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Classic Literature, Modern Slavery, National Transportation Safety Board, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, December 5, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

JSTOR: Understanding Great Works: a new research tool on JSTOR. “Understanding Great Works (Beta) is a free research tool from JSTOR Labs that fosters student engagement with classic literature by connecting passages in primary texts with journal articles and book chapters on JSTOR that cite those lines. Building on the success of the Understanding Shakespeare tool, Understanding Great Works encompasses several key works of British literature such as Frankenstein and Pride and Prejudice, the King James Bible, as well as all Shakespeare sonnets and plays.”

Phys .org: New data dashboards launched to inform policymaking on modern slavery and child labor. “Marking the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, new interactive data dashboards have been launched that visualise trends in forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking, and child labour. For the first time, country-level data visualisations and details on governments’ efforts to address these abuses have been brought together in order to inform evidence-based policymaking.”

Library of Congress: National Transportation Safety Board Documents Digitized. “The Law Library of Congress has digitized a collection of National Transportation Safety Board decisions, orders, and petitions. The years of the decisions span from 1973-1982, with the majority falling between 1977 and 1981. Other decisions can be found on the N.T.S.B.’s Document Management System.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

VentureBeat: PowerPoint and Skype gain live captions and subtitles. “Real-time captions and subtitles are heading to PowerPoint and Skype, the company today revealed in a pair of announcements timed to coincide with the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (UN IDPD).”

The Verge: Tumblr will ban all adult content on December 17th. “Tumblr will permanently ban adult content from its platform on December 17th in a move that will eradicate porn-related communities on the platform and fundamentally alter how the service is used.” Tumblr is welcome to set any legal restrictions it wants but this is a tire fire. Go to Twitter and search Tumblr flagged for lots of examples of flagged innocuous content.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Next Web: WhatsApp’s first ever TV commercial warns against fake news in India. “WhatsApp has faced a lot of criticism for the way it’s handled fake news in India. In its latest move to battle misinformation, the company has launched three TV commercials in India to spread awareness about the issue amongst its users in the country.”

Tubefilter: 8-Year-Old Ryan ToysReview Reportedly Earned $22 Million On YouTube Last Year. “Ryan (and his co-vlogger parents) clocked $22 million in earnings last year, according to Forbes, which placed the first-grader at the top of its annual Highest-Paid YouTube Stars list. Forbes says it estimated Ryan’s pre-tax earnings from June 2017 to June 2018 based on data from influencer marketing platform Captiv8, analytics firm SocialBlade, and trade publication Pollstar, as well as interviews with industry insiders.”

Politico: EU to ask Facebook, Twitter, Google for monthly ‘fake news’ reports. “The European Commission is planning to ask social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Google for monthly reports on Russian disinformation campaigns ahead of the European election next May, two EU officials told POLITICO.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Krebs on Security: What the Marriott Breach Says About Security. “We don’t yet know the root cause(s) that forced Marriott this week to disclose a four-year-long breach involving the personal and financial information of 500 million guests of its Starwood hotel properties. But anytime we see such a colossal intrusion go undetected for so long, the ultimate cause is usually a failure to adopt the most important principle in cybersecurity defense that applies to both corporations and consumers: Assume you are compromised.”

The Register: The dingo… er, Google stole my patent! Biz boss tells how Choc Factory staff tried to rip off idea from interview . “Jie Qi, cofounder of edu-tech electronics biz Chibitronics, marked the launch of patent education site PatentPandas.org with her account of how Google tried to patent her research after inviting her to meet with company executives.”

BBC: Quora says 100 million users hacked. “Question-and-answer website Quora has been hacked, with the names and email addresses of 100 million users compromised. The breach also included encrypted passwords, and questions people had asked.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

BusinessWire: Instagram is the Fastest Growing Social Network Among World Leaders (PRESS RELEASE.) “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the most followed world leader on Instagram with 14.8 million followers. He is closely followed by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, with 12.2 million followers, who more than doubled his followers over the past 12 months, according to the newly released 2018 World Leaders on Instagram study by leading global communications agency BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe). With 10 million followers, U.S. President Donald Trump is in third position.” Good morning, Internet…

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