The Garda Review, International Women’s Day, DuckDuckGo, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, March 10, 2023


University of Limerick: ‘20th century gems’: University of Limerick and An Garda Síochána launch new digitised archive . “The Garda Review was established in 1923, a year after the force originated. It is now the longest established magazine in Ireland. The digitised collection covers 1923-1932, so roughly the first decade of the State and includes early accounts of policing and policing policy, divisional news and movements and transfers of individual Garda, Irish language articles and sporting accounts.”

Google Blog: Uncovering overlooked stories of women. “For International Women’s Day, Google Arts & Culture poses that question: Where are the women? This year we’ve collaborated with more than 60 renowned institutions, including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the U.S. National Museum of Women in the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Bogotá, The J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Archivo General de la Nación – México, to shine a light on the untold stories of women across the globe.”


Bleeping Computer: DuckDuckGo launches AI-powered search query answering tool. “Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo has launched the first beta version of DuckAssist, an AI-assisted feature that writes accurate summaries to answer users’ search queries.”

The Verge: Google’s One plans are getting expanded VPN access and dark web monitoring. “If you pay for a Google One plan to get extra storage or other benefits, you might be about to get some extra features. The company has announced that all One subscribers will be getting access to the VPN that used to be limited to its Premium tier and that it’s adding dark web monitoring to alert you if your sensitive information starts circulating on sites that search engines normally don’t index.”

The Verge: Musk said Twitter would open source its algorithm – then fired the people who could. “Musk has been claiming he wanted to open source Twitter’s algorithm even before he took over the social network and again when he announced his intention to acquire it in April 2022. Here we are, and nothing’s changed.” I have made the decision not to index any of the articles about EM announcing what he says will happen. Instead, I’m indexing the followup articles (when there are any).


ProPublica: How to Track Your Tax Refund in 2023. “You’ve figured out your deductions or credits, calculated how much you owed in taxes and successfully filed your return. If you’re sitting around wondering where your money is, you’re not alone. Lucky for you, the IRS offers several ways to track your tax return.”


Agence France-Presse: Activism Goes Viral: How scientists are using TikTok to campaign for climate change. “A growing number of scientists are using the short-form video app TikTok to increase climate change literacy, campaign for action, and combat online misinformation. Some of them have gone viral.”

University of North Carolina: Carolina Libraries acquires archive of renowned photographer Roland L. Freeman. “The collection at Wilson Library is a massive compilation of assignment and project work by Freeman from a career that spans more than fifty years of documenting Black communities, public figures and folk art and artisans. It consists of nearly 24,000 slides, 10,000 photographic prints, 400,000 negatives and 9,000 contact sheets. Also included are publications and an archive of Freeman’s papers.”


NBC News: Men on Pinterest are creating sex-themed image boards of little girls. The platform makes it easy. . “Aggregating individually innocuous images of minors into potentially sexually suggestive collections is a practice experts describe as awful, but in many cases, lawful, meaning platforms have no legal obligation to take action. Yet Pinterest isn’t just allowing this to happen on its website — its recommendation engine is making it easy.”

Telegraph India: Google pages of hill hotels defaced for fraud. “Google pages of many Darjeeling hotels, including premier properties, have been compromised en bloc in such a way that customers booking rooms are directed to pay advance amounts to bank accounts which don’t belong to the owners of the accommodations. The widespread tampering with the Google pages comes at a time there is a rush to book hotel rooms for the upcoming tourism season.”


Stars and Stripes: Suffering through a state of social media mediocrity. “Thirteen years ago, when I posted my first photo-less status update on Facebook, typing a few words sufficed for posting. But today, social media posts must tell a compelling, cool, hilarious, heart-warming, informative or tear-jerking tale, complete with a collage of photographs — or better yet, a well-edited video set to music — and include captioning that drives engagement without rendering you unfollowed, unfriended or, worse yet, muted. And that’s just on Facebook.”

University of Georgia: People don’t know what a preprint is. Here’s why that matters. . “The study found the majority of readers have little to no understanding of what a preprint actually is. That lack of understanding could lead to public distrust in science since findings and how those findings are described can change between the preprint phase and publication following peer review. Frequent reporting of scientific preprints could also hurt trust in news.” Good morning, Internet…

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