AI Litigation Database, ED Games Expo, NREL Podcasts, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, September 5, 2023


The George Washington University: A Database from GW Law Informs Users on Litigation Relating to AI. “Legal scholars and others familiar with databases such as those maintained by LexisNexis and Westlaw know that they report opinions from finished cases. The AI Litigation Database tracks cases from the time they are filed. The cases are searchable by keyword, the jurisdiction in which they were filed and area of application, among other terms. Application areas include employment, intellectual property, facial recognition and many more.”


US Department of Education: Announcing the 9th Annual ED Games Expo. “The ED Games Expo is the annual public showcase of game-changing education technology (EdTech) innovations created through more than 50 programs at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the U.S. Department of Education (ED), and across government. The multi-day event engages a broad audience, including EdTech developers and researchers, organizations across the education ecosystem, students and educators, members of the public including families and children, and representatives and leaders from Federal agencies and offices.” The event includes both in-person and virtual components.


NREL: NREL Launches Science and News Podcast. “Forty-six years ago, the research organization that would become the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was born. This year, on July 5, NREL’s birthday, the laboratory launched its news podcast, ‘Transforming Energy: The NREL Podcast.’ Every other Wednesday, podcast hosts Kerrin Jeromin and Taylor Mankle provide news about research at the laboratory and the ways NREL’s work is impacting the clean energy space.”

Search Engine Journal: Google Fights Back Against Misleading Ads With New Policy. “This policy targets unfamiliar or lesser-known advertisers whose ads may have a higher risk of being scams or misrepresenting themselves. Under the new protocol, Google will limit how widely these types of ads are shown across its platforms to mitigate the potential for users to encounter deceptive advertising content.”


Sierra Club Magazine: Why Did Public Lands Agencies Get Snarky On Social Media?. “Agencies from the National Park Service to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation have adopted the communication style many of us are used to seeing online to create content that both educates and entertains.”

UC Riverside: UCR California Digital Newspaper Collection receives grant to archive regional newspapers serving Black communities . “The grant will be used to digitize a collection of newspapers serving Black communities in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas between World War II and 1963. UCR’s project is part of the NEH initiative American Tapestry: Weaving Together Past, Present, and Future, emphasizing the role of the humanities in tackling contemporary social challenges. ”

The National News: From WaterTok to IceTok, how social media is bringing ice in from the cold. “TikTok is awash with videos and posts about ice – showing different flavours, textures, shapes and freezing methods – with videos of people creating different moulds viewed in their millions. Starbucks made headlines in May when it announced plans to switch from cubes to nugget ice, sparking an online discourse about the merits of smaller pellet shapes over blocks and how it affects the quality of cold beverages.”


The Guardian: Twitter accused of helping Saudi Arabia commit human rights abuses. “The social media company formerly known as Twitter has been accused in a revised civil US lawsuit of helping Saudi Arabia commit grave human rights abuses against its users, including by disclosing confidential user data at the request of Saudi authorities at a much higher rate than it has for the US, UK, or Canada.”

404 Media: Hackers Can Silently Grab Your IP Through Skype. Microsoft Is In No Rush to Fix It. “Hackers are able to grab a target’s IP address, potentially revealing their general physical location, by simply sending a link over the Skype mobile app. The target does not need to click the link or otherwise interact with the hacker beyond opening the message, according to a security researcher who demonstrated the issue and successfully discovered my IP address by using it.”


Centre for Economic Policy Research: The effect of copyright on the digitisation and availability of visual artworks. “This column exploits a change in copyright protection in the US to examine how copyright affects the digitisation and distribution of artworks over the internet. The authors find a strong increase in online image availability for original artworks that move into the public domain. Analysis of worldwide Google image search data reveals that digital artwork surrogates made available online are heavily reused downstream, suggesting they are of measurable high public and commercial value.”

North Carolina State University: An ‘Introspective’ AI Finds Diversity Improves Performance. “An artificial intelligence with the ability to look inward and fine tune its own neural network performs better when it chooses diversity over lack of diversity, a new study finds. The resulting diverse neural networks were particularly effective at solving complex tasks.”

Stanford University: Two Tessier-Lavigne papers retracted on his last day as president. “Prominent journal Science issued retraction notices for two high-profile Marc Tessier-Lavigne papers today, the same day his tenure as Stanford’s 11th president officially ends. Tessier-Lavigne, who had previously defended the studies that have now been withdrawn, acknowledged that the research contained manipulated data in the notices.” Good morning, Internet…

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