Homeowners Insurance, Minnesota State Patrol, Misinformation and Trust in Science, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, March 22, 2023

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Politician Parade adds a state’s Congresspeople to your Google News search. Depending on how many reps your state has, this tool will generate one or more URLs with your query AND your Congressional representatives added as an ‘or’ array. (Requires free ProPublica API key.)


Rutgers University: New Online Tool Helps Consumers Compare Homeowners Insurance. “[RU InsureScore] is a unique tool that gives consumers information about coverage that insurance companies don’t, and it compares and rates policies of major national insurers.”

Minnesota Department of Public Safety: Minnesota State Patrol Launches New Online Accountability Dashboard. “A new Minnesota State Patrol online dashboard​ launched by the agency will increase transparency, promote accountability and build trust by giving the public easier access to data, policies and other information. The new dashboard gives an inside look at the work troopers and State Patrol staff do on a regular basis. It includes information about each division and specialty unit, how they serve the public and the corresponding data related to the work they do.”


National Academies: Registration Now Open — May 24-26 Nobel Prize Summit on Misinformation and Trust in Science. “Registration is now open for the Nobel Prize Summit Truth, Trust and Hope — which will convene Nobel Prize laureates and other world-renowned experts and leaders for a global conversation on how to stop misinformation from eroding public trust in science, scientists, and the institutions they serve. Hosted by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Nobel Foundation, the summit will be held May 24-26 in Washington, D.C., and virtually, and is free and open to the public.”


Digital Library of Georgia: Georgia Historic Newspapers Update Winter 2023. “This winter, the Digital Library of Georgia released several new grant-funded newspaper titles to the Georgia Historic Newspapers website. Included below is a list of the newly available titles.”

Visual Studio Magazine: AI-Powered ‘Data Wrangler’ VS Code Tool Eases Prep Work for Data Scientists. “The Data Wrangler extension works with the favorite programming language of data scientists, Python, and the associated open source Pandas library to enhance the data preparation process: exploring, manipulating/cleansing and visualizing data.”

Engadget: TikTok is revamping its community guidelines ahead of a potential US ban. “As TikTok gears up for its latest fight to not get banned in the United States, the company is again trying to increase transparency around how it operates. TikTok revealed an updated set of community guidelines, the sweeping set of rules that dictates what creators are allowed to post on its platform.”


New Arab: Out of sight: Iraq’s TV archive lost to the war. “When US forces invaded Iraq, looting and pillaging of political and cultural artefacts was rampant. Two decades later, Iraq’s TV archive remains lost despite efforts to retrieve the country’s stolen collections.”

Gizmodo: ChatGPT Bug Let People See Other Users’ Chat History Titles. “On Monday, a few ChatGPT threads on Reddit and Twitter showed how a sidebar that usually displays user history was showing the history titles of other users as well. It’s unclear why the Reddit user was seeing a few Chinese-language titles as well as histories related to Chinese ideologies. Jordan Wheeler, a cybersecurity consultant, shared a much more broad selection of prompts in a Monday Twitter post.”


ABA Journal: Lawyers kicked off Twitter sue for breach of contract, citing Musk’s amnesty tweet. “The lawyers sued through their company, Don’t Tread On Us, in a January lawsuit that was removed to federal court in Miami on March 9. They claim they are eligible for reinstatement because of a Nov. 24, 2022, tweet by new Twitter owner Elon Musk in which he offered ‘a general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam.'”

Reuters: Google denies destroying ‘chat’ evidence in U.S. antitrust lawsuit . “Alphabet Inc’s Google has denied intentionally destroying evidence in the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit over the company’s search business, in a response to the government’s bid for sanctions in federal court.”

Bloomberg: Google Suspends Pinduoduo After Finding Malware in Versions. “Google has suspended PDD Holdings Inc.’s main Chinese shopping app Pinduoduo after discovering malware in unsanctioned versions of the software, dealing a blow to one of the country’s biggest online retailers.”


New York Times: Love letters, cries of despair and shoe orders, centuries late. “The project, expected to last two decades, aims to make the collection of more than 160,000 letters and hundreds of thousands of other documents, written in at least 19 languages, freely available and easily searchable online.”


NDTV: “Fascinating Archive”: Man Shares How His Grandmother Kept Record Of Every Book She Read. “A man recently shared how his grandmother kept a written record of every book she ever read since she was 14 years old. Taking to Twitter, user Ben Myers, who according to his bio is a professor at Alphacrucis University College, shared a picture of the list of books his grandmother printed on a typewriter.” Good morning, Internet…

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