New York Water, Twitch, Twitter, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 2, 2019


Democrat & Chronicle: Worried about your drinking water? A new site may provide some relief. “Have questions about the quality of your drinking water? The state launched a new website that may provide some answers. New York’s Health and Environmental Conservation departments on Friday launched … a map-based website that allows New Yorkers to find their nearest public drinking water system and view annual water quality reports.”


The Verge: Twitch handed out 24-hour suspensions after last night’s Democratic debates. “Last night, Mychal ‘Trihex’ Jefferson was one of three influential gamers banned from Twitch for 24 hours because he live-streamed the second Democratic debate. Although he understands why he was banned, he says he thought providing commentary was fair use — and that he thought it was important to make gamers realize how much politics matter.” Political debates used in the process of choosing the next leader of the United States should be open access — aired on CSPAN or something like that — and should never, never be used as a profit-making device. In my opinion.

CNET: Twitter users now can send and receive tips with the Brave browser. “Liking tweets and retweeting them are fine ways to support your favorite Twitter personalities. But you know what’s better? Cash. And now the Brave browser lets you put your money where your mouse is.”

Digital NC: Additional Oral Histories from Hmong Keeb Kwm: Hmong Heritage Project Now Online at DigitalNC. “Nearly a dozen oral histories from Hmong Keeb Kwm: The Hmong Heritage Project are now online, courtesy of our partner, the Catawba County Library. The project, designed to preserve the local histories of the Hmong people living in North Carolina, yielded over a hundred digitized materials and oral histories, which we are privileged to host online. This batch oral histories represent the second half of the Hmong Keeb Kwm materials already hosted on DigitalNC.”


CNN: Facebook announces first takedown of influence campaign with ties to Saudi government. “Facebook said Thursday it had found evidence of something cyber security and national security experts have long suspected: people tied to the government of Saudi Arabia have been running covert campaigns on Facebook and Instagram in a bid to prop up support for the kingdom and attack its enemies.”

Stuff NZ: Secrets of Aoraki/Mt Cook to go on digital display. “Forgotten photos, artefacts of exploration and personal histories which have been protected in a back room in Aoraki/Mt Cook are finally going on display to the world thanks to an extensive digitisation project by the Aoraki Mount Cook Museum Trust.” Aoraki/Mt Cook is a national park in New Zealand. You can learn more about it here.

CTV News: Is the English language better because of the Internet? This linguist thinks so. “A Canadian Internet linguist has written a new book arguing that the web has changed the English language for the better. Montreal-based Gretchen McCulloch’s new book ‘Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language’ aims to distill volumes of academic writing on Internet linguists and make it accessible to a popular audience.”


Mashable: Data breach leaks personal information of tens of thousands of college students. “Another day, another big data breach. This time, the breach hit education software company Pearson, exposing data on at least 100,000 students across more than 13,000 schools and universities.”

Channel News Asia: Sephora data breach: 3.7m customer records up for sale on Dark Web, says cybersecurity firm. “About 3.7 million customer records ‘likely to be related’ to the Sephora data breach are on sale on the Dark Web, according to one cybersecurity vendor. Singapore-headquartered company Group-IB said in a news release on Thursday (Aug 1) its threat intelligence team found two databases with customer data on underground forums, with the leak dating back to as early as February this year.”


MIT Media Lab: Tweet Moodifier: Towards giving emotional awareness to Twitter users. “Emotional contagion in online social networks has been of great interest over the past years. Previous studies have focused mainly on finding evidence of affect contagion in homophilic atmospheres. However, these studies have overlooked users’ awareness of the sentiments they share and consume online. In this paper, we present an experiment with Twitter users that aims to help them better understand which emotions they experience on this social network.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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