Bermuda Artists, Higher Education, Early Silent Movies, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, May 31, 2019


Bernews: Govt To Launch New Creative Catalogue Website. “A Government spokesperson said, ‘Heritage Month is entering its final stretch, but the awareness of Bermudian talent continues. This week the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs will formally launch a new website called The Creative Catalogue… It’s a free website that provides a platform for Bermudian creatives to produce public online profiles for free.'”

ProMarket: Protecting the Independence and Integrity of Research: Introducing the Academic Capture Warning System. “Inappropriate financial donor influence at institutions of higher education appears to be on the rise and risks eroding public trust in academic research. In order to defend academic freedom and institutional independence, we have decided to create a new database to document clear violations of well-accepted norms involving financial donations.” The database will launch in approximately three months, but the creators are looking for feedback (and any material anyone has for the database) now.

The Art Newspaper: Victorians in pictures: British Film Institute digitises archive of over 500 early silent films. “The BFI is releasing its entire archive dating from 1895 to 1901, the year of Victoria’s death, comprising more than 500 films, on its subscription streaming service BFI Player. Some are seconds long, others are mini-epics of slapstick comedy, special effects, chase sequences, travel films and newsreels, including scenes from the Boer War that were returned to England, processed and screened almost as quickly as the newspapers could report it.”


The Next Web: Facebook is so insanely big, it had to design a brand new DHCP server. “You can tell a lot about the direction of a company by looking at its tech stack. A great example of this comes from Facebook, which today announced the creation of a brand new open-source DHCP server, as it had outgrown the existing products. This tool, called DHCPLB, will allow it to more efficiently scale its data center efforts.”

CNET: Twitter lets you add guests to a live video. “Live videos on Twitter are about to get more interactive. On Wednesday, the tech company said it’s adding a way for Twitter users to add and invite up to three guests to their live broadcasts. Twitter first introduced the feature in February on its live video streaming app Periscope and decided to add it to the main social media site.”


Search Engine Journal: How to Use Archived Versions of Websites for SEO Troubleshooting . What a great article idea. “Whenever I am working on a project that involves a steep change in traffic either for my core site or a competitors, one of the first places I will look the cached pages before and after the changes in traffic. Even if you aren’t doing forensic analysis on a site, just having access to a site’s changelog can be a valuable tool.”


The Verge: Hollywood is quietly using AI to help decide which movies to make. “The film world is full of intriguing what-ifs. Will Smith famously turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix. Nicolas Cage was cast as the lead in Tim Burton’s Superman Lives, but he only had time to try on the costume before the film was canned. Actors and directors are forever glancing off projects that never get made or that get made by someone else, and fans are left wondering what might have been. For the people who make money from movies, that isn’t good enough.”

CBC: ‘Call their bluff’: Shut down social media platforms, ex-Facebook adviser urges. “A former Facebook adviser is urging governments around the world to shut down social media platforms until they can be reformed. ‘If your goals are to protect democracy and personal liberty, you have to be bold. You have to force a radical transformation of the business model of internet platforms,’ venture capitalist Roger McNamee told the House of Commons privacy and ethics committee Tuesday morning.”


New York Times: French Rock Star’s Instagram Defeats His Widow in Inheritance Battle. “Johnny Hallyday, known as the French Elvis, built his six-decade show business career on old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll, but he also kept up with the times technologically. From 2012, his Instagram account shared a canny mixture of the personal and the professional, promoting his tours, his albums and his image as one of France’s most enduring stars. And on Tuesday, it helped two of his children defeat his widow in the first stage of a legal battle over an inheritance that the French news media values at tens of millions of dollars.”


Phys .org: New tool for understanding cells in health and disease . “The freely accessible platform, which includes software and several gold standard datasets compares the performance of thousands of different single-cell analysis options, enabling researchers to identify the best method for the questions they wish to answer.”

Nieman Lab: Want to feel less anxious about the state of the world? Try diversifying your online news sources. “A new study suggests that consumers who actively take steps to diversify their news consumption — following accounts and news outlets that post a wide range of viewpoints, and interacting online with people who have different views from their own — feel less anxious about current events than people who don’t take such actions.”

The George Washington University: Imminent Threat to Guatemala’s Historical Archive of the National Police (AHPN). “The National Security Archive joins our international and Guatemalan colleagues in calling for the protection of the Historical Archive of the National Police (AHPN) of Guatemala, which faces new threats to its independence and to public access to its holdings.” Good morning, Internet…

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