California Caregiver Job Training, EU Solar Targets, Women Journalists, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 7, 2023


Governor of California: Free Job Training and Incentives Now Available for California Caregivers. “To continue to build California’s health care workforce, the California Department of Aging (CDA) is announcing the launch of the CalGrows workforce training and development program. Beginning today, CalGrows is open for registration with hundreds of courses available to caregivers working with older adults and adults with disabilities, helping support Californians on a path to a career in health care and ensuring the state retains highly-qualified health care workers.”

SolarPower Europe: New EU27 Country Level Solar Target Database. “SolarPower Europe has launched a National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) database. Our interactive tool sets out the true scope for solar ambition in the EU, country by country.”


International Journalists’ Network: Online violence is trying to silence women journalists. Here’s how they’re fighting back.. “Online violence against women journalists today is increasingly organized, targeted and personal. These disinformation-laced attacks place women’s physical and psychological safety at worrying risk.”

Fast Company: Inside Snopes: the rise, fall, and rebirth of an internet icon. “In the early ’90s, shortly before he helped think up Snopes, the first (and favorite) website for fact-checks, and way before he was banished from the very thing he’d helped build, David Mikkelson was quite a character on message boards. He wasn’t looking for love necessarily, but it found him nonetheless.”


Bleeping Computer: Google fixes new Chrome zero-day flaw with exploit in the wild. “The company has not released details about how the exploit and how it was used in attacks, limiting the information to the severity of the flaw and its type. Withholding technical information is the usual stance from Google when a new security issue is found. This is to protect users until most of them migrated to secure version, as adversaries could use the details to develop additional exploits.”

Wall Street Journal: Former ByteDance Executive Claims Chinese Communist Party Accessed TikTok’s Hong Kong User Data. “A former executive at ByteDance, the parent company of the hit video-sharing app TikTok, alleges in a legal filing that a committee of China’s Communist Party members accessed the data of TikTok users in Hong Kong in 2018—a contention the company denies.”

Engadget: Microsoft will pay the FTC $20 million to settle charges over collecting children’s data. “Microsoft will have to pay $20 million to settle charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that the company violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). In the complaint filed by the DOJ on behalf of the FTC, the department accused the tech giant of collecting its underage Xbox users’ information and retaining their data even without their parents’ consent.”


Mirage News: Social Media Trust/Distrust Buttons May Curb Misinformation. “The addition of ‘trust’ and ‘distrust’ buttons on social media, alongside standard ‘like’ buttons, could help to reduce the spread of misinformation, finds a new experimental study led by UCL researchers.”

Kellogg Insight: Is There a Bot Behind That Tweet?. “When we see messages that contradict our political ideology, we are more inclined to attribute them to bots. It’s making society even more polarized.”


Boing Boing: City Hop allows you to listen to chill tunes as you virtually walk around various cities . “City Hop allows you to listen to chill tunes as you virtually walk around various cities. You can change music or city as often as you’d like. I love how each city-view makes me feel like I’m really there, wandering up and down the streets.” Neat! Good afternoon, Internet…

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