Supply Chain Regulations Mapped, Internet Archive, YouTube, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, August 15, 2023


FeedNavigator: New interactive tool designed to show country-specific supply chain regulations . “Risk assurer, LRQA, has published a map outlining country-specific supply chain and [Environmental, Social and Governance] legislation.”


Publishers Weekly: Judgment Entered in Publishers, Internet Archive Copyright Case. “More than four months after a federal judge found the Internet Archive liable for copyright infringement for its program to scan and lend library books, the parties have delivered a negotiated agreement for a judgment to be entered in the case. But a final resolution in the case could still be many months, if not years, away, as Internet Archive officials have vowed to appeal.”

The Verge: YouTube starts mass takedowns of videos promoting ‘harmful or ineffective’ cancer cures. “The platform will also take action against videos that discourage people from seeking professional medical treatment as it sets out its health policies going forward.”

NBC News: Zuckerberg dismisses Musk for avoiding cage fight: ‘It’s time to move on’. “The long-hyped possibility of a cage match between tech titans Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk appears to be no more after Zuckerberg dismissed Musk for allegedly delaying their anticipated showdown in the ring. ‘I think we can all agree Elon isn’t serious and it’s time to move on,’ Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook, wrote Sunday on Threads, the text-based app Meta launched as a competitor to X, the company formerly known as Twitter.”


The Wrap: New York Times Moves to Block AI Training From Published Content, Adds Ban to Terms of Service. “The New York Times has instituted a ban on using its content to train artificial intelligence systems. In its most recent update to the terms of service on its website, dated Aug. 3, the paper of record now includes a prohibition on the ‘use the content for the development of any software program, including, but not limited to, training a machine learning or artificial intelligence (AI) system.'”

Route Fifty: More states look to boost kids’ social media literacy . “The push for greater social media literacy is in keeping with several states’ efforts to boost the overall digital literacy of their young people, something that has caught on in states like Illinois, New Jersey and others amid worries about misinformation and a lack of civic online reasoning.”


The Register: Maker of Chrome extension with 300,000+ users tells of constant pressure to sell out. “In the past nine years, Oleg Anashkin, a software developer based in San Jose, California, has received more than 130 solicitations to monetize his Chrome browser extension, Hover Zoom+. The latest of these proposals, which generally involve adding code from a third-party partner that gathers data or places ads, arrived by email on Wednesday.”

Associated Press: Stolen antiquities returned to Italy. “Italy celebrated the return Friday of 266 antiquities from the United States, including Etruscan vases and ancient Roman coins and mosaics worth tens of millions of dollars that were looted and sold to U.S. museums and private collectors. The returned items include artifacts recently seized in New York from a storage unit belonging to British antiquities dealer Robin Symes, officials said. In addition, the haul that arrived in Rome included 65 objects from Houston’s Menil Collection.”

TechCrunch: How the FBI goes after DDoS cyberattackers. “DDoS is a form of cyberattack where bad actors flood websites with malicious traffic with the goal of taking them offline. DDoS attacks had existed for years before 2016, but the fact that this one incident took down so many major services drew the attention of people who didn’t know much about cybersecurity. Since then, no DDoS attack has ever been so newsworthy, but the problem hasn’t gotten away.”


J-Wire: Yad Vashem using AI to restore memory of Holocaust. “Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem announced Sunday that it has started using state-of-the-art AI technology including a new image detection capability to help comb through the world’s largest archive documentation of the Holocaust.”

Maldita: How electoral fraud conspiracy theories went viral on TikTok after the 2023 Spanish general elections. “The general elections on July 23 have been followed by a wave of disinformation that says there has been a fraud to alter the results. This is a conspiracy theory that is sweeping TikTok, whose algorithm means that the more videos you consume with disinformation narratives about this alleged electoral fraud, the more they will continue to appear on your feed.”

La Trobe University: Online trolls impact local council participation. “A new study, led by La Trobe University researchers, has found that women councillors experience more gender-based (on and off-line) incivility than men across the election campaign and during their first year in office. The study highlights the impact hostility and bullying has on the willingness of women to put their hand up for local elections, with double the number of women than men reporting unwillingness to run in future elections.” Good morning, Internet…

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