AI Governance New Zealand, Lucas Achtschellink, Conservation and Public Policy, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 3, 2023


Callaghan Innovation: New website brings together latest thinking on AI governance. “Callaghan Innovation and the AI Forum, New Zealand’s community of artificial intelligence technology champions, is today launching AI Governance, a new website to drive leadership in the responsible use and governance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Aotearoa New Zealand.”

CODART: Website Dedicated to the Work of Lucas Achtschellinck (1629-1699). “A website dedicated to the work of the Brussels landscape painter Lucas Achtschellink (1629-1699) has been launched…. About 300 works (paintings, drawings and tapestries) are included … along with a biography of the artist, as well as lists of public and private collections, related auctions, art dealers, exhibitions and a bibliography.”

Cengage Group: Gale Debuts New Digital Archive Series on Environmental History . “Gale, part of Cengage Group, is introducing the first installment of its new Environmental History series of digitized primary sources. Environmental History: Conservation and Public Policy in America, 1870–1980 is the research market’s first digital archive that examines the history of the environment and conservation efforts across the globe from the late 1800s onwards.”


MakeUseOf: 13 Google Calendar Hacks to Boost Your Productivity. “It’s more likely than not that you’ve used Google Calendar at least once, whether someone sent you a meeting invite or you just ended up using it because it comes with your device. While Google Calendar is a pretty straightforward app when it comes to scheduling, it comes with several amazing features and integrations that can help boost your productivity and improve your overall efficiency. Here’s a list of some of the best ones below.”


Rappler: How pro-China propaganda is seeded online in the Philippines. “Chinese influence in the Philippine online space is not new. In 2020, Facebook took down an ‘inauthentic network’ attributed to Chinese individuals…. A year before this, Facebook took down another inauthentic network composed of actors run by ‘individuals associated with the Chinese government’ in 2019. But even after the takedowns, several pro-China voices remained online in the Philippines.”

New York Times: TikTok’s Finest Lobsterman. “A new crop of popular social media personalities includes a trucker, a shepherd and a commercial fisherman. What they earn from sponsorships is just a nice bonus.”


The Verge: Sam Bankman-Fried doesn’t recall. “Midway through Sam Bankman-Fried’s cross examination, as prosecutor Danielle Sassoon went through a brutal line of questioning like a hot buzzsaw through a butter cow, I found myself reflecting on how smart the average person is. Maybe they don’t know calculus. Maybe they’ll never read Ulysses. Maybe they can’t code. But they definitely know how to identify bullshit when they see it.”

Ars Technica: SEC sues SolarWinds and CISO, says they ignored flaws that led to major hack.”The US Securities and Exchange Commission sued SolarWinds Corp. and Chief Information Security Officer Timothy Brown yesterday, alleging that they concealed security failures that led to a nearly two-yearlong cyberattack known as ‘Sunburst.’ The attack, reportedly carried out by Russian hackers, inserted malicious code into SolarWinds network-management software used by thousands of customers, including US government agencies and private companies.”


9to5 Google: Google can turn ANC earbuds into a heart rate monitor with no extra hardware. “Google today detailed its research into audioplethysmography (APG) that adds heart rate sensing capabilities to active noise canceling (ANC) headphones and earbuds ‘with a simple software upgrade.'”

CBC: Why you have to fill out a Google form to date me. “Alicia Bunyan-Sampson found dating as a polyamorous woman frustrating at best and downright abusive at worst. After too many surprises and hidden red flags, she created a Google questionnaire as a way of getting to know people better before meeting them in person.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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