Washington Juvenile Justice, Landfall Games, 2023 AI Index, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, April 4, 2023

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Washington Courts: Statewide Juvenile Arrest Data Available Through New Dashboard. “The Law Enforcement Data Analysis (LEDA) Dashboard, developed in partnership with the state Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ), shows the number of arrests per 1,000 youths in the population for the state as a whole, as well as for individual counties and cities with a population over 1,000. The data can be sorted by gender, race, year arrested, and offense category as reported by law enforcement agencies.”

Try Hard: Totally Accurate Battle Simulator Devs Release Free Archive of 23 Playable Prototypes for Fans. “Landfall Games has released a free archive of 23 playable prototypes, showcasing unreleased games, demos, and interactive slideshows from the creators of Totally Accurate Battle Simulator.”

Stanford University: 2023 State of AI in 14 Charts. “The AI Index is an independent initiative at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), led by the AI Index Steering Committee, an interdisciplinary group of experts from across academia and industry. It tracks, collates, distills, and visualizes data relating to artificial intelligence, enabling decision-makers to take meaningful action to advance AI responsibly and ethically with humans in mind.”


Engadget: Twitter stokes confusion as ‘verified’ drama continues. “Last week, Twitter said it would start winding down the legacy verified program on April 1st, but that was limited to specific cases including one called out by CEO Elon Musk. Meanwhile, a new report indicated that around 10,000 of the top-followed sites would retain their legacy checkmarks, even if they didn’t subscribe to Twitter Blue. And now, Twitter is displaying the same status for both legacy verified and Twitter Blue subscribers, making it difficult to tell them apart.”

ReviewGeek: The Tor Project Launches a New Browser. “There’s a good chance that you’ve heard of the Tor Browser, an ultra-anonymous browser that goes beyond common security measures. Well, in an odd twist, The Tor Project is partnering with Mullvad VPN to launch a brand new browser—the Mullvad Browser.”


Sydney Morning Herald: Funding pledge saves National Library’s Trove from closure threat. “The National Library of Australia’s beloved online portal Trove has been saved from the threat of imminent closure after a cash injection of $33 million from the Albanese government.”

Gizmodo: Musk’s Twitter Downranks Any Post Regarding the ‘Ukraine Crisis’. “‘Free speech absolutist’ Elon Musk’s Twitter algorithm has been heavily suppressing any topic regarding the ongoing war in Ukraine, downranking it with the same vehemence as toxic, violent, or hate content on the platform, according to an analysis of the Twitter source code.”


Voice of America: Suspected North Korean Spies Impersonating VOA, Other Reporters Online. “Experts on nuclear security policy and weapons proliferation were contacted by suspected North Korean hackers posing as Voice of America journalists, according to a threat intelligence group, which says this is part of a recent pattern of impersonating reporters from major news organizations.”

United States Department of Justice: Justice Department Seizes Over $112M in Funds Linked to Cryptocurrency Investment Schemes. “According to court documents, the virtual currency accounts were allegedly used to launder proceeds of various cryptocurrency confidence scams. In these schemes, fraudsters cultivate long-term relationships with victims met online, eventually enticing them to make investments in fraudulent cryptocurrency trading platforms. In reality, however, the funds sent by victims for these purported investments were instead funneled to cryptocurrency addresses and accounts controlled by scammers and their co-conspirators.”


BBC: Would you open up to a chatbot therapist?. “We are increasingly turning to chatbots on smart speakers or websites and apps to answer questions. And as these systems, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) software, become ever more sophisticated, they are starting to provide pretty decent, detailed answers. But will such chatbots ever be human-like enough to become effective therapists?”

Balkan Insight: Hate Speech and Disinformation Fuel Digital Rights Abuses in Balkans. “BIRN’s latest annual report shows how political tensions, culture wars and Russian propaganda have intensified digital human rights abuses in the Balkans.”

Yale Insights: How Social Media Rewards Misinformation. “A majority of false stories are spread by a small number of frequent users, suggests a new study co-authored by Yale SOM’s Gizem Ceylan. But they can be taught to change their ways.” Good morning, Internet…

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