Journal of Women and Minorities in Technology, Spotify, WhatsApp, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 8, 2019


Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: Thomas Edison State University Launches the Journal of Women and Minorities in Technology . “The new publication will be an open access journal that provides quality peer-reviewed articles written by academics and professionals in the fields of aviation, nuclear technology, cybersecurity, and information technology. The articles will provide technical and soft-skills information needed to excel in the field of technology, with an emphasis on women, African Americans, and other professionals from underrepresented groups.”


BetaNews: Spotify explicitly bans ad blockers on pain of account termination. “The company employs various techniques for detecting the use of ad blockers, and now anyone found to be using such a tool runs the risk of having their account terminated. The new Terms of Agreement comes into force on March 1.” I think this is the strongest pushback against ad blockers I’ve seen thus far.

CNET: WhatsApp boots 2M accounts a month to fight misinformation. “Ahead of India’s national elections later this year, WhatsApp is trying to wrangle bulk messaging and fake accounts. Over the last three months, the Facebook-owned messaging has banned more than 2 million accounts each month for bulk or automated behavior.”


Larry Ferlazzo: The Best Resources For Teaching About Why Blackface Is Racist. “This is just a very beginning list of teaching resources that might be useful for teaching about blackface. I know that several of us at our school will using this topic as the focus of some of our lessons, and thought it would be useful to share resources here and invite readers to contribute more.”

CNBC: How to start using TikTok, the social media app that’s taking teens by storm and making Snap and Facebook nervous. “TikTok is a social app that lets users watch and create short videos that are usually set to songs. It’s a hit with teens and has become popular enough to catch the attention of Facebook and Snap. The app is owned by China-based company ByteDance and known as Douyin in China, and it has a reported 500 million monthly active users across the globe. In the U.S., it ranks No. 3 on Apple’s list of top free apps, trailing only Facebook’s Instagram and Google’s YouTube.”


Refinery 29: Self-Harm & Suicide Content Is Still Alarmingly Easy To Find on Social Media. “While other harmful topics appear to have been blocked completely on Instagram, searching for ‘self harm’ still brings up handles which contain the words. Some accounts are private, others are not. Within a minute of browsing through these accounts, you can find alternative self-harm hashtags in image captions that are currently in use, which are often amalgams of similar words and phrases.”

New Delhi Times: Zimbabwe Activists Push Back on Social Media Restrictions. “In Zimbabwe, rights and opposition groups are surviving by using social media to communicate with the masses as state-owned media remain reserved for ruling party officials. During recent anti-government protests, the public received information through social media and now the government wants a law to block such platforms.”

CNN: ‘Divide and conquer forever.’ Inside the partnership of Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg. “Before Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of Congress last year, he and his team prepared by holding mock hearings inside a Facebook conference room set up to look like a congressional room. For Zuckerberg, the appearance marked his first time testifying before Congress, a forum that had eaten other prominent technology executives alive. For Facebook, it came at a crucial moment in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, which caused Facebook to shed tens of billions in market value and sparked fierce criticism from users and politicians around the world.”


TechCrunch: Many popular iPhone apps secretly record your screen without asking. “Many major companies, like Air Canada, Hollister and Expedia, are recording every tap and swipe you make on their iPhone apps. In most cases you won’t even realize it. And they don’t need to ask for permission.”

Gizmodo: Don’t Fall For This New Google Translate Phishing Attack. “Phishing emails use a variety of approaches that all have the same goal: Convincing you to click a link before you’ve properly investigated whether or not it’s safe. This week, a security researcher at Akamai outlined a novel phishing approach that they recently encountered in their inbox that attempts to use Google translate links to mask disreputable links.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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