Yom Kippur War, 2020 Census Demographics, Proton Family Plan, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 29, 2023


Times of Israel: ‘Egypt, Syria are coordinating’: IDF estimates on eve of Yom Kippur War declassified. “The Defense Ministry on Sunday launched a website hosting dozens of newly declassified documents, images, videos and other files from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, in honor of the conflict’s 50th anniversary later this year.”


US Census Bureau: Census Bureau Releases New 2020 Census Data on Age, Sex, Race, Hispanic Origin, Households and Housing. “Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2020 Census Demographic Profile and Demographic and Housing Characteristics File (DHC). These products provide the next round of data available from the 2020 Census, adding more detail to the population counts and basic demographic and housing statistics previously released for the purposes of congressional apportionment and legislative redistricting.”

How-To Geek: Proton’s Family Plan Offers a Suite of Privacy Tools and Cloud Storage. “Families searching for a privacy-focused alternative to Google One now have at least one option. Proton just launched a family bundle of its own, which includes access to Proton’s full suite of apps and plenty of cloud storage.”


CNBC: Tech layoffs ravage the teams that fight online misinformation and hate speech. “Across the tech industry, as companies tighten their belts and impose hefty layoffs to address macroeconomic pressures and slowing revenue growth, wide swaths of people tasked with protecting the internet’s most-populous playgrounds are being shown the exits. The cuts come at a time of increased cyberbullying, which has been linked to higher rates of adolescent self-harm, and as the spread of misinformation and violent content collides with the exploding use of artificial intelligence.”

Motherboard: Captcha Is Asking Users to Identify Objects That Don’t Exist. “People trying to use Discord are being asked to identify an object that does not exist. The object in question is a ‘Yoko,’ which appears to be a kind of mix between a snail and a yoyo.”


New York Times: Driver’s Licenses, Addresses, Photos: Inside How TikTok Shares User Data. “The profusion of user data on Lark alarmed some TikTok employees, especially since ByteDance workers in China and elsewhere could easily see the material, according to internal reports and four current and former employees. Since at least July 2021, several security employees have warned ByteDance and TikTok executives about risks tied to the platform, according to the documents and the current and former workers.”

Merco Press: Brazilian gov’t, Google team up to filter hate speech. “Brazil’s Ministry of Racial Equality (MIR) and Google will develop a filter to prevent hate speech, intolerance, and racism to be disseminated through the internet, Agencia Brasil reported. The South American country’s authorities contacted the internet giant after becoming aware of a video game available through the multinational technology company’s app store in which the user acted as a ‘slave owner.'”


Sofia Globe: Diplomacy by disinformation: Russian embassies’ role in Kremlin’s information war. “On Twitter, for example, the overall number of posts by Russian diplomatic missions increased by 26 per cent in just a month after the war began. This is according to the Hamilton Dashboard – a database created by the German Marshall Fund to track the public messages coming from Russia and other states through media and social networks. The data shows also that the number of reactions and retweets of the Russian embassies’ posts over the same interval grew by over 200 per cent, while the disinformation in them became more blatant and aggressive.”

The Conversation: DIY degree? Why universities should make online educational materials free for all. “My proposal – also outlined in this journal article – is that a proportion of educational resources generated by publicly funded universities should be made public and freely available. This could radically expand opportunity and flexibility and potentially allow students to design their own degrees, by doing multiple different units from different universities.”

McGill University: Mapping the genetic history of French Canadians through space and time. “A new McGill University-led study is now providing insight into the complex relationship between human migration and genetic variation, using a unique genealogical dataset of over five million records spanning 400 years to unravel the genetic structure of French Canadian populations.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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