EurekAlert: Carnegie Mellon leverages AI to give voice to the voiceless

EurekAlert: Carnegie Mellon leverages AI to give voice to the voiceless. “The [ Carnegie Mellon University’s Language Technologies Institute (LTI)] researchers have developed a system that leverages artificial intelligence to rapidly analyze hundreds of thousands of comments on social media and identify the fraction that defend or sympathize with disenfranchised minorities such as the Rohingya community. Human social media moderators, who couldn’t possibly manually sift through so many comments, would then have the option to highlight this ‘help speech’ in comment sections.”

BBC: Teenager having seizure saved by online gamer – 5,000 miles away in Texas

BBC: Teenager having seizure saved by online gamer – 5,000 miles away in Texas. “The parents of a teenager who suffered a seizure while chatting online have thanked his friend who called emergency services from 5,000 miles away. Aidan Jackson, 17, was talking to an American gamer from his bedroom in Widnes on 2 January when he had a fit. His friend, 20-year-old Dia Lathora, from Texas, alerted police in the UK.”

Now, Instagram Is Being Used As A Tool To Cope With Miscarriage Distress: New Study Finds (NDTV)

NDTV: Now, Instagram Is Being Used As A Tool To Cope With Miscarriage Distress: New Study Finds . “The study found that the content posted by Instagram users included rich descriptions of the medical and physical experiences of miscarriage, and the emotional spectrum of having a miscarriage and coping with those emotions, the social aspect, and family identity.”

Research Brief: Discovering how people with breast cancer use Facebook for support (University of Minnesota)

University of Minnesota: Research Brief: Discovering how people with breast cancer use Facebook for support. “Many people turn to social networks, such as Facebook, to connect with friends and family during times of crisis. A study by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health recently analyzed the activity of breast cancer survivors on Facebook during their treatment and found while they posted more, they made relatively few requests for help.”

BBC: The Chinese suicides prevented by AI from afar

BBC: The Chinese suicides prevented by AI from afar. “The Java-based program monitors several ‘tree holes’ on Weibo and analyses the messages posted there. A ‘tree hole’ is the Chinese name for places on the net where people post secrets for others to read. The name is inspired by an Irish tale about a man who confided his secrets to a tree. One example is a post by Zou Fan, a 23-year old Chinese student who wrote a message on Weibo before killing herself, in 2012.”

BBC: The woman who tracks ‘dark’ Instagram accounts

BBC: The woman who tracks ‘dark’ Instagram accounts. “Intervening to help suicidal Instagram users is not a role Ingebjørg [Blindheim] would have chosen for herself. She doesn’t work for the social media site, and she isn’t paid for what she does. Nor is she formally qualified to offer help, having received no training in mental healthcare. Instead she feels compelled to act, realising she’s often the last chance of help for those posting their despair online.”

BetaNews: Microsoft Q&A launches to replace TechNet and MSDN forums

BetaNews: Microsoft Q&A launches to replace TechNet and MSDN forums. “Microsoft launched a preview of Microsoft Q&A, a ‘global, community-driven platform for timely, high-quality technical answers’ this week. Microsoft Q&A will replace the MDSN and TechNet forums which IT professionals and developers used in the past to ask and answer questions.”