Private Jet Carbon Emissions, 19th Century Black Poets, Microsoft Outlook, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 21, 2023


Business Insider: A 17-year-old Seattle high schooler is tracking more than 150 private jets’ emissions. “Using [Jack] Sweeney’s Ground Control Registration Database — which was developed to famously track Elon Musk’s private jet — [Akash] Shendure identifies and compiles carbon emissions from the private jets of more than 150 wealthy Americans and their families.”

Cornell Chronicle: Website sheds light on 19th century Black literary culture. “The site includes 700 poems [Charline] Jao discovered and transcribed from periodicals managed by Black editors in New York City. The site is searchable by publication, title, description, author and other parameters. The website also includes collections of poems focused on themes — from deaths and elegies to hymns and songs to British poets and women poets. Another section showcases a large collection of online and textual resources.”


Bleeping Computer: Microsoft Outlook flooded with spam due to broken email filters. “According to reports from an increasing number of Microsoft customers, Outlook inboxes have been flooded with spam emails over the last nine hours because email spam filters are currently broken. This ongoing issue was confirmed by countless Outlook users who have reported (on social media platforms and the Microsoft Community’s website) that all messages were landing in their inboxes, even those that would have been previously tagged as spam and sent to the junk folder.”

Engadget: Google Chrome’s memory and battery saver modes are rolling out to everyone. “As part of Chrome 110 for Windows, Mac and Chromebook desktops, the company is rolling out memory and energy saver modes.”


Euroradio: Russian propaganda creates network of mirror sites to bypass blockades in Europe. “After Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, it was decided to block the projects in the EU. The authorities restricted access to sites with disinformation, and later made it impossible for legal entities associated with the projects to operate. But the propaganda resources are still working and getting their audience in Europe. Here’s how they do it.”

Yle: Finnish grammar foils pro-Russia trolls. “Attempts by trolls to write the sentence ‘Nato cannot save Finland’ in Finnish failed because the language has two different words for ‘save’, with two completely different meanings.”

University of Delaware: Mellon Foundation grant supports UD Library project focused on 20th-century poet-activists of color. “The University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press was recently awarded a $250,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation to support the curation and stewardship of poetry archives related to 20th-century poet-activists of color along with a digital publishing and poet-in-residence project that draws on these collections.”


Motherboard: Librarians Are Finding Thousands Of Books No Longer Protected By Copyright Law. “The books in question were published between 1923 and 1964, before changes to U.S. copyright law removed the requirement for rights holders to renew their copyrights. According to Greg Cram, associate general counsel and director of information policy at NYPL, an initial overview of books published in that period shows that around 65 to 75 percent of rights holders opted not to renew their copyrights.”

Irish Times: Far-right using digital platforms to spread anti-immigrant messages, monitoring group says. “A group which monitors the activities of far-right groups in Ireland has said that digital platforms have become the key mechanism for driving messages of hate, disinformation and manipulation in Ireland.”


University of Michigan: U-M researchers aim to bring humans back into the loop, as AI use and misuse rises. “A trans-Atlantic team of researchers, including two from the University of Michigan, has reviewed information systems research on what’s known as the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ and found an overwhelming focus on technology-enabled business benefits. The focus means far less attention is being paid to societal implications—what the researchers refer to as “the increasing risk and damage to humans.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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