MHz Curationist, Email Previews, Twitter, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 13, 2019


PR Newswire: Introducing MHz Curationist – Framing the World We Share (PRESS RELEASE.) ” MHz Curationist is an emergent, distilled and searchable CMS database of Creative Commons, Open Access, and Public Domain content serving as an interdisciplinary and ever-growing library, publisher and 21st-century online museum.” I browsed a little but I’m still not sure what this is all about. The press release makes it sound interesting, but I’m a bit nonplussed.


I’m posting this for all us old people who remember when it was not safe to preview email. This is a knowledge reset. How-To Geek: Is it Safe To Preview Your Email?. “In the early 2000s, many security professionals advised disabling your email client’s preview function. Simply previewing an email could be dangerous! This is no longer good advice. With a modern email client, you can preview all the emails you want.”

CNET: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter have a dark side. Here’s how to anonymously report abuse. “…73% of adults say they’ve witnessed online harassment and 40% reporting being the target themselves, according to the Pew Research Center, a situation that can cause depression, anxiety and insomnia. Online hate groups can use these social platforms to organize ways to bring violence and threats to people in the real world. Here’s how you can anonymously report harassment online.”


The Next Web: How to use AI to redefine the way we create art. “Historically, artists have been defined by the tools available to make their work – sculptors, painters, and music instrumentalists. Rama Allen, executive creative director of London-headquartered studio The Mill, is looking to turn that idea on its head, by using AI to create art in tandem with humans.”

New Straits Times Online: Sri Lanka blocks some social media platforms after violent incidents. “The Sri Lankan government said on Monday it was temporarily blocking some social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, after violent incidents in the wake of Easter bombings by Islamist militants.”


The Verge: A hacking ring stole millions by hijacking SIM cards, feds say. “Nine people have been charged in an alleged conspiracy to hijack SIM cards and steal cryptocurrency from unwitting victims, prosecutors said this week. The scheme, according to court documents, netted more than $2.4 million.”

TorrentFreak: ‘YouTube Content-ID Abusers Could Face Millions of Dollars in Damages’. “WatchMojo, one of the most viewed channels on YouTube, is striking back at Content-ID abusers. The channel is fed up with the numerous claims it has received against fair use content. Rightsholders can profit from this scheme but WatchMojo points out that they also expose themselves to potential legal action, where millions of dollars in damages are at stake.”


Monday Note: Confusing Facebook With the Internet is the Perfect Storm for Fake News. “More than one hundred million people in the world do not consider that using Facebook or WhatsApp is surfing the internet. The number is expected to rise sharply in the coming years opening the way to more misinformation.”

TechCrunch: Friend portability is the must-have Facebook regulation. “Choice for consumers compels fair treatment by corporations. When people can easily move to a competitor, it creates a natural market dynamic coercing a business to act right. When we can’t, other regulations just leave us trapped with a pig in a fresh coat of lipstick. That’s why as the FTC considers how many billions to fine Facebook or which executives to stick with personal liability or whether to go full-tilt and break up the company, I implore it to consider the root of how Facebook gets away with abusing user privacy: there’s no simple way to switch to an alternative.”

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Misinformation and fears about its impact are pervasive in 11 emerging economies. “Exposure to false or incorrect information is a key concern for people in 11 emerging economies, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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