Associated Press: Child welfare algorithm faces Justice Department scrutiny

Associated Press: Child welfare algorithm faces Justice Department scrutiny. “The Justice Department has been scrutinizing a controversial artificial intelligence tool used by a Pittsburgh-area child protective services agency following concerns that it could result in discrimination against families with disabilities, The Associated Press has learned.”

TechCrunch: Google created an AI that can generate music from text descriptions, but won’t release it

TechCrunch: Google created an AI that can generate music from text descriptions, but won’t release it. “An impressive new AI system from Google can generate music in any genre given a text description. But the company, fearing the risks, has no immediate plans to release it.”

Motherboard: AI-Generated Voice Firm Clamps Down After 4chan Makes Celebrity Voices for Abuse

Motherboard: AI-Generated Voice Firm Clamps Down After 4chan Makes Celebrity Voices for Abuse. “ElevenLabs didn’t point to any particular instances of abuse, but Motherboard found 4chan members appear to have used the product to generate voices that sound like Joe Rogan, Ben Sharpio, and Emma Watson to spew racist and other sorts of material. ElevenLabs said it is exploring more safeguards around its technology.”

RG 242: Target Dossiers Pertaining to the British Isles, 1938-1945 Now Fully Digitized! (National Archives Blog)

National Archives Blog: RG 242: Target Dossiers Pertaining to the British Isles, 1938-1945 Now Fully Digitized!. “The records in this series are a subset of RG 242: National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized, 1675-1958. The dossiers, which are aerial photographs and maps of German identified bombing targets, are arranged by country and, thereunder, by location.”

Scanning 3D: Cultural Heritage Preservation, Access and Revitalization (Creative Commons)

Creative Commons: Scanning 3D: Cultural Heritage Preservation, Access and Revitalization. “On 7 February 2023, Creative Commons will host a panel discussion on 3D scanning, preservation, access and revitalization of cultural heritage.”

CogDogBlog: It’s as if MarketingGPT is already in play… pooping on the web

CogDogBlog: It’s as if MarketingGPT is already in play… pooping on the web. “In Chapter 32 of the ‘You Cannot Make this**** Up Book of Internet Stupidity’ I submit for your disapproval perhaps evidence that GPT AI is in use already for marketing pimple brains.”

‘An immense loss’: Stripper Web, a popular forum for adult entertainers, shutters after 20 years (Daily Dot)

Daily Dot: ‘An immense loss’: Stripper Web, a popular forum for adult entertainers, shutters after 20 years. “Stripper Web, an online forum for exotic dancers, webcam models, and online sex workers announced this week that it’s closing on Feb. 1. The forum, which houses over 900,000 posts and discussion threads from workers in the adult entertainment space, said in a statement the site’s shuttering was a ‘difficult decision.'”

Ars Technica: GitHub says hackers cloned code-signing certificates in breached repository

Ars Technica: GitHub says hackers cloned code-signing certificates in breached repository. “GitHub said unknown intruders gained unauthorized access to some of its code repositories and stole code-signing certificates for two of its desktop applications: Desktop and Atom.”

Scientific Data: Caravan – A global community dataset for large-sample hydrology

Scientific Data: Caravan – A global community dataset for large-sample hydrology . “This paper introduces a dataset called Caravan (a series of CAMELS [Catchment Attributes and Meteorology for Large-sample Studies]) that standardizes and aggregates seven existing large-sample hydrology datasets. Caravan includes meteorological forcing data, streamflow data, and static catchment attributes (e.g., geophysical, sociological, climatological) for 6830 catchments. Most importantly, Caravan is both a dataset and open-source software that allows members of the hydrology community to extend the dataset to new locations by extracting forcing data and catchment attributes in the cloud.”

The Register: Google slays thousands of fake news vids posted by pro-China group Dragonbridge

The Register: Google slays thousands of fake news vids posted by pro-China group Dragonbridge. “Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) has burned more than 50,000 spammy fake news stories and other content posted by the pro-China ‘Dragonbridge’ gang. Dragonbridge ran disinformation campaigns across Google-owned platforms YouTube, Blogger and AdSense.”

Reuters: Twitter asks judge to toss out proposed sex bias class action

Reuters: Twitter asks judge to toss out proposed sex bias class action. “Twitter Inc has asked a federal judge to toss out a proposed class action claiming the company targeted female employees during its recent mass layoffs, saying the plaintiffs failed to identify any actual discrimination.”

Internet Archive Blog: Archive for Amateur Radio Grows to 51,000 Items

Internet Archive Blog: Archive for Amateur Radio Grows to 51,000 Items. “Internet Archive’s Digital Library of Amateur Radio & Communications is quickly growing to become an important archive of radio’s past and present. The collection has blossomed to well over 51,000 items related to ham radio, shortwave listening, scanners, and related communications. The newest additions include books, journals and magazines, newsletters, and archives of early Internet discussion lists.”