Ghostery, Twitter, BBC on Mastodon, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 1, 2023


TechRadar: Track the trackers together: Ghostery opens up its adblocker library. “Blocking and filtering online trackers since 2009, Ghostery was already used to collaborating with external experts to feed its database. Now, the team decided to make this process more transparent and accessible by the broader online community. TrackerDB is now open-source and fully available on GitHub.”


Jezebel: Elon Musk Forced to Take Down Disastrous ‘X’ Sign on Twitter Building After 3 Days. “Over the weekend, days after police had to stop the company from taking down its Twitter sign as they didn’t have the necessary safety permits, Musk rolled out an enormous, blinding ‘X’ sign at the top of the building. The brightly lit eyesore—which inevitably poses a risk to those vulnerable to seizures—terrorized neighbors across the street. Well, as of Monday afternoon, the ‘X’ sign has vanished from the top of the office building following a string of very vocal complaints from neighbors, CBS reports.” Note to posterity: we find this just as ridiculous now as you will then. I got nothing, fam.

The Verge: BBC launches an ‘experimental’ Mastodon server. “The BBC has launched its own ‘experimental’ Mastodon server, marking one of the first major news outlets to establish an instance on the Twitter alternative. You can access the server at, which encompasses posts from a handful of BBC accounts, including BBC Radio 4, BBC Taster, BBC Research & Development, and a few more.” If you haven’t gotten into Mastodon yet, or if you HAVE gotten into Mastodon and you’re looking for your fam, check out MastoGizmos. 11 tools for exploring, browsing, and making the most of Mastodon. Free and ad-free.


Lifehacker: The Best Way to Bulk Export Your Apple Notes. “Apple Notes is among the best free note-taking apps out there, but it doesn’t make it easy to export notes in bulk. Whether you’re thinking of switching to another app—such as Obsidian, which has better support for Android and Windows—or just considering backing up all your notes, you’re going to need a bulk export tool to handle the job.”

Engineering .com: Can I 3D Print This? New Tool from EOS Will Tell You. “The tool is designed to make the viability of metal and polymer 3D printing more accessible to newcomers. Focused on using laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) for production, the tool is squarely aimed at industrial 3D printing, a.k.a., additive manufacturing (AM). Users can input information about their current manufacturing method(s) along with a part design file and receive an automatically generated analysis that includes a cost estimation, predicted production time, and a recommended EOS system and material.”


Daily Progress: Threat and promise of AI looms over fall semester at UVa. “‘I’ve used ChatGPT to write answers to essays and discussion questions,’ an undeclared first-year student said. ‘Professors thought I wrote it. Almost everyone I know has probably cheated with it at some point. It’s the future, and it’s so easy.'”

Associated Press: Poetry academy announces grants. “A digital poetry archive in Utah, slam poetry workshops in South Carolina and creative writing programs in New Mexico are among the initiatives being supported by more than $1 million in grants from the Academy of American Poets.”


Bleeping Computer: CISA warns of breach risks from IDOR web app vulnerabilities. “CISA warned today of the significant breach risks linked to insecure direct object reference (IDOR) vulnerabilities impacting web applications in a joint advisory with the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) and U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). IDOR vulnerabilities are flaws in web apps (or apps that use affected web APIs) that enable attackers to access and manipulate sensitive data by directly referencing internal objects or resources.”

New York Times: U.S. Hunts Chinese Malware That Could Disrupt American Military Operations. “American intelligence officials believe the malware could give China the power to disrupt or slow American deployments or resupply operations, including during a Chinese move against Taiwan.”


Stanford Law School: Rethinking Algorithmic Decision-Making. “In a new paper, Stanford University authors, including Stanford Law Associate Professor Julian Nyarko, illuminate how algorithmic decisions based on ‘fairness’ don’t always lead to equitable or desirable outcomes.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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