Canada Law Enforcement, Global Dam Tracker, Kern-Hill Furniture Commercials, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 27, 2023


Carleton University (Canada): Criminologist Collaboratively Launches National Database of Deaths Caused by Police Use of Force. “The searchable database demonstrates that the number of people who have been killed in Canada in a police interaction where force was used has risen over the past 20 years. At least 704 people have been killed or died during police use of force encounters in Canada since 2000.”

Data Descriptor: Global Dam Tracker: A database of more than 35,000 dams with location, catchment, and attribute information . “We present one of the most comprehensive geo-referenced global dam databases to date. The Global Dam Tracker (GDAT) contains 35,000 dams with cross-validated geo-coordinates, satellite-derived catchment areas, and detailed attribute information.”

University of Winnipeg: The University of Winnipeg Archives digitize the Kern-Hill Furniture commercial collection. “After learning University Archivist Brett Lougheed had acquired a collection of television commercials produced by Kern-Hill Furniture in the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s for the UWinnipeg Archives, [Professor Andrew] Burke applied for, and received, a Discretionary Grant to digitize the collection.”


Queens Public Library: Queens Public Library Partners With Libraries, Museums And Archives Across The Country To Celebrate 50 Years Of Hip Hop. “As part of the six-month celebration — titled ‘Collections of Culture: 50 Years of Hip Hop Inside Libraries, Museums and Archives’ and funded through a $267,760 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) — participating institutions will host dozens of in-person and virtual programs – including panel discussions, author talks, educational forums, and workshops – examining the genre’s history and influence on American culture and the contributions of its musicians, DJs, dancers, MCs, graffiti artists, stylists, directors, photographers, entrepreneurs and educators.”


Reuters: Twitter lays off at least 50 in relentless cost cuts, The Information reports . “The job cuts impacted multiple engineering teams, including those supporting advertising technology, the main Twitter app as well as technical infrastructure to keep Twitter’s systems up and running, the report in the U.S. technology focused publication said early on Sunday, citing people with direct knowledge of the matter.”


MakeUseOf: 5 Sleep Apps and Websites to Fall Asleep Faster for a Good Night’s Rest. “Far too many people aren’t getting the restful sleep they need for their physical and mental health. A good night’s rest has been shown to affect mood, energy, internal health, and several other factors. These free apps and websites will help you fall asleep more easily or stay asleep without waking up several times at night.”


Enfield Dispatch: Trent Park Museum Trust launches oral history project. “Memories and stories from people connected to the history of Trent Park House will be recorded and ‘brought to life’ thanks to a new lottery-funded project The Grade 2-listed Georgian mansion – which played a key role in the Second World War when the conversations of captured Nazis were recorded by a team of ‘secret listeners’ – is currently being restored.”


Motherboard: How I Broke Into a Bank Account With an AI-Generated Voice. “Banks in the U.S. and Europe tout voice ID as a secure way to log into your account. I proved it’s possible to trick such systems with free or cheap AI-generated voices.”

Route Fifty: Have Thoughts on Criminal Justice Data Collection? . “As part of a larger effort to build trust between police and local communities, the White House issued a request for information to better understand how law enforcement agencies collect and use data.”


How-To Geek: I Installed Google Chrome 1.0, Here’s How It Went. “Google Chrome was first released back in 2008, and it would later become the most popular web browser in the world. Does the first version of the world’s most popular desktop web browser still hold up, though?” Good afternoon, Internet…

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