Teaching and Learning Centers, Instagram, Google, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, May 6, 2019


Insider Higher Ed: New Database of Teaching and Learning Centers Nationwide. “Centers for teaching and learning at institutions across the U.S. will be easier than ever to find and contact, thanks to a new interactive tool from the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network.”


Mashable: Instagram co-launches a mental health awareness campaign to help people find support. “The #RealConvo Campaign — spearheaded by both Instagram and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP,) an organization that helps those affected by suicide — encourages people to use the hashtag to share their own personal mental health experiences and speak more openly about their struggles.”

Reuters: Google set to launch privacy tools to limit online tracking- WSJ. “Alphabet Inc’s Google is set to roll out a dashboard-like function in its Chrome browser to offer internet users more control in fending off tracking cookies, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.”


Engadget: ‘Hardcore History’ host Dan Carlin wants you to relive WW1 in VR. “With his hit podcast, Hardcore History, Dan Carlin brought his love for the past to the masses. It was only a matter of time until he wanted to move beyond audio — but instead of moving into the crowded world of documentaries, he turned to VR. War Remains, his first virtual reality project which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, puts you right in the trenches of World War I. And it’s more than just another VR short: Co-producers MWM Immersive built a massive installation for the experience, allowing you to touch and feel the virtual environments in real life. (Thankfully, without recreating the smells of mud, death and gunfire.)”

Nieman Lab: Why Richland Source built a system for automating high school sports articles (and stopped selling apparel). “In the robots-are-coming-for-journalism world, it’s usually big news organizations like The Washington Post or The Associated Press experimenting with automating their articles. Now Richland Source, the six-year-old digital news outlet in Mansfield, Ohio, is stepping up to the plate.”

The National: Inside the secret cemetery where Abu Dhabi’s earliest expats rest. “The now-closed Sas Al Nakhl graveyard is also the final resting place for hundreds of Abu Dhabi residents including military commanders, Chinese labourers and Indian workers. Some of those buried there died in air accidents, others in industrial incidents. Old age, drowning, sickness and suicide claimed others. Mystery surrounds some…. To mark the Year of Tolerance, a team from Khalifa University is now trying to find out more. Led by Dr Athol Yates, an assistant professor, volunteers including Emirati students are aiming to create an online map where people can click on a grave and view details about that person.”


Republic TV: Google Location Data Helped Delhi Police Uncover Murder Case Of A Senior Citizen, Two Arrested. “Officials first looked into call detail records (CDRs). However, police made very little progress there onwards. Hence, Police then decided to look onto Google location data of one of the accused. The data showed that the accused had visited the Lucknow Expressway on March 2.”

Krebs on Security: Feds Bust Up Dark Web Hub Wall Street Market. “Federal investigators in the United States, Germany and the Netherlands announced today the arrest and charging of three German nationals and a Brazilian man as the alleged masterminds behind the Wall Street Market (WSM), one of the world’s largest dark web bazaars that allowed vendors to sell illegal drugs, counterfeit goods and malware. Now, at least one former WSM administrator is reportedly trying to extort money from WSM vendors and buyers (supposedly including Yours Truly) — in exchange for not publishing details of the transactions.”


Harvard Business Review: All the Ways Hiring Algorithms Can Introduce Bias. “Our analysis of predictive tools across the hiring process helps to clarify just what ‘hiring algorithms’ do, and where and how bias can enter into the process. Unfortunately, we found that most hiring algorithms will drift toward bias by default. While their potential to help reduce interpersonal bias shouldn’t be discounted, only tools that proactively tackle deeper disparities will offer any hope that predictive technology can help promote equity, rather than erode it.”

PetaPixel: Do You Have Instagram Derangement Syndrome?. “​I love Instagram. But I worry that it’s driving my fellow photographers crazy. I’ve seen so many photographers do so many wacky things in search of Instafame that I’ve given the madness a name. I call it… Instagram Derangement Syndrome. Instagram Derangement Syndrome is graded on a spectrum of 0% to 100%. The higher the percentage, the more deranged you are. To determine where you are on this spectrum, I’ve put together a convenient little quiz for you.” Good evening, Internet…

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