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Teaching Materials, NZ Government Spending, Ebony Archives, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 25, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

EdWeek Market Brief: A New Tool for Searching Out ‘High Quality’ Curricula. “In its first phase, the K12 Instructional Materials Dashboard developed by the State Educational Technology Directors Association, or SETDA, focuses on a searchable database of learning resources for math and English/language arts curricula at the secondary level. The database contains 450 print and digital licensed products and open education resources.”

Stats NZ: New online tool shows how your rates are spent. “New Zealanders can see how local councils spend money collected from rates in a simple online tool, Stats NZ said today…. By using the tool’s filters, you can choose any council around the country and the graph shows where the rates go, by specific activity. Each time you select a different council, the graph dynamically changes to your choice.” I was confused about “rates” but I believe this means property rates … what I would refer to as property taxes (usually with some swearing when I see the bill.)

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Chicago Tribune: Getty Trust to buy Ebony photo archives for $28.5 million after winning bankruptcy auction. “The J. Paul Getty Trust is buying the historic Ebony photo archives for $28.5 million, after emerging as the top bidder Wednesday in the weeklong Johnson Publishing bankruptcy auction.”

Ars Technica: FTC fines Facebook $5 billion, imposes new privacy oversight. “The fine is high, and the settlement demands more privacy oversight at the company. But what the deal does not do is find anyone, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, personally responsible, nor does it mandate huge changes to the way Facebook collects data⁠—only to the way it makes disclosures and honors user settings.” As a deterrent, this has all the stopping power of a cotton ball.

USEFUL STUFF

The Next Web: How to find and remove fake accounts on Twitter. “You could manually go through your followers list, find fake profiles, and unfollow them one by one, but who’s got time for that? In this article you’ll discover a couple of tools to help you find and remove fake followers – and you won’t have to spend ages doing it!”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Edex: JNU students to create a digital archive of wall posters and graffiti. “The [Jawaharlal Nehru University]’s administration has been removing all the posters and graffiti from the university’s walls as part of the Swacch JNU initiative, under ‘The Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 2007’. This has created a lot of outcry among the faculty, alumni and students.”

Poynter: For-profit fact-checking is on the rise, and more teams have full-time employees. “For-profit fact-checking is on the rise, and fewer organizations are relying on volunteer work. These are among the results of this year’s State of the Fact Checkers, an annual report inaugurated by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) last year to get a better idea of how fact-checking organizations are handling budgets, structure, publishing format and funding.”

Washington Post: Social media companies are outsourcing their dirty work to the Philippines. A generation of workers is paying the price.. “A year after quitting his job reviewing some of the most gruesome content the Internet has to offer, Lester prays every week that the images he saw can be erased from his mind. First as a contractor for YouTube and then for Twitter, he worked on a high-up floor of a mall in this traffic-clogged Asian capital, where he spent up to nine hours each day weighing questions about the details in those images. He made decisions about whether a child’s genitals were being touched accidentally or on purpose, or whether a knife slashing someone’s neck depicted a real-life killing — and if such content should be allowed online.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Des Moines Register: Iowa Libertarians sue Sen. Claire Celsi for blocking constituents on Twitter. “The lawsuit alleges Celsi, a Democrat who represents portions of Des Moines, West Des Moines and Warren County in the Iowa Senate, violated the free speech clause of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment and the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment ‘because the comment section of her Twitter account is a designated public forum within which the state may not discriminate against speakers based on their viewpoint.'”

RESEARCH & OPINION

National Geographic: Do We Know Enough About The Deep Sea To Mine It?. “The United Nations organisation [International Seabed Authority (ISA)] headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica, is charged with promoting the mining of the ocean floor while, contradictorily, ensuring its protection. That’s about to change. As the ISA meets this month to draft regulations to allow mining to begin, it is set to unveil a public database that contains all environmental data reported by the miners since 2001. For the first time, scientists will be able to analyse the quantity and quality of that information and determine if mining contractors have complied with ISA rules.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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