Your Weekly Moz News Beat, May 1, 2020

By Mozilla | May 1, 2020 | Moz News Beat

Moz News Beat

Walk This Way

A bored woman lightened up her lockdown by turning the sidewalk in front of her house into the “The jurisdiction of the Ministry of Silly Walks.” The video is amazing. Via Fast Company

Not Quite Wimbledon

Serena & Venus Williams, Naomi Osaka, Maria Sharapova and other celebrities are teaming up this weekend to compete in a Mario Tennis tournament live-streamed for charity. Via BBC

Civic Duty Fries

Belgian citizens are being asked to step up and eat french fries twice a week to help reduce the glut of unused potatoes in the country as a result of the pandemic lockdown. Via GQ

Nature vs Virtual Nature

Getting out into nature is good for our health and sanity. Science shows taking a virtual walk in the forest can have the same health & wellness benefits while we’re stuck at home. Via Washington Post

Who Needs Pants

One ABC reporter looked normal from the waist up during his live segment this week until a wide shot revealed he wasn’t wearing any pants. TV reporters, they’re just like the rest of us. Via BuzzFeedNews

Because You Asked

We reviewed 15 popular video call apps in our new *Privacy Not Included guide. TL;DR: 3 popular apps didn’t meet our Minimum Security Standards. One has already made changes to fix their issues. Via Mozilla

So Confused

There are many reasons we’re all feeling so confused about things during the coronavirus pandemic -- fear, bias, uncertainty. One author set out to help us make sense of what doesn’t make sense. Via The Atlantic

A-Eye Growing Pains

Google Health did a real world test of a medical AI it developed to help detect an eye condition in patients. What worked well in the lab had quite a few stumbles IRL. Via MIT Technology Review

Healthy Dose of Concern

From wearable tracking devices that alert if a patient leaves quarantine to immunity passports and beyond, experts warn there could be serious long-term consequences for medical privacy due to the coronavirus. Via Politico

Bad News Bots

A study by Carnegie Mellon U. found nearly half of the accounts talking about the coronavirus on Twitter are bots, not people. And those bots are pushing a ton of harmful disinformation. Via Vice

Aiding the Abuse

Many domestic violence victims are trapped at home with their abusers during the coronavirus lockdown. Technology can be a double-edge sword for them, especially if abusers know passwords or use stalking apps. Via Wired

Serious Trigger Warning

With the coronavirus hampering tech companies ability to moderate content, disgusting people who share child porn and sexual abuse images have grown bolder, sharing their images in plain sight. Via NBC News

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