NZ Electric Vehicles, South Africa History, Podcasts, More: Friday Buzz, July 20, 2018

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Computerworld: NZ gets electric vehicle charging database. “The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has launched EVRoam, claimed to be the world’s first live database of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. It has been funded under the agency’s $3.4 million electric vehicle programme from the National Land Transport Fund. EVRoam collects, and makes available via APIs to website and mobile app developers and others, information from all safe and monitored public charge points around New Zealand.”

Gadget: SA gets digital archive. “Designed as a nation building, educational and brand promotion web based tool, the free-to-view platform features award-winning photographic and written content by leading South African photographers, authors, academics and photojournalists. The emphasis is on quality, credible, factual content that celebrates a collective heritage in terms of the following: Cultural Heritage; Natural Heritage; Education; History; Agriculture; Industry; Mining; and Travel.”


Nieman Lab: Wilson FM, which aims to “elevate podcast aesthetics,” is the first exciting podcast app in a long while. “So there’s this new podcast app-doohickey that came out last week that really caught my eye. It’s called Wilson FM — a name I will forever associate with a volleyball (I’M SORRY, WILSON) — and the thing is billing itself as a ‘podcast magazine,’ which on most days would be a piece of nomenclature that I’d find vaguely annoying. Except that a podcast magazine is exactly what Wilson FM is, and it’s also one of the more pleasurable player ideas I’ve seen in a long while.”


Rock Cellar Magazine: ‘David Bowie Is’ Exhibit to Be Digitally Re-Launched as an Immersive ‘Digital Experience’. “For the past six years, the David Bowie Is exhibit has toured the world, showcasing the irreplaceable style and singular artistic vision that the late music legend/cultural icon embodied over the course of his life and career — which inspired a dedicated tribute tour and countless warm memorial celebrations from the innumerable artists he inspired. The physical exhibit has recently come to an end, but that doesn’t mean the end of the project as a whole: In the fall, it will be meticulously digitally relaunched as an augmented reality experience/mobile app.”

Snopes: Media Firm “Providr” Allegedly Owes Money to Several Angry Facebook Publishers. “This story is part of our continuing series Misinfluencers Inc., which highlights the myriad ways in which celebrities and high-profile social media accounts are used and misused to disseminate questionable information. This report follows our original reporting on the company Providr, which created viral content for celebrities and high-follower Facebook pages to share in return for a fraction of the ad revenue generated by those pages. Our previous reporting highlighted how Providr skirted Facebook’s rules to gain an advantage in this economy.”


INTERPOL: Enhancing The Fight Against The Illicit Traffic Of Cultural Property. “With crimes against cultural heritage often linked to serious transnational crime, only a fraction of such offences are reported to national and international law enforcement. INTERPOL’s Stolen Works of Art database has been addressing this traditional underreporting since 1995, and today, has taken a step which will lead to enhanced information exchange. In cooperation with the Italian Carabinieri’s Headquarters for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, INTERPOL has launched an enhanced version of its Stolen Works of Art database, called P.SY.C.HE. (Protection System for Cultural Heritage).”

EFF: Between You, Me, and Google: Problems With Gmail’s “Confidential Mode”. “With Gmail’s new design rolled out to more and more users, many have had a chance to try out its new ‘Confidential Mode.’ While many of its features sound promising, what ‘Confidential Mode’ provides isn’t confidentiality. At best, the new mode might create expectations that it fails to meet around security and privacy in Gmail. We fear that Confidential Mode will make it less likely for users to find and use other, more secure communication alternatives. And at worst, Confidential Mode will push users further into Google’s own walled garden while giving them what we believe are misleading assurances of privacy and security.”


Government Digital Service: Why GOV. UK content should be published in HTML and not PDF. “GOV.UK exists to make government services and information as easy as possible to find and use. For that reason, we’re not huge fans of PDFs on GOV.UK.”

VentureBeat: Google researchers create AI that maps the brain’s neurons. “Mapping the structure of biological networks in the nervous system — a field of study known as connectomics — is computationally intensive. The human brain contains around 86 billion neurons networked through 100 trillion synapses, and imaging a single cubic millimeter of tissue can generate more than 1,000 terabytes of data. Luckily, artificial intelligence can help.”

Forbes: Are Toilets The New Twitter? Using Smart City Data To Measure Interest. “One of the most common uses of Twitter by marketers and researchers is to gauge public interest and reaction to major events at scale. Social media makes such analyses relatively trivial through simple keyword searches and volume trendlines. However, last month during the World Cup, Tokyo’s waterworks bureau reminded us that as cities become increasingly instrumented, the myriad other signals in our daily digital exhaust offer powerful alternative signals that stretch beyond the digital divide.” Good Friday, Internet…

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