AI and Machine Translation, FOIA Backlogs, Software Instructions, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 6, 2023


National Library and Archives (United Arab Emirates): The National Library and Archives focuses on artificial intelligence techniques in the field of translation.. “The National Library and Archives third international translation conference, held at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi during the period from (8-9) March 2023, shall focus on artificial intelligence great impact on translation, and the role of modern technology in machine translation development, taking into consideration that researchers and specialists shall present at the conference thirty research papers highlighting the artificial intelligence role in translation development.”


Federal News Network: FOIA backlogs on the rise after record number of requests . “Freedom of Information Act backlogs soared at some key agencies after the public filed a record number of FOIA requests in fiscal 2022. Agencies received 928,353 requests last year and processed 878,420 requests, both record highs, according to the Justice Department’s Office of Information Policy. Agencies were required to upload their fiscal 2022 annual FOIA reports by March 1.”


Lifehacker: This App Creates Step-by-Step How-to Guides for Anything You Do on Your Computer. “Scribe watches you complete a task on your computer, then automatically builds a visual, step-by-step guide to that task you can share with others. Its Chrome extension works similarly to a video or walkthrough recorder like Loom, but the result features text prompts, screenshots, and even annotations indicating where someone needs to click. You used to have to build these things entirely by hand. Now, a program can do it for you.”


9to5 Google: Report: Twitter is not antagonizing Google, a large advertiser and Cloud provider. “The Information reported on Friday how ‘Amazon had threatened to withhold payment for advertising it runs on Twitter because the social network for months refused to pay its Amazon Web Services bills for cloud computing services.’ In contrast, Twitter continues to pay its Google Cloud bill, though it tried to renegotiate a contract that stipulates $1 billion in Google Cloud spending over a five-year period. Google is said to have refused.”


The Verge: Labor board decision could force Google to negotiate with YouTube contractors. “The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Alphabet, Google’s parent company, should be considered a joint employer for a group of YouTube Music contractors. The workers are currently attempting to organize with the Alphabet Worker’s Union, and the NLRB’s decision could mean that the tech giant has to negotiate with them if they vote to unionize in an upcoming election.”

The Journal (Ireland): ‘It’s relentless’: The toll of online abuse on community groups supporting asylum seekers. “LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS that have voiced their support for refugees and asylum seekers in their areas are receiving frequent abusive and threatening messages online in the wake of recent anti-migrant protests.”


Richmond Times-Dispatch: Opinion: Casting shade on Virginia’s ‘Sunshine Law’. “What was once the domain of overreaching politicians and campaign-season hyperbole, the idea that U.S. democracy is under attack means something different in 2023. Meanwhile, perhaps our best tool for combating propaganda and misinformation — the Freedom of Information Act — continues to get treated in the Virginia General Assembly like a bureaucratic nuisance.”

Newswise: On social media platforms, more sharing means less caring about accuracy. “As a social media user, you can be eager to share content. You can also try to judge whether it is true or not. But for many people it is difficult to prioritize both these things at once. That’s the conclusion of a new experiment led by MIT scholars, which finds that even considering whether or not to share news items on social media reduces people’s ability to tell truths from falsehoods.”

The Atlantic: Conspiracy Theories Have a New Best Friend. “Although many of the early versions of chatbot-based search give Wikipedia-style responses with footnotes, the whole point of a synthetic history is to provide an alternative and convincing set of sources. And the entire premise of chatbots is convenience—for people to trust them without checking.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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