Lefty Driesell, Russia Disinformation, Song Lyrics, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, December 17, 2018


University of Maryland: Lefty’s Legacy Saved in Digital Collections!. “As we continue to celebrate the 100th Season of the Men’s Basketball, devoted Terp fans reminisce on the many standout players and coaches who have come and gone through this program. Over the years, University of Maryland basketball footage has poured in from the athletic department and the private collections of former Terps, and University Archives is excited to announce that we have digitized and preserved footage from the recently inducted Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, Coach Lefty Driesell!”


Washington Post: New report on Russian disinformation, prepared for the Senate, shows the operation’s scale and sweep. “A report prepared for the Senate that provides the most sweeping analysis yet of Russia’s disinformation campaign around the 2016 election found the operation used every major social media platform to deliver words, images and videos tailored to voters’ interests to help elect President Trump — and worked even harder to support him while in office.”


How-To Geek: Best Sites for Finding Song Lyrics. “Have you ever discovered that you’ve been singing one of your favorite songs incorrectly all along? Instead of being embarrassed in front of your friends, it’s easier to use one of the lyrics searching website discussed below and find the actual lyrics of the song.”

Lifehacker: How to Find Great Twitch Streams for Learning New Skills and Improving Your Life. “…while I risk angering the Twitch gods for saying it, you can do so much more on the massive streaming service than stream games. Sure, that’s fun and all, but you can also use Twitch streams to improve your life in unique and exciting ways. (Or, at the very least, you can learn the basics of a new hobby you’ve been dying to try.)”


New York Times: What Happens When Facebook Goes the Way of Myspace?. “Facebook earned more than $5 billion in profit last quarter, and yet it has spent much of 2018 trapped in a defensive crouch. This year was defined by brutal press coverage, internal strife, executive departures and unwanted attention from authorities. The company stands accused of various offenses: degrading politics; empowering despots; leaving users vulnerable to abuse; abusing its users’ data for profit. It is in a constant state of crisis such that its executives’ responses to scandals end up becoming scandals themselves. But the single event most pertinent to Facebook’s future, and with the most explanatory power regarding its recent past, came in January, when the company admitted its flagship site had found a worrying limit.”

Flickr Blog: Photography and Licensing: Q&A with Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley. “Since 2004, Flickr has been a proud supporter of Creative Commons, a licensing system that gives photographers and creators the ability to share and distribute their works on conditions of their choice. Today, people can find hundreds of millions of public images released under Creative Commons licenses on our site; we have the honor of being the largest repository of openly licensed works online. The significance of this massive collection of creative works will always matter to us— and that’s why Flickr continues to work with Creative Commons on ways to cultivate and grow this long-term partnership. We recently met with Ryan Merkley, CEO of Creative Commons, to talk about common goals, reflect on the history of our communities, and discuss future challenges and opportunities. ”

University of Minnesota: Murray Jensen and colleagues aim to create mixed-reality STEM education tool. “Technology and engineering constantly generate new tools for teachers to enhance educational opportunities both in the classroom and online. However, harnessing these tools to promote meaningful learning can be more of an issue for educators. Biology Teaching and Learning faculty member Murray Jensen hopes an upcoming project will do exactly that. Jensen, along with colleagues from Realityworks, Inc. and Innovative Design Labs recently received a $1.7 million award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to develop mixed-reality resources to use in STEM education. In particular, the team hopes to develop tools that will prompt students to study health sciences.


Harvard Business Review: Stopping Data Breaches Will Require Help from Governments. “Not a month goes by without a major corporation suffering a cyber attack. Often state-sponsored, these breaches are insidious, difficult to detect, and may implicate personal information relating to millions of individuals. Clearly, the current approaches to safeguarding sensitive data are insufficient. We need to reorient expectations for the role of the private sector in cybersecurity. As the risk of cyberattacks has become better appreciated, we see an increasingly punitive focus on holding corporate America solely responsible.”


The Next Web: How social media dilutes scientific discoveries into clickbait. “Millions of Americans shape their ideas on complex and controversial scientific questions – things like personal genetic testing, genetically modified foods and their use of antibiotics – based on what they see on social media. Even many traditional news organizations and media outlets report incomplete aspects of scientific studies, or misinterpret the findings and highlight unusual claims. Once these items enter into the social media echo chamber, they’re amplified. The facts become lost in the shuffle of competing information, limited attention or both.” Good evening, Internet…

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