Tidepool: Announcing the Tidepool Big Data Donation Project

Tidepool: Announcing the Tidepool Big Data Donation Project. “Today, we are announcing the Tidepool Big Data Donation Project, a program that lets you securely and anonymously donate de-identified diabetes device data to researchers, device makers, and other innovators who deeply need it. Now the diabetes community will have the opportunity to make an impact in diabetes research and innovation on a scale worthy of the label ‘big data.’ By donating your data, you will lead researchers to better insights and discoveries into diabetes management, help researchers build better algorithms for closed loop systems, help device makers bring safer, more innovative products to market, and enable Tidepool and other diabetes nonprofits to become stronger, more impactful organizations.”

EFF: New Twitter Policy Abandons A Longstanding Privacy Pledge

EFF: New Twitter Policy Abandons A Longstanding Privacy Pledge. “Twitter plans to roll out a new privacy policy on June 18, and, with it, is promising to roll back its longstanding commitment to obey the Do Not Track (DNT) browser privacy setting. Instead, the company is switching to the Digital Advertising Alliance’s toothless and broken self-regulatory program. At the same time, the company is taking the opportunity to introduce a new tracking option and two new targeting options, all of which are set to ‘track and target’ by default. These are not the actions of a company that respects people’s privacy choices.”

The Telegraph: MPs targeted with thousands of abusive tweets, study shows

The Telegraph: MPs targeted with thousands of abusive tweets, study shows. “The think tank Demos and IT group the BCS studied 188,000 negative tweets sent to MPs over three months including last year’s EU referendum. It found that one in 20 tweets directed at them featured abuse, and the most targeted politicians were attacked in one in 10 messages.”

Phys.org: Flickr study gives snapshot of coral reefs’ value

Phys.org: Flickr study gives snapshot of coral reefs’ value. “Computer-led analysis of tourist snaps has estimated that coral reefs contribute $36 billion per year to the global tourist economy. Scientists used big data computing techniques to study 20 million images uploaded to image hosting website Flickr.”

Phys.org: Study suggests people less likely to fact check news when in company of other people

Phys.org: Study suggests people less likely to fact check news when in company of other people. “In practice, it should be easy to avoid falling prey to fake news—upon reading something that may not sound right, all a person has to do is type a few words and run a Google search. But people do not always behave in logical ways. In this new effort, the research trio sought to better understand fact checking by conducting eight experiments designed to determine under which circumstances people are more or less likely to fact check a news article they have just read. The researchers enlisted the assistance of 200 people, all near 36 years old. In the experiments, the volunteers were asked to read a news article and then to perform some tasks related to their feelings regarding the accuracy of the article.”

DigitalGov: How Facebook Live Increased Reach and Engagement of Scientific Lectures at NIH

DigitalGov: How Facebook Live Increased Reach and Engagement of Scientific Lectures at NIH. “An important part of our work focuses on the U.S. military, who have both chronic pain rates and opioid use rates that are much higher than those of the general population. In fact, NCCIH is partnering on pain research initiatives with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and several agencies at NIH. This blog post looks at how NCCIH used Facebook Live to communicate the importance of this research focus to the public, engage with concerned citizens about the future of pain management treatments, and increase the reach and visibility of this topic.”

Snapchat leads augmented reality gains: researchers (Phys.org)

Phys.org: Snapchat leads augmented reality gains: researchers. “Augmented reality is seeing strong gains among Americans thanks to social networks like Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook, a market research firm said Monday. A new report by eMarketer said some 40 million Americans will engage with augmented reality monthly in 2017, up 30 percent over last year. Virtual reality is also growing, but at a slower pace, according to the researchers.”