In April 2018, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, told Congress about an ambitious plan to share huge amounts of posts, links and other user data with researchers around the world so that they could study and flag disinformation on the site. “Our goal is to focus on both providing ideas for preventing interference in 2018 and beyond, and also for holding us accountable,” Mr. Zuckerberg told lawmakers questioning him about Russian interference on the site in the 2016 presidential election. He said he hoped “the first results” would come by the end of that year. But nearly 18 months later, much of the data remains unavailable to academics because Facebook says it has struggled to share the information while also protecting its users’ privacy. And the information the company eventually releases is expected to be far less comprehensive than originally described. As a result, researchers say, the public may have little more insight into … [Read more...] about Ahead of 2020, Facebook Falls Short on Plan to Share Data on Disinformation
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Hitting a paywall is a regular occurrence for those trying to read the latest research study. But now anyone with internet can access for free almost all the scholarly research produced in the world. That solution, however, involves using a database of pirated research papers known as Sci-Hub. It hosts more than 60 million papers with half a million downloads per day. Before Sci-Hub, you had to pay roughly $40 for each article, unless you attended a university willing to pay the millions required for bundled journal subscriptions. Sci-Hub is the creation of Alexandra Elbakyan, a 30-year-old computer scientist from Kazakhstan. She has been hailed a hero and the Robin Hood of the academic publishing world. In 2016, the journal Nature named her one of the “10 people who mattered this year” in science. She has also been called a pirate and thief. In 2017, a U.S. court found Sci-Hub guilty of copyright infringement against Elsevier, the giant academic publisher of 2,500 titles … [Read more...] about Pirate website Sci-Hub is making the world’s academic research free to all. But at what cost?
Most Americans are better off today than they were a decade ago. But for some, the improvements to their well-being have been especially notable. Latina women and Latino men experienced the biggest gains in well-being, according to the American Human Development Index from Brooklyn, NY-based nonprofit Social Science Research Council’s Measure of America project. The index was first introduced in 2008 as an alternative to GDP (gross domestic product, or the value of goods and services produced by a country) as a measure of society’s progress. The index is a composite rating based on health, education and income. While still below the national average, the American Human Development Index scores for the Latino community increased 22 percent over the past 10 years, versus just a 6.4 percent increase overall across the US. “The decade following the Great Recession was the LatinX decade, with American Human Development Index gains among Latinas and Latinos outpacing all … [Read more...] about This group has seen the biggest quality of life increase since 2008
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is the Dayton region’s largest employer, an economic powerhouse integral to national defense that also attracts a trove of intellectual capital and expertise in high-tech research and development. That work is done on base, at local companies and in labs at colleges and universities. It not only provides well-paying jobs to local residents, it’s a selling point to lure new businesses and jobs. “Wright-Patt is a world-class technology center. It’s like a magnet for high tech,” said Loren Thompson, chief operating officer and military analyst at Lexington Institute, a conservative think tank in Arlington, Va. “It is the intellectual capital of the modern Air Force.” Having that concentrated hub here provides powerful protection for the base’s existing missions and is a boost to its efforts to win more work, Thompson and others said.The Dayton Daily News Path Forward initiative seeks solutions to the most … [Read more...] about ‘Magnet for high tech:’ How research drives Wright-Patt’s $15.5B impact
Weather: Sunny and hot, then possibly rainy. See our coverage below. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Oct. 9 (Yom Kippur). Starbucks is serving pumpkin spice lattes, the unofficial drink of fall (as it has been for weeks). Yet today in Central Park, the temperature could reach 90 degrees. That’s about 20 degrees warmer than the usual high. If the mercury climbs to 91, it would be a record high. What’s going on? I can’t explain why people drink pumpkin spice lattes. As for the temperature … It will feel like a hot summer day in the city this afternoon because winds will usher in warm air and moisture from the south, according to Matthew Wunsch, a National Weather Service meteorologist. The temperature could hit 90 degrees or higher at 3 p.m., and thundershowers are possible starting around then. In the evening, temperatures will plunge into the mid-70s. But north of the city, the day will feel different, Mr. Wunsch said. In Albany, for example, … [Read more...] about N.Y. Weather: Record Heat in October? It’s Possible