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Youth Justice Interactive Dashboard, California Legislation, TikTok, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 3, 2023

NEW RESOURCES

UK Authority: Wales gets data dashboard on youth justice. “The Youth Justice Interactive Dashboard has been made available by the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales, providing data around 10-17 year-olds who offend, on topics including the nature of their offences, outcomes and relevant indicators on issues such as accommodation, education and mental health.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Bloomberg: Tech Industry Dodges California Social Media Addiction Bill. “Legislation aiming to hold social media platforms liable for addiction and other harms (S.B. 680) to child users was killed by a key committee Friday, the second year in a row this has happened.”

AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD

The Messenger: TikTok Scrubs 284 Accounts Tied to Chinese Disinformation Campaign . “TikTok has removed 284 accounts associated with a Chinese disinformation campaign after the Guardian Australia reported on their existence. The ByteDance-owned social media platform removed the accounts in the same week that Meta’s Facebook and Instagram claimed to have removed roughly 9,000 accounts associated with a Chinese disinformation campaign focused on Australia and a few other countries.”

TechCrunch: Google pulls popular but controversial live video chat app Chamet from the Play Store. “Google has removed popular but controversial live video chat app Chamet from the Play Store. The company confirmed the move to TechCrunch, saying that the app violated its user-generated content (UGC) policy.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

404 Media: Scientologists Ask Federal Government to Restrict Right to Repair. “The organization that represents the literary works of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard has filed a petition with the Federal Government, asking it to make it illegal to circumvent software locks for the repair of a highly specific set of electronic devices, according to a letter reviewed by 404 Media. The letter doesn’t refer to any single device, but experts say the petition covers Scientology’s ‘E-Meter,’ a ‘religious artifact’ and electronic that is core to Scientology.”

New Voice of Ukraine: Drone operating now part of ‘Defense of Ukraine’ classes being piloted in Lviv. “War has changed the way Ukrainian schoolchildren study, as can be seen by at least one class in Lviv, who spent their first day back to class learning how to operate unmanned aerial drones (UAVs), as seen in photos published by Lviv mayor, Andriy Sadovyi, on social media on Sept. 1.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

9to5 Google: Google Now was the better phone assistant, no AI or LLMs needed. “Google’s in-progress plan to revitalize Assistant is by infusing it with LLMs (large language models), starting on mobile, which should mean Android. Hopefully that ‘supercharged Assistant’ will be able to analyze what’s on my screen, find dates/times/locations, and offer to save it in Google Calendar for me. It’s ridiculous, however, that we had that functionality 6-7 years ago and didn’t need the bleeding edge in computer science to get it.”

North Carolina State University: Potential Employers View Job Candidates Differently If They Post Online About Mental Health. “It is increasingly common for people to discuss mental health challenges on social media platforms, but a new study finds these disclosures can affect the way potential employers view job applicants.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

University of Maine: UMaine IMRC uses its tools to preserve historic fly rods — including Teddy Roosevelt’s. “Fly fishing is an essential piece of Maine’s history and culture. The artists at the University of Maine’s Innovative Media Research and Commercialization (IMRC) Center knew this when they were approached with the task of using the tools at their disposal to help Thomas Rod Co., a historic fly rod maker based in Brewer, preserve and recreate its legacy designs — including the one personally used by President Theodore Roosevelt over 100 years ago.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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