HathiTrust, Facebook, Facebook Live, More: Sunday Buzz, September 23, 2018


HathiTrust: HathiTrust Research Center Extends Non-Consumptive Research Tools to Copyrighted Materials: Expanding Research through Fair Use. “Since 2011, HTRC has been developing services and tools to allow researchers to employ text and data mining methodologies using the HathiTrust collection. To date, this service has been available only on the portion of the collection that is out of copyright. With the development of a landmark HathiTrust policy and an updated release of HTRC Analytics, HTRC now provides access to the text of the complete 16.7-million-item HathiTrust corpus for non-consumptive research, such as data mining and computational analysis, including items protected by copyright.” I am probably parading my ignorance here but I didn’t know what “non-consumptive” means. It sounds like research that doesn’t have tuberculosis. HathiTrust has a page to lay it all out.

Bloomberg: Facebook to Give Less Direct Support to Trump in 2020 Campaign. “Facebook Inc. said that for future presidential campaigns, it will pull back from the kind of on-site support it gave Donald Trump for his 2016 presidential race — a relationship that came under scrutiny by Congress.”


Social Media Examiner: How to Get More Engagement With Facebook Live. “Want more people to watch, share, and comment on your live videos? Looking for tips on improving the quality of viewer engagement? To explore how to get more engagement with Facebook Live video, I interview Stephanie Liu.”

Mashable: How to set up and use a VPN. “On today’s internet, having at least some level of protection is essential. A VPN or virtual private network is a tool to get an extra layer of protection — it essentially masks your connection while encrypting your data. The best part is you don’t need to get any physical hardware to use one; using a VPN is usually as simple as downloading and launching an app.”

Make Tech Easier: How to Create a YouTube Video with PowerPoint. “Few people nowadays have the patience or willingness to sit through multiple slide presentations. Online videos, on the other hand, are a powerful means to build user engagement in an era of lower attention spans. As long as the videos look professional, your audience will pay attention to whatever you have to say. Follow these simple steps to convert your hard work that went in to creating a PowerPoint into an accessible and compact YouTube video.” What an interesting idea.

MakeUseOf: 5 Facebook Alternatives That Don’t Steal Your Data. “So, if you’re looking to jump ship and delete your Facebook profile, which social network should you head for next? Which Facebook alternatives won’t steal your data? Here are our top five picks.” I had only heard of one of these – NextDoor.


TIME: ‘This Is How Rats Work.’ Why Twitter’s Emphasis on Follower Counts Could Be Backfiring. “Online follower counts have become a fashionable form of currency, numbers people use as evidence of personal and professional clout. Media outlets treat it as news when celebrities amass big followings, and an entire industry has ascended around ‘influencers’ who endorse goods via popular feeds. It’s a metric increasingly ingrained in modern life. It’s also under the microscope at Twitter.”

USA Today: Google employees discussed changing search results after Trump travel ban. “Google employees debated ways to alter search results to direct users to pro-immigration organizations and to contact lawmakers and government agencies after President Donald Trump’s immigration travel ban against predominantly Muslim countries.”


CNET: New ransomware can turn your computer into a hacker’s tool. “This new malware isn’t letting any part of an infected computer go to waste. The Virobot ransomware — spotted Sunday by Trend Micro researchers — doesn’t just lock up infected computers. It also enlists them as part of its massive botnet.”

Threatpost: Unpatched Microsoft Zero-Day in JET Allows Remote Code-Execution. “According to the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), the flaw is an out-of-bounds (OOB) write in the Microsoft JET Database Engine, which underlies the Microsoft Access and Visual Basic software; it’s a less well-known alternative to Microsoft’s flagship SQL Server.”


CTV News: Ottawa to comb social media to see how Canadians really feel about cannabis. “The federal government is looking to scour social-media platforms to find out what Canadians really think about pot as the country enters its new era of legalized weed. With only a few weeks to go before the end of recreational marijuana prohibition, Ottawa is seeking an outside contractor to help the government learn more about Canadians’ attitudes and behaviours when it comes to legalized cannabis.”

EurekAlert: Brown researchers teach computers to see optical illusions . “For the study, the team lead by [Thomas] Serre, who is affiliated with Brown’s Carney Institute for Brain Science, started with a computational model constrained by anatomical and neurophysiological data of the visual cortex. The model aimed to capture how neighboring cortical neurons send messages to each other and adjust one another’s responses when presented with complex stimuli such as contextual optical illusions.” Good morning, Internet…

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  1. About “5 Facebook Alternatives That Don’t Steal Your Data”: I took the “MeWe Challenge.” Although I am on *no* social media networks and never have been, the “challenge” said that *at least 126 cookies” are tracking me. I use Privacy Badger and always browse incognito. Anybody know why I should get such results?

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