English/Ukrainian Storybooks, Nebraska Elections, David Winton Bell Gallery, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, June 9, 2023


University of Delaware: UD professor develops website offering free e-books for Ukrainian families and refugees. “Stories with Clever Hedgehog houses an expansive library of free, richly illustrated e-books for infants and children through age 10, written by authors around the world and digitally designed by Unite for Literacy. Children and families can choose books on a range of topics, including animals, foods, places and classic Ukrainian fairy tales and stories.” The stories are available in Ukrainian and English.

Civic Nebraska: Introducing TROVE, the Nebraska voter turnout tool. “Starting today [June 6], Nebraskans can delve into a TROVE of voter participation rates for their city, town, or neighborhood thanks to Civic Nebraska’s new mapping platform. This interactive Tool to Reflect Overall Voter Engagement shows voter turnout from the November 2022 general election down to the ZIP Code and census tract – eg, neighborhood – levels.”

Brown University: Search-friendly database boosts access to more than 7,000 artworks at Brown’s Bell Gallery . “Photographs from the 1963 March on Washington. Rare portraits of artists and socialites taken by Andy Warhol. Early conceptual sketches of scenes from ‘Blade Runner.’ A seldom-studied Rembrandt painting. There’s a wealth of artwork to explore in the David Winton Bell Gallery’s permanent collection at Brown University — and now, its treasures are easier to find than ever.”


The Verge: Reddit will exempt accessibility-focused apps from its unpopular API pricing changes. “Reddit is creating an exemption to its unpopular new API pricing terms for makers of accessibility apps, which could come as a big relief for some developers worried about how to afford the potentially expensive fees and the users that rely on the apps to browse Reddit.”

9to5 Google: Google starts rolling out image generation in Slides, more Duet AI for Gmail and Docs. “Google is expanding Workspace Labs with a trio of new features across Gmail, Docs, and Slides, including image generation.”


Vox: What will stop AI from flooding the internet with fake images?. “In order to reduce confusion between fake and real images, the content authenticity initiative group developed a tool Adobe is now using called content credentials that tracks when images are edited by AI. The company describes it as a nutrition label: information for digital content that stays with the file wherever it’s published or stored.”

Search Engine Land: Claude Instant With 100k Tokens Outperforms Leading Generative AI Chatbots. “Anthropic released a new version of Claude that accepts 100,000 tokens, or approximately 75,000 words of input. This allows users to analyze and perform tasks on lengthy excerpts of books, code, documents, transcripts, and more.”


CBS News: Sister of Saudi aid worker jailed over Twitter account speaks out as Saudi cultural investment expands with PGA Tour merger. “The American sister of a Saudi aid worker who was jailed over his satirical Twitter feed is voicing concerns about Saudi Arabia’s reach into the social media giant, as the Arab nation pursues an emergent role in culture and professional sports.”

The Hill: DHS inspector general confirms he deletes text messages from government phone. “The inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that he routinely deletes text messages from his government phone — a possible violation of government record keeping laws.”

Bleeping Computer: Malicious Chrome extensions with 75M installs removed from Web Store. “Google has removed from the Chrome Web Store 32 malicious extensions that could alter search results and push spam or unwanted ads. Collectively, they come with a download count of 75 million. The extensions featured legitimate functionality to keep users unaware of the malicious behavior that came in obfuscated code to deliver the payloads.”


Newswise: Facebook fitness and Insta-vitamins: how social media shapes women’s health. “A new study led by researchers from the University of Sydney has found young women’s engagement with social media plays a major role in shaping how they think – and act – in relation to their health. The research, published in the peer reviewed journal Health Marketing Quarterly, studied 30 women aged between 18 and 35 during the 2021 COVID-19 lockdowns to understand the factors influencing them to adopt diet and exercise messages on social media platforms Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.”

New York Times: Einstein and a Theory of Disinformation. “Even outside of conspiracy theorists, there’s a segment of society today that questions the very need for experts when Google’s vast servers can store information for us. We no longer need to memorize the numerical value of pi or the capital of North Dakota. This sense of our own intellectual infallibility has led to an extreme lack of humility in all sorts of people, from politicians to celebrities to social media influencers.” Good morning, Internet…

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