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Emmett Till, Open-Source Publishing, Discord, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 13, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Florida State University: Inside the story of Emmett Till: FSU professor launches app with digital perspective of civil rights icon. “A Florida State University professor’s five-year research project has opened a new window of understanding about the brutal murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 that became a catalyst of the civil rights movement. Davis Houck, FSU’s Fannie Lou Hamer Professor of Rhetorical Studies in the College of Communication and Information, and his colleagues have launched the Emmett Till Memory Project app and website documenting locations linked with Till’s murder in Mississippi.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

MIT News: The MIT Press releases a comprehensive report on open-source publishing software. “The MIT Press has announced the release of a comprehensive report on the current state of all available open-source software for publishing. ‘Mind the Gap,’ funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ‘shed[s] light on the development and deployment of open source publishing technologies in order to aid institutions’ and individuals’ decision-making and project planning,’ according to its introduction. It will be an unparalleled resource for the scholarly publishing community and complements the recently released Mapping the Scholarly Communication Landscape census.”

Engadget: Discord’s ‘Go Live’ lets gamers stream to up to 10 people. “Imagine streaming a game on Twitch, but only to your closest friends. Gaming chat platform Discord is launching a new feature, Go Live, that will let users stream games directly to 10 other people. Users can view your stream either through the desktop app or by browser. The feature is due to roll out on August 15th.”

USEFUL STUFF

Social Media Examiner: How to Schedule Instagram Posts on a Desktop Without Third-Party Tools. “Ever wish you could post to Instagram directly from your desktop instead of your mobile device? Did you know Instagram is rolling out this functionality? In this article, you’ll learn how to schedule and publish posts to Instagram via your desktop without any third-party apps.”

Lifehacker: The Best Web Browsers for Privacy and Security. “Your web browser knows a lot about you, and tells the sites you visit a lot about you as well—if you let it. We’ve talked about which browsers are best at ad-blocking, but in this guide, we’re going to focus on the browsers that you’ll want to use to better conceal everything you’re up to from all the advertisers that want to track your digital life.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Arkansas internment sites get $270K through Park Service grant. “Two Japanese American confinement sites in Arkansas will receive a total of nearly $270,000 from the National Park Service to support efforts to preserve and educate others about what happened there during World War II, officials said on Monday.”

The Big Smoke: Here’s how easy it is to become a fake Instagram celebrity. “Marketing agency Mediakix conducted an investigation into the world of online fraudsters, creating two fake Instagram influencer accounts. One was a lifestyle and fashion focused Instagram model – ‘calibeachgirl310’ – the other, a travel photographer. To help create the perfect fake account, Mediakix hired a real person – a model in fact – and created the content through a one-day photo shoot. The second account, ‘wanderingggirl,’ however was created with nothing but stock images.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Verge: You may be owed up to $500 if you owned a Pixel or Pixel XL. “Earlier this year, Google agreed to settle a class action lawsuit that claims the company knowingly sold first-generation Pixel phones with defective microphones. Now, the final approval has gone through, meaning if you bought an original Pixel or Pixel XL before January 7th, 2017, you’re probably eligible for some money.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

University of Washington: More than 100 years of Arctic sea ice volume reconstructed with help from historic ships’ logbooks. “Our knowledge of the dwindling sea ice coverage in the Arctic Ocean comes mostly through satellites, which since 1979 have imaged the sea ice from above. The University of Washington’s Pan-Arctic Ice Ocean and Modeling System, or PIOMAS, is a leading tool for gauging the thickness of that ice. Until now that system has gone back only as far as 1979. A new paper now extends the estimate of Arctic sea ice volume back more than a century, to 1901. To do so it used both modern-day computer simulations and historic observations, some written by hand in the early 1900s aboard precursors to today’s U.S. Coast Guard ships.”

Bangkok Post: Facebook and other social media a boon for drug dealers, study finds. “Online social networks are now popular channels for the sale of illicit drugs, a forum heard last week. The findings of research conducted on the subject were released at a panel discussion titled ‘Narcotics Market and Online Crimes’ attended by representatives of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).” Good afternoon, Internet…

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