American Film Festivals, Facebook Advertising, Social Media Disinformation, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, January 17, 2019


No Film School: A Comprehensive Database of Every American Film Festival on the Circuit . “The festival circuit can be a little bit tricky to navigate. Ok, it’s very difficult to navigate. We’re always here trying to make some sense of which may be worth your time, but when it comes down to it, the choice really all comes down to you. Maybe, as much as you’d like for your film to premiere at Sundance, your weird little low budget horror feature might not fit the bill. The most important thing here is not prestige, but to find a festival that is a good match for your specific film.” A couple other resources are mentioned here as well.


Reuters: Exclusive – Facebook brings stricter ads rules to countries with big 2019 votes. “Facebook Inc (FB.O) told Reuters on Tuesday that it would extend some of its political advertising rules and tools for curbing election interference to India, Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union before significant votes in the next few months.”

Jerusalem Post: Foreign Ministry Launches App To Stop Fake News On Social Media. “The Foreign Ministry and tech company launched a program to share information about social media accounts spreading disinformation, the ministry announced on Wednesday. The initiative comes after months of efforts by the ministry to combat the phenomenon, which has spiked since early elections were announced. Journalists were targeted in five attempts by foreign Twitter accounts to spread fake news stories in the Israeli media. ”


CogDogBlog: A Plugin For Your Blogged Past. “Once you have a few years of blogging in your archives, you thus have some history (doh). And I made a little plugin to make it more visible, to generate a list of previous year’s post published on the current day.”


Yahoo News: Russian regulator demands Google filters search results. “Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor has sent repeated requests to Google requiring it to route its citizens’ web searches through a government filtering system, according to reports. A law passed in Russia last year requires search engines to be connected to the federal state information system (FGIS) allowing the Kremlin to censor the websites which its citizens can access.”

ITV: Guernsey WWII bunker with German murals opened years after being sealed. “A World War 2 bunker in Guernsey has been opened after years of being sealed. The last time the 631b bunker near Richmond Kiosk was accessible was in the early 1980’s and members of the Festung Guernsey Archive group have unsealed it to a record a digital archive of it.”

Search Engine Journal: 10 Social Media Trends That Will Matter Most in 2019 . “Like most digital marketing channels, social media is always evolving. People’s behaviors are changing, as are the technologies and capabilities of social media platforms. So what will be the key social media trends you need to know in 2019?” Honestly I’m not sure how much of this I agree with. I do think the list here is worth ruminating over, however.


Wired: Facebook’s ’10 Year Challenge’ Is Just a Harmless Meme—Right?. “Imagine that you wanted to train a facial recognition algorithm on age-related characteristics and, more specifically, on age progression (e.g., how people are likely to look as they get older). Ideally, you’d want a broad and rigorous dataset with lots of people’s pictures. It would help if you knew they were taken a fixed number of years apart—say, 10 years.”

BBC: Domino’s Pizza app must be accessible to blind people. “Domino’s Pizza has been told its website and app must be made fully accessible to blind people, after losing a legal case in the US. It follows a complaint from a blind customer who said he first struggled to change toppings and then was unable to complete a pizza’s purchase using the company’s iPhone app.”

BetaNews: New Fortnite vulnerabilities put users’ privacy at risk. “Researchers at security firm Check Point have uncovered vulnerabilities in the popular online game Fortnite that would allow attackers to intercept and steal Fortnite users’ login credentials without them being aware of the theft.”


Chronicle of Higher Education: If History Is Any Guide, End of Federal Shutdown Won’t Bring Quick Relief for College Researchers. “Neal F. Lane didn’t mince words when he spoke at the 1996 American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, in Baltimore. On the heels of a 21-day government shutdown, then the longest in U.S. history, the National Science Foundation’s director was reeling. Funds for many continuing grants had run out. He expected funding gaps for renewals and delays in funding new awards. New programs could be pushed back significantly — perhaps six months to a year — or canceled. The shutdown, he said, had ‘demoralized our work force and destroyed any efficient timetable for our already pressured work.'”

US Army War College War Room: We Need An AI-Based Enemy Analysis Tool … Now!. “The U.S. Army does not have an automated enemy analysis tool at the tactical level. When maneuver battalion staffs plan operations, they manually analyze terrain and weather to predict enemy courses of action, considering how an enemy commander could most effectively fight. Staffs plan their own friendly course of action against this analysis. The process works much the same as it did 30 years ago. Staffs today have more intelligence products (imagery, UAS video, etc.), and computers help display enemy and friendly courses of action, but no enemy analysis tool analyzes terrain, weather, and enemy weapons and creates an optimal enemy course of action. Given recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence—specifically the ability to win at abstract strategy games, this type of tool is now feasible. The Army needs it.” Good morning, Internet…

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