Ireland Film, Indian School Yearbooks, iPhone Movies, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 17, 2019


NewsFour: IFI launch archival treasure trove on IFI Player and June Dark Skies Festival. “The Irish Film Institute recently announced the launch of the Loopline collection on the IFI player. Loopline was set-up in 1982 by Sé Merry Doyle. A film-making company, its prominent focus was on documentaries. This launch of their collection highlights what is a veritable treasure trove which provides a fascinating insight on Irish society through different periods in the company’s near forty-year history.”

Indigenous Digital Archive: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe Indian School, and Private Collector Share Rare Indian School Yearbooks . “They’re so rare that even specialists in yearbooks have been unable to get their hands on them. Today, however, two rare collections of yearbooks and related ephemera from 1914-2017, showing student life at the Santa Fe Indian Industrial School, its successor the Santa Fe Indian School, and the Albuquerque Indian School are shared online with the public for a rare glimpse of the histories of government Indian Schools in New Mexico, and the transition of these schools to tribal community control.”


How-To Geek: How to Film With Your Own Green Screen Using Your iPhone. “Blue and green screens are used by TV and movie studios to blend two videos by replacing the background with something different. You have that power on your iPhone and iPad and we’re going to show you how to use it.” It’s not perfect, but for a quick hack it’s not bad at all.


Sociable: Facial recognition is the new polygraph test for insurers. “Insurance companies in Asia are beginning to use facial recognition to record client interviews, so they can spot when customers are lying. Beyond the obvious positive consequence of a reduction in fraud, who will actually benefit and is there potential for over-reach?”

Strange Attractor: How The Economist is using data-driven interactive Stories to grow its Instagram following. “Topping my media newsletter today is a story from my friends at on how The Economist is using interactive data Stories on Instagram to grow their following on the social media platform.”

Elite Daily: What Is A “Lurksta”? This New Instagram Trend Is Perfect For Keeping Tabs On Someone From Afar. “The most important part of the ‘lurksta’ account is that it looks legit. Just like a catfish account, a lurking account must include a profile picture (of a rando, of course, because including a photo of yourself would defeat the purpose) and usually enough followers to avoid suspicion (because who’s going to accept a follow request from someone who has no followers of their own?).”


CNET: Exposed database reveals personal information of 1.6 million job seekers. “An unsecured database of personal information, including phone numbers, salary expectations and openness to new job opportunities, of about 1.6 million job seekers from around the world has been discovered online, according to research published Monday. The database, found by independent researcher Anurag Sen in May, includes information on professionals from the US, Australia, Japan and several other countries.”

TechCrunch: Millions of Venmo transactions scraped in warning over privacy settings. “A computer science student has scraped seven million Venmo transactions to prove that users’ public activity can still be easily obtained, a year after a privacy researcher downloaded hundreds of millions of Venmo transactions in a similar feat. Dan Salmon said he scraped the transactions during a cumulative six months to raise awareness and warn users to set their Venmo payments to private.”


University of Michigan: Genes for Good: Harnessing the power of Facebook to study a large, diverse genetic pool. “Collecting DNA samples for human genetic studies can be an expensive, lengthy process that has often made it difficult to include diverse populations in studies of medical and health data. University of Michigan researchers and their colleagues believe they have found a way to harness the power of social media and its ubiquitous presence to recruit a large, diverse participant pool they hope will help provide quick, reliable data for genetic studies. Their study appears in the June 13 issue of The American Journal of Human Genetics.”

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Mobile Technology and Home Broadband 2019. “As the share of Americans who say they own a smartphone has increased dramatically over the past decade – from 35% in 2011 to 81% in 2019 – a new Pew Research Center survey finds that the way many people choose to go online is markedly different than in previous years.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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