Black in Appalachia, Instagram Influencers, Tor Project, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, September 7, 2018


Greeneville Sun: Black In Appalachia Website Now Online. “Items on the site are sourced from a mix of local institutions and community members who lent digital copies of resources. Free and downloadable content on local black history is now available on the database compiled by East Tennessee PBS, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s School of Information Sciences, the Greeneville-Greene County History Museum and the George Clem Multicultural Alliance.”


Branding in Asia: South Korea to Crack Down on Instagram Influencers and Brands. “South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission is going to step up efforts to investigate illegal advertisements by Korean influencers on Instagram with plans to either order the brands advertising with them to make changes or be faced with fines. Instagram is South Korea’s second most popular social platform after Facebook.”

Ubergizmo: Instagram Launches A Resources Page For Parents Of Teens. “For parents who are worried about their kids being on social media, it appears that Instagram has some resources ready for parents of teens. These resources basically tell parents about Instagram (in case they didn’t know) and also the various tools that are in place that teens could use to keep themselves safe.”

Neowin: The Tor Project has released Tor Browser 8.0 with huge changes. “The Tor Project has just recently released the eighth version of its Tor Browser. The release is noteworthy because it is the first version to be based on Firefox 60 ESR so it includes all the changes brought with the Quantum update including the updated Photon UI and more.”

CNET: Brave ad-blocking browser gets Chrome’s extensions with major new version. “If you like Brave but also like extensions to fine-tune your web surfing, good news: A new version of the ad-blocking browser arrived Thursday that makes it as customizable as Google’s rival Chrome.”


Sendible: Social Media for Nonprofits: How to Make an Impact with Little Budget. “In this guide, I’m sharing exactly how you can make a big impact with little budget as a nonprofit on social media. From using interactive content to measuring the results you’re getting, I’ve got you covered!” This article will not help you with the close details, but it’s an excellent skeleton-of-information for understanding what you need to think about and what resources might help you.


ZDNet: Schneider Electric may have shipped USB drives infested with malware. WARNING: Loud auto-playing video. “USB flash drivers sent with Conext Combox and Conext Battery Monitor products, part of Schneider Electric’s solar power range, were “contaminated” during the manufacturing process, according to a security advisory released by the industrial equipment manufacturer.”


EurekAlert: Scientists take to Twitter to study flying ants, starling murmurations and house spiders . “Searching tweets for text or hashtags allowed researchers to gather information on popular ecological phenomena observed in the UK such as the emergence of flying ants and starling murmurations. Their findings are published today in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution.”

University of Arkansas: Crowdfunding Pitches as Genre Writing. “Adam Pope, visiting assistant professor of English in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, has developed a technique for analyzing successful crowdfunding pitches using the same methods used for other professional writing genres. He explains his technique and methods of teaching it to writing students in his article, ‘Understanding the Writing Demands of Crowdfunding Campaigns with the Genre-Mapping Report,’ published in Business and Professional Communication Quarterly.”

Washington Post: Racism and anti-Semitism surged in corners of the Web after Trump’s election, analysis shows. “Racist and anti-Semitic content has surged on shadowy social media platforms — spiking around President Trump’s Inauguration Day and the ‘Unite the Right Rally’ in Charlottesville — spreading hate speech and extremist views to mainstream audiences, according to an analysis published this week. The findings, from a newly formed group of scientists named the Network Contagion Research Institute who studied hundreds of millions of social media messages, bolster a growing body of evidence about how extremist speech online can be fueled by real-world events.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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