Taliesin West, Dag Hammarskjöld Library, Twitter, More: Sunday Buzz, August 12, 2018


AZCentral: VR tours open up Taliesin West, other Arizona attractions to digital tourism. “Not all VR is about imagining new, fantastical realities. It also enables people to explore the real world without leaving the house — or even the couch. This summer, Taliesin West, the Scottsdale landmark and winter home to architect Frank Lloyd Wright, added to this ever-growing online library of re-created reality when it launched an immersive ‘digital experience’ that can be viewed on 3-D goggles or by pointing and clicking on a computer screen.”


Dag Hammarskjöld Library: Digitization Update – SG Bulletins & Staff Rules. “In an ongoing initiative the Dag Hammarskjöld Library’s Digitization Unit has scanned over 160 memorable Secretary General’s Bulletins, including UN staff rules, from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. These historical UN documents contain milestone communications including bulletins addressed to the “Members of the Staff of United Nations” by Secretaries-General Trygve Lie and Dag Hammarskjöld. Since many of the staff rules have numerous amendments one can follow the path of refining for each rule, and the evolution of the Organization’s human resource topics throughout the decades.”

Engadget: Twitter admits Infowars tweets broke rules, but the account stays up. “After a CNN inquiry found ten tweets from Alex Jones’ accounts that it felt should’ve qualified as breaking Twitter’s rules, the service admitted late Friday that it agreed on seven of them.”

CNET: Facebook bans sites that host blueprints of 3D-printed guns. “Facebook, the world’s largest social network, said Thursday it’s banning websites that host and share blueprints of 3D-printed guns.”


Search Engine Journal: The Definitive Local SEO Guide for Beginners. “There are many misconceptions about local SEO strategy, tactics, and what should be happening when you put together a campaign. When approaching any local SEO endeavor, it’s best to approach with the mindset of not gaming Google, but using proven, holistic optimization best practices that will help your site stand the test of time.”

Josh Russell: Comprehensive list of Internet Research Agency Social Media “Groups”. “This is just a collection of all the social media group names that can be found, consider it a living document that I will try to keep updated. I haven’t included twitter handles, email addresses, or websites in this.”


The Art Newspaper: Andrea Fraser aims to hold US museum boards to account. “In March, a group of protesters led by photographer Nan Goldin threw pill bottles and staged a die-in at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Sackler Wing. Their objective? Convincing members of the Sackler family, who have donated money and art to the museum as well as many other art institutions, to help combat the opioid crisis that its company, Purdue Pharma, helped stoke with the development of the painkiller OxyContin. At a time of intense political polarisation and extreme economic inequality in the US, people are starting to pay closer attention to the money behind their museums—where board members’ wealth comes from and where else they spend it.”

Creative Commons: Creative Commons awarded $800,000 from Arcadia to support discovery and collaboration in the global commons . “Creative Commons is pleased to announce an award of new funding in the amount of $800,000 over two years from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, in support of CC Search, a Creative Commons technology project designed to maximize discovery and use of openly licensed content in the Commons.”

TechCrunch: What the Facebook Crypto team could build. “Facebook is invading the blockchain, but how? Back in May, Facebook formed a cryptocurrency team to explore the possibilities, and today it removed a roadblock to revealing its secret plans.”

Washington Post: Retailers are marketing directly to kids shopping on their smartphones. “Children and preteens are more connected to the Internet than ever, which means retailers are looking for new ways to market — and sell — directly to young shoppers on their phones, tablets and laptops. Gone are the days of blanket television ads, marketing experts say. Instead, companies are flocking to Snapchat, YouTube Kids and other mobile apps to reach children with personalized messages.”


Ars Technica: In-the-wild router exploit sends unwitting users to fake banking site. “Hackers have been exploiting a vulnerability in DLink modem routers to send people to a fake banking website that attempts to steal their login credentials, a security researcher said Friday. The vulnerability works against DLink DSL-2740R, DSL-2640B, DSL-2780B, DSL-2730B, and DSL-526B models that haven’t been patched in the past two years.”

Slate: Regulating Bots on Social Media Is Easier Said Than Done. “Both Congress and California are currently considering legislation that would require social media bots to disclose the fact that they’re automated. These bills are designed to respond to serious, well-founded concerns about the use of social media bots to spread misinformation and sow discord online, most infamously during the 2016 election season. It’s a well-intentioned idea, but the proposals face a common challenge in the regulation of new technology: defining the technology itself. While perhaps not the most exciting part of any legislation, the definitions section is critical—it tells us who will be subject to the requirements and prohibitions that follow. While both the federal and state bills have definitions sections, neither tells us precisely what they mean by ‘bot.'”


Money Control: Google search volume can predict price movement of cryptocurrency, suggests study . “A working paper circulated by US-based think tank National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that unlike traditional financial markets, the returns and price movements in cryptocurrency markets are a factor of the type of attention they receive.”

MIT Technology Review: A small team of student AI coders beats Google’s machine-learning code. “Students from, a small organization that runs free machine-learning courses online, just created an AI algorithm that outperforms code from Google’s researchers, according to an important benchmark.’s success is important because it sometimes seems as if only those with huge resources can do advanced AI research.


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