Crimea Military Installations, Ireland Missing Persons, Generative AI, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, May 18, 2023


Kyiv Independent: Investigative Stories from Ukraine: Journalists map military facilities in Russian-occupied Crimea . “Crimea.Realities, a project of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, launched an interactive map showing 233 active and frozen military facilities in Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula occupied by Russia since 2014. They include military airfields, naval bases, docks, arsenals, supply warehouses, military towns, military units, rotations of air defense locations, training grounds, and military-industrial enterprises.”

Ireland Department of Justice: Coronial data on unidentified remains is published for the first time. “The department established a Forum in July 2021 alongside An Garda Síochána’s Missing Persons Unit and Forensic Science Ireland (FSI) to facilitate information exchange on unidentified remains. The Unidentified Remains database has been compiled following an analysis of Coroners records.”


Berkeley News: Generative AI meets copyright law. “On Wednesday, April 26, Pamela Samuelson, Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Berkeley, delivered the final of four Distinguished Lectures on the Status and Future of AI, co-hosted by CITRIS Research Exchange and the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research Group (BAIR). Samuelson’s talk explores a particularly controversial topic in the legal community: whether the texts and images generated by artificial intelligence (AI) should be protected under copyright law.”


Engadget: Adobe’s new AI automates PDF accessibility tags. “The company says its Sensei-powered software will indicate the correct reading order for assistive technology, saving companies time and — more to the point — making PDFs more readable for people with disabilities. Adobe says the AI can quickly go through stockpiles of old documents lacking the proper structure.”

Associated Press: At least 80 calls to National Archives since 2010 about mishandling classified information. “The National Archives has been called more than 80 times in the past decade-plus about classified materials found in the papers of former members of Congress and other U.S. officials, according to newly released congressional testimony.”


Skift: Expedia Asked Google to Crack Down on Bait and Switch Hotel Rates. “Expedia Group told Google that the bait and switch tactics that some online travel agencies deploy in Google’s price comparison feature, Google Hotels, is ‘screwed up’ and Google made some satisfactory changes. That’s according to Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern, who discussed the issue with Skift last week, and mentioned it at the company’s partner conference in Seattle, as well.”


CNBC: Here’s what happened during OpenAI CEO Sam Altman’s first congressional hearing on artificial intelligence. “Artificial intelligence regulation should not repeat the same mistakes Congress made at the dawn of the social media era, lawmakers at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on privacy and technology made clear Tuesday.”

Associated Press: Montana becomes 1st state to ban TikTok; law likely to be challenged. “Montana became the first state in the U.S. to completely ban TikTok on Wednesday when Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a measure that’s more sweeping than any other state’s attempts to curtail the social media app.”

Moscow Times: Amsterdam Court Rejects Sanctioned Yandex Founder’s Appeal Against Mansion Squatters. “Russian tech billionaire Arkady Volozh’s latest effort to evict a group of squatters from his luxurious Amsterdam mansion has been struck down in court, lawyers for the opposing parties told The Moscow Times’ Russian service Tuesday.”


The Guardian: ‘She has stories to tell’: digital scan of Titanic wreck could reveal its secrets. “The unique 3D view of the entire vessel, seen as if the water has been drained away, could reveal fresh clues about how she came to sink on her maiden voyage in 1912. The scans also preserve a “digital twin” of the ship, which is rapidly being destroyed by iron-eating bacteria, salt corrosion and deep ocean currents.”

Breaking Defense: Ukraine War: Vast hacker ‘militias’ do little damage – but can rally mass support, says study . “‘Hacktivist’ groups like the IT Army of Ukraine claim hundreds of thousands of members, but their cyber attacks are less about tangible results than online agitprop, says a forthcoming study from CSIS exclusively previewed by Breaking Defense.”

ProPublica: The Newest College Admissions Ploy: Paying to Make Your Teen a “Peer-Reviewed” Author. “A group of services, often connected to pricey college counselors, has arisen to help high schoolers carry out and publish research as a credential for their college applications. The research papers — and the publications — can be dubious.” Good morning, Internet…

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