Inflation Reduction Act, Michigan Opioid Overdoses, WordPress, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, March 8, 2023


Columbia Climate School: New Website Tracks Inflation Reduction Act’s Climate Provisions. “Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and Environmental Defense Fund unveiled a new website today to track implementation of the climate change-related provisions in the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act. The website will also provide users with valuable information about the programs, protections, incentives, and tax credits offered through this historic legislation.”

CBS Detroit: State health officials launch smartphone app to help reduce opioid overdoses. “The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is launching a smartphone app to help Michigan residents reduce opioid harm. The OpiRescue app is designed to help anyone prevent opioid misuse and reduce overdose deaths by providing education, prevention and tracking of overdose reversals.”


WordPress: A New Home for Courses. “We’re excited to announce that our courses are now available at, with no registration or purchase needed…. This learning hub also provides quick access to our live webinars (and replays) where you can join us for demonstrations, instructions, and Q&As.”

WP Tavern: Jetpack 11.9 Adds Sharing Button for Mastodon, Updates Stats Dashboard Design. “Jetpack 11.9 was released this week with support for sharing posts to Mastodon. The new button allows readers to click an icon to launch a sharing window that will ask the user to enter the full URL of the Mastodon instance where they want to share the post.” Stopped and immediately added Mastodon sharing buttons to ResearchBuzz, ResearchBuzz Firehose, and Search Gizmos.

Search Engine Land: Google launches new Google Trends portal. “Google has launched a new look and feel for the Google Trends portal. This update brings a new look, with real-time trends on the home page, updated hourly with links directly to publishers’ news articles, the company announced.”


Euronews: The EU tells Twitter to hire more human content moderators amid concerns of rise of illegal content. “The European Union and Twitter boss Elon Musk are currently butting heads over the social media giant’s content moderation policies. According to the Financial Times, EU regulators have asked Musk to hire more people to fact-check and review illegal content and disinformation.”

Euroweekly: National Library of Spain receives 42,000 records from the RNE. “SPAIN’s national library (BNE) is delighted by a donation of 42,000 vinyls from the National Radio of Spain (RNE). The haul includes 14,000 LPs and 28,000 singles, to which is added a smaller batch of CDs.”


Yonhap News Agency: Google, Meta file lawsuit against S. Korean data protection watchdog’s ruling . “Google and Meta Platforms have filed a lawsuit against a ruling by the South Korean data protection watchdog to fine the global tech giants for illegally collecting personal data here, industry sources said Monday.”

Washington Post: They thought loved ones were calling for help. It was an AI scam. . “Technology is making it easier and cheaper for bad actors to mimic voices, convincing people, often the elderly, that their loved ones are in distress. In 2022, impostor scams were the second most popular racket in America, with over 36,000 reports of people being swindled by those pretending to be friends and family, according to data from the Federal Trade Commission.”

Colorado Sun: Social media apps have made buying illegal drugs about as convenient as ordering pizza, Colorado AG says. “The 182-page report outlined the ways in which drug dealers use aggressive marketing tactics to sell illegal drugs online, often targeting younger customers, and urged social media platforms and state legislators to enforce new policies to crack down on the sales.”


University of Michigan: Online content moderators likely to experience burnout, U-M study suggests. “A study by University of Michigan School of Information researchers led by doctoral candidate Angela Schöpke-Gonzalez says volunteer content moderators, or VCMs, experience burnout stemming from interpersonal conflict between moderators, time constraints and daily exposure to toxic online behavior.”

WIRED: Billionaires Are A Security Threat. “In the field of information security, there’s a kind of vulnerability known as the evil maid attack whereby an untrusted party gains physical access to important hardware, such as the housekeeping staff coming into your hotel room when you’ve left your laptop unattended, thereby compromising it. We have here a new analog, just as capable of wrecking systems and leaking data. Call it the ‘evil billionaire attack’ if you’d like.” Good morning, Internet…

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