OSINT Flight Tracking, Clinton Administration Russia Policy, Racial Restrictive Covenants Project, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 8, 2023


Business Insider: The college student who tracks Elon Musk’s private jet is launching his own flight-tracking website. “Jack Sweeney, the 20-year-old college student known for tracking Elon Musk’s private jet on social media, is launching his own jet-tracking website. Sweeney told Insider he decided to create the web-based public database after aviation data company JetNet announced last month that it had purchased ADS-B Exchange, a free website that tracks thousands of commercial aircraft around the world.”

National Security Archive: Launching the Clinton Administration Russia Policy in 1993. “With the Cold War coming to an end and the Soviet Union dissolving, President Bill Clinton was determined not to miss a historic opportunity to help Russia transform into a democratic capitalist state, according to a set of declassified State Department records published today by the National Security Archive.”


University of Washington: UW project has uncovered thousands of racially discriminatory housing covenants in Washington state – and it’s not done yet. “More than 40,000 property deeds containing racially discriminatory language have been uncovered in Western Washington by the Racial Restrictive Covenants Project, and director James Gregory and his team aren’t finished yet.”


Spotted on Mastodon: a Google Sheet showing Twitter bots moving to Mastodon. Since Twitter is making its API a paid service, a lot of these bots will stop working on Twitter soon. There are over 110 listings at this writing.


Essence: Meet ‘Good Feed,’ The New Black-Owned Social Media Platform For Women, By Women. “Think YouTube meets Medium, but specifically for women. The new platform is described by its creator, media vet Joe Anthony, as an online home to write articles, share videos of varying lengths, and create episodic content that feel good.”


Washington Post: U.S. government is not investigating Elon Musk’s Twitter purchase. “Federal authorities have no plans to open an investigation into Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter with help from foreign investors, according to two people aware of the matter, despite concerns from President Biden and the demands of a top Democratic senator worried about the social network’s international financial backers.”


Tech Xplore: Teenagers want interactive technology in museums, research finds. “New research from the Interactive Technologies Institute (ITI) in Portugal has revealed that teenagers are not big fans of museums but are keen on interactive technology during their visits. Working with the Natural History Museum of Funchal, the research team conducted participatory design sessions with 155 teens aged 15 to 19, to better understand what would make for a great museum experience for them.”

Penn State: New AI tool helps provide better care to pregnant women in Kenya. “When compared to Jacaranda Health’s baseline AI model, TRIM-AI is roughly 17% more accurate at predicting high-risk medical conditions from text messages sent by new and expecting Kenyan mothers, which reduces the help-desk agents’ workload by approximately 12%. Their model also annotated messages more efficiently and accurately than human agents did.”


CNN: Codebreakers find and decode lost letters of Mary, Queen of Scots. “A trio of codebreakers has found and deciphered a treasure trove of lost letters written by Mary, Queen of Scots. The 57 secret letters, from Mary Stuart to the French ambassador to England between 1578 and 1584, were written in an elaborate code. The findings come 436 years after Mary’s death by execution on February 8, 1587.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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