Indiana Lawyers, Gender-Diverse Children, Wisconsin Food Insecurity, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, June 1, 2023


WFYI: Indiana State Bar Association expands accessibility for pro bono work with new site. “The Indiana State Bar Association is providing a new website for Hoosier attorneys, paralegals and staff to do pro bono work. The Indiana Pro Bono Academy and Resource Center offers various webinars and training on pro bono topics.”

Out in Perth: New website provides support for parents of gender diverse children. “Transforming Families – a Telethon Kids Institute-led collaboration with local and national community organisations – is a dedicated website offering resources and guidance to parents, friends and carers of gender diverse children and young people to better understand and help their loved ones.” I looked at the site briefly. The “Get Support” section is Australia-oriented, but the “Research” and “Resources” question seemed suitable for anyone no matter what their location.

WTAQ: New Tool To Combat Food Insecurity in Northeast Wisconsin. “It is called the NEW Food Access Map created by the UW-Madison Division of Extension Brown County. It’s an interactive map that allows people to find places to obtain food in Brown, Door, Kewaunee, and Manitowoc Counties.”


Fierce Pharma: Eli Lilly restarts ‘limited’ Twitter posting and advertising, continues to assess social media strategy. “Eli Lilly’s self-imposed exile from Twitter is now over. Six months after the fake account furor drove it from the site, the Big Pharma has begun to tentatively reengage with the platform, resuming limited posting and advertising on its renamed corporate account while continuing to evaluate its strategy.”


TechCrunch: Web Roulette is an addictive, ‘swipeable’ web browser for the TikTok era. “If mindlessly browsing the internet is your preferred way to combat boredom and waste time, the indie app makers behind to-do list app Clear and game Heads Up! have a new product you’ll want to try: Web Roulette, a mobile web browser app for iOS built for the short attention spans of the TikTok era.”

Motherboard: A Developer Made Software to Turn Anyone Into an ‘AI Girlfriend’—Starting With His Own Partner. “Developer Enias Cailliau talks to his girlfriend Sacha on Telegram. She sends him voice memos, texts, and even the occasional selfie. But Sacha isn’t actually real, she’s an AI clone of Cailliau’s real-life girlfriend. Cailliau calls the bot GirlfriendGPT and has now shared his code online for anyone to create their own AI girlfriends too.”

Mashable: All the major generative AI tools that could enhance your worklife in 2023. “…before you attempt to automate your entire worklife, it’s important to know your company’s policies on third party app usage, its stance on AI in general, and the relevant laws, regulations, and disclosure requirements. It’s also important to drill down on some of the fine print, so there’ll be no surprises about how the information you share with generative AI tools is stored and used. With all that out of the way, here’s what’s on offer.”


Bleeping Computer: RomCom malware spread via Google Ads for ChatGPT, GIMP, more. “A new campaign distributing the RomCom backdoor malware is impersonating the websites of well-known or fictional software, tricking users into downloading and launching malicious installers.”

University of Guelph: Digital Privacy in Electronics Repair Industry Worrisome, Says U of G Prof. “Privacy concerns often focus on social media and other online activities, but first-ever research from the University of Guelph reminds users the electronics repair business also has access to your data and the notion of privacy in that industry is little more than a myth.”

Daily Sabah: Social media provokes acts against Syrian refugees in Türkiye: Experts. “As anti-refugee sentiment catches up in Türkiye, social media is at the forefront of misinformation and disinformation targeting migrants. Experts say anonymous accounts on social media platforms are primarily responsible for fuelling violence, particularly toward Syrian refugees who make up the bulk of refugees in the country.”


Cherokee Phoenix: Language Department works to archive Cherokee language. “During the May Tribal Council Culture Committee meeting, Cherokee Nation Language Department Executive Director Howard Paden provided updates of several projects happening in the language department. The language department has two language apps in the works.”

Bloomberg: Ukraine War May Become a Proving Ground for AI. “Artificial intelligence is, suddenly, everywhere. We are awash in ideas about how we can use AI productively — from agriculture to climate change to engineering to software construction. And, equally, there are plenty of cautionary notes being struck about using AI to control societies, manipulate economies, defeat commercial opponents, and generally fulfill Arthur C. Clarke’s visions of machines dominating man in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Thus far, however, relatively little has been written about the implications of AI on warfare and geopolitics.” Good morning, Internet…

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