Animals in Movies, Facebook Advertising, Open Source Government, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, June 3, 2018


New-to-Me: ZooScope — a database of animals in movies. From the About page: “Animals have played a crucial role in the development of film as an artistic medium, from the literal use of animal products in film stock to the capturing of animal movement as a driver of stop-motion, wide-screen and CGI film technology. In terms of content and form, the wish to picture animals’ lives, whether naturalistically or playfully, has led to the establishment of key genres such as wildlife film and animation. ZooScope looks at and beyond these major aspects of animals in film, and entries can consider, inter alia: animals’ role in film genres and styles from arthouse to documentary to horror; the range of literal and symbolic ways animals appear in film; animals in the film star- system; animal lives and the ethics of film-making; adaptation and the different challenges of filmic and literary representation of animals.” I think the site does not desire to be as wide as it is deep; it did not have the 1973 animated version of Charlotte’s Web but did have the 2006 version with an extensive article.


Center for Cooperative Media: What small publishers need to know about Facebook’s policy on ads with political content. “Facebook’s definition of ‘political content’ is broad, potentially sweeping up any promoted news and information on the platform that relates to civic matters…. To shine a light on the process, Facebook’s Julia Smekalina and Varun Shetty (News Partnerships) held a webinar with publishers on May 30, during which they answered questions directly from representatives from the media. I attended on behalf of the Center for Cooperative Media, which coordinates with groups including the Local Independent Online News Publishers and the Institute for Nonprofit News. The following are my takeaways for news publishers, beginning with Facebook’s definition of political content and my understanding of how content is being reviewed.”

Route Fifty: A New Open-Source Framework for Government Projects. “The Louisville Metro Government recently moved some of its mobility data to the cloud and open-sourced the code so any city can build the infrastructure nearly for free.”

Tubefilter: Twitch To Promote LGBTQ+ Streamers, Launch Rainbow Emotes In Honor Of Pride Month. “The company will: promote a different LGBTQ+ creator on its homepage every day during the month June (a full rundown is available on Twitch’s blog); vend rainbow flag T-shirts — of which 100% of profits will benefit the Human Rights Campaign (HRC); march in the San Francisco Pride Parade; and unveil new Pride-themed emotes and cheermotes that will be available permanently after Pride month concludes. In addition to the T-shirt sale, Twitch is also inviting creators to launch their own fundraising campaigns for HRC via Tiltify.”


Washington Post: Hands off my data! 15 default privacy settings you should change right now. “Give me 15 minutes, and I can help you join the 5 percent who are actually in control. I dug through the privacy settings for the five biggest consumer tech companies and picked a few of the most egregious defaults you should consider changing. These links will take you directly to what to tap, click and toggle for Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple.”


Search Engine Land: Google’s reliance on Wikipedia makes it vulnerable to search pranks. “Once again, Google is in trouble with conservative critics because of its perceived anti-Republican bias. The company’s Knowledge Panel for the California Republican party briefly showed that the party’s ideology included ‘Nazism.'”

Sydney Morning Herald: National Archives wants more money and a new building. “There’s a lot to keep you awake at night when you’re the director of a national institution. For National Archives of Australia director David Fricker, it’s the thought of what parts of Australia’s story might be lost if funding for collecting institutions continues to be cut. The national collection of government records includes hundreds of thousands of audio-visual items, most of which will become inaccessible within the next 10 years, if not sooner, Mr Fricker says.”

Polygon: YouTube’s top creators are burning out and breaking down en masse. “Three weeks ago, Bobby Burns, a YouTuber with just under one million subscribers, sat down on a rock in Central Park to talk about a recent mental health episode. One week ago, Elle Mills, a creator with more than 1.2 million subscribers, uploaded a video that included vulnerable footage during a breakdown. Six days ago, Rubén ‘El Rubius’ Gundersen, the third most popular YouTuber in the world with just under 30 million subscribers, turned on his camera to talk to his viewers about the fear of an impending breakdown and his decision to take a break from YouTube.”


The Telegraph: Database aims to counter surge in luxury watch thefts . “The increased targeting of luxury watches by ruthless street robbers and smash and grab gangs has led to a dramatic rise in the number of stolen timepieces being registered with a crime prevention database. The surge in thefts – which has seen more than £1m of watches stolen in central London in the first quarter of this year alone – has led to a rush of owners using the Watch Register in a bid to trace their items.”

Miami Herald: Atlanta police: Cyberattack erased dashcam archive. “The Atlanta Police Department’s archive of dashboard camera video was wiped out in a March cyberattack, the police chief said. The loss might compromise a drunken driving case, Chief Erika Shields told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV , but she’s not greatly worried.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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