Yom Kippur War, Johannes Schwalm Historical Association, Video Games for Educators, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 8, 2023


Ynetnews: Israel declassifies massive archive to mark 50th anniversary of Yom Kippur War. “Israeli history comes alive today like never before as the Israel State Archives releases thousands of documents related to the 1973 Yom Kippur War, including materials from the months leading up to and following the conflict.”

Kutztown University: Johannes Schwalm Historical Association Selects Kutztown University As New Home Of Digital Military Archives. “The Johannes Schwalm Historical Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to researching those German auxiliary troops (generically called Hessian) who remained in America after the Revolutionary War… Researchers from across the world can now access these digital archives through Kutztown University’s Rohrbach Library.”

Illinois State University: Creative Technologies professor creates gaming database for educators . “With more than 10,000 computer games of varying topics, themes, and designs released each year, the options are overwhelming. But by establishing an online database called ‘Using.Games,’ [Dr. Sercan] Şengün is aiming to make video games more accessible for educators who are teaching about and researching the humanities, social sciences, and the arts.” I think the database is currently available, but when I checked it it was down.


Ars Technica: Google gets its way, bakes a user-tracking ad platform directly into Chrome. “Don’t let Chrome’s big redesign distract you from the fact that Chrome’s invasive new ad platform, ridiculously branded the ‘Privacy Sandbox,’ is also getting a widespread rollout in Chrome today. If you haven’t been following this, this feature will track the web pages you visit and generate a list of advertising topics that it will share with web pages whenever they ask, and it’s built directly into the Chrome browser.”


The Verge: New YouTube face just dropped. “The faces on YouTube thumbnails might start to look a bit different. A lot of thumbnails feature a person with an open mouth in shock, awe, excitement, or horror because of a belief that the open-mouth face entices people to click on a video. But MrBeast, the individual with the most subscribers on YouTube, said Wednesday that he’s starting to see longer watch times on videos where his thumbnail face has a closed mouth instead of an open one.” Decades from now, students are going to write their doctoral thesis on YouTube Face.


Bleeping Computer: Google: State hackers attack security researchers with new zero-day. “Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) says North Korean state hackers are again targeting security researchers in attacks using at least one zero-day in an undisclosed popular software. Researchers attacked in this campaign are involved in vulnerability research and development, according to Google’s team of security experts that protects the company’s users from state-sponsored attacks.”

Reuters: Australia to require AI-made child abuse material be removed from search results. “Australia will make search engines like Google and Bing take steps to prevent the sharing of child sexual abuse material created by artificial intelligence, the country’s internet regulator said on Friday. A new code drafted by the industry giants at the government’s request will require search engines to ensure that such content is not returned in search results, e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said in a statement.”


World Bank: Demand for Online Gig Work Rapidly Rising in Developing Countries. “The ‘gig economy’ accounts for up to 12 percent of the global labor market—much higher than previously estimated—and holds particular promise for women and youth in developing countries. Demand for online gig work is growing rapidly, however, social protections for workers in this segment are still lacking, according to a new World Bank report.”

IOL (South Africa): Hashtags showing anti-immigrant sentiment likely artificially manipulated – research finds. “In a new report, the Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change (CABC) found that the online conversations using the hashtags #Xenophobia, #PatrioticSpace, #VoetsekANC, and #PutSouthAfricaFirst were likely artificially manipulated.”


University of Maine: Vincent Weaver ‘demakes’ video games to teach about computer systems. “Vincent Weaver, a University of Maine associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has a quirky hobby: ‘de-making’ video games, or reformatting classic games onto even simpler systems than the ones they were launched on as a programming challenge. Weaver has not only amassed an online fan base for his demakes — he has also found ways to incorporate them into his curriculum for UMaine students.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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