Library of Greening, Twitter, YouTube, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 15, 2023


University of Surrey: New ‘library of greening’ can help poorest urban communities the most, Surrey expert says. “Surrey scientists are celebrating with colleagues around the world, after winning new funding for a ‘library of greening’ – a new database enabling towns and cities to learn from each other’s success developing green spaces, waterways and other sustainability initiatives. The RECLAIM Network Plus provides a one-stop-shop for towns and cities looking to mitigate the impacts of climate change and improve their resilience. It has over 500 members worldwide, offering information and support to implement projects such as parks, green roofs, canals or wetlands.”


Media Matters: Pro-Hitler and Holocaust denier account: X has paid me $3,000 in ad revenue sharing. “A verified account that has drawn millions of views for posts that lionize Hitler and deny the Holocaust said that it’s been paid $3,000 this year by X. Elon Musk and Linda Yaccarino’s platform has continued to be a boon for bigots and misinformation but a disaster for advertisers: We found numerous advertisements for companies on that pro-Hitler account, including for major sportsbooks BetMGM, DraftKings, and FanDuel.”

Bloomberg: YouTube To Require Disclosure When Videos Include Generative AI. “YouTube, the video platform owned by Alphabet Inc.’s Google, will soon require video makers to disclose when they’ve uploaded manipulated or synthetic content that looks realistic — including video that has been created using artificial intelligence tools.”


Mother Jones: When You’re Young, Lonely, and Chronically Ill, Online Communities Offer a Lifeline. “After becoming chronically ill, some young people turn to the internet to build community and learn more about their condition and symptoms. Others socialize with informal groups based on a common interest—gaming on Twitch, joining a virtual language practice group, talking about a favorite show on Discord—which can accommodate their varying abilities, which can change day to day and even hour to hour.”


Air & Space Forces Magazine: 16th Air Force Seeks ‘Unity of Effort’ on Information Warfare. “The 16th Air Force is working on an ‘information warfare operations center concept’ to more effectively counteract narratives pushed by China and Russia, said its commander, Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Kennedy Jr., Nov. 13. Enhanced ‘unity of effort’ across the service is the goal, Kennedy said during a livestreamed discussion with AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.”

The Guardian: Lost Doctor Who episodes found – but owner is reluctant to hand them to BBC. “The episodes, one featuring the Daleks, would offer viewers a chance to travel back in time without the use of a Tardis. But the Observer has learned that the owners of the rare, rediscovered footage are not prepared to hand it over to the BBC, even as the clock ticks down to the 60th anniversary of the show’s launch this month. Veteran film collector John Franklin believes the answer is for the BBC to announce an immediate general amnesty on missing film footage.”


NPR: Worried about AI hijacking your voice for a deepfake? This tool could help. “Roughly half of the respondents in two newly-released AI surveys — from Northeastern University and and Pindrop — said they couldn’t distinguish between synthetic and human-generated content. This has become a particular problem for celebrities, for whom trying to stay ahead of the AI bots has become a game of whack-a-mole. Now, new tools could make it easier for the public to detect these deepfakes — and more difficult for AI systems to create them.”

MedPage Today: ChatGPT Quickly Authored 100 Blogs Full of Healthcare Disinformation. “In just 65 minutes and with basic prompting, ChatGPT produced 102 blog articles containing more than 17,000 words of disinformation on those two topics, Ashley Hopkins, PhD, of Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, and colleagues reported in JAMA Internal Medicine.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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