New Zealand Flu Epidemic, 1960s Brisbane, Sustainable Development, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, November 27, 2018


New Zealand Herald: The killer that claimed more lives than WWI. “For decades, most of the influenza victims’ graves in Wellington’s Karori Cemetery lay neglected and overgrown. Many people lay in unmarked graves, while some had been disinterred and their remains put elsewhere as no one had paid for their grave or marker. Now genealogists have created a new website… which documents the 660 flu victims who are buried there. The genealogists have researched and documented 160 of the victims’ lives in intimate detail.”

9News: Incredible photos show Brisbane homes in the 1970s. “In the 1960s, a man in a pink Cadillac and a woman in a van cruised Queensland streets, photographing more than 300,000 homes. Frank and Eunice Corely ran a business taking photos and selling the work back to the homeowners as calendars and postcards. The collection was collecting dust in a Brisbane basement, until the Queensland State Library decided to use the photos to create an interactive piece of history.”

Danish Institute for Human Rights: Corporate respect for human rights: A driver for sustainable development. “A new database is created to inspire companies by illustrating how other companies’ concrete actions to avoid and address their salient human rights issues can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Scroll .in: Implant files: International journalism body creates database to track faulty medical devices. “The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has compiled a global database of medical devices that are either faulty or dangerous. It allows users to explore more than 70,000 recalls, safety alerts and field safety notices of medical devices in 11 countries – Australia, Canada, Finland, India, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Spain, Switzerland and the United States – in its first release.”


Lifehacker: Create Your Own Personal Archive of Web Pages With This Chrome Extension. “Websites change. Websites go out of business. This week I came across a new browser extension that makes saving those sites a little easier, WebSatchel. Obviously, not many people are going to have the specific use case that I do. That said, there are plenty of reasons to save a website, be it a story you enjoyed reading and might want to read again or even a recipe for something you’d like to try out later.”


Ars Technica: How do you preserve beloved New Orleans folk art? A Web font, of course. “Few if any cities value local culture as much as New Orleans, but even the Crescent City has to navigate modern realities of change. And as new residents move in or new businesses replace old ones, some beloved bits of the city’s artistic fabric occasionally need intentional preservation. Case in point: the work of Lester Carey.”

India Times: If You Google ‘Bitches Near Me’, It Shows Very Disturbing Results Including PGs & Girls Schools. “What do you do if you don’t know what something means or does or how something works? More often than not you turn to Google. Given its clout and reputation, you expect it to give you accurate results. But don’t count on it.” I’m pretty sure that in this case PG stands for Paying Guest – it’s something like a hostel. India folks, please correct me if I’m off.

Washington Post: Inside TikTok, the premier app for firefighters who enjoy lip-syncing to ‘Baby Shark’ . “Camille Gates’s husband would stare at his phone for long stretches of time, laughing at amateur music videos on an app called TikTok. Look, he showed Gates, nurses like her were on TikTok, dancing in their scrubs at work. He persuaded Gates to join. One week later, the 30-year-old in rural Wisconsin had nearly 50,000 TikTok fans.”

The National: UAE social media influencers call for fairer deals and more transparency. “Leading social media influencers and bloggers have hit out at companies across the UAE for not valuing the services and expertise they provide. Individuals claimed their profession was at times underappreciated in the Emirates and was certainly often undervalued.”


TechCrunch: LinkedIn violated data protection by using 18M email addresses of non-members to buy targeted ads on Facebook. “LinkedIn, the social network for the working world with close to 600 million users, has been called out a number of times for how it is able to suggest uncanny connections to you, when it’s not even clear how or why LinkedIn would know enough to make those suggestions in the first place. Now, a run-in with a regulator in Europe illuminates how some of LinkedIn’s practices leading up to GDPR implementation in Europe were not only uncanny, but actually violated data protection rules, in LinkedIn’s case concerning some 18 million email addresses.”


City A.M.: Report slams tech giants for lack of political lobbying transparency. “Tech behemoths Amazon, Facebook and Google are among the worst-performing companies for political lobbying transparency, according to a new report from Transparency International UK.”

New York Times: Do You Have a Moral Duty to Leave Facebook?. “I joined Facebook in 2008, and for the most part, I have benefited from being on it. Lately, however, I have wondered whether I should delete my Facebook account. As a philosopher with a special interest in ethics, I am using ‘should’ in the moral sense. That is, in light of recent events implicating Facebook in objectionable behavior, is there a duty to leave it?” Good morning, Internet…

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