Wyoming Newspapers, Disability Legislation, Removing Extremist Content, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, November 11, 2023


Wyoming State Library: Wyoming Digital Newspaper Collection Adds Five Titles. “The Wyoming Digital Newspaper Collection has added five prison newspapers to its database. Titles include Best Scene, J-A-B-S, Wyoming State Honor Farm, Wyoming Pen, and The New Approach. These newspapers span from 1915 to 1992 and give insight into the daily lives of those in the prison system.”

Mother Jones: A New Tool Helps Disabled People Track—and Shape—Laws That Impact Them. “New Disabled South, a disability justice nonprofit founded in 2022, is trying to make more information available to disabled people on legislation that affects them, launching its Plain Language Policy Dashboard in November to cover 14 Southern states. As of now, the bills it explains fall into six categories: accessibility, civil rights, criminalization, poverty and care, democracy, and education.”

WIRED: This New Tool Aims to Keep Terrorism Content Off the Internet. “Launched in Paris on Friday, Altitude is a free tool built by Jigsaw—a unit within Google that tracks violent extremism, misinformation, and repressive censorship—and Tech Against Terrorism, a group that seeks to disrupt terrorists’ online activity. The tool aims to give smaller platforms the ability to easily and efficiently detect terrorist content on their networks and remove it.”


Space: Watch NASA build its VIPER moon rover with these free online watch parties. “The rover, called VIPER (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover), will explore the moon and collect water-ice samples from permanently shadowed areas near the lunar south pole. VIPER has an expected launch date of November 2024, and its mission team has begun final assembly and testing procedures, which NASA will broadcast live during monthly watch parties for the public to follow along in the final stages of preparing the rover for space.”


Connecticut by the Numbers: Grant to Help Hartford Look Back to the Future. “The Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library was recently awarded an $18,830 National Film Preservation Foundation grant to restore and digitize a collection of early 20th-century films by radio pioneer, inventor, and Hartford resident Hiram Percy Maxim. The films, which will be available on the Connecticut Digital Archive within the next year, feature Maxim and his wife, along with their family and friends.”

The Mainichi: Tokyo group creating database of Great Kanto Earthquake victims on 100th anniv. . “An organization in the capital has been creating a database of victims of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake and aims to release it within this fiscal year as 100 years have passed since the disaster.”

Futurism: Adobe Caught Selling AI-Generated Images of Israel-Palestine Violence. “Software giant Adobe has been caught selling AI-generated images of the Israel-Hamas war, as first spotted by Australian news outlet Crikey, a shocking and morally reprehensible instance of a company directly profiting from the spread of misinformation online.”


Bloomberg: Google Planned to ‘Go Big in Europe’ After EU Android Case. “Google — under fire in court for allegedly resting on its laurels thanks to its 90% market dominance — only made an effort to beef up the quality of its search engine in the European Union after being hit by a record antitrust fine, according to internal documents revealed in the US Justice Department’s monopolization case against the tech giant.”

Times-Herald (California): Brendan Riley’s Solano Chronicles: Historic records panel shelved. “Solano County supervisors have voted 4-1 to dissolve the county’s Historical Records Commission, in what critics term a ‘catastrophic’ disservice to the public that should be reversed in order to preserve and protect a wealth of old documents.”

The Verge: What is Google trying to hide in its deal with Spotify?. “Is there something Google doesn’t want the world to know about its deal with Spotify? That’s what Google attorney Glenn Pomerantz suggested in Fortnite court this morning. Pomerantz argued that the court should seal portions of an upcoming exhibit revealing Google’s User Choice Billing agreement with Spotify — which lets Spotify use its own payment system for subscriptions while still giving Google a cut.”


New York Times: Chatbots May ‘Hallucinate’ More Often Than Many Realize. “When summarizing facts, ChatGPT technology makes things up about 3 percent of the time, according to research from a new start-up. A Google system’s rate was 27 percent.” That link is to a gift article; you should not experience a paywall..

University of Central Florida: New UCF Tech Uses AI, VR to Monitor Safety of Bridges, Buildings. “Monitoring the structural health of the nation’s aging budlings and bridges is vital to keeping people safe and helping prevent tragedies such as the Surfside condominium collapse in 2021. That’s why University of Central Florida researchers have developed four new inventions that use artificial intelligence and virtual reality to improve the structural health monitoring of buildings, bridges, roads and other civil structures.” Good morning, Internet…

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