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African-American AIDS Activism, Cowra Japanese War Cemetery, How-To Video, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, April 18, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

The Body: Archive Remembers Heroes and History of Black HIV/AIDS Activism. “Several projects are attempting to archive the history of AIDS activism — there’s the ACT UP Oral History Project, Visual AIDS’ Archive Project, and a number of LGBT archives, including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s LGBT archive. And yet much of what has emerged as public memorials of the AIDS epidemic and its heroes has focused on a handful of mostly white activists and organizations. The long history and impact of black AIDS activists, particularly during the early years of the epidemic, are less known. Dan Royles, a writer and assistant professor of history at Florida International University, wants to make sure we know about those stories.”

Japan Times: Database of Japanese buried in Australia during WWII completed. “The Cowra Japanese War Cemetery Database project will be open to the public from early May, and includes the names, causes of death and in many cases intimate details, such as personal effects, of almost all of the 524 people buried at the cemetery in the small town of Cowra in the state of New South Wales.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TechCrunch: How-to video maker Jumprope launches to leapfrog YouTube . “Sick of pausing and rewinding YouTube tutorials to replay that tricky part? Jumprope is a new instructional social network offering a powerful how-to video slideshow creation tool. Jumprope helps people make step-by-step guides to cooking, beauty, crafts, parenting and more using voice-overed looping GIFs for each phase. And creators can export their whole lesson for sharing on Instagram, YouTube or wherever.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: The 7 Best Free OCR Software Tools to Convert Images Into Text. “OCR software can be productivity shortcuts for students, researchers, and office workers. So let’s play with a few more and find the best OCR software for your needs.” This is an updated version of an old article so it has tons of comments. Some of those have additional suggestions for OCR.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Wired: Jack Dorsey Is Captain of the Twittanic at TED 2019 . “On Tuesday, Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, came to TED 2019 to answer for the sins of his platform. In his signature black hoodie and jeans, unkempt facial hair, and black beanie, he sat with TED head Chris Anderson and Whitney Pennington Rodgers, who curates current affairs for the conference, for a conversation that left all three members, along with the audience, frustrated.”

BBC: ‘Why I write fake online reviews’. “‘I’ve learned never to rely on reviews for anything,’ says Iain Taylor, from East Sussex. In his spare time and to supplement his income, the 44-year-old says he writes fake reviews online in exchange for money and free products. ‘I have written reviews from numbing creams to eBooks to downloadable independent films,’ he says. ‘I think it’s bad – but I think everyone’s doing it,’ says Mr Taylor, describing himself as ‘cynical’.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Citizen (South Africa): Google offers Android users choice to satisfy EU. “Google on Thursday said users of its hugely popular Android devices would be offered a choice of five browsers and search engines as part of the company’s effort to meet EU competition concerns.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

University of Minnesota: Research Brief: Evaluating Twitter use in the classroom. “A University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine study used Twitter as a means of distributing additional radiology case examples to students. The study examined if providing learning materials to students outside of the normal channels would improve students’ radiographic interpretation skills. Results of the study were recently published in the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.”

Forbes: Could AI Create A Super Wikipedia From All Of Recorded History?. “What might it look like to use machines to fill in the gaps in our history? Visualizing 200 years of human history through the eyes of the English language edition of Wikipedia reminds us how much of the interdependence and connectivity among global events is missing the further back through history we look. In Wikipedia’s telling of history, events become more and more detached and disconnected the further back one goes, transitioning from a collection of largely isolated occurrences 200 years ago to a globalized world today in which almost everything is connected to everything else. This reflects the changing nature of how we record our history, but could AI help?”

Nieman Journalism Lab: A cognitive scientist explains why humans are so susceptible to fake news and misinformation. “Although the term itself is not new, fake news presents a growing threat for societies across the world. Only a small amount of fake news is needed to disrupt a conversation, and at extremes it can have an impact on democratic processes, including elections. But what can we do to avoid fake news, at a time when we could be waiting a while for mainstream media and social networks to step up and address the problem?” Good evening, Internet…

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