Spring Hill College, Oregon Logging, Anchor, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, January 18, 2019


Spring Hill College: The Springhillian, other student newspapers digitized back to early 1900s . “The Springhillian, Spring Hill College’s student-produced newspaper, was recently digitized along with other previously published student newspapers, thanks to funding provided to the project by the Spring Hill College Friends of the Library. The Springhillian, which began publication in 1924, has now been made searchable along with the prior Spring Hill news series that goes back to 1910.”

Oregon Wild: New mapping tool shows shocking extent of logging across Oregon. “In a state covered in nearly 30 million acres of forested lands, it can be difficult to get a sense of the scale and extent of logging across Oregon. Sure, you can pass miles of clearcuts and young plantations as you drive to the coast, but most forest lands aren’t accessible from major highways. A view from above, looking down from an airplane window for example, can give you a better sense, but this is still just a snapshot in time. This is one reason Oregon Wild volunteer Ricardo Morin spent hundreds of hours over the past year developing a ‘Logging in Oregon’ web tool for analyzing the extent of logging on both public and private lands in Oregon, both historically and recently. (Check out some of his other cool mapping work for Oregon Wild here.)”


TechCrunch: Anchor says it’s ‘powering’ 40 percent of new podcasts . “Podcasting’s greatest asset has always been its accessibility — for consumer and creator alike. But even the simplest medium requires a little know-how, and Anchor’s overarching goal has long been to further lower the barrier of entry for those looking to take the leap.”


Social Media Examiner: How to Monitor Your Social Media Mentions: 5 Listening Tools. “Need help monitoring your company’s mentions on social media? Looking for tools to simplify the process? In this article, you’ll discover five social media monitoring tools to help you better engage online.”

Lead Stories: Here Are The Tools And Methods We Used To Map A Macedonian Fake News Network And The People Behind It. “Sherlock Holmes had his magnifying glass. Hercule Poirot relied on his ‘little grey cells’. But the 21st century internet detective needs more than that to catch the bad guys. In this article we present some of the tools and tricks we used to figure out who was behind a large network of websites endlessly reposting fake, sensationalized or outdated stories to reap advertising profits.”


New York Times Magazine: How Secrecy Fuels Facebook Paranoia. “The biggest internet platforms are businesses built on asymmetric information. They know far more about their advertising, labor and commerce marketplaces than do any of the parties participating in them. We can guess, but can’t know, why we were shown a friend’s Facebook post about a divorce, instead of another’s about a child’s birth. We can theorize, but won’t be told, why YouTube thinks we want to see a right-wing polemic about Islam in Europe after watching a video about travel destinations in France. Everything that takes place within the platform kingdoms is enabled by systems we’re told must be kept private in order to function. We’re living in worlds governed by trade secrets. No wonder they’re making us all paranoid.”

The Register: Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam’s cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it . “A Vermont state employee drove 6,000 miles in six weeks to prove that the cellular coverage maps from the US government suck – and was wildly successful. In fact not only did he prove conclusively that reports delivered to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by mobile operators aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on but also swung a spotlight on just how bad bureaucracy can get when it comes to Washington DC.”

HuffPost: Jack Dorsey Has No Clue What He Wants. “A conversation with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey can be incredibly disorienting. Not because he’s particularly clever or thought-provoking, but because he sounds like he should be. He takes long pauses before he speaks. He furrows his brow, setting you up for a considered response from the man many have called a genius. The words themselves sound like they should probably mean something, too. Dorsey is just hard enough to follow that it’s easy to assume that any confusion is your own fault, and that if you just listen a little more or think a little harder, whatever he’s saying will finally start to make sense. Whether Dorsey does this all deliberately or not, the reason his impassioned defenses of Twitter sound like gibberish is because they are.” Gibberish might be a little harsh, but I certainly don’t see much “there” there.


CNET: Massive breach leaks 773 million email addresses, 21 million passwords.”In one of the largest public data breaches, a collection containing more than 87 gigabytes of personal information was leaked online. The data dump, titled “Collection #1,” was hosted on the cloud service Mega, and had 772,904,991 email addresses, and 21,222,975 passwords. The treasure trove of private information was discovered by Troy Hunt, a security researcher and founder of the ‘Have I Been Pwned’ service.”

Gizmodo: ACLU Is Suing the Federal Government for Information About Social Media Surveillance Practices. “The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California against the federal government on Thursday over its social media surveillance practices, specifically relating to the Trump administration’s controversial immigration policy known as ‘extreme vetting.'”


University of Washington (also a PDF file): Project Sidewalk: A Web-based Crowdsourcing Tool for Collecting Sidewalk Accessibility Data at Scale. “We introduce Project Sidewalk, a new web-based tool that enables online crowd workers to remotely label pedestrian related accessibility problems by virtually walking through city streets in Google Street View. To train, engage, and sustain users, we apply basic game design principles such as interactive onboarding, mission-based tasks, and progress dashboards. In an 18-month deployment study, 797 online users contributed 205,385 labels and audited 2,941 miles of Washington DC streets. ”

Nevada Today: Twitter after high-profile events: how language impacts message engagement . “Using real-world Twitter and experimental data based on high-profile events, researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno; Tulane University, and the University of Texas at Austin, found that heightened causal uncertainty increases individuals’ liking and sharing of messages that consist of more abstract (versus concrete) language.” Good morning, Internet…

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