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Public Art Archive, W3C, UK Web Archive, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 17, 2023

NEW RESOURCES

PR Newswire: Public Art Archive Launches New Website to Make Public Art Available for All (PRESS RELEASE). “A project of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), a US Regional Arts Organization, the PAA is a singular platform for connecting with public art in any community. The site, publicartarchive.org, includes a public art documentation database with interactive maps, bringing thousands of public artworks to visitors across the country and beyond.” Give it a minute to load, it’s a little slow.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Computing: W3C rejects Google’s cookie plans for Chrome. “A division of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has rejected Google’s Topics API proposal which the search giant presented last year, claiming that it would help replace intrusive third-party tracking cookies in Chrome.”

UK Web Archive Blog: UK Web Archive Technical Update – Winter 2022. “As in previous years, the 2022 Domain Crawl continued to run right up until the end of the year. Overall, things ran smoothly, with only brief outages for upgrading the virtual server over time as the size of the frontier grew.”

AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD

Bloomberg: Conspiracy Theories Prompt Top Finnish Health Authority to Quit Twitter. “The rampant spread of conspiracy theories on Twitter has pushed Finland’s top health authority to stop using the platform to disseminate its public-health messages.”

Associated Press: As Elites Arrive in Davos, Conspiracy Theories Thrive Online. “The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting — which will draw some of the world’s wealthiest and most influential figures to the Swiss mountain town of Davos this week — has increasingly become a target for bizarre claims from a growing chorus of commentators who believe the forum involves a group of elites manipulating global events for their own benefit.”

The Scotsman: Experts warn Scotland’s musical heritage under threat over BBC plans to drop piping show. ‘Award-winning musicians, academics and piping sector leaders have called for Pipeline to be saved due to the “critical” role played by its outside broadcasts in maintaining a public record of piping at festivals and contests, and the recording sessions traditionally offered by the BBC to musicians unable to make their own albums.’

SECURITY & LEGAL

Wall Street Journal: TikTok Tries to Win Allies in the U.S. With More Transparency. “Two years into negotiations with U.S. regulators about whether TikTok will be able to remain in the country, the popular video-sharing app is trying a new tack: increased transparency. In recent conversations with Washington lawmakers and civil-society organizations, TikTok has revealed details of a complex, $1.5 billion plan to reorganize the company’s U.S. operations, according to people familiar with the discussions.”

WION: Android phones to become expensive in India? Google refuses to pay fine over anti-competitive practices claims. “Google issued a warning over Android phones stating that smartphones will become more expensive in India because of the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) latest ruling. It is said that the costs might increase for app developers, equipment makers, and eventually consumers.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

WIRED: Algorithms Allegedly Penalized Black Renters. The US Government Is Watching. “SafeRent had argued that algorithms used to screen tenants aren’t subject to the Fair Housing Act, because its scores only advise landlords and don’t make decisions. The DOJ’s brief, filed jointly with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, dismisses that claim, saying the act and associated case law leave no ambiguity.”

Nikkei Asia: China trounces U.S. in AI research output and quality. “Nikkei worked with Dutch scientific publisher Elsevier to review academic and conference papers on AI, using 800 or so AI-associated keywords to narrow down the papers. Looking at quantity, the number of AI papers exploded from about 25,000 in 2012 to roughly 135,000 in 2021. This mirrors the AI boom that began around 2012, when deep learning came to the fore. China has consistently stood atop the heap in terms of the volume of papers, the study shows. For 2021, it produced 43,000 papers — roughly twice as many as the U.S.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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