Visit Native California, Ohio Overdose Dashboards, Call Reports Datasets, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, March 8, 2023


Condé Nast Traveler: Native California, a Just-Launched Online Database, Connects Travelers to the State’s Indigenous Heritage. “Launching this week, Visit Native California is an online hub from the state’s tourism bureau, intended to help local residents as well as visitors plan trips to places linked to the original occupants of the area. It’s one of the first state-led guides of this nature.”

State of Ohio: Ohio Launches New Data Dashboards to Report Overdose, Substance-Use Measures. “Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced that the state has launched new data dashboards to better track and report data on overdose deaths and other substance-use related measures for all 88 Ohio counties.”

Federal Reserve Bank of New York: Insights from Newly Digitized Banking Data, 1867-1904. “Call reports—regulatory filings in which commercial banks report their assets, liabilities, income, and other information—are one of the most-used data sources in banking and finance. Though call reports were collected as far back as 1867, the underlying data are only easily accessible for the recent past: the mid-1980s onward in the case of the FDIC’s FFIEC call reports. To help researchers look farther back in time, we’ve begun creating a complete digital record of this ‘missing’ call report data.”


Search Engine Roundtable: Google Search Tests More To Ask & Other Alternatives Of People Also Ask?. “Google may be testing replacing the ‘people also ask’ with a ‘more to ask’ box. Google is also testing ‘People are also asking’ and ‘Others want to know’ too, instead of people also ask. I am unsure if this is just a headline change or if there is any functional difference between the ‘more to ask’ versus ‘people also ask’ but it doesn’t seem to be.”

The Verge: Twitter just let its privacy- and security-protecting Tor service expire. “Twitter has allowed the certificate for its Tor onion site to expire, effectively killing off a privacy- and speech-protecting service that it introduced last year.”


CNN: Elon Musk publicly mocks Twitter worker with disability who is unsure whether he’s been laid off. “Elon Musk publicly scoffed at a Twitter employee’s uncertainty about whether he had been laid off in a recent round of cuts and spoke dismissively of the employee’s disability in a series of tweets Monday night. It’s the latest example of the billionaire openly antagonizing his company’s current and former staffers.”

Daily Beast: How This Rookie Congressman Got TikTok Famous. “Since that first viral post, [Congressman Jeff] Jackson has attracted nearly 500,000 followers on TikTok, and his plainspoken, no-frills videos careen through the app’s algorithm before plopping into the feeds of somewhere between 1 and 3 million people on any given day.”


SecurityWeek: Pre-Deepfake Campaign Targets Putin Critics. “According to a report from Proofpoint, TA499 targets US and European politicians, and leading businessmen and celebrities who have spoken out against Putin’s invasion. The primary purpose is to persuade the victims to take part in phone calls or video chats from which pro-Putin snippets can be elicited and published – thereby discrediting any previous anti-Putin comments.”

Wall Street Journal: FTC Twitter Investigation Sought Elon Musk’s Internal Communications, Journalist Names. “The Federal Trade Commission has demanded Twitter Inc. turn over internal communications related to owner Elon Musk, as well as detailed information about layoffs—citing concerns that staff reductions could compromise the company’s ability to protect users, documents viewed by the Wall Street Journal show.”


Notre Dame News: ‘Lyft’ vs. ‘Lift’: Consumers are less likely to support brands with unconventional spellings, study shows . “New research from the University of Notre Dame finds that in general, consumers are less likely to support uniquely spelled unfamiliar brands, compared with those that use the conventional spelling of the same word… However, the study finds there is no backfire effect when a company’s motive for selecting a uniquely spelled name is perceived as sincere.”

Cornell Chronicle: AI- or human-written language? Assumptions mislead. “Human assumptions regarding language usage can lead to flawed judgments of whether language was AI- or human-generated, Cornell Tech and Stanford researchers found in a series of experiments.”

Mercer University: Federal laws needed to protect users from confusing privacy policies, research shows. “Many companies use tactics that intentionally discourage users from reading and understanding what they’re agreeing to, ultimately resulting in users giving broad access to their personal information, according to a recent paper by a Mercer University professor and alumnus. Federal regulations are needed to address the problems of these unfair contracts, they concluded.” Good morning, Internet…

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