AlphaGalileo: New database to monitor national energy use and CO2 emissions. “How much of the Swedish chemical industry’s energy use is from renewables and how much from fuel oil? What are the global trends in fossil fuels consumption over the last decades? The new on-line World Input-Output Database (WIOD) environmental accounts, launched today by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), helps to answer these, and similar questions through data on the industrial and household energy use of residents in more than 40 countries and their corresponding CO2 emissions for the period 2000-2016.”
EurekAlert: 3D slave ship model brings a harrowing story to life. “A 3D model of an 18th century slave ship, which captures the cramped, dirty and stifling conditions experienced by enslaved Africans, has been launched as a new digital teaching tool.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
CNET: Amazon Prime Video launches VR streaming. “Amazon Prime Video is now available for viewing on virtual reality headsets, the company announced Wednesday. The Oculus Quest, Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR can all be used to watch the streaming service.”
Smithsonian: Foundation Consortium Acquires Historic African American Photographic Archive. “The archive includes more than 4 million prints and negatives comprising the most significant collection of photographs cataloguing African American life in the 20th century. The archive was acquired for $30 million as part of an auction of the assets of JPC in connection with its Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. The foundation consortium will donate the archives to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Getty Research Institute, and other leading cultural institutions for the public benefit to ensure the broadest access for the general public and use by scholars, researchers, journalists, and other interested parties.”
BuzzFeed News: What To Do If The Older People In Your Life Are Sharing False Or Extreme Content. “Boomers and older generations are by no means the only people having trouble in our new and chaotic information environment, although research suggests they have the most pressing challenges. Younger people also face difficulty, which is why so many news literacy programs target K-12 and college students. But the rapid pace of change on online platforms — and the lack of widespread reach of programs like Cyber Seniors — have left some older adults struggling to catch up.”
MakeUseOf: How to Use TikTok: 11 Tips for Beginners. “Whether you’re just a viewer or someone who’s planning to post videos yourself, you’ll need to know how to use TikTok in order to get started. These TikTok tips for beginners should help you become a TikTok expert in no time.” Or at least will help you understand what the hell everybody’s talking about.
Tom’s Guide: What Is Reddit and How to Use It: The Definitive Guide. “Reddit claims to be ‘the front page to the Internet’, and after more than a decade enjoying it, I have to agree. Its users seem to have the ability to detect trends and news before anyone else, and then comment on them, often with extraordinary wit or illuminating knowhow. If you’re not familiar with the site, here’s a guide to everything about Reddit, how best to enjoy it and how to participate.” It’s more like an FAQ, but it’s a really good FAQ.
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Washington Post: It’s not just the Russians anymore as Iranians and others turn up disinformation efforts ahead of 2020 vote. “…Iran is far from the only nation that has, within its borders, substantial capacity to wage Russian-style influence operations in the United States ahead of next year’s election. That means American voters are likely to be targeted in the coming campaign season by more foreign disinformation than ever before, say those studying such operations.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
The Daily Beast: Tulsi Gabbard Sues Google for $50 Million Over ‘Free Speech’ Violations. “Presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign was riding high in Google searches after the first democratic debate in June. Then, for what her campaign claims were critical hours, their Google advertising account suddenly went down. Gabbard, a Hawaii Democrat, is suing Google for what her campaign claims was deliberate censorship by Googlers with a grudge against her campaign. But Google says the dispute is the result of an apolitical technical error.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): A Week in the Life of Popular YouTube Channels. “The YouTube ecosystem produces a vast quantity of content. These popular channels alone posted nearly a quarter-million videos in the first seven days of 2019, totaling 48,486 hours of content. To put this figure in context, a single person watching videos for eight hours a day (with no breaks or days off) would need more than 16 years to watch all the content posted by just the most popular channels on the platform during a single week. The average video posted by these channels during this time period was roughly 12 minutes long and received 58,358 views during its first week on the site.” Good evening, Internet…
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