Leonard A. Lauder Research Center For Modern Art, Electron Tomography Database, Classroom Tech, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, May 7, 2019


Artforum: Leonard A. Lauder Research Center For Modern Art Launches Digital Archives. “The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art has established a new initiative to make inaccessible or rare documents available online. The project, created in collaboration with the Met’s digital department, seeks to advance scholarship through digital access to primary-source materials.”

Caltech: Electron Tomography Database Changes the Game for Scientific Data Distribution. “Caltech researchers in collaboration with the start-up Alexandria have built the world’s first blockchain-powered platform for sharing scientific data. The Electron Tomography Database (ETDB), which is free and open to the public, uses blockchain to securely distribute and track ownership of data without relying on a central authority or moderation. The database is simultaneously a powerful new tool for basic research and proof of concept for a new model of scientific data sharing.”

EdSurge: K-12 Leaders Unite for ‘Check the Privacy,’ a One-Stop Shop for Safe Classroom Tech. “Check the Privacy contains a searchable library of more than 7,000 edtech products, with information about their privacy protections, compliance with major student data privacy legislation and endorsements by major organizations and privacy projects.”


CNET: Twitter now lets you add GIFs to retweets. “Your Twitter feed is about to get a lot more animated. Users can now add a GIF to retweets, the social media company said Monday. The feature could come in handy for all the times you just can’t find the right words to say.” Ah yes, because a platform with civility and harassment issues needs nothing more than the ability to add an animated image to a retweet. Now if you’ll excuse me, my eyeballs have rolled entirely out of my head and I must go find them.

Poynter: Instagram is reducing the reach of posts debunked by fact-checkers. “When one of Facebook’s fact-checking partners, of which there are now 52 in more than 30 countries, rates a link, image or video as false, its future reach in the News Feed is decreased and users are warned if they try to share it. That program launched in December 2016 to cut down on the spread of misinformation. (Disclosure: Being a signatory of Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network code of principles is a necessary condition for joining the project.) Now, in a test, Facebook-owned Instagram is taking those fact checks and applying them to the same false photos and memes on its platform.”

Facebook: Removing More Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior From Russia. “Today we removed multiple Pages, Groups and accounts that were involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram. We found two separate, unconnected operations that originated in Russia and used similar tactics, creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing.”


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Techdirt: Content Moderation At Scale Is Impossible: Facebook Still Can’t Figure Out How To Deal With Naked Breasts. “Like a teenaged heterosexual boy, it appears that Facebook has no clue how to deal with naked female breasts. Going back over a decade, the quintessential example used to show the impossibility of coming up with clear, reasonable rules for content moderation at scale is Facebook and breasts.”

ValueWalk: Issue With Google Fi Draining Users’ Bank Accounts, And Google Knows It. “Google’s MVNO service, Google Fi, celebrated its fourth anniversary last month. To mark the occasion, the service came out with 50% off on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, making many buyers happy. Now, it is resulting in a disappointment for users who say that they are being charged full price even if they have financed their purchases.”


Engadget: AMC accidentally exposed data on 1.6 million subscribers. “A security researcher discovered that AMC Networks had inadvertently exposed more than 1.6 million records of subscribers to the company’s two premium streaming video platforms, Sundance Now and Shudder. The publicly accessible database included the names and email addresses of subscribers as well as details about their subscription plans. It included more than 3,000 invoices processed by Stripe that listed the last four digits of a user’s credit card.”

Washington Post: Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time. “For as much as we fret about snooping apps on our computers and phones, our homes are where the rubber really hits the road for privacy. It’s easy to rationalize away concerns by thinking a single smart speaker or appliance couldn’t know enough to matter. But across the increasingly connected home, there’s a brazen data grab going on, and there are few regulations, watchdogs or common-sense practices to keep it in check. Let’s not repeat the mistakes of Facebook in our smart homes. Any personal data that’s collected can and will be used against us. An obvious place to begin: Alexa, stop recording us.”


Tubefilter: More Than 250 Hours Of YouTube Content Are Watched On TV Screens Every Single Day. For some reason the headline has omitted the word “million.” I mean, 250 hours is just me watching old episodes of Match Game. “YouTube’s NewFronts presentation (aka YouTube Brandcast) saw the platform drop tons of news about its original programming, including partnerships with top creators. But YouTube also took the opportunity to reaffirm it has the biggest slice of the ad-supported over-the-top pie — as in, it has the highest share in reach and watch time. What’s new about its position in the market, however, is that a lot of that watch time is coming from television screens. YouTube revealed that more than 250 hours of content are watched on TV screens every single day, up from 180 million hours in June 2018.” Good morning, Internet…

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