G20 Tourism and SDGs Dashboard, Web Archiving Expertise, Digital Library of Georgia, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, September 6, 2023


United Nations World Tourism Organization: UNWTO And G20 Launch Dashboard To Support Tourism In Advancing The SDGs. “Ahead of the G20 Leaders’ Summit next 9-10 September, UNWTO has worked with the Presidency through India’s Ministry of Tourism on the G20 Tourism and SDGs Dashboard…. The Dashboard showcases the pillars of the Goa Roadmap for Tourism as a Vehicle for Achieving the SDGs around the five priority areas set for the Tourism Working Group, which are: 1. Green Tourism; 2. Digitalization; 3. Skills; 4. Tourism MSMEs and 5. Destination Management.”


Library of Congress Blog: The Web Archiving Team Answers Questions About the Web Archives. “Have you ever wondered what exactly is web archiving? How the Library select which websites to preserve? Or how you would find and search the web archives? The Web Archiving Team’s Senior Digital Collection Specialists gathered to answer these questions and more in a live webinar during the Preservation Directorate’s celebration of Preservation Week. If you missed it, we have good news– a video is now available to watch on the Library’s website, and you can also read a short summary of the presentation here.”


Digital Library of Georgia: The Digital Library of Georgia has made its 3 millionth digitized and full-text-searchable historic newspaper page available freely online. . “The title page of the first edition of the May 22, 1917, issue of the Atlanta Georgian reports on the destruction caused by the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917 and the city’s effort to control the damage. This issue marks the 3 millionth page digitized by the Digital Library of Georgia.”

CBS News: Google eases wartime restrictions in boost for Ukrainian entrepreneurs, but digital hurdles remain. “One month after Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine last year, Vladyslav Lysenko surveyed the damage to his egg warehouse outside Kyiv. Russian soldiers had occupied the building for weeks and destroyed most of his stock. ‘At that moment,” he said, “I realized that I had the opportunity to do something new.’ His dream had always been to open a restaurant, so after meeting Ukrainian ‘MasterChef’ finalist Ivan Kozyr while volunteering to help internally displaced people, he hatched a plan.”

Bloomberg: NFTs, Once Hyped as the Next Big Thing, Now Face ‘Worst Moment’. “Nonfungible tokens, most popularly associated with the digital artwork and other collectibles recorded on crypto blockchains, have lost most of their value after once capturing the imagination of crypto enthusiasts as the next big thing. The hype and FOMO, or “fear of missing out,” around NFTs has faded since their all-time peak in January 2022, leaving beaten-down buyers and sellers struggling to find long-term value in the speculative assets. Monthly trading volume for NFTs plummeted 81% between January 2022 and July 2023, data from DappRadar shows.”


The Verge: Gizmodo’s owner shuts down Spanish language site in favor of AI translations. “Matías S. Zavia, a writer at Gizmodo en Español, posted that the publication was shut down on August 29th and that it would now publish automatically translated articles. Gizmodo en Español previously had a small staff who wrote original stories and created Spanish-language adaptations of pieces from the English-language Gizmodo.”

Politico: The Global South’s missing voice in AI. “Tanzanian politician [Neema Lugangira] (from the country’s ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi political party) is the founder of the African Parliamentary Network on Internet Governance, a pan-regional network of 35 lawmakers from 30 countries. The goal: to include African voices in increasingly complex global discussions on digital policy — many of which have turned, in recent months, to reining in artificial intelligence.”


Missouri Independent: Kansas City police made arrests based on rescinded warrants, records show. “The issue arose when the police department switched from one software for tracking warrants to another. It’s unclear how long it went on or how long the individuals were held.”

Ars Technica: Hacker gains admin control of Sourcegraph and gives free access to the masses. “An unknown hacker gained administrative control of Sourcegraph, an AI-driven service used by developers at Uber, Reddit, Dropbox, and other companies, and used it to provide free access to resources that normally would have required payment.”

TorrentFreak: Google Preemptively Banned Hundreds of Millions of ‘Pirate’ URLs Last Year. “Google remains committed to tackling online piracy. In a recent letter to the US Patent and Trademark Office, the company says that it blocked hundreds of millions of URLs before they appeared in the search engine. These preemptive takedowns are part of a broader strategy that also deals with advertisements for streaming piracy that hasn’t happened yet.”


MIT News: Fast-tracking fusion energy’s arrival with AI and accessibility. “As part of their strategy to accelerate fusion energy’s arrival and reach carbon neutrality by 2050, the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has announced new funding for a project led by researchers at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) and four collaborating institutions.”

Android Authority: Five months later, I still don’t want to use Google Bard. “Fast forward to today and we’ve crossed the five-month threshold since Google’s chatbot became publicly available. Despite that, Bard hasn’t found the same kind of success that ChatGPT achieved virtually overnight. But even as Google’s chatbot continues to fade from public discourse, the company hasn’t stopped working on it just yet. So after noticing the last set of updates, I decided to give the troubled chatbot a fair chance. Unfortunately, it only took a few tests to find out why I stopped using Bard in the first place.” Good morning, Internet…

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