Security Cameras, Jewish History, Race in Fashion, More: Wednesday Buzz, November 7, 2018


Motherboard: This Tool Shows Exposed Cameras Around Your Neighbourhood. “Surveillance cameras are pretty much a standard when living in many cities. And many of those cameras are connected to the internet, and may be deliberately or inadvertently open for others to tune into. Exposed devices can be everywhere, from businesses, to schools, to inside homes. A new tool allows you to see where insecure cameras are physically located.”

Seattle Magazine: The New Online Washington Jewish Museum Makes Room for Jewish History and Culture in an Increasingly Intolerant World. “Unlike a traditional brick-and-mortar museum—necessarily finite in space, and set up to focus on objects—an online repository is not only illimitable, but able to better present various other media: texts, audio files, images, film, both new and archival. Thus the initial virtual exhibit launched last month by the Washington Jewish Museum—the new digital exhibition space of the Washington State Jewish Historical Society—is not a completed work, but a beginning, designed to be added to, to enable expansion and depth. (It’s also, as has been noted, less vulnerable to hate-based vandalism than a physical space and its contents would be.)”

New-to-me, from Dazed: This exhibition spotlights the next gen artists exploring fashion and race. “Kimberly M. Jenkins, a fashion educator and independent researcher, began developing an academic initiative. It began with the course ‘Fashion and Race’, which she has taught at the New School’s Parsons School of Design since Autumn 2016. ‘The first thing we do in the class is to go about discussing what race, systemic oppression, and white privilege are to set up the terms we will be relying upon in order to look at how the construction of race has shaped fashion and beauty industries,’ Jenkins explains. Driven to bring her vision to the public, Jenkins created The Fashion and Race Database Project, an online archive filled with vital source materials.”


CNET: Google Chrome’s new crackdown on bad ads begins in December. “Chrome is cracking down harder on abusive websites that present things like pop-up boxes that can’t be closed or bogus system reports that can be used to steal personal information.”

TechCrunch: Instagram prototypes bully-proof moderated School Stories . “Instagram is considering offering collaborative School Stories that only a certain school’s students can see or contribute to. And to make sure these Stories wouldn’t become bullying cesspools, Instagram’s code shows a warning that ‘School stories are manually reviewed to make sure the community is safe.’ School Stories could create a fun space for kids to share with their peers beyond the prying eyes of their parents or strangers, though they could also exacerbate teen culture issues around envy and exclusionary social scenes.”

Library of Congress: Join Us for a Serendipity Run – No Sneakers Required. “And now for something completely different. On November 8, Jer Thorp, the Library of Congress Innovator-in-Residence, will take over the @LibraryCongress Twitter account to host a #SerendipityRun.”

WordPress 5.0 Beta 3 is now available. “The block editor has been updated to include all of the features and bug fixes from the upcoming Gutenberg 4.2 release. Additionally, there are some newer bug fixes and features…”


NBC News: In secret chats, trolls struggle to get Twitter disinformation campaigns off the ground. “In a private ‘strategy chat’ with more than 40 far-right trolls, one user who tried to create a new Twitter account to spread disinformation ahead of Tuesday’s midterms elections described how he had hit an immediate roadblock: Twitter banned him for deliberately giving out the wrong election date.”

New York Times: Facebook Admits It Was Used to Incite Violence in Myanmar. “Facebook has long promoted itself as a tool for bringing people together to make the world a better place. Now the social media giant has acknowledged that in Myanmar it did the opposite, and human rights groups say it has a lot of work to do to fix that.”

WTNH: ‘Single-use’ is Collins’ word of the year for 2018. “The Collins dictionary has adopted an environmentally conscious approach to its ‘Word of the Year’ award, bestowing 2018’s accolade on the term ‘single-use.'”


EurekAlert: Subtle visual cues nudge users to reveal more in online forum. “In a study, researchers found that people using an online sexual health forum featuring computer graphics, called icons, that implied a sense of crowd size and connectivity, revealed more sensitive information than visitors to a site without those visual cues, said S. Shyam Sundar, James P. Jimirro Professor of Media Effects and co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory. Pictures meant to convey a sense of community on the web forum did not significantly affect the user’s disclosure, he added.”

Mother Jones: How Bots Are Hijacking the Political Conversation Just Before the Election. “When President Donald Trump tweeted about a caravan of immigrants heading to the US border in late October, it set off a wildfire of misinformation on social media. Posts on Facebook and Twitter spread conspiracy theories that Democratic donor George Soros was funding the migrants and the false allegation that the group included terrorists and gang members. It turns out it wasn’t just Republicans latching on the story—it was also Twitter bots.” Good morning, Internet…

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