Fake News, Twitter, Data Visualization, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, May 9, 2019

I believe the colloquial term is “one of those days…”


Wired: ‘Fake News Victims’ Meet With Twitter and Facebook . “During Tuesday’s meeting with Twitter, the attendees took turns telling their stories. [Jessikka] Aro shared the details of the global smear campaign that was lodged against her, after her reporting outed the Internet Research Agency. She explained the threats that have been made against her life and read a recent direct message she received while traveling in the Czech Republic, in which a stranger threatened to ‘castrate’ her if she ever came back to the country.”

CNET: US government requests for Twitter user data drop 6%. “The social media giant received 6,904 requests for information about users on 11,112 accounts, Twitter said in its latest transparency report. Twitter said it supplied information on 56% of the requests.”


The Distant Librarian: Quick and Dirty Data Viz of Canadian Federal Candidates. “A couple of months ago I posted about using Flourish to build a bar chart race data visualization. Shortly after that Flourish had another blog post highlighting all the different ways their site could be used to visualize election data, and I’ve had it bookmarked waiting for another opportunity to experiment with the service. Earlier this week I learned of a wonderful new data set, Canadian Federal Candidates: 1867-2017, by Semra Sevi, and I gave it a go.”

MakeUseOf: How to Record Your Windows Screen (No App Installations Required). “Wondering how to record your screen on Windows 10? Maybe you want to document a technical problem or create an instructional video to send to a friend. Whatever your reasons for needing a screen recorder, you might be on a computer where you’re not allowed to install software (or just don’t want to). To that end, we’re going to show you several ways to record your screen with native Windows tools.”


ZDNet: Will this be the world’s most accurate streetmap? Ambitious project launches in UK. “The UK’s national mapping agency is working on a project to create almost real-time maps of the nation’s streets, which it says will help with everything from 5G rollout to autonomous driving.”

Motherboard: The Far Right Has Found a Web Host Savior. “When Radio Wehrwolf, a popular podcast network among militant neo-Nazis, was shut down by its web host, the site was effectively homeless. But shortly after it disappeared in March, one of its podcast hosts suggested Radio Wehrwolf had found a web host bringing the site back online.”

DC Public Library: Library Acquires Women in the Life magazine. “The Library will digitize, maintain and make all 90 issues of Women in the Life Magazine available on Dig DC, the online portal maintained by the DC Public Library’s Special Collections division. When this work is complete, the story of DC’s lesbian of color community will be available to students, scholars, members of the LGBTQ community and anyone else who wants to understand issues that impacted the Black lesbian community from 1993 to 2003.”


News12 Brooklyn: NYPD turns to social media to solve ‘most wanted’ cases. “Patrol Borough Brooklyn North officers shoot interviews with lead detectives, gather video and pictures of suspects and post it to their social media pages. They do it all in the goal of tracking down Brooklyn’s most wanted criminals.” This is a video of a news story, but there is a brief article to go with it.

Forbes: Samsung Investigates Massive Data Leak — What You Need To Know. “A security researcher has revealed that a whole load of sensitive information has been inadvertently made accessible to the public on GitLab. Nothing so unusual about that you might think. However, the information concerned included source code, credentials and secret keys for various projects. Still nothing too out of the ordinary you say? Here’s the thing, the Vandev Lab Gitlab instance in question was one used by Samsung staff to work on code for various projects including the SmartThings and Bixby platforms.”

Ars Technica: Senator Hawley announces bill banning loot boxes, pay-to-win mechanics. “Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) today announced plans to introduce ‘The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act,’ which would target ‘the exploitation of children through ‘pay-to-win’ and ‘loot box’ monetization practices by the video game industry,’ according to a summary released by Hawley’s office.”


EurekAlert: What do parents of children with cancer search for online?. “When a child has cancer, what kind of information do parents seek out? Analyzing their online searches to obtain health-related information offers one window into their concerns, and provides insight into how healthcare providers may offer family education and support. Oncology researchers who investigated parents’ online Google searches found that, among other things, parents frequently focus on ways to best support their child and on logistical issues, such as directions to medical centers and appropriate pharmacies.”

Telegraph & Argus: Welcome to the world…but will we treasure Instagram posts?. “These days it seems old-fashioned, sentimental, in a Victorian kind of way, to treasure momentos. People build up such detailed, filtered profiles of their lives on social media, and it’s all there – instantly available – for the world to see. But what will be left of their lives for future generations? When there are no old photo albums to leaf through, or letters or cards to read, how will our descendants, and social historians, get a sense of who we really were?” Good whatever, Internet, I’m still catching up…

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