Arizona Detained Immigrants, Canada Wrongful Convictions, TikTok, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, February 22, 2023


University of Arizona: UArizona helps launch archive sharing stories of detained immigrants. “University of Arizona faculty and community partners have created a public archive of interviews with asylum seekers and undocumented migrants incarcerated in Arizona.”

Global News (Canada): New wrongful convictions database spurs hope of reforms, change in Canada. “Students and staff at the University of Toronto law school are launching a new database this week documenting dozens of cases of wrongful convictions in Canada hoping to draw more attention to the problem.”


Search Engine Journal: TikTok’s Latest Monetization Tool: Creativity Program Beta. “TikTok has introduced a new program called the Creativity Program Beta, designed to help creators earn more money with longer content. The program is the latest addition to TikTok’s range of monetization tools that support creators of all levels.”


WIRED: How to Protect Yourself from Twitter’s 2FA Crackdown. “On February 17, Twitter announced plans to stop people using SMS-based two-factor authentication to secure their accounts—unless they start paying for a Twitter Blue subscription. However, there are more secure, free, and easier ways to continue protecting your Twitter account with two-factor authentication.”

MakeUseOf: Make Old Low-Resolution Images Look Great on Linux With Upscayl. “Fortunately, the same kind of machine learning and image enhancement carried out by high-end phones, can be carried out on your Linux PC. Upscayl takes any JPG, PNG, or WEBP image as input, and allows you to select from a variety of upscaling options. The resulting images are suitable for use as glorious desktop backgrounds, and you can even batch-process multiple image files, bringing entire photo albums up to date, and looking good.” This is a bit more technical than most of the articles I include, but I know a lot of genealogists read ResearchBuzz and this looks like a powerful tool.


Washington Post: AI is starting to pick who gets laid off. “Google says there was ‘no algorithm involved’ in their job cut decisions. But former employees are not wrong to wonder, as a fleet of artificial intelligence tools become ingrained in office life. Human resources managers use machine learning software to analyze millions of employment related data points, churning out recommendations of who to interview, hire, promote or help retain.”

Deadline: BBC Takes Down Story About Will Ferrell After Being Fooled By Fake Twitter Account. “The BBC has taken down from its website a story about Will Ferrell after being fooled by a Twitter account that did not belong to the Anchorman actor. Ferrell has been in the UK this month on something of a soccer tour, attending a variety of games and mingling with fans.”


Independent (Ireland): ‘Inaccessible’ RTÉ Archives to be made more open to the public under proposed legislation. “RTÉ Archives could be made more open to the public under proposed new laws. The current archive is ‘inaccessible and prohibitive’ according to Green TD Patrick Costello…. However, the operation of the archives may be revamped if the Government decide to support Mr Costello’s bill and open it up to the public.”

AFP: France says tax on tech giants ‘blocked’ in global talks. “International talks aimed at taxing global tech giants that only declare profits in a few jurisdictions have hit a standstill due to opposition from countries including the US and India, France’s finance minister said Monday.”

The Tennessean: Firm named to create Southern Baptist Convention database of ministers accused of abuse. “A Southern Baptist Convention leader announced details Monday of the creation of a database containing names of ministers credibly accused of sexual abuse, a major milestone in the denomination’s effort to implement abuse reform.”


Mother Jones: Bing Is a Liar—and It’s Ready to Call the Cops. “When I started playing with Bing, I was drawn by its promise of relevant, accurate, and natural-sounding web results. I was confronted instead by the possibility of industrial-scale fabrication.”

PsyPost: Psychologists uncover “frightening” results after examining susceptibility to fake news in Hungary. “People with greater cognitive reflectiveness tend to be better at distinguishing disinformation from real information, according to new research. However, in Hungary, voters who oppose the government used their thinking skills to question false information that was both concordant and discordant with their political views, while voters who support the government were far less likely to question fake news.” Good morning, Internet…

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