The Mayor (EU): Finland launches digital book collection to spark children’s interest in literature . “More specifically, a digital collection of 95 titles will be made available on Friday 9 July via the Ellibs platform. The audio and e-books will be available in both Finnish and Swedish. What is more, the collection has been carefully selected by library professionals specialising in children and young people’s literature.”
New-to-me, from PetaPixel: Helsinki Has a Website of 65,000 Free Photos Anyone Can Use. “The collection has been around since 2017 and is operated by Helsinki City Museum, which has free admission and is the world’s only museum focused on Helsinki’s history and heritage. The museum has a vast collection of roughly 1 million photographs, of which a sizable portion has been digitized and put online for the world to view (and more are being added on a regular basis).”
Cyberscoop: Finnish lawmakers’ emails hacked in suspected espionage incident. “Hackers gained access to the Finnish Parliament’s IT system in recent months in an incident that allowed them to access to some emails belonging to members of Parliament, the Finnish Central Criminal Police announced Monday.”
Ubergizmo: Finland Deploys COVID-19 Sniffer Dogs At The Airport. “We’ve all seen how dogs are deployed at checkpoints along the border or at airports to help sniff out drugs and other illegal substances that people should not be bringing into a country, but could sniffer dogs also be used to sniff out diseases in people, like the coronavirus? Apparently so, or that’s what Finnish researchers believe.” There’s already been quite a bit of research done into dogs sniffing out coronavirus.
The Guardian: Finland enlists social influencers in fight against Covid-19. “Finland has enlisted social influencers in the government’s efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that they are just as useful as mainstream media in a crisis when it needs to inform the population fast, clearly and accurately.”
Morning Brew: Finland Expands AI Basics Course to EU. “Finland will relinquish the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU at the end of the year. Its outgoing gift = expanding Elements of AI to 1% of the EU population by 2021. Starting next year, the course will be available in all 24 official EU languages. But since there are no restrictions on who can take the course, this is basically a Christmas present to anyone who speaks one of those languages. Since it launched, over 220,000 people from 110 countries have signed up to take the class (it was available online in English). ” I signed up, said I lived in the United States, no problem.
Daily Finland: Finnish missions abroad expand historical archives. “As part of its centenary celebration in March 2018, the Foreign Ministry published reports from the Finnish diplomatic missions abroad dating from before 1927. The Ministry has now expanded its digitised service to include reports from the missions until 1945, when the Second World War ended.”
EurekAlert: Finnish school students outperform US students on ‘fake news’ digital literacy tasks. “A recent study revealed students at an international school in Finland significantly outperformed U.S. students on tasks which measure digital literacy in social media and online news. The researchers suggest this may be due to the Finnish and International Baccalaureate curricula’s different way of facilitating students’ critical thinking skills compared to the US system and curriculum. The results of this study were published in the Journal of Research in International Education in April.”
Yle Uutiset: Public slams Finnish Transport Safety Agency for privacy breach. “Trafi’s database required nothing more than a name to pull up a person’s driving information. The Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi) on Sunday said it had suspended the service while it investigates whether the tool infringes on people’s data privacy and security. The database went public last July.”
Implant files: International journalism body creates database to track faulty medical devices (Scroll .in)
Scroll .in: Implant files: International journalism body creates database to track faulty medical devices. “The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has compiled a global database of medical devices that are either faulty or dangerous. It allows users to explore more than 70,000 recalls, safety alerts and field safety notices of medical devices in 11 countries – Australia, Canada, Finland, India, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Spain, Switzerland and the United States – in its first release.”