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Inclusive Dermatology, DesignerBot, Nigeria Elections Trends, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, January 17, 2023

NEW RESOURCES

Endpoints News: Galderma drives diversity in dermatology with online photo gallery sponsorship. “[Misty] Eleryan and fellow dermatologist Adam Friedman co-edited ‘The Full Spectrum of Dermatology: A Diverse and Inclusive Atlas,’ a database of more than 800 images of commonly diagnosed conditions across various skin tones published by healthcare communications company SanovaWorks. The original print version was published in 2021 and updated last year, and thanks to funding from Galderma, the group has launched an online database.”

Fast Company: New generative AI tool instantly builds presentation decks and PowerPoints. “This week, Beautiful.ai debuted DesignerBot, a generative AI tool that helps users automate presentation creation. Based on a text prompt, DesignerBot generates full templates, including layout and relevant text, photos, and icons—all editable by the user and exportable to PowerPoint.”

Leadership (Nigeria): Google Debuts Nigeria 2023 Elections Trends Hub. “In support of the upcoming 2023 Presidential elections, Google has unveiled a new portal, the Nigeria Elections Trends Hub, that will provide a platform for Nigerians to search and discover trending interests related to the presidential and vice presidential candidates, parties, and issues through the lens of Google Trends.” I am very interested in this election for two reasons: 1) Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and has grown tremendously over the last several decades, and b) This election is occurring in the midst of serious Silicon Valley turmoil. Content moderation has never been anywhere close to perfect in Africa and I’m concerned social media will seriously disrupt the Nigerian election cycle.

USEFUL STUFF

Smashing Magazine: Top Front-End Tools Of 2022. “Who doesn’t love a good front-end tool? In this roundup, you’ll find a nice list of useful front-end tools that were popular last year but are still bound to help you speed up and enhance your development workflow. Let’s dive in!” Some of these are high-level design items, but anybody can get use out of Text Cleaner, Fonoster, and Allinone.tools.

AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD

Ynet News: ‘Elon Musk oblivious to human suffering,’ says Israeli former Twitter staffer . “Israeli former executive says since takeover, there are irrational, capricious terminations, secret meetings, emails telling people to stay out of the building.”

AFP: Deepfake video used to falsely claim Donald Trump endorsed Nigerian presidential candidate Peter Obi. “A video viewed thousands of times on TikTok appears to show former US leader Donald Trump endorsing Nigerian presidential candidate Peter Obi ahead of the country’s general elections in February. However, AFP Fact Check found the clip was digitally altered.”

Oklahoma State University: OSU Library receives $1.2M grant to process Senator’s papers. “The Oklahoma State University Library was awarded over $1.2 million by the Senate Historical Office. This preservation partnership grant will fund the supplies, personnel and space needed to process, archive and make publicly available the papers of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Bleeping Computer: TikTok slapped with $5.4 million fine over cookie opt-out feature. “France’s data protection authority (CNIL) has fined TikTok UK and TikTok Ireland €5,000,000 for making it difficult for users of the platform to refuse cookies and for not sufficiently informing them about their purpose.”

Financial Times: Social media platforms brace for hit to user numbers from age checks. “Social media companies expect age verification measures in the UK’s Online Safety Bill will reduce user numbers, hitting advertising revenue on platforms including TikTok and Instagram. The long-awaited legislation, which will begin its final stages in the House of Commons next week, would not only remove underage users from the platforms but also discourage individuals without identification or with privacy concerns, people involved with policy at leading social media companies said.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

MIT Technology Review: Inside the metaverse meetups that let people share on death, grief, and pain. “Death Q&A is a weekly hour-long session built around grappling with mortality, where attendees often open up about experiences and feelings they’ve shared with no one else. Bright, cartoon-like avatars represent the dozen or so people who attend each meetup, freed by VR’s combination of anonymity and togetherness to engage strangers with an earnestness we typically reserve for rare moments, if we reveal it at all.”

American Journal of Managed Care: YouTube Social Media Influencers Promote Inaccurate Birth Control Content, Study Finds. “Unplanned pregnancies could result from adopting social media influencers’ contraception advice, according to new research, which found the content largely inaccurate and incomplete. Researchers from the University of Delaware discovered that YouTube searches presented information about discontinuing birth control rather than safe sex or contraception. The study was published in Health Communication and highlights how for some young adults, social media has become a main source of sexual health knowledge.”

Penn Medicine News: Machine Learning-Triggered Reminders Improve End-of-Life Care for Patients with Cancer. “Electronic nudges delivered to health care clinicians based on a machine learning algorithm that predicts mortality risk quadrupled rates of conversations with patients about their end-of-life care preferences… The study also found that the machine learning-triggered reminders significantly decreased use of aggressive chemotherapy and other systemic therapies at end of life.” Good morning, Internet…

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