Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Raspberry Pi, Facebook, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, June 25, 2019


Illinois State University: Historic Illinois Shakespeare Festival programs now online. “In early 2019, ISU’s Milner Library and the ISU College of Fine Arts partnered to digitize copies of the Festival’s program booklets and post them online using ISU ReD, the University’s institutional repository. Theatre researchers and enthusiasts can now explore these programs going back to 1980, the Festival’s third season, from anywhere in the world.”


Gizmodo: The New Raspberry Pi Is Basically a $35 Desktop Computer. “It’s rare to come across a bespoke gadget or a cleverly hacked device that doesn’t have a tiny Raspberry Pi inside it. It’s long been one of the easiest and cheapest ways to power a custom creation, but the new Raspberry Pi, announced earlier today, packs significant upgrades that could let it finally pass as an incredibly cheap desktop computer.”

CNET: Facebook executive says there’s ‘no evidence’ Russians influenced Brexit vote. “Nick Clegg, the former UK deputy prime minister who now leads Facebook’s communications team, told the BBC in an interview that the world’s largest social network ran two analyses in the run-up to Brexit and couldn’t find proof of interference by other countries.”


The Southern Star: Schools’ history project records important ‘revolution’ memories. “EXTRAORDINARY stories about the people of West Cork are coming to light as part of an ongoing schools’ history project organised by Skibbereen Heritage Centre, as part of Cork County Council’s Centenary and Creative Ireland programmes. Over the past three years, local primary school children have documented their family stories and local community memories related to the turbulent years of Irish history from 1916 to 1923.”

BuzzFeed News: YA Twitter Can Be Toxic, But It Also Points Out Real Problems. “However flawed social media may be, it’s still an important tool for giving marginalized voices and diversity advocates a much-needed platform. And if we set aside, for a moment, the focus on the authors; if we pause to remember that there are bad-faith voices in all parts of Twitter, not just YA; and if we step back and consider that the power to publish or cancel a book lies not with internet critics but with publishers and authors — then there’s another aspect of these stories that’s often ignored in mainstream discussions: What if these critics, with their focus on representation and diversity, have a point?”

BBC: Icelanders tire of disrespectful Instagram influencers. “With more than 10 million images on Instagram, Iceland is a popular destination among tourists wanting to get the perfect picture. The Nordic country has long been considered an ‘Instagrammable destination’ but now locals say the island has an issue with inconsiderate influencers.”


ZDNet: Facebook’s bid to quash data breach lawsuit dismissed by judge. “Facebook has failed in its attempt to prevent a lawsuit over a data breach impacting close to 30 million users from going to trial.

As reported by Bloomberg, on June 21, a federal appeals court in San Francisco rejected the social media giant’s request to dismiss the court case out of hand.


IEEE Spectrum: This AI Watched 100 Films to Learn How to Recognize a Kiss. “Like someone who has never been kissed, AI began learning the basics by binge-watching romantic film clips to see how Hollywood stars lock lips. By training deep learning algorithms that have already proven adept at recognizing faces and objects to also recognize steamy kissing scenes dramatized by professional actors, a data scientist has shown how AI systems could gain greater insight into the most intimate human activities.”

New York University: Hate speech on Twitter predicts frequency of real-life hate crimes. “According to a first-of-its-kind study, cities with a higher incidence of a certain kind of racist tweets reported more actual hate crimes related to race, ethnicity, and national origin.”

EurekAlert: Fake news ‘vaccine’ works: ‘Pre-bunking’ game reduces susceptibility to disinformation. “An online game in which people play the role of propaganda producers to help them identify real world disinformation has been shown to increase ‘psychological resistance’ to fake news, according to a study of 15,000 participants.” Good evening, Internet…

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  1. Tara, as always, thanks for your great newsletters; I’m keeping up with your Google news as well.

    Loved the Raspberry Pi article today. Best wishes, Carl (and no need for you to reply)

    Carl Friedberg
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