Carol Hardgrove and Hulda Evelyn Thelander, Twitter, CSS and Accessibility, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 6, 2023


University of California San Francisco: New Digital Collections: Carol Hardgrove Papers and Hulda Evelyn Thelander Papers. “The UCSF Library Archives and Special Collections is pleased to announce the digitization of the Carol Hardgrove papers and the Hulda Evelyn Thelander papers. The digitization of the collections is part of our current grant project, Pioneering Child Studies: Digitizing and Providing Access to Collection of Women Physicians who Spearheaded Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics, supported by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).”


Rolling Stone: X, Formerly Twitter, Seizes @Music Handle From Its Longtime User, Who Is ‘Super Pissed’. “AS ELON MUSK continues Twitter’s confounding rebrand into ‘X,’ the social media platform has now seized the account handle for @Music, much to the chagrin of the username’s original user. X user Jeremy Vaught shared a message the company had sent him on Thursday, notifying him that the account name he created about a year into Twitter’s existence is no longer his as the handle is now affiliated with X Corp.”


Smashing Magazine: CSS And Accessibility: Inclusion Through User Choice. “It is challenging to accurately understand the preferences of over 7.8 billion people at any given time. Carie Fisher outlines which CSS media features are available for detecting user preferences and how they are used to design and build more inclusive experiences.”


The Verge: Google’s $99 a night company hotel advertises ‘no commute’ as a perk. “Google is offering its employees a new incentive to come into its Mountain View, California office: discounted hotel stays. The company is promoting $99 per night rates for its on-campus hotel to help remote employees transition into a hybrid working schedule, according to a report from CNBC.” This is disturbing.

Ars Technica: “Absurd”: Google, Amazon rebuked over unsupported Chromebooks still for sale. “Google resisted pleas to extend the lifetime of Chromebooks set to expire as of this June and throughout the summer. Thirteen Chromebook models have met their death date since June 1 and won’t receive security updates or new features from Google anymore. But that hasn’t stopped the Chromebooks from being listed for sale on sites like Amazon for the same prices as before.”


Engadget: Google is making it easier to remove your private information from Search. “Google has announced several updates to Search aimed at making it easier for people to control information about them that appears in results. The company released a tool last year to help people take down search results containing their phone number, home address or email. Now, the company has updated the ‘results about you’ tool to make it more effective.”

Vox: The AI rules that US policymakers are considering, explained. “AI policy is still pretty virgin terrain in DC, and proposals from government leaders tend to be articulated with lots of jargon, usually involving invocations of broad ideas or requests for public input and additional study, rather than specific plans for action. Principles, rather than programming.”

Techdirt: Legal Subreddit Bans All Ex-Twitter Links Due To Safety Risk. “Elon Musk has decided to reenable accounts suspended for posting CSAM while at the same time allowing the most basic of CSAM scanning systems to break. And, that’s not even looking at how most of the team who was in charge of fighting CSAM on the site were either laid off or left. And, that’s made Ex-Twitter a much riskier site in lots of ways, including for advertisers who have bailed. But also for anyone linking to the site. r/law, a popular subreddit about the law announced last week that it was completely banning links to Twitter for this reason.”


TechCrunch: Researchers jailbreak a Tesla to get free in-car feature upgrades “A group of researchers said they have found a way to hack the hardware underpinning Tesla’s infotainment system, allowing them to get what normally would be paid upgrades — such as heated rear seats — for free. By doing this, the researchers essentially found a way to jailbreak the car.”

University of Michigan: Building reliable AI models requires understanding the people behind the datasets, UMSI researchers say. “Social media companies are increasingly relying on complex algorithms and artificial intelligence to detect offensive behavior online. These algorithms and AI systems all rely on data to learn what is offensive. But who’s behind the data, and how do their backgrounds influence their decisions?” Good afternoon, Internet…

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