South Korea Culture, Texas Oil and Gas, GitHub, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, January 26, 2019


Korea Bizwire: New Website Provides Answers to 300 Curiosities of Foreigners in 13 Languages. “Joinus Korea, a non-profit organization focusing on the exchange of culture and languages, announced on Tuesday that it had selected the 300 most asked questions about Korean culture and decided to provide the answers in 13 languages on its website. ‘Joinus World’, which is administered by Joinus Korea, has 7,000 talented language volunteers answering questions about Korea from foreigners on its website.”

Railroad Commission of Texas: Railroad Commission Launches Texas’ First Online Searchable Database of Oil & Gas Inspection and Enforcement Data . “Today, the Railroad Commission of Texas launched its RRC Online Inspection Lookup (OIL) tool for searching statewide oil and gas inspection and enforcement information, including notices of violation and intentions to sever leases. For the first time in RRC history, RRC OIL allows anyone, anywhere at any time to search online records of oil and gas well inspections and violations.”


The Register: Requests for info, gag orders and takedowns fired at GitHub users hit an all-time high last year. “Microsoft-owned code repo GitHub has received twice as many requests for user information in 2018 as the prior year, noting a disproportionate rise in accompanying gag orders.”

Ubergizmo: Google Voice VoIP Calling Is Being Rolled Out To Users. “Last year Google had begun testing out a WiFi calling feature for Google Voice. For those wondering about the state of that feature, you might be pleased to learn that Google has recently confirmed that the feature is now being rolled out to users, where they expect that all Google Voice users should be able to access the VoIP call feature next week.”

BBC: Social media stars agree to declare when they post ads. “Sixteen social media stars including singers Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora, models Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Alexa Chung, and vlogger Zoella have agreed to change how they post online. They will have to clearly state if they have been paid or received any gifts or loans of products they endorse.”


The Verge: How A Vermont Social Network Became A Model For Online Communities. “Front Porch Forum had come to Moretown just months before, but the site had spread throughout much of the state, town by town, since it was founded in 2000 in Burlington. The site looks like a relic from another era; its website is clean and minimal, without the pictures, reaction buttons or comment fields that most social platforms have implemented today. Users register using their real name and address, and gain access to the forum for their town or neighborhood. This network of 185 forums covers each town in Vermont, as well as a handful in neighboring New York and New Hampshire.”

BuzzFeed News: We Followed YouTube’s Recommendation Algorithm Down The Rabbit Hole. “How many clicks through YouTube’s ‘Up Next’ recommendations does it take to go from an anodyne PBS clip about the 116th United States Congress to an anti-immigrant video from a designated hate organization? Thanks to the site’s recommendation algorithm, just nine.”

New York Times: The Art of the Internet, Restored and Out in the World. “On Tuesday, a show called “The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics,” curated by [Michael] Connor and Aria Dean, opened at the New Museum to commemorate the completion of the anthology. Sixteen works will be on display, and many of them deal with ephemerality, loss and change — but also with the joy and weirdness of the web. We spoke to five of the artists about their creations.”


Economic Times: Facebook, Google, Twitter directed by High Court to remove links to video disparaging Baba Ramdev. “The Delhi High Court on Thursday issued an interim order directing Facebook, Google, its subsidiary YouTube and Twitter to forthwith remove, block or disable links to a video containing allegations against yoga guru Ramdev.”

Daily Beast: New Website Plans to Collect #MeToo Victims’ Data and Sell It. “A California couple have launched an online tool to connect victims of workplace sexual misconduct to others harassed or abused by the same person—and they plan to fund it by anonymizing the data they collect and selling it to the accusers’ companies.” Considering how many studies have been done on the difficulty of completely anonymizing data, this seems like a bad idea…


Forbes: How Instagram Democracy Is Leaving Accessibility And Inclusiveness Behind. “Governments and their elected officials have long sought to reach past intermediators like the news media to communicate directly with their constituents. From the party paper to Roosevelt’s fireside chats to today’s social media, politicians in the United States have evolved to make use of the latest technology of the day to speak directly to the nation’s citizenry on their own terms. As the first generation of political leaders made use of social media, their messages were largely textual in form, ensuring they were as accessible to those of all physical abilities as traditional government communications. However, as a new generation of lawmakers are ushering in the ‘Instagram era’ of diplomacy, democracy and statecraft, we are creating a government that is less and less inclusive.”

University at Buffalo: On Twitter, ‘supersharers’ spread majority of fake news. “In the study, the researchers found that 5 percent of political news generated in 2016 came from fake news sources. On Twitter, 0.1 percent of users shared 80 percent of that fake news. And they shared it with a very concentrated group of users. About 1 percent of users were exposed to 80 percent of the fake news shared on Twitter, the study found.” And apparently they managed to weed out bots when they did this study. Interesting reading. Good morning, Internet…

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