Kevin Roche, College Student Enrollment, Twitter, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, April 14, 2023

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The Architect’s Newspaper: An archive at Yale University and a new website continue the legacy of architect Kevin Roche. “Yale University Library’s Manuscripts and Archives has acquired an archive of the career of architect Kevin Roche. Roche’s family has donated correspondence, project documentation, interviews, drawings, and photographs from the architectural firm of Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates (KRJDA) to cement the architect’s legacy. In addition to the archive at Yale, a legacy website for KRJDA has also launched.”

EdScoop: Data dashboard maps future college enrollment trends . “The Student Trends and Enrollment Projections Dashboard allows users to explore enrollment scenarios and visualize the potential makeup of state or institution-level student populations. The tool is designed to help institutions develop their short- and long-term enrollment strategies, particularly as they continue to evaluate the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their ability to attract and retain students.”


BBC: Twitter staff cuts leave Russian trolls unchecked. “Hundreds of Russian and Chinese state propaganda accounts are thriving on Twitter after Elon Musk wiped out the team that fought these networks, the BBC has found. The unit worked to combat ‘information operations’, coordinated campaigns by countries such as Russia, China, and Iran, made to influence public opinion and disrupt democracy.”


Fast Company: Your guide to Twitter alternatives . “Early Twitter rivals like Mastodon and Hive Social failed to take the world by storm. But a new batch of short-post social media channels is arriving, with some coming from familiar names. Here’s a look at the companies that have launched Twitter alternatives—as well as some on the horizon.”


The Hill: White House says social media companies have ‘responsibility’ to manage platforms amid leaked document fallout. “White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Thursday said social media companies have a ‘responsibility’ to manage their platforms to avoid the spread of material that could damage national security amid the fallout of sensitive leaked documents that circulated on Discord, Twitter and other platforms.”

Wall Street Journal: Amazon Joins Microsoft, Google in AI Race Spurred by ChatGPT. “Both Microsoft and Google, via its chatbot Bard, have also invested in AI tools that are aimed largely at consumers. AWS is forging a different path, so far avoiding a major investment in an outside AI company or consumer-facing tools. It says it wants to act as a neutral platform for businesses that want to incorporate generative AI features.”


CISA: U.S. and International Partners Publish Secure-by-Design and -Default Principles and Approaches. “This guidance, the first of its kind, is intended to catalyze progress toward further investments and cultural shifts necessary to achieve a safe and secure future. In addition to specific technical recommendations, this guidance outlines several core principles to guide software manufacturers in building software security into their design processes prior to developing, configuring, and shipping their products.”

Kyiv Independent: Russia fines Wikipedia for second time over article about war in Ukraine. “A Moscow court again fined Wikipedia for refusing to remove an article in Russian about Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, RFE/RL reported. The court fined the Wikimedia Foundation, which owns Wikipedia, 2 million rubles (around $25,000) for refusing to remove an article titled ‘Russian occupation of Zaporizhzhia Oblast.'”

AFP: EU privacy watchdog sets up ChatGPT task force. “The European Union’s central data regulator said Thursday that it was forming a task force to help countries deal with wildly popular AI chatbot ChatGPT, ramping up the pressure on its US maker OpenAI. Italy temporarily banned the programme last month over allegations its data-gathering broke privacy laws, and France’s regulator said Thursday that it had opened a formal procedure after receiving five complaints.”


Cornell Chronicle: One-size-fits-all content moderation fails the Global South. “Social media companies need content moderation systems to keep users safe and prevent the spread of misinformation, but these systems are often based on Western norms, and unfairly penalize users in the Global South, according to new research at Cornell.”

The Tyee: We Should Be Archiving MPs’ Newsletters. “It is the collection of large and small acts of transparency, like MPs posting their householders online, that helps rank Canada as one of the best democracies in the world. Canadians might therefore expect that making householders readily available to anyone who requests one is normal. Not so.”

STAT News: Google will let health care customers test its generative AI model, ramping up rivalry with GPT-4. “Accelerating medicine’s AI race, Google is releasing a version of its generative language model to health care customers who will begin testing its ability to perform specific tasks in medical and research settings, STAT has learned.” Good morning, Internet…

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