Superspreaders of Low-Credibility Information, Mapping Telegraph Technology, Twitter, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, May 26, 2023


Indiana University: Top FIBers dashboard tracks superspreaders of low-credibility information online. “With the goal of tracking superspreaders that are disseminating large quantities of low-credibility content, Indiana University’s Observatory on Social Media, or OSoMe, has launched a new tool: the Top FIBers dashboard. This dashboard provides monthly reports highlighting the top 10 superspreaders of low-credibility information on social media.”

Carnegie Mellon University: Digital Map Provides Interactive Lesson on Telegraph History. “Before Andrew Carnegie became the industrialist he’s remembered as today, he worked for an early telegraph company in Pittsburgh as a messenger boy. When the first telegraph office opened in Pittsburgh, it was the westernmost telegraph office in North America, as shown by a new digital map created by [Professor] Edmund Russell.”


BBC: Twitter engineering boss Foad Dabiri quits day after DeSantis launch glitches. “An engineering chief at Twitter says he is leaving the company a day after the launch of Ron DeSantis’ US presidential campaign on the platform was hit with technical glitches. Foad Dabiri tweeted: ‘After almost four incredible years at Twitter, I decided to leave the nest yesterday.'” This man had an impossible task given the resources available.

Android Police: Google shoves more ads into the Play Store, to no one’s surprise. “The banners themselves are wider, so you’ll see two per row, but you’re getting two rows, so you’re actually seeing more ads — four of them, to be more precise — on your screen. And yet again, you can scroll through them to see more.” *Altavista-ing intensifies*

TechCrunch: Twitter introduces a new $5,000-per-month API tier. “Twitter announced a new API tier today called Twitter API Pro for startups that costs $5,000 per month. The tier gives developers the ability to fetch 1 million tweets per month and post 300,000 tweets per month, and gives them access to the full archive search endpoint.”


New York Times: Start-Ups Bring Silicon Valley Ethos to a Lumbering Military-Industrial Complex. “Small, fast-moving U.S. tech firms are using the war in Ukraine to demonstrate a new generation of military systems but face the challenge of selling them to a risk-averse Defense Department.”

Castanet: Google Maps sending drivers on unpassable route to Sun Peaks. “Police have been called twice this month by drivers who followed bad directions into the mountains east of Sun Peaks. Chase RCMP say they were called at 9:30 p.m. on May 13 to help a stranded motorist who had called 911. The caller had been following Google Maps directions to Sun Peaks and ended up lost in the dark near Cahilty Forest Service Road in Adams Lake.”

BBC: Venezuela: ‘I’m paid to tweet state propaganda’. “Every day, Venezuela’s ministry of communications tweets a ‘hashtag of the day’, which is repeated not only by elected officials’ accounts and state sympathisers but also by ‘digital troops’ like Rafael, who are paid to share propaganda.’


CBS: Senators issued satellite phones, offered demonstrations on upgraded security devices. “Amid growing concerns of security risks to members of Congress, over 50 senators have been issued satellite phones for emergency communication, people familiar with the measures told CBS News. The devices are part of a series of new security measures being offered to senators by the Senate Sergeant at Arms, who took over shortly after the assault on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.”

The Guardian: Twitter accused of responding ‘to tyrants quickly’ but ignoring Australian government. “Julie Inman Grant tells Senate estimates Twitter’s slowness to tackle online child abuse material is in contrast to its blocking of anti-Erdoğan tweets in the lead-up to the Turkish election.”


Galleries West: New Equipment Developed by Edward Burtynsky to Scan Major Photo Collection. “The Image Centre at Toronto Metropolitan University will digitize 25,000 press photographs of Canadian events, speeding the normally laborious work with an innovative machine developed by Toronto photographer Edward Burtynsky.”

Drexel University: Q+A: How Can Artificial Intelligence Help Doctors Compare Notes To Improve Diagnoses? . “Spotting patterns among patient records can allow physicians to better diagnose and treat their patients. With access to more records, and more time to parse them, it’s possible that these health care providers could identify and provide better treatments for conditions that have been particularly elusive to diagnoses. Recent developments in artificial intelligence and natural language processing programs are making it possible to glean information from volumes of electronic health records — giving doctors an important new tool to help patients.” Good morning, Internet…

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