he is also perhaps the most versatile—and unorthodox—biblical scholar of his generation.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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