United States Criminal Justice, Digital Library of Amateur Radio & Communications, Content Blocking, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, September 15, 2023


Council on Criminal Justice: CCJ Unveils New Interactive Resource on Key Criminal Justice Trends. “The Footprint: Tracking the Size of America’s Criminal Justice System goes live today on the Council on Criminal Justice website, providing ready access to a collection of 40 interactive charts that trace decades-long changes in crime and victimization, arrests, incarceration, and community supervision.”


Amateur Radio Daily: Digital Library of Amateur Radio and Communications Reaches 90,000 Items. “The Digital Library of Amateur Radio & Communications (DLARC) has now added over 90,000 items to its collection of amateur radio related resources. The free online library is hosted by the Internet Archive.”

Meduza: Russian authorities blocked more than 885,000 websites in first half of 2023. “In the first six months of 2023, Russia’s federal censorship agency, Roskomnadzor, ordered the blocking of more than 885,000 websites that allegedly contained information banned under Russian law. That’s 85 percent higher than the number of sites blocked in the same period in 2022, a representative of the agency told the Russian newspaper Kommersant.”


Associated Press: Gary Neville and Jill Scott secretly swapped X accounts to shine a light on gender bias in soccer. “As one of soccer’s most outspoken commentators, Gary Neville is used to getting abuse from fans. Over the space of five days in May, however, the attacks he received on social media were unlike anything he’d experienced before. For Jill Scott, on the other hand, it was depressingly familiar.”

BBC: Nigeria elections: Websites use false stories to attract views and ads. “Several websites established around the time of Nigeria’s general elections in February 2023 are reaching thousands of people while spreading false news, the BBC has found. A high number of adverts on the websites mean they can be profiting from the spread of disinformation.They weave false stories with factual news about sports, entertainment, and politics – with some publishing as many as 700 pieces per month.”

NiemanLab: A new station in Mexico City is making radio for social media — and filling local news gaps. “What happens when a capital city of 22 million people and 16 boroughs doesn’t have enough local news sources to cover its massiveness Welcome to Mexico City, Mexico, where this is a reality that a new radio station is trying to address. Radio Chilango, launched on August 28, is the newest wing of Chilango, a news and culture magazine covering Mexico City. The station is starting off with four shows: The morning show ‘¿Qué chilangos pasa?’ discusses need-to-know news for the day, along with tips for surviving the unique challenges of the megalopolis (the traffic, the air pollution, gentrification, the works).”


Bloomberg: Google Trial Spotlights Internal Dispute Over Algorithm vs Data. “What is more important to a successful online search business: the computing algorithm that decides what results to display or the data that tracks the results of user clicks? Even within Alphabet Inc.’s Google, the world’s largest search engine, that question has been hotly debated for years. And now it’s a key feature in a landmark antitrust trial, where the US Justice Department claims Google spends billions of dollars to stifle competition and preserve its monopoly over online search.”

Reuters: India calls X a ‘habitual non-compliant platform’ in latest court tussle. “India’s government has told a court that Elon Musk’s X is a ‘habitual non-compliant platform’ and for years has not followed many orders to remove content, undermining the government’s role, according to a legal filing reviewed by Reuters.”

Ars Technica: Calif. passes strongest right-to-repair bill yet, requiring 7 years of parts. “California, the home to many of tech’s biggest companies and the nation’s most populous state, is pushing ahead with a right-to-repair bill for consumer electronics and appliances. After unanimous votes in the state Assembly and Senate, the bill passed yesterday is expected to move through a concurrence vote and be signed by Governor Gavin Newsom.”


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Research partnership uses data science to look at household wealth and homeownership. “Home values appreciate more slowly for lower-income, minority and female homeowners. These were among the findings of a recent research project by a team from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The project was funded by the Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC). The study used data science to find insights into what contributes to disparities in home values and how this impacts the accumulation of wealth that comes from owning a home.”

University College London: Deprived teens with poor learning skills at greatest risk from email scams. “The findings, published in the British Journal of Educational Studies, were based on more than 170,000 students aged 15 and show that one in five from low-income families or deprived areas could fall victim to phishing. This is much higher than the probability for the age group overall. Email scams leave people vulnerable to identity theft, putting young people at risk of financial fraud and having their savings stripped.”

Washington University in St. Louis: $3M grant funds training to harness power of AI for social, environmental challenges. “The National Science Foundation (NSF) is investing $3 million over the next five years in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Advancements and Convergence in Computational, Environmental and Social Sciences (AI-ACCESS) program at Washington University in St. Louis. The grant is one of 22 new awards totaling nearly $63 million to create a new generation of talent in science, technology, engineering and math fields that reflects the diversity of the nation.” Good morning, Internet…

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