Law Enforcement Social Media, San Francisco Court System, Louisiana Alternative Music, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 2, 2019


BuzzFeed News: Cops Across The US Have Been Exposed Posting Racist And Violent Things On Facebook. Here’s The Proof.. “The Plain View Project, launched by Philadelphia lawyer Emily Baker-White, examined the accounts of about 2,900 officers from eight departments across the country and an additional 600 retired officers from those same departments. She compiled posts that represented troubling conduct in a database that is replete with racist imagery and memes, and in some cases long, vitriolic exchanges involving multiple officers.”

San Francisco Chronicle: SF DA Gascón launches state’s first website showing prosecution data. “San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón launched a website Wednesday that provides data on prosecutions, caseloads and trial outcomes — a first-of-its-kind effort by a local prosecuting agency in California. The new website, DA Stat, follows a growing trend among reform-minded law enforcement agencies around the country to increase accountability by releasing raw data and statistics.”

In development: a Google Spreadsheet of alternative bands and musical artists in Louisiana. I know this seems like kind of an odd topic, but there are already over 250 bands listed. From the Welcome tab: “Here, you will find an up-to-date directory of alternative bands and artists in Louisiana, sorted by city. Please see the tabs at the bottom to see each city’s list, or view all bands at once in the ‘All’ tab.”


Tubefilter: YouTube Will Debut Augmented Reality Ads That Let Users Virtually Try On Lipsticks (Report). “Data buried within the newest version of YouTube’s mobile app shows Google is developing an augmented reality feature that’ll let YouTube users virtually try on lipsticks, Android Police reports. Not all lipsticks — just those from selected shopping partners whose ads roll during YouTube videos or appear in one of the platform’s upcoming under-video ad shelves.”

Library of Congress: In the Library’s Web Archives: Totally Tabular Data. “Analysis of data from the Library of Congress Web Archives is useful in documenting how various forms of tabular data have become part of digital government publishing. We introduced the file datasets and our methods of creating them in recent posts about our PDF and audio datasets, and are glad to be continuing the series with the release of three CSV/TSV/XLS datasets. A wide range of government agencies are making tabular data available in these formats and many of these files have been archived in the Library of Congress Web Archives. Essentially, all of what we find in these files is—structurally speaking—tabular data. Still, exploring these sample datasets illustrates some of the varied and creative ways that these kinds of files have been used by different federal agencies.”


Ubergizmo: How To Go Live On Instagram. “In this article, we will tell you how to go live on Instagram. The process is pretty straightforward but it comes with its own niggles. We will also address some of the most frequently asked questions about Instagram live.”


New York Times: Fab 5 Freddy’s Latest Cultural Coup? ‘The Archive of the Future’. “When he was hopscotching between segregated poles of 1970s and ’80s New York — the uptown of Grandmaster Flash and the Rock Steady Crew; the downtown of Andy Warhol and Blondie — brokering the kind of cultural exchange that would pave the way for hip-hop’s eventual takeover, Fred Brathwaite, better known as Fab 5 Freddy, never kept a consistent diary. Instead, decades before social media, he documented the events of his daily life on film, deploying either a compact point-and-shoot camera or a Hi8 camcorder that he always kept at the ready.”

ABC News (Australia): Townsville cameraman Paul Lyons awarded for rescuing historical film archive. “A Townsville cameraman who saved decades of north Queensland media history from the bin, has been recognised with the State Library of Queensland’s John Oxley Library Award.”


Ars Technica: Hackers actively exploit WordPress plugin flaw to send visitors to bad sites. “Hackers have been actively exploiting a recently patched vulnerability in some websites that causes the sites to redirect to malicious sites or display misleading popups, security researchers warned on Wednesday.”

The Next Web: Sorry, but you can’t copyright a meme. “Epic Games, creator of the smash hit Fortnite, currently faces a tornado of lawsuits over its use and sale of in-game animations based on dance moves popularized by celebrities. The Supreme Court is involved, the public is divided, and entertainers are seemingly getting screwed. But who really owns a meme? For the answer to that question we turned to legal experts and the ghost of a dancing celebrity from the 1930s.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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