Greco-Turkish War Aftermath, Google Search, Zoom, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 10, 2023


Ekathimerini: A digital ‘atlas’ of the refugee imprint in Greece. “Anatolia Imprints… is an ambitious and labor-intensive project aimed at scientifically recording the economic, political and social impact of the decade-long wave of refugee arrivals in Greece that peaked in 1922-23. The website includes an interactive map that allows users to find out which part of Turkey their ancestors came from and where they settled in Greece – it covers all the refugees from agricultural communities and nearly half of those from cities – simply by inputting their full name.”


Search Engine Journal: Google Search Major League Baseball “Recent Featured Highlights”. “Google has a new search feature titled ‘recent featured highlights’ for Major League Baseball players. It showcases stats for recent games, short video clips and more.”

Axios: Zoom CEO admits mistake as terms-of-service changes raise AI fears. “A change to Zoom’s terms of service left customers confused and worried that the video conferencing company was seeking broad rights to use images, sound and other content from meetings to train its AI algorithms.”


The Vinyl Factory: Rescuing records: Archiving the UK’s biggest South Asian vinyl collection. “Having your pick of 3000 records in a dusty backroom is a crate-digger’s dream, and it’s one that Faisal Hussain has lived. The Birmingham artist is the director of the True Form Projects vinyl archive–the largest South Asian vinyl collection in the UK. Rescued by Hussain from Muhammad Ayub’s Oriental Star Agencies– a Birmingham-based store that imported Indian and Pakistani music until its closure in 2017–the collection has spent the last three years being archived by Hussain and a team of volunteers.”

Meduza: Yandex co-founder Arkady Volozh updates his entrepreneurial bio. Russia shrinks to marginal mention.. “Arkady Volozh, a co-founder and former CEO of the now-divided IT giant Yandex, has updated his entrepreneurial biography — and Russia is vanishing from his story.”


UC Riverside: Virtual reality headsets are vulnerable to hackers. “While Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are envisioned as the next iteration of the internet immersing us in new digital worlds, the associated headset hardware and virtual keyboard interfaces create new opportunities for hackers.”

Citizen Lab: “Please do not make it public”: Vulnerabilities in Sogou Keyboard encryption expose keypresses to network eavesdropping. “Analyzing the Windows, Android, and iOS versions of the software, we discovered troubling vulnerabilities in Sogou Input Method’s custom-designed ‘EncryptWall’ encryption system and in how it encrypts sensitive data.”


The Verge: ‘Every single’ Amazon team is working on generative AI, says CEO. “‘Every single one’ of Amazon’s businesses has ‘multiple generative AI initiatives going right now,’ Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said on the company’s Q2 2023 earnings call on Thursday. The company offers infrastructure and services via AWS that can help power many generative artificial intelligence applications, which Jassy did discuss on the call, but he also stressed just how important AI is across the company as a whole.”

ScienceDaily: Humans unable to detect over a quarter of deepfake speech samples. “New research has found that humans were only able to detect artificially generated speech 73% of the time, with the same accuracy in both English and Mandarin.”


University of York: Researcher creates city map from diary of 18th Century York woman . “A researcher has created a map for a walking tour of York based on the diaries of a woman who lived in the city during the Napoleonic Wars.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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