Cornell Race and Empathy Project, YouTube, Instagram Stories, More: Monday Evening Buzz, August 27, 2018

This issue is dedicated to Laura Prescott.


Cornell University: Empathy project goes online. “Since its launch in September 2016, the Cornell Race and Empathy Project has recorded, archived and shared the everyday stories of Cornellians that evoke racial empathy. The physical incarnation of the project – a cozy listening booth shaped like a stylized ear – is showing wear and tear and will have to be retired. To continue fostering the ability to identify and understand the feelings of someone of a different background, the project has evolved into an online presence.”


Mashable: YouTube ads are about to get a little less skippable. “Any channel that can monetize its videos will soon be able to implement non-skippable ads. Previously, as mentioned in the video, only select YouTube channels were able to run non-skippable ads.”


Sprout Social: The Ultimate Guide on How to Use Instagram Stories . “Stories are no longer seen as a novelty. At this point, they’re a staple of Instagram itself. But if you don’t quite ‘get’ Stories or how they work, their popularity might leave you scratching your head a bit. Don’t fret. In this guide, we’re going to break down how to use Instagram Stories for your business or brand. From what makes a proper post to best practices to ensure your Stories don’t go unnoticed, we’ve got you covered.”

Digital Trends: The best free movies on YouTube. “Google quietly begang rolling out the section in 2011. Since then, its library of titles for rent, purchase, or streaming has grown considerably, adding up to more movies than you could watch in a lifetime. If you don’t want to pay for a streaming service like Netflix or HBO, you can view some free movies on YouTube, but it’s tough to find stuff that isn’t illegally uploaded or in poor quality.”


CBC: Meet the amateur historian who created one of the largest databases of Indigenous soldiers. “The names of more than 150,000 Indigenous soldiers who fought for Canada and the United States have been identified after a two-decade effort from a Quebec resident. Yann Castelnot, an amateur historian from France, has compiled one of the largest databases of Indigenous soldiers, including 18,830 who were born in Canada, as a way to learn more about their contributions to Canadian and American forces.”

MENAFN: Google Korea accused of unfair business practices. “Sources said the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) recently wrapped up a three-week on-site probe at the company’s headquarters in Seoul into the allegations that Google has been pressing local game firms to launch their games exclusively on the Google Play platform.”

Sonoma State University: SSU professor receives $50,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant. “Janet Hess, a Sonoma State University professor of art history and African and diasporic studies, has received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the first of its kind awarded to a CSU educator this year. With the Digital Humanities Advancement Grant, Hess plans to create a prototype digital map of three indigenous American nations, documenting their geographic ranges, languages, architectural styles and cultural practices both before and after contact with European settlers. During the first phase of the project, she will focus on the California tribes of the Modoc and Pomo/Miwok and the once dominant plains nation of the Osage.”


Medium: Before You Turn On Two-Factor Authentication…. “Before you require a second factor to login to your accounts, you should understand the risks, have a recovery plan for when you lose your second factor(s), and know the tricks attackers may use to defeat two-factor authentication.”

Engadget: EU may fine political groups misusing personal data to skew elections. “The European Union is determined to prevent a Cambridge Analytica-style scandal where politicians misuse personal data for strategic gains. The Financial Times has learned of a European Commission draft amendment that would fine political organizations if they benefit from surreptitious personal data gathering.”


Northeastern University: Will Fake Social Media Followers Derail The Booming Influencer Marketing Business?. “Celebrities, social media stars, and other online personalities have taken a hit to their credibility in recent months, as millions of their followers have been exposed as fake or bought. This has created a bigger problem for advertisers and consumers, who no longer can trust in high follower numbers as a measure of influence and credibility. Now, a machine-learning algorithm developed by Northeastern graduates is giving marketers a way to keep their advertising real—and rebuild consumer trust. ” Good evening, Internet…

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