BlueBio Database, Lower Manhattan Architecture, Bluesky, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, April 21, 2023

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Scientific Data: The BlueBio project’s database: web-mapping cooperation to create value for the Blue Bioeconomy . “Here we present the BlueBio database: a first comprehensive and robust compilation of internationally and nationally funded research projects active in the years 2003–2019 in Fisheries, Aquaculture, Seafood Processing and Marine Biotechnology.”


Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation: New Historic Images Show Remarkable Preservation Progress and Loss in Our Neighborhoods Over the Last 25 Years. “We’re extremely proud to share two new collections added to our historic image archive, taken between 1994 and 2001 as part of an effort by Village Preservation and historian and preservationist Susan DeVries to document vulnerable historic sites in Lower Manhattan with the hopes of securing their preservation.”

9to5Google: Decentralized Twitter competitor ‘Bluesky’ now has an Android app . “In 2019, Jack Dorsey announced a project to ‘create an open and decentralized standard for social media.’ Bluesky has spent the past several years developing the underlying protocol. After an iOS app in February, Bluesky for Android is now available as an invite-only beta.”

The Register: Google Fi still kicking, gets third rebrand in less than a decade. “Beginning life in 2015 as Project Fi, then Google Fi, and now Google Fi Wireless, Google also announced some new services and features for its mobile virtual network (which operates on T-Mobile and US Cellular’s networks), including expanded support for some smartwatches and a seven-day free trial for new customers.”


New York Times: The Future of Social Media Is a Lot Less Social. “Facebook, TikTok and Twitter seem to be increasingly connecting users with brands and influencers. To restore a sense of community, some users are trying smaller social networks.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Snapchat, the quirky little brother of social media, grows up in influencer chase. “At a media conference overnight in California, Snap unveiled a host of new features designed to encourage more influencers to post on the platform in a move away from its origins a decade ago as a tool for friends to message each other. It also said it would make its AI chatbot, which has been a subscriber-only feature, available to all users.”

NPR: An app is the latest tool, and barrier, for migrants at the southern U.S. border. “In January of this year, the Biden administration unveiled a new app specifically for asylum-seekers and other migrants without valid visas. CBP One is supposed to help alleviate the crisis at the southern border, but the app, which users say constantly glitches or produces error messages, is what often stands between migrants and their dream of finding safety in the U.S. NPR’s Eyder Peralta has this report from Matamoros, Mexico.”


Inquirer (Philippines): For weeks, PNP staff database was exposed – cyber expert. “An unprotected database containing more than a million identity documents and private records of Philippine National Police personnel and applicants was exposed online for at least six weeks before access to the data was restricted in March, according to a report by a cybersecurity tracker.”

NDTV: Google Told To Remove False Content On Aaradhya Bachchan From YouTube. “The Delhi High Court on Thursday restrained several YouTube channels from publishing misleading content on the health of Aaradhya Bachchan, daughter of actors Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, saying spreading misinformation about a child reflects ‘morbid perversity’.”


Phys .org: Using social media activity to monitor and respond to population displacement in Ukraine. “This new study, published in the Population and Development Review, provides an innovative metric to monitor population displacement in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion. The metric combines daily United Nations data on how many people are crossing the Ukrainian border with the researchers’ daily data on active Facebook users to monitor population displacement across Ukraine provinces.”

The Conversation: As digital activists, teens of color turn to social media to fight for a more just world . “My study adds to a growing body of research that has found young people of color can bring about change when they learn to use digital tools to explore social issues and use those tools to stand up for their beliefs.”

University of Michigan News: Human rights a thing of the past? Google says: No. “Critics say the ‘human rights-based approach,’ defined by the United Nations as a ‘conceptual framework for the process of human development that is normatively based on international human rights standards,’ is no longer useful for people struggling to bring about change. But that’s not the story Google tells, according to political scientists Chris Fariss of the University of Michigan and Geoff Dancy of the University of Toronto. In response to a dearth of survey data, the researchers wanted to understand who was thinking about human rights, and where those people live.” Good morning, Internet…

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