Graphic Communications Group Ltd, Oklahoma Newspapers, US Census Bureau, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, September 24, 2023


Graphic Communications Group (Ghana): Graphic Communications Group Ltd launches Digital Archive spanning over 70 years. “The Graphic Communications Group Ltd (GCGL) has unveiled its meticulously curated Digitalised Archive, a comprehensive collection of the group’s invaluable work spanning over seventy years…. Encompassing the entirety of the company’s newspaper publications and exclusive photographs from 1950 to 2000, the archive stands as a testament to the GCGL’s enduring legacy.”

NonDoc: Oklahoma Historical Society secures CNHI approval for online archive of The Edmond Sun. “Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. and the Oklahoma Historical Society have come to an agreement permitting OHS to place tens of thousands of editions of The Edmond Sun archives on its Gateway to Oklahoma History website.”


US Census Bureau: Census Bureau Releases 2020 Census Data for Nearly 1,500 Detailed Race and Ethnicity Groups, Tribes and Villages. “The U.S. Census Bureau today released 2020 Census population counts and sex-by-age statistics for 300 detailed race and ethnic groups, as well as 1,187 detailed American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) tribes and villages.”

TechCrunch: Google wants to map more of the world’s roads with expansion of ‘Road Mapper’ volunteer community . “Google announced today that it is opening access to more contributors to participate in Road Mapper, a tool where you can add missing roads to Google Maps in areas of the world that need it most.” Thinking about this in relation to the recent Google Maps driving directions lawsuit is kind of 😬.

Times Argus Online: Vermont State University names David Bergh a new interim president. “Vermont State University has named a new president. The Vermont State Colleges System board of trustees announced Friday morning that David G. Bergh will lead VTSU as its next interim president. Bergh takes over following the planned departure of current interim president Mike Smith, who is set to resign from the role by Nov. 1.” Bergh takes over after the disastrous tenure of Parwinder Grewal.


404 Media: First Google Search Result for Tiananmen Square “Tank Man” Is AI Generated Selfie. “The first thing you’ll see if you search Google for ‘tank man’ right now will not be the iconic picture of the unidentified Chinese man who stood in protest in front of a column of tanks leaving Tiananmen Square, but an entirely fake, AI-generated selfie of that historical event.” Google removed the image after being contacted by 404 Media.

Vox: Stuart Russell wrote the textbook on AI safety. He explains how to keep it from spiraling out of control.. “So what do we need to know about AI right now? What are the questions we should be asking? And how should we be preparing for whatever’s coming? To get some answers, I invited Stuart Russell onto The Gray Area. Russell is a professor of computer science at UC Berkeley and the author of Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control.”

Deutsche Welle: Tanzanians demand return of ancestral skulls. “In a major research project, scientists from Berlin’s Museum of Prehistory and Early History, together with colleagues from Rwanda, investigated the origin of around 1,100 human skulls from Germany’s former colonies in East Africa. Hermann Parzinger, president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, told DW that it was ‘a small miracle’ to find living relatives for three skulls through DNA analysis and that it was like finding a needle in a haystack.”


Reuters: US Supreme Court Extends Pause on Order Curbing Biden Social Media Contacts . “U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Friday extended a temporary block on an order restricting the ability of President Joe Biden’s administration to encourage social media companies to remove content it deemed misinformation about COVID-19 and other matters of public concern.”

New Zealand Herald: Social media star jailed for two years for eating pork in viral Bali video. “Lina Lutfiawati, also known as Lina Mukherjee, created a ‘blasphemous’ video when she recited an Islamic phrase before eating crispy pork skin for her two million followers to see. While pork isn’t banned in Indonesia, it is forbidden in Islam and remains taboo among most Indonesians. At least 93 per cent of its 231m people identify as Muslim. Mukherjee, 33, who identifies as Muslim, was charged with blasphemy, which is the action or offence of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things.”


NBC News: Musk’s X, formerly Twitter, ranks last in climate misinformation ‘scorecard’. “Environmental groups slammed Elon Musk’s X app in a report Wednesday ranking social media platforms on their approach to climate change misinformation. X, formerly known as Twitter, ranked last because it’s not clear the app has policies against the spread of misleading information about climate change, according to Climate Action Against Disinformation, the creator of the score card. The group is a coalition of more than 50 environmental groups, ad agencies and other organizations.”

CNN: How California is using AI to snuff out wildfires before they explode. “Firefighters want every leg up they can get to knock out a blaze before it becomes an inferno. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says it has a new tool to battle wildfires before they explode – artificial intelligence.” And remote sensors. Good morning, Internet…

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