Video Games, Kakadu National Park, Twitter, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 5, 2019


Zeit Online and translated from German: International computer game collection goes online. “The aim of the project, which has also received funding from the German government , is now to expand the collection into the world’s largest and most important database, said Çiğdem Uzunoğlu, Managing Director of the Digital Game Culture Foundation. Currently, it handles around 40,000 computer and video games that have come onto the market since the 1970s. Well over 60,000 titles are planned to be put on the internet with cover, release date and background information.”

Google Blog: Take a walk through Kakadu on Google Street View. “In Australia’s Top End, you will find the country’s largest national park: Kakadu National Park. Covering almost 20,000 square kilometers (about half the size of Switzerland) and with terrain encompassing wetlands, rivers and sandstone escarpments, it’s home to the world’s oldest living culture with more than a dozen Indigenous groups. One-third of Australia’s bird species, an estimated 10,000 crocodiles and approximately 2,000 plant species can also be found in the Park. Today, on its 40th anniversary, we’re inviting people across the world to visit Kakadu National Park on Google Street View—to walk through ancient ‘stone country’, stare at spectacular waterfalls and discover ancient rock art.”


TechCrunch: Twitter now lets users appeal violations within its app. “Twitter today announced a new feature that will allow users to appeal directly within the Twitter app a tweet that’s in violation of Twitter’s rules. When users post content in violation of Twitter’s guidelines, that tweet can be flagged or reported, resulting in an account suspension or lockout. Before, users would have to visit an online form to appeal Twitter’s decision.”

BetaNews: Google closes down its AI ethics council just one week after its launch. “Google has announced that it is closing down its artificial intelligence ethics council following controversy about board members. The Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC) was formed just a week ago, but there was strong criticism of the decision to appoint Heritage Foundation president Kay Coles James to the board.” Wow, that’s fast even for Google.

CNET: Snapchat unveils new games that let you play with friends. “Snapchat is leveling up on mobile games. The company on Thursday introduced new games to its platform during the Snap Partner Summit. Snap Games is launching with six games, rolling out worldwide Thursday.”


The Next Web: This tool judges your Twitter for subconscious gender bias. “It probably won’t come as too much of a surprise that tech leaders, a notoriously male group, follow mostly men on Twitter — it wasn’t until 2016 when Elon Musk followed a woman. While we should be mindful that social media presents a warped view of the world, for many people in the tech industry, their Twitter timelines reflect their reality — one that is predominantly male.” I tried the tool. According to its sampling of 3000 people I follow or who follow me, I follow 54% men, 45% women, 1% nonbinary. My followers are 52% men, 47% women, 1% nonbinary. My timeline is 52% women, 48% men, 0% nonbinary. It’s not perfect (obviously it can’t accurately guess everyone and I follow a lot of institutions) but it’s really interesting.


Poynter: Misinformation is inciting violence around the world. And tech platforms don’t seem to have a plan to stop it.. “On Monday, French police arrested 20 people accused of attacking Roma people in the suburbs of Paris. In one attack, about 50 people armed with sticks and knives attacked Roma living in a slum and set fire to their cars. The Guardian reported that the attacks occurred following the re-emergence of an old online hoax that warns people about white vans that are being used to kidnap women and children — a false claim that has roots in medieval stereotypes about the Roma. Interestingly, the misinformation spread on both Facebook and Snapchat; the latter has mostly escaped scrutiny for its role in spreading bogus claims.”

Colorado State University: NEH awards CSU $350,000 grant for Colorado Encyclopedia. “The funded project will include the production of 300 entries and 75 new annotated guides for K-12 educators, providing authoritative information on Colorado’s history and culture. New content will emphasize the history of political and civic engagement in the state.”


UKAuthority: Open justice initiatives seek to make sense of court proceedings. “A growing crisis in the justice system – including the soaring number of people appearing without legal representation – has inspired a clutch of initiatives aiming to unlock the knowledge in case reports with the help of big data and AI technologies.”


Phys .org: Social media gets thumbs-down in new US poll . “Americans are fearful about the impact of social media firms such as Facebook and Twitter, with many saying they spread misinformation and divide the country, even though most people still use these networks, a new poll showed Friday.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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