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Statue of Liberty, Facebook, Beethoven, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 16, 2019

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NEW RESOURCES

Engadget: Thanks to AR, the Statue of Liberty is more accessible than ever. “Rather than build the Statue of Liberty in such a way that its 200,000-lb copper shell stood upright on its own, Gustave Eiffel — the man behind the eponymous tower — designed it around a massive inner framework. You might have already known this, but it’s the kind of detail that doesn’t often spring to mind unless you’re 1) a French/American history buff or 2) someone who has already been inside the thing. Thankfully, to coincide with the opening of the official Statue of Liberty museum this week, there’s a new AR-focused iOS app to give visitors and the far-flung curious an up-close look at France’s majestic gift to the US.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Search Engine Journal: Facebook Gives a Heads-Up About a New Tool That May Affect Ad Targeting. “A new tool for users to manage how their off-Facebook activity is used by advertisers may affect ad targeting capabilities. The tool was announced last year and is confirmed to be rolling out within the coming months.”

Stanford University: Stanford launches new free online course on Beethoven. “A new online course explores Ludwig van Beethoven’s music and development as a composer. The class, led by music historian Stephen Hinton, features performances by and discussions with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Stanford’s ensemble-in-residence.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: The Best Free Online Proxy Servers You Can Use Safely . “Proxy sites and proxy servers allow internet users to bypass internet restrictions and access content that would otherwise be blocked. Lots of free proxy providers exist, but which are the best? Are there any risks of using a free online proxy? And what alternatives are available?”

RIT Scholar Works: Ask Me Anything: Promoting Archive Collections On Reddit. “Social media is an important marketing and outreach tool for many libraries. While Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are commonly used, Reddit is underutilized despite its popularity and high user engagement. Special collections can use Reddit to reach and engage with their target audiences, no matter how niche. This article explains how to use Reddit and host an event called ‘Ask Me Anything’ (AMA), using as a model a successful AMA hosted by archivists at the Rochester Institute of Technology.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

CNET: Senator tells Mark Zuckerberg he’s skeptical of Facebook’s privacy push. “Facebook has made grand promises for privacy, but it hasn’t convinced everyone. That includes Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, who sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday with questions about how the social network plans to roll out its privacy-focused future.”

BBC: What to do if you see an Instagram post about suicide. “Malaysian police say a 16-year-old girl killed herself earlier this week, after she asked her Instagram followers whether she should live or die. The Malaysian teenager had hosted a poll on her Instagram story, with the question: ‘Really Important, Help Me Choose D / L’, where D stood for death, while L stood for life, according to police. Some of her followers voted for ‘death’.”

Shabelle Media Network: Somalia Cancels National Exams After Vast Social Media Leaks. “The National secondary exams in Somalia have been canceled by authorities after papers were leaked on social media platforms, the Minister of Education confirmed late Monday.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Threatpost: Microsoft Patches Zero-Day Bug Under Active Attack. “Among the other critical bugs patched, system administrators are urged to immediately deploy fixes for a Remote Desktop Services remote code-execution vulnerability (CVE-2019-0708). The bug is notable for a number of reasons. One, it’s ‘wormable’ flaw and has the potential to be exploited in a fast-moving malware attack similar to WannaCry. As a testament to its potential for havoc, Microsoft has also gone the extra step in deploying patches to Windows XP and Windows 2003 for the bug, neither of which is still supported via monthly Patch Tuesday updates.”

EFF: Courts to Government Officials: Stop Censoring on Social Media.. “The Internet, and social media in particular, is uniquely designed to promote free expression, so much so that the Supreme Court has recognized social media as the ‘most important places’ for speech and sharing viewpoints. Like most of us. government agencies and officials have created social media profiles and use them to connect directly with people at a scale previously unheard of. But some public officials, by silencing critics, are using these pages as a tool of censorship rather than a tool of governance.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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