Reuters: Google told its scientists to ‘strike a positive tone’ in AI research – documents

Reuters: Google told its scientists to ‘strike a positive tone’ in AI research – documents. “Alphabet Inc’s Google this year moved to tighten control over its scientists’ papers by launching a ‘sensitive topics’ review, and in at least three cases requested authors refrain from casting its technology in a negative light, according to internal communications and interviews with researchers involved in the work.”

WKYC: Ohio Department of Health to launch new COVID-19 vaccination dashboard

WKYC: Ohio Department of Health to launch new COVID-19 vaccination dashboard. “During his Monday afternoon press conference, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that the state–along with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH)–will soon launch a new tool on the COVID-19 dashboard that allows Ohioans to track the distribution and number of people who have received the Coronavirus vaccine as more vaccinations and doses arrive in the coming week.”

Secrecy and spin: How Florida’s governor misled the public on the COVID-19 pandemic (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Secrecy and spin: How Florida’s governor misled the public on the COVID-19 pandemic. “Throughout the COVID-19 crisis in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration engaged in a pattern of spin and concealment that misled the public on the gravest health threat the state has ever faced, a South Florida Sun Sentinel investigation has found.”

US Equal Opportunity Employment Commission: EEOC Launches New Data Tool to Track Employment Trends

US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: EEOC Launches New Data Tool to Track Employment Trends. “EEOC Explore allows users to analyze aggregate data associated with more than 56 million employees and 73,000 employers nationwide. The user-friendly tool enables stakeholders to explore and compare data trends across a number of categories, including location, sex, race and ethnicity, and industry sector without the need for experience in computer programming or statistical analysis.”

COVID dashboards: Best practices advice from a national COVID database creator (District Administration)

District Administration: COVID dashboards: Best practices advice from a national COVID database creator. “Many school districts are updating their communities on COVID case information via an easy-to-read dashboard. Here’s what these communication tools should include—and what superintendents surveyed by DA report about their dashboard development and features.”

Mashable: Activists demand Google open up about user data shared with police

Mashable: Activists demand Google open up about user data shared with police. “A coalition of 59 civil rights, labor, and civil society organizations sent an open letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai Tuesday, demanding the company be more transparent when it comes to how often it complies with law enforcement requests for user data. What’s more, the letter signatories — which include the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, and the Brennan Center for Justice — want Google’s help in resisting what they see as the ‘alarming growth’ in searches carried out by law enforcement.”

Court Hands Journalists a Big Freedom of Information Act Win: Gun Data Access (CityBeat)

CityBeat: Court Hands Journalists a Big Freedom of Information Act Win: Gun Data Access. “Reveal, the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), originally sued for records in November 2017. The Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) never responded. ATF’s gun tracing database lists 6.8 million firearms linked to criminal activity. Reveal sought records for any gun traced back to law enforcement ownership. When Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in 1966, modern databases did not exist. ATF argued that a search query exporting the results amounted to a ‘new’ record, which agencies aren’t required to disclose under the FOIA statute. The court disagreed.”

Science: Federal system for tracking hospital beds and COVID-19 patients provides questionable data

Science: Federal system for tracking hospital beds and COVID-19 patients provides questionable data. “In mid-November, as the United States set records for newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases day after day, the hospital situation in one hard-hit state, Wisconsin, looked concerning but not yet urgent by one crucial measure. The main pandemic data tracking system run by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), dubbed HHS Protect, reported that on 16 November, 71% of the state’s hospital beds were filled. Wisconsin officials who rely on the data to support and advise their increasingly strained hospitals might have concluded they had some margin left. Yet a different federal COVID-19 data system painted a much more dire picture for the same day, reporting 91% of Wisconsin’s hospital beds were filled.”

CNN: The Wuhan files

CNN: The Wuhan files. “The Chinese government has steadfastly rejected accusations made by the United States and other Western governments that it deliberately concealed information relating to the virus, maintaining that it has been upfront since the beginning of the outbreak. However, though the documents provide no evidence of a deliberate attempt to obfuscate findings, they do reveal numerous inconsistencies in what authorities believed to be happening and what was revealed to the public.”

Bangor Daily News: A searchable database of 5 years of punishments for county officers in Maine

Bangor Daily News: A searchable database of 5 years of punishments for county officers in Maine. “Now, the public can see five years of discipline for the worst patrol and corrections officer misconduct at the county level. In these public records, you can see which sheriff’s offices have been open about their misconduct and which have opted to share as little detail as possible. In total, a third of records for serious discipline, where someone was suspended, terminated, demoted or resigned in lieu of discipline, did not provide enough information to determine what actually happened.”

Boston Globe: A database of 10 years of Boston Police disciplinary action

Boston Globe: A database of 10 years of Boston Police disciplinary action. “Amid heightened scrutiny of law enforcement across the nation, the Boston Globe sought to assess the extent of misconduct and discipline within the Boston Police Department. The City of Boston does not provide a comprehensive, transparent system that allows residents to keep tabs on its police. So, the Globe decided to amass public records, cross reference the data, and create its own.”

Carson Now: Nevada launches influenza vaccination data dashboard

Carson Now: Nevada launches influenza vaccination data dashboard. “The dashboard was developed by the Nevada State Immunization Program (NSIP) and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Analytics, and provides updates weekly on influenza vaccination coverage rates by county, age, and gender across the state throughout the 2020-2021 influenza season and compares rates to the two previous flu seasons.”