D-Day, Magazine Advertising, Cryptocurrency Vocabulary, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, May 13, 2019


Library of Congress: Veterans History Project Connects D-Day Journeys in Interactive Online Experience for 75th Anniversary. “In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II, the Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress today launched an interactive online experience that features unique journeys of veterans who were part of the invasion.”

Medium: A Gratuitous Rundown of More Than Three Decades of Gratuitously Cartographic Advertisements in Fortune Magazine. “Fortune magazine is known for its rich legacy of informative and often avant-garde explanatory graphics. From the get-go in the early 1930s, the magazine featured lush illustrated maps. Throughout the 1940s, cartographers like Richard Edes Harrison filled Fortune’s pages with beautiful maps on topics both grave and playful. This tradition continued through the 1950s and beyond.” It’s not a database or even a slide show — it’s just a long, long, LONG set of advertisements from Fortune. I found the mention at The Map Room and didn’t know where to put it. If you’re at all interested in print magazine ads you’ll like this. (Just know you’ll be scrolling for days.)

Bitcoin News: Decryptionary Helps New Investors Understand Crypto Terms. “Decryptionary provides concise definitions of many terms that are widely used in the crypto industry. You have the option to look up a specific word or phrase relating to cryptocurrencies and distributed ledgers using the site’s search bar. Alternatively, you can access the full contents of the online dictionary where entries are listed by first letter or number.”


DigitalNC: W.S. Clark Store Accounting Ledgers Now Online at DigitalNC. “A new batch of materials from Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro, North Carolina is now online and available on DigitalNC. This collection contains several accounting ledgers from the late 19th century. ”


The Verge: Deepfake Salvador Dalí takes selfies with museum visitors. “The experience is, well, surreal. Dalí appears before visitors when they press the doorbell on the kiosk where he lives, and he tells them stories about his life. With 45 minutes of newly created footage and thousands of combinations, each visitor gets a different experience. There are scenes that open with him reading the newspaper, with an overlay of the current front page of The New York Times; if it’s raining, he’ll comment on the weather. He’s almost like an Alexa device.”

Radio New Zealand: World leaders, social media heads to gather for summit on terrorism. “On Wednesday, the heads of state from Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway, Jordan, Senegal, Indonesia and the European Union will descend on Paris for the Christchurch Call summit chaired by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron. There the world leaders will sign up to an agreement on how to try to end the use of social media to organise and promote terrorism.”

Phys .org: Student ‘geek squads’ maintain school devices, help teachers. “Buffalo kindergarten teacher Maria Spurlock was still struggling after trying for more than a week to get a reading app working on all of her classroom iPads. When she learned her building had a new team of technical experts, she put in a request for help. In walked 11-year-old Arefa Zaman, a sixth-grader with silver sneakers and a yellow ‘tech squad’ T-shirt, who quickly went to work.”


BBC News: Social media: Senior police officer calls for boycott over abuse images. “A boycott of social media sites could force firms to take action to safeguard children, a senior police officer says. Chief Constable Simon Bailey said the companies were able to ‘eradicate’ indecent imagery on their platforms.”

CNET: Your most sensitive data is likely exposed online. These people try to find it. “[Justin] Paine is part of an informal army of web researchers who indulge an obscure passion: scouring the internet for unsecured databases. The databases — unencrypted and in plain sight — can contain all sorts of sensitive information, including names, addresses, telephone numbers, bank details, Social Security numbers and medical diagnoses. In the wrong hands, the data could be exploited for fraud, identity theft or blackmail.”


Slate: Breaking Up Facebook Won’t Fix Its Speech Problems. “We may, as a society, decide that the lack of competition and invasions of privacy might make breaking up big tech worth it. But it’s unlikely that such an approach would solve the speech-related issues. In some cases, it may actually make them worse. [Chris] Hughes appears to fall prey to what’s known as the ‘streetlight effect’: the tendency to search for answers where it’s easiest to look, named after an old joke about a drunk man looking for his keys under a streetlight not because he lost them there but because that’s where the light is.”

The African Exponent: Time For Africa To Develop Its Own Internet Social Media and Business Platforms. “The problem is probably that providing these services to African countries holds little business promise for Facebook’s Instagram. It might also be that an internal business strategy is simply not allowing the company to aggressively court the African market despite its potential. Whatever the case, African countries and businesses should not remain at the mercy of foreign business strategies. The continent’s businesses are losing agency in their own enterprises because of this reliance on Western companies. It might be time to start thinking really hard about developing and supporting homegrown platforms that will cater to African social needs and economic needs.”

Harvard Business Review: Voice Recognition Still Has Significant Race and Gender Biases. “Voice AI is becoming increasingly ubiquitous and powerful. Forecasts suggest that voice commerce will be an $80 billion business by 2023. Google reports that 20% of their searches are made by voice query today — a number that’s predicted to climb to 50% by 2020. In 2017, Google announced that their speech recognition had a 95% accuracy rate. While that’s an impressive number, it begs the question: 95% accurate for whom?” Good morning, Internet…

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