Aboriginal and Indigenous Law, Connecticut Parks, USPTO Trademark Search, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, September 22, 2023


Dalhousie University: Schulich Law showcases Aboriginal and Indigenous law projects on new website. “The Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie has launched a new website dedicated to highlighting the work of its students, faculty, and staff in the areas of Aboriginal and Indigenous law…. The website contains a large and growing repository of access to justice (A2J) projects and papers created by students for courses they have taken at Schulich Law. These are intended to be resources to help the public achieve a better understanding of issues related to Aboriginal and Indigenous law.”

State of Connecticut: Governor Lamont Announces Launch of A Cutting-Edge Website Showcasing Connecticut State Parks. “Governor Ned Lamont today announced the launch of, the new official website for Connecticut State Parks. The website offers visitors with an innovative online platform showcasing Connecticut State Parks in a more exciting, user-friendly way to help them engage with, learn about, and access state parks and the areas around them.”

USPTO: Introducing the USPTO’s new cloud-based trademark search system with basic and advanced search options. “This new, cloud-based search system will replace our current system (Trademark Electronic Search System, or TESS) to make searching for trademark registrations and/or applications easier – a necessary step for any aspiring or current business owner looking to protect their brand. Our new system provides users with a stronger industry-standard search syntax and offers both a simplified, basic search interface as well as a more advanced search interface for more complex searching.”


Gizmodo: Google Quietly Removes ‘Written By People’ From Suggestions for Website Owners. “Google quietly removed the suggestion that the text of a website should be ‘written by people’ from its guidance for site owners who want to do better in search results, a change first spotted by Search Engine Land. The change will likely accelerate the deluge of AI-generated content that’s already beginning to spread across the web, in part thanks to tools that Google itself is building.”

TechCrunch: OpenAI unveils DALL-E 3, allows artists to opt out of training. “OpenAI’s new tool, DALL-E 3, uses ChatGPT to help fill in prompts. Via ChatGPT, subscribers to OpenAI’s premium ChatGPT plans, ChatGPT Plus and ChatGPT Enterprise, can type in a request for an image and hone it through conversations with the chatbot — receiving the results directly within the chat app.”


New York Times: Adults Are Panicked About Teens and Social Media. These Girls Have Advice.. “Adults have been vocal about the effects of phone and social media use on adolescents, and how to best intervene to protect their mental health. Yet rarely are young people asked what they think might be constructive, or what they already do to build healthy habits. So we spoke to girls from ages 12 to 17 who have participated in programs led by Girls Leadership, a nonprofit that teaches confidence-building and how to use social media responsibly. Here are some of their best pieces of advice for other teens — and what they want adults to know, too.”

Euronews: Social media flooded with misinformation after surge of migrants in Lampedusa. “When more than 10,000 undocumented migrants landed on the shores of the Italian island of Lampedusa last week, social media became flooded with misinformation. Euronews debunked two viral and misleading clips. In this context of heated discussions on how EU member states should handle illegal immigration, multiple misleading videos have been shared criticising the migrants arriving in Italy.”

UK Government: Regulator publishes new guidance on charities’ social media use. “The new guidance is clear that charities using social media should have a social media policy in place and should ensure the policy is followed. This is standard practice in many charities and across other sectors and industries, and can help an organisation avoid problems and address issues swiftly if they occur. The regulator says its casework has revealed a knowledge gap.”


NBC News: Donald Trump Jr.’s X account apparently hacked, announces father’s death. “Donald Trump Jr.’s account on the social media platform formerly known as Twitter appeared to be hacked early Wednesday. One post falsely stated that former President Donald Trump had died, according to screenshots.”

Gothamist: 7 artworks, seized by Nazis, returned to descendants in NY. “An epic legal affair involving artworks looted by the Nazi regime drew to a close on Wednesday in Lower Manhattan, where the works were handed over to the descendants of a Jewish collector who was murdered during the Holocaust. The artworks, by the renowned Austrian artist Egon Schiele, were forcibly taken from Fritz Grünbaum, a Jewish cabaret performer who was killed in 1941 at Dachau concentration camp, according to descendants of the artist as well as a pivotal court ruling.”

CNBC: How a North Korean cyber group impersonated a Washington D.C. analyst. “Six years ago, a well-respected researcher was working late into the night when she stepped away from her computer to brush her teeth. By the time she came back, her computer had been hacked.”


Markets Insider: Remember when NFTs sold for millions of dollars? 95% of the digital collectibles are now probably worthless.. “A report by dappGambl found that 95% of non-fungible tokens are effectively worthless. Out of 73,257 NFT collections, 69,795 of them have a market cap of zero ether, based on data provided by NFT Scan and CoinMarketCap. By their estimates, almost 23 million people hold these worthless assets.” Good morning, Internet…

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