NPR: Doctoral Student Compiles Database Of Indigenous Women Who’ve Gone Missing

NPR: Doctoral Student Compiles Database Of Indigenous Women Who’ve Gone Missing. “As many as 300 indigenous women go missing or are killed under suspicious circumstances every year in Canada and the U.S., but the exact number is unknown because the Federal Bureau of Investigation isn’t really tracking the numbers. ‘I would venture a guess that if we did have the data, it would show that native women are more disproportionately represented,’ Annita Lucchesi says…. Lucchesi is a doctoral student at the University of Lethbridge in Canada now. Back when she was working on her master’s thesis, she tried to find the total number of indigenous women who were either killed or went missing in U.S. and Canada.”

Engadget: WhatsApp enlists outside help for its fake news problem

Engadget: WhatsApp enlists outside help for its fake news problem. “Over the last two months, misinformation spread through WhatsApp in India has riled up lynch mobs that killed twelve people. After the country’s government sternly criticized the messaging service for its role in the violence, WhatsApp is offering researchers up to $50,000 in grants to study fake news on the platform.”

India Today: 16 lynchings in 2 months. Is social media the new serial killer?

India Today: 16 lynchings in 2 months. Is social media the new serial killer?. “Social media kills. It kills not only time but also men, women and even transgenders. More than 20 crore Indians use WhatsApp and a larger number have their accounts on Facebook. But the same social media may turn anti-social at the hands of rumour mongers leading to lynching. At least 16 cases of lynching have been reported from Tripura to Maharashtra since May 10, the latest being the lynching of five men in Dhule district. These incidents caused deaths of 22 people including a transgender.”

Update: Faces of Auschwitz website is now live (Boing Boing)

Boing Boing: Update: Faces of Auschwitz website is now live. “A while back, I wrote about Faces of Auschwitz: a website dedicated to telling the stories of the prisoners of the Auschwitz concentration camp…. For the past few months, we’ve been hard at work preparing content for the site while the good people at WordPress built us a fabulous online home. This past week, it all came together. The Faces of Auschwitz website is now live.”

New York Times: Genealogists Turn to Cousins’ DNA and Family Trees to Crack Five More Cold Cases

New York Times: Genealogists Turn to Cousins’ DNA and Family Trees to Crack Five More Cold Cases. “When the Golden State Killer case was cracked in April with the help of a genealogist and an open-source ancestry site, many wondered if this was the new frontier of criminal investigations. This week all signs point to yes.”

The New York Times: Japanese Blogger Is Killed After Giving Lecture on Online Trolls

The New York Times: Japanese Blogger Is Killed After Giving Lecture on Online Trolls. “Kenichiro Okamoto was an expert on internet crime and a prolific blogger. He studied the ‘dark web,’ a part of the internet that relies on encryption and is often exploited, experts say, for illicit activities and hate-mongering. On Sunday evening, he held a two-hour seminar for about 30 people in the city of Fukuoka, about 550 miles west of Tokyo, advising other bloggers on engaging their audiences and dealing with internet trolls.”

BuzzFeed: A Double Murder From 1987 Was Just Solved Thanks To The Genealogy Website Used For The Golden State Killer

BuzzFeed: A Double Murder From 1987 Was Just Solved Thanks To The Genealogy Website Used For The Golden State Killer. “Forensic genealogy has cracked a second major case less than a month after the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo, alleged to be the Golden State Killer. At 11 a.m. PT in Washington state, the Snohomish County Sheriff announced the arrest of a 55-year-old man from the Seattle area for the 1987 double murder of a young Canadian couple, Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg. He is William Earl Talbott II, a local truck driver.” The man was arrested, and I can see no indication that he confessed – so I’m not sure how this is “solved.”