DC Firearm Injuries, Javanese Manuscripts, The Himalayan Database, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 9, 2023


WUSA: DC to track firearm injuries with new dashboard. “DC Health has launched a new data dashboard to help keep track of firearm injuries at emergency rooms across the District. ‘Firearm Injury Surveillance Through Emergency Rooms’ (FASTER) data is unique because it pulls from the hospital’s discharge diagnosis codes instead of mandatory physician reporting.”

British Library Asian and African Studies Blog: Bollinger Javanese Manuscripts Digitisation Project completed. “Through the generous support of William and Judith Bollinger, 120 Javanese manuscripts from the British Library’s collection have just been digitised and are now fully accessible online. The manuscripts date from the 17th to the early 20th centuries, and are written on paper in both Javanese script (hanacaraka) and adapted Arabic script (pegon), and include a few manuscripts in Old Javanese.”


Explorersweb: The Himalayan Database Stops Interviewing Commercial Climbers. “Climbers on commercial expeditions will no longer have to ‘prove’ their summits through an interview with The Himalayan Database. For 60 years, the non-profit has recorded nearly every summit from 160 Nepal peaks, but will now stop interviewing team members and leaders from expeditions climbing the normal routes.”


WIRED: Inside 4chan’s Top-Secret Moderation Machine. “WIRED obtained a number of internal 4chan documents through a public records request. Those documents show how 4chan’s team of moderators—janitors, in their own nomenclature—manage the site. Internal emails, chat logs, and moderation decisions reveal how the site’s janitors have helped shape it in their own image, using their moderation powers to engender 4chan’s particular brand of edgelord white supremacy.”


Krebs on Security: Discord Admins Hacked by Malicious Bookmarks. “A number of Discord communities focused on cryptocurrency have been hacked this past month after their administrators were tricked into running malicious Javascript code disguised as a Web browser bookmark.” Or bookmarklet!

SEC: SEC Files 13 Charges Against Binance Entities and Founder Changpeng Zhao. “Charges include operating unregistered exchanges, broker-dealers, and clearing agencies; misrepresenting trading controls and oversight on the Binance.US platform; and the unregistered offer and sale of securities.”


Larry Ferlazzo: AI Can Be Helpful To Teachers But, Despite What Sal Khan Says, It Will Not Be “the Biggest Positive Transformation That Education Has Ever Seen”. “The reality, to borrow from some of my posts’ headlines, is that all the bells and whistles of AI are going to be useless if students don’t feel like engaging with it. If students did what we wanted them to do, AI would be great! Though, if students did what we wanted them to do, there wouldn’t be any need to even think about using AI in the classroom.”

Colorado State University: Social media misinformation theory draws on classic tragedies, platform algorithms. “Drawing on literature’s roots in Greek and Shakespearean tragedy and philosophical explorations of the nature of truth, Nick Roberts and Hamed Qahri-Saremi advance a theory that looks to explain how misinformation on social media platforms can lead people to take real-world actions with disastrous consequences.”

York University: Scientists discover air quality monitoring stations are collecting urgently needed biodiversity data. “An international team of researchers has discovered that thousands of ambient air quality monitoring stations around the world are unwittingly recording more than just atmospheric pollutants and dust: they are also likely collecting biodiversity data in the form of environmental DNA (eDNA). Until now it was thought that the infrastructure for monitoring biodiversity and national and global scales does not exist.”


Billboard: Stevie Van Zandt’s TeachRock Launches Artist Council With Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Common & More: Exclusive . “Though he’s best known as a founding member of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, for years now Stevie Van Zandt has devoted much of his time to TeachRock, the free educational initiative he launched in 2006 geared toward K-12 educators and students. He’s about to get help with the program from some of the biggest names in music.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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