NC Farmers, Radio Times, Nature Sounds, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, December 11, 2018


DigitalNC: 100 Issues of The Carolina Union Farmer now online at DigitalNC. “100 issues of the Carolina Union Farmer are now online at DigitalNC. The recently digitized issues form a nearly complete representation of the weekly paper’s publication between July 1911 and May 1913. Published by the North Carolina Farmer’s Union, the paper provides unique insights into the Labor Movement as it manifested itself in the South during the early twentieth century.”

iNews: What was on TV the day you were born? Historic Radio Times listings now online through BBC Genome Project. “What was on television the day you were born? The BBC is launching a searchable database of Radio Times programme listings dating back to 1923, through the broadcaster’s own Genome Project. The BBC has now made all 1940s issues of the Radio Times publicly available online for the first time.” The 1920s and 1930s were already available.

The Verge: This map lets you hear what the world sounds like without humans. “Since its beginning in 2014, Cities and Memory has created sound maps focused on protest, sacred places, and photographs. Its newest project, however, steps away from humans and instead focuses on the areas where the natural world is undisturbed. Sounding Nature is the biggest global collection of nature sounds, featuring nearly 500 sounds from 55 countries, from jungles to glaciers to underwater shrimp recordings. The map has two parts: the field recording of the sound itself, and then the musical remix it inspired.”


Quartz: The US plans to stop releasing its most detailed census data. “As a data-focused journalist who writes about economic and demographic trends, I use census data a lot. Specifically, I rely on the individual-level microdata that is released by the bureau and turned into an easily usable format by the Minnesota Population Center. I am among tens of of thousands (pdf) of data analysts who rely on this data to study American poverty, health, and population patterns. The US Census announced this week that, because of privacy concerns, this microdata will no longer be made widely available.”

Techdirt: After Getting FOSTA Turned Into Law, Facebook Tells Its Users To Stop Using Naughty Words. “Well, well. As we’ve covered for a while now, FOSTA became law almost entirely because Facebook did an about-face on its position on the law — which only recently was revealed to have happened because COO Sheryl Sandberg decided it was important to appease Congress on something, even against the arguments of Facebook’s own policy team. As we pointed out at the time, this was Facebook basically selling out the internet, and we wondered if Facebook would then help clean up the collateral damage it causes? The early indications are that, not only will it not help clean up the mess it caused, it’s leaning in on this new puritanical internet that it wants to create.”


Business Insider: The ACCC wants to regulate the substantial power of Google and Facebook in Australia. “Google and Facebook need greater regulatory oversight in Australia to monitor their market power and the large amount of data they collect on Australian consumers, according to the preliminary results of an inquiry by consumer watchdog, the ACCC.”

BuzzFeed News: Now Academics Studying ISIS Are Feeling The Heat Of An Internet Crackdown. “On March 22, 2016, as ISIS-built bombs ripped through Brussels Airport and a key metro station serving the offices of the European Union, killing more than 30 people, Pieter Van Ostaeyen, one of Belgium’s most experienced analysts of international terrorist groups, saw the news and immediately began tweeting insights and retweeting information as he arrived at work. After pausing to call his family to make sure everyone was safe, Van Ostaeyen then tried to tweet a warning that the emergency had limited phone service across Belgium. That’s when he realized that his account, widely considered one of the most insightful sources of information about Belgium and ISIS, had been suspended. He’d been accused by Twitter of pushing terrorist propaganda and had his account frozen.”

Boing Boing: This is what ‘going viral’ looks like. “…on November 11, I blogged about Tim Klein’s ‘puzzle montages’ and I believe it’s the most-viral post I’ve written in my over-seven-year professional blogging career. While I don’t have the exact numbers, I have been watching it quickly spread across the planet and I feel certain that it is. Today, I thought it would be fun to pull back the curtain a little to show you what ‘going viral’ looks like from ‘backstage.'”

Engadget: Twitter’s Jack Dorsey promotes Myanmar despite genocide reports. “Unfortunately, social network leaders still appear to be tone deaf regarding Myanmar’s reported atrocities. Twitter chief Jack Dorsey posted a series of tweets encouraging followers to visit Myanmar after he’d been there for a birthday meditation retreat, seemingly ignoring widespread evidence of the country’s government committing genocide against the Rohingya people and forcing hundreds of thousands of them to flee. He focused solely on his trip, noting that the ‘people are full of joy’ and celebrating the experience of listening to a Kendrick Lamar album after breaking silence.”


Yle Uutiset: Public slams Finnish Transport Safety Agency for privacy breach. “Trafi’s database required nothing more than a name to pull up a person’s driving information. The Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi) on Sunday said it had suspended the service while it investigates whether the tool infringes on people’s data privacy and security. The database went public last July.”


Library of Congress: Born to Be 3D: Born-Digital Data Stewardship. “On November 2, the Library hosted a forum on born-digital, three-dimensional data stewardship. Born-digital 3D materials constitute important cultural documentation, facilitate scientific research, and such assets are entering cultural heritage collections. Yet, preservation approaches and stewardship requirements are not yet mainstream or standardized for born-digital 3D materials.”

Science Blog: Drawing Is Better Than Writing For Memory Retention. “Older adults who take up drawing could enhance their memory, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Waterloo found that even if people weren’t good at it, drawing, as a method to help retain new information, was better than re-writing notes, visualization exercises or passively looking at images.” Good morning, Internet…

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