WWI Australia, Art in STEM, Mastodon, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, April 18, 2023

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National Archives of Australia: Paper to pixels, partnership digitises 95,000 First World War records. “The project digitised series MT1486/1, which consists of records for individuals who applied to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), and were either rejected, discharged while still in training, or went on to serve within Australia only.”

Florida State University: FSU’s ‘Art in STEM’ returns for ninth year with in-person and virtual exhibitions. “The nearly two dozen works depict topics ranging from crystal growth to nanotechnology and chemical compounds and were created by students from the FSU departments of biological science, biomedical sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, mathematics, molecular biophysics, nutrition and integrative physiology, and scientific computing.”


The Guardian: Thousands fled to Mastodon after Musk bought Twitter. Are they still ‘tooting’?. “Some of Mastodon’s most passionate users – who tend to be more tech-savvy than average – say it’s no problem if the community stays small. Here, things aren’t designed to go viral quickly. There’s no global search or global hashtags. Servers can easily be made private, and admins can block other servers to combat trolls. There’s also a feature to put posts behind content warnings, which users are encouraged to do for sensitive topics.” I quite like it. I just need it to integrate with IFTTT so I can curate content better.

Associated Press: Canada’s public broadcaster pauses Twitter after ‘government-funded media’ label. “The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation paused its use of Twitter on Monday after the social media platform owned by Elon Musk stamped CBC’s account with a label the public broadcaster says is intended to undermine its credibility.”


WIRED: Are You Being Tracked by an AirTag? Here’s How to Check. “Even though Tile and other competitors to the AirTag exist, the vastness of Apple’s ecosystem sets the device apart. From the US Drug Enforcement Administration using it to track international drug shipments to a man in Texas using it to find his stolen car and kill the suspect, AirTags are everywhere. If you are concerned that a secret AirTag may be recording your location, these signs may help detect the tracker.”


Hollywood Reporter: Why Social Media Impostors Pose a Constant Battle for Stars. “Type in any celebrity’s name on Instagram or Twitter and you’re bound to find at least a handful of accounts — if not more — posing as the celebrity, using the same profile picture and sharing photos and videos taken from their real accounts. Some of them are innocuous fan accounts dedicated to sharing the latest updates on their favorite stars with other stans. But others — the true impostors — can cause much more harm, DMing unsuspecting fans to scam users out of money, solicit nude photos or otherwise exploit a celebrity’s star status.”

Santa Fe New Mexican: Project helping preserve stories of enslaved Native Americans. “[Weston Archuleta] works as an administrative assistant for Native Bound Unbound — a multiyear project headed by former New Mexico state historian Estevan Rael-Gálvez to establish a centralized, online repository cataloging the lives of enslaved Indigenous people across the Western Hemisphere. Archuleta’s work and family history intersected Saturday at Santa Fe’s School for Advanced Research.”


Wall Street Journal: U.S. Arrests Two, Charges Dozens for Alleged Illegal U.S. Activities by Chinese Security Agents . “More than 40 Chinese security officers and their associates wielded thousands of fake social-media personas to discredit American policies and set up a secret police station in New York City to harass China’s critics, U.S. prosecutors charged in three complaints unveiled Monday.”

Politico: EU lawmakers: We’re coming for ChatGPT. “Key lawmakers working on the EU’s Artificial Intelligence Act have promised to lay down rules to rein in general-purpose AI systems powering tools like ChatGPT. In an open letter Monday, co-rapporteurs Brando Benifei and Dragoș Tudorache — alongside 10 MEPs across the political spectrum involved in the law’s drafting — pledged to wield the law to ensure that the new wave of very powerful AI develops in a ‘human-centric, safe, and trustworthy’ direction.”

CNBC: Nine more U.S. states join federal lawsuit against Google over ad tech. “Nine states, including Michigan and Nebraska, have joined a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against Alphabet′s Google which alleges the search and advertising company broke antitrust law in running its digital advertising business, the department said on Monday. The states joining the lawsuit were Arizona, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Washington and West Virginia, the department said.”


Slate: You Have a New Memory. “You’re reading this on the internet, most likely because some news aggregator or social media platform knows you’re anxious about news aggregators and the internet and how much time you spend on your phone, and it’s pushing that at you, since, as advanced as it is, it doesn’t yet do irony.” Yuck, no, you turned up in a Google Alert. Ew.

Engadget: Google wants you to lend your ears to help save coral reefs. “Google is calling on recruits to help repopulate coral reefs. Its new project, a collaboration with marine biologist Steve Simpson and marine ecologist Mary Shodipo, wants your help training AI to recognize aquatic wildlife sounds in hopes of replenishing them and raising awareness of the ocean’s troubled habitats.” Good morning, Internet…

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