National Library of Estonia, Yosl and Chana Mlotek Yiddish Song Collection, Volcanoes on Venus, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, March 31, 2023

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From the National Library of Estonia, and machine-translated from Estonian: The National Library’s DigiLabor helps to monetize cultural data. (Based on the rest of the article I don’t think that’s a great translation.) “On March 30, the Estonian National Library’s research portal DigiLabor started operating. Those interested can create new knowledge and values ​​from the datasets themselves or use the help of a library representative. The goal of the National Library’s DigiLab ( ) is to help make the data held by libraries more digitally accessible and usable, to promote data valorization, research and innovation. The DigiLabor collection contains metadata of over 12 million newspaper articles and 70,000 books and 785,000 objects, but the datasets are constantly being supplemented. ”

Forward: The digitized ‘Yosl and Chana Mlotek Yiddish Song Collection’ is now live. “The Workers Circle has unveiled a long anticipated website: the digitization of 400 Yiddish songs, based on the popular out-of-print songbook series, Pearls of Yiddish Song, compiled and written by the late Yiddishist couple, Yosl and Chana Mlotek.”

Washington University in St. Louis: Scientists share ‘comprehensive’ map of volcanoes on Venus — all 85,000 of them. “Intrigued by reports of recent volcanic eruptions on Venus? WashU planetary scientists Paul Byrne and Rebecca Hahn want you to use their new map of 85,000 volcanoes on Venus to help locate the next active lava flow.”


PetaPixel: Midjourney Ends Free Trials After Fake AI Images go Viral. “Midjourney has ended free trials of its AI image generator citing ‘extraordinary demand’ and ‘abuse.’ Founder David Holz took to the company’s discord channel to announce the news. ‘Due to a combination of extraordinary demand and trial abuse we are temporarily disabling free trials until we have our next improvements to the system deployed,’ Holz wrote on March 28.”

Associated Press: TikTok propaganda labels fall flat in ‘huge win’ for Russia . “A year ago, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, TikTok started labeling accounts operated by Russian state propaganda agencies as a way to tell users they were being exposed to Kremlin disinformation. An analysis a year later shows the policy has been applied inconsistently. It ignores dozens of accounts with millions of followers. Even when used, labels have little impact on Russia’s ability to exploit TikTok’s powerful algorithms as part of its effort to shape public opinion about the war.”


The Verge: Google denies Bard was trained with ChatGPT data. “The Information published a report Wednesday including allegations from a former Google AI researcher that the company used a rival’s responses to train its own chatbot. Google denies that Bard uses that data.”

Engadget: A new Twitter alternative is trying to lure users about to lose their old checkmark. “With Elon Musk set to pull verification from thousands of users who were verified under the company’s previous leadership, one Twitter alternative is hoping to lure some of those ‘legacy’ checkmarks to its platform. T2, an invite-only service led by two former Twitter employees, says it will allow users to carry over their ‘legacy’ Twitter verification to its site.”


Politico: The campaign to save TikTok has been years in the making. “The campaign to save TikTok has been years in the making. A POLITICO investigation revealed an effort by TikTok and its parent company, ByteDance, dating back to at least 2018, long before concerns about TikTok’s Chinese ownership reached their current pitch.”

The Guardian: Cyberwarfare leaks show Russian army is adopting mindset of secret police. “A consortium of media outlets have published a bombshell investigation about Russia’s cyber-capabilities, based on a rare leak of documents. The files come from NTC Vulkan, a cybersecurity firm in Moscow that doubles as a contractor to Russian military and intelligence agencies.”

BBC: Google: India tribunal upholds $160m fine on company. “An Indian appeals court has upheld a $160m fine imposed on Google by the country’s antitrust regulator in a case related to Android’s market dominance. The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) said the Competition Commission of India (CCI) findings were correct and Google was liable to pay the fine. But it set aside four of 10 antitrust directives imposed on the firm.”


Voice of America: China to Limit Access to Largest Academic Database. “The China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), the largest academic database in China, has notified several universities and research institutes in the U.S., Taiwan and Hong Kong that their access will be limited starting April 1.”

York University: Video platforms like Zoom can disrupt normal visual communication cues. “Visual cues people normally pick up when communicating in-person can become misleading and false over video platforms like Zoom and Skype, making communication not only more difficult, but also exhausting, says new research out of York University.” Good morning, Internet…

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