KSAT: Researchers create database highlighting educator discipline after improper relationship accusations. “Two researchers from the University of Texas at San Antonio are creating a database highlighting educator discipline after they are accused of improper relationships. The researchers hope to get a deeper understanding of the epidemic of these allegations in the state of Texas.” Note that this database appears to focus on the state of Texas only.
Wired: A Campus Murder Tests Facebook Clicks as Evidence of Hate. “INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY still don’t know why Sean Urbanski, a 22-year-old University of Maryland student, walked up to 23-year-old Richard Collins III, a US Army lieutenant just days shy of college graduation, and fatally stabbed him at a campus bus stop this weekend. What they do say they know is that Collins, who was visiting a friend at UMD and did not appear to know Urbanski, was black, and that Urbanski belonged to a Facebook group called Alt-Reich: Nation, a haven of white supremacist content.”
Wired: Zuckerberg-Backed Data Trove Exposes the Injustices of Criminal Justice. “Measures for Justice compiles granular data for 32 different metrics that indicate how equitable a given county’s justice system might be. The portal shows, for instance, how many people within a county plead guilty without a lawyer present, how many non-violent misdemeanor offenders the courts sentence to jail time, and how many people are in jail because they failed to pay bail of less than $500. It offers insight into re-conviction rates and never-prosecuted cases. Users can compare counties or filter information based on how certain measures impact people of different races or income levels. And the site organizes all of it into easily digestible data visualizations.”
The Register: Phishing scum going legit to beat browser warnings. “Browser-makers’ decision to put big red warning lights in the faces of users when they hit sites too slack to use HTTPS is backfiring a little, as crooks are accelerating their use of encryption.”
This is from the beginning of May; I apparently missed it. From Healthcare IT News: Hacker: Patient data of 500,000 children stolen from pediatricians. “The patient records of about 500,000 children are up for grabs on the dark web, a hacker named Skyscraper told DataBreaches.net on Wednesday. These records contain both child and parent names, Social Security numbers, phone numbers and addresses. DataBreaches didn’t name the breached organizations but also said that another 200,000 records were stolen from elementary schools.”
National Institute for Justice: Improving a Database to Help Identify a Vehicle by Using Paint Fragments. “For years, investigators have relied on the Paint Data Query database, developed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, to identify the make of a vehicle by matching the physical attributes, chemical composition, and infrared spectrum of the paint, primers, and clear coating layers. The Paint Data Query database contains more than 21,000 automotive paint samples that correspond to more than 84,000 individual paint layers used on most domestic and foreign vehicles sold in North America.”
Phys.org: Terahertz spectroscopy—the new tool to detect art fraud. “When we look at a painting, how do we know it’s a genuine piece of art? Everything we see with the unaided eye in a painting – from the Australian outback images of Albert Namatjira or Russell Drysdale, to the vibrant works of Pro Hart – is thanks to the mix of colours that form part of the visible spectrum. But if we look at the painting in a different way, at a part of the spectrum that is invisible to our eyes, then we can see something very different. As our recently published research shows, it could even help us detect art fraud.”