Argentina History, Health Care Cybersecurity, Twitter, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 18, 2023


Buenos Aires Herald: Government launches website following dictatorship trials in real time. “The Secretariat of Human Rights has launched its website Crimes Against Humanity with information on all the cases against those involved in Argentina’s last dictatorship, which lasted from 1976 to 1983. It includes details on all the perpetrators that have been sentenced since 1985.”

Department of Health and Human Services: HHS Cybersecurity Task Force Provides New Resources to Help Address Rising Threat of Cyberattacks in Health and Public Health Sector. “Resources include a new platform, Knowledge on Demand, to provide free cybersecurity training to the health sector workforce as well as an updated Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices 2023 Edition and a Hospital Cyber Resiliency Initiative Landscape Analysis.”


Business Insider: Interest in joining Twitter has plunged after surging when Elon Musk took over last year, Google data shows. “Interest in joining Twitter has plunged in the six months since Elon Musk’s takeover, according to Google Trends data compiled by the web-hosting company Fasthosts. Google Trends’ index for searches of ‘Twitter sign up’ has plummeted 81% from a November peak, just weeks after the world’s second-richest person took control of the social-media company.”

Wall Street Journal: FBI Investigating Ex-Navy Noncommissioned Officer Linked to Pro-Russia Social-Media Account. “The FBI is investigating the activities of a former U.S. Navy noncommissioned officer who oversaw a social-media account involved in the spread of intelligence documents allegedly leaked by Airman First Class Jack Teixeira, U.S. officials said Monday. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the woman, Sarah Bils, administered several pro-Russian outlets while in uniform.”


British GQ: Why Reddit CEO Steve Huffman is finally going public – and thinks TikTok should be banned. “If Facebook was founded as a means to get Harvard students laid and Twitter started out as a group text service, then ‘the front-page of the internet’ was made so that the 57 million people who now use it every day can decide what’s important to them.”

Ars Technica: FSF: Chrome’s JPEG XL killing shows how the web works under browser hegemony. “Chrome developers’ decision to remove support for a compressed image format that Google helped develop is just another sign of ‘the disturbing amount of control’ the ad company has over browsers and the web, according to the Free Software Foundation (FSF).”


CNN: Member of chatroom where leaked Pentagon documents surfaced tells CNN alleged leaker didn’t want users to be ‘shocked by news cycles’. “A member of the private online chatroom where a major leak of US classified documents surfaced has defended 21-year-old Jack Teixeira, who was charged in connection to the leak on Friday, telling CNN that Teixeira shared the classified material to keep other members informed, ‘so we won’t be shocked by the news cycles.'”

The Guardian: Pentagon leak suggests Russia honing disinformation drive – report. “Russia has increased the effectiveness of its disinformation campaigning on social media and boasts that vast amounts of fake accounts are escaping detection, according to a report on leaked US intelligence documents.”


Internet Archive Blog: AI@IA — Extracting Words Sung on 100 year-old 78rpm records. “Freely available Artificial Intelligence tools are now able to extract words sung on 78rpm records. The results may not be full lyrics, but we hope it can help browsing, searching, and researching. Whisper is an open source tool from OpenAI ‘that approaches human level robustness and accuracy on English speech recognition.’ We were surprised how far it could get with recognizing spoken words on noisy disks and even words being sung.”

The Register: Deplatforming hate forums doesn’t work, British boffins warn. “In a recently released preprint paper, Anh Vu, Alice Hutchings, and Ross Anderson, from the University of Cambridge and the University of Edinburgh, examine efforts to disrupt harassment forum Kiwi Farms and find that community and industry interventions have been largely ineffective. Their study, undertaken as lawmakers around the world are considering policies that aspire to moderate unlawful or undesirable online behavior, reveals that deplatforming has only a modest impact and those running harmful sites remain free to carry on harassing people through other services.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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