Science: It could take 118 years for female computer scientists to match publishing rates of male colleagues. “It could be well into the 21st century before female computer scientists annually publish as many research articles as their male counterparts, an analysis published today concludes. If current trends in publishing continue, women in biomedical research are likely to reach parity sooner, possibly by 2050.”
Hoo boy. Mashable: Hackers can spoof presidential alerts to incite mass panic, researchers warn. “Remember that emergency Presidential Alert system that made everyone’s phone obnoxiously buzz last year? It turns out hackers can spoof these alerts with relatively little effort, according to a terrifying new paper that warns the flaw could result in mass panic.”
CNN: Slack is ruining my life and I love it. “In the time it took me to type this sentence about Slack, I received more than a dozen messages in a private Slack group and more posts than I can count in several team channels. I typed many words in response to those messages — some of them even borderline good words — but came no closer to completing my job for the day: writing this article about Slack.”
BBC: Should we dislike the ‘Like’ button?. “Leah Pearlman draws comics about ideas like ’emotional literacy’ and ‘self-love’. When she began posting them on Facebook, her friends responded warmly. But then Facebook changed its algorithm – how it decides what to put in front of us. When social media is a big part of your life, an algorithm change can come as a shock.” One of those articles that’s a thousand times better than its headline.
Internet Archive: Internet Archive Partners with University of Edinburgh to Provide Historical Web Data Supporting Machine Translation. “The Internet Archive will provide portions of its web archive to the University of Edinburgh to support the School of Informatics’ work building open data and tools for advancing machine translation, especially for low-resource languages. Machine translation is the process of automatically converting text in one language to another.”
Virginia Tech: Study investigates lack of disclaimers on Facebook and Google’s advertising during the 2016 presidential election. “A cloak of mystery often shrouds the inner workings of technological giants, but sometimes clarity is in plain sight. A Virginia Tech research team recently uncovered conclusive details about the roles Facebook, Google, and the Federal Election Commission played in digital advertising around the U.S. presidential election of 2016.” This is quite an interesting read.
Journalism In the Americas: Use of Instagram and WhatsApp for online news consumption grows in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico: Reuters Institute. “In the past year, the use of Instagram and WhatsApp for consuming news online has grown significantly in at least four Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. In Brazil alone, 53 percent of these consumers use WhatsApp for this purpose, the highest among 38 countries.”