Brazilian Cultural Objects at Risk, Vietnam Archive Photography, Internet Explorer, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 16, 2023


International Council of Museums: ICOM New Red List of Brazilian Cultural Objects at Risk. “The purpose of this Red List for Brazilian Cultural Objects at Risk is to contri­bute to the protection of cultural heritage by identifying the type of objects that are most in danger of theft, looting and trafficking. The objects featured in this Red List have not been stolen, but are examples of the typologies of objects at risk.”

Vietnam+: Vietnam – France joint website of archive photos launched. “A joint website featuring archive photos from the French School of Asian Studies (EFEO) and the Institute of Social Sciences Information at the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences was officially launched on February 15.”


ReviewGeek: Microsoft Rips Internet Explorer Away From Users Still Holding On. “Internet Explorer had a great run, but the writing has been on the wall for years. Microsoft officially said goodbye to the long-running browser back in June. Today, it confirmed that a new Microsoft Edge update would permanently disable Internet Explorer on Windows 10 and send it into retirement.”


Lifehacker: How to Cancel a Subscription Online Even When the Company Doesn’t Want You To. “As it turns out, this isn’t a universal problem: Some states have enforceable laws on the books requiring companies to make it as easy to cancel a subscription as it is to sign up. California is the shining example: Since 2018, the state requires companies to offer California-based customers a way to cancel online. Paradise. If you’re one of the 290 million U.S. citizens who don’t live in California, that’s OK.” Brilliant. Tell your friends.


Boing Boing: Bing is having bizarre emotional breakdowns and there’s a subreddit with examples. “Bing’s new AI chatbot is a gaslighting guilt tripper. The Bing subreddit has a lot of examples of Bing getting into emotional arguments with users.”

Business Insider: Twitter mistakenly filtered the accounts of Chinese activists following layoffs in Asia, report says. “Twitter mistakenly filtered the accounts of a number of Chinese human rights activists after the company’s Asia office saw its workforce reduced amid global staff cuts, The New York Times reported.”


ARY News: Turkey Arrests 78 Over Earthquake Social Media Posts . “Turkish police said they have arrested 78 people accused of creating fear and panic by ‘sharing provocative posts’ about last week’s earthquake on social media, adding 20 of them were being held in pre-trial detention.”

Krebs on Security: Microsoft Patch Tuesday, February 2023 Edition. “Microsoft is sending the world a whole bunch of love today, in the form of patches to plug dozens of security holes in its Windows operating systems and other software. This year’s special Valentine’s Day Patch Tuesday includes fixes for a whopping three different ‘zero-day’ vulnerabilities that are already being used in active attacks.”


WIRED: The Scramble to Save Twitter’s Research From Elon Musk. “Fearing the company’s new management, researchers frantically completed studies on misinformation and algorithmic bias, then published them online.”

Oxford University: Oxford philosopher launches project to explore the ethics of AI. “Professor John Tasioulas, Director of the Institute for Ethics in AI at Oxford University, has been awarded an AI2050 Senior Fellowship by Schmidt Futures.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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