Chicory Magazine, Canada Buildings, Periscope, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 15, 2019


The Retriever: “Chicory” and the forgotten voices of Black Baltimore. “In Nov. 1966, the first issue of ‘Chicory,’ written by everyday residents of Baltimore City, was published. Publishing original poetry with little to no editing, the magazine grew as a space for young people of color in the poorest neighborhoods of the city to express themselves. Working as a ‘vehicle for civic dialogue’ and fostering a community environment among the Black ghetto, ‘Chicory’ was for who [Mary] Rizzo described as ‘people who don’t necessarily like to write, but who have something to say.'”

Bing Blogs: Microsoft Releases 12 million Canadian building footprints as Open Data. “Bing continues to invest and innovate in the space of computer vision and geospatial intelligence. Following our release of US buildings footprints last year, we’ve been looking for new markets to apply our techniques, and opportunities to continue our commitment to the open data community. As a result, the Bing Maps Team collaborated with Statistics Canada to deliver these 12 million building footprints, released as Open Data!”


Social Media Today: Periscope Launches Increased Action Against Fake Engagement and Activity. “As explained on the Periscope blog, the platform has revised its definition of spam to now cover ‘any bulk, aggressive, or deceptive activity that attempts to manipulate or disrupt Periscope or the experience of users on Periscope.’ ”

Mashable: Privacy-focused DuckDuckGo is now part of Google Chrome’s search engine options. “Google has made a curious addition to its Chrome browser. With the release of Chrome 73, the browser has added the pro-privacy DuckDuckGo to its suite of default search engines, alongside Google, Yahoo, and Bing.”

City A.M.: Google removed 2.3bn ‘bad ads’ last year in fight against fake news and fraud. “Google removed 2.3bn ads last year for violating its policies on fraud and misinformation, the company said today. The total number of ads removed, which equates to roughly 75 ads per second, is almost 1bn lower than last year.”

Neowin: WhatsApp appears to be working on an image search feature to counter fake news. “The spread of fake news reached stratospheric heights across Facebook’s services over the past few years, not the least on WhatsApp. In India particularly, a mob in Aurad taluk of Bidar, Karnataka killed a man and injured three others in July 2018 after false accusations of child abduction against the victims spread through WhatsApp.”


Lifehacker: How to Prepare Your Digital Life for Your Death. “There are a number of ways loved ones can request access to your accounts once you’re gone, but they don’t need that stress. Several online services allow you to designate legacy contacts or grant access after a period of inactivity. Here’s how to make sure that those you leave behind are able to manage your affairs when you can’t anymore.”

PopSugar: In News That Just Changed My Life, You Can Add People to an iPhone Note So Everyone Can Edit It. “iPhones have so many cool features that it’s sometimes hard to keep up with them all. Some are obvious while others are hidden (seriously, can they just give out a full hack manual when you buy the phone?!), and one you might not know about is the ability to share notes with friends. By opening a new note on an iPhone and sharing it with people of your choosing, they’ll not only be able to view your note, but also edit and update, all in real time.”


New York Times: Facebook’s Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation. “Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with some of the world’s largest technology companies, intensifying scrutiny of the social media giant’s business practices as it seeks to rebound from a year of scandal and setbacks.”

BetaNews: Researchers find two Android malware campaigns with over 250 million downloads. “Check Point Research has uncovered two massive mobile adware and data stealing campaigns, which have already had a combined total of over 250 million downloads globally. Both target mobiles using Android, and exploit the mobile app development supply chain to infect devices and perform malicious actions.”


Earth .com: New tool uses Google Street View to track neighborhood gentrification. “In this new study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, the researchers used Google Street View panoramas of properties in the urban core of Ottawa from 2007 through 2016 and developed a deep-mapping computer model to read and process the data. The model searched through the panoramas looking for indicators of gentrification like home improvements and renovations. The model was able to identify gentrification with a 95 percent accuracy compared to a human.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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