Ethnomusicology, IMDB, YouTube, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 27, 2019


UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music: “Ethnomusicology: Global Field Recordings” now available. “The UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive* is pleased to announce the publication of Ethnomusicology: Global Field Recordings. Presenting 58 field collections held by the Archive, this diverse and comprehensive resource features thousands of audio field recordings and interviews, film footage, field notebooks, slides, correspondence, and ephemera from around the world.”


Engadget: Watch dozens of free movies in IMDb’s app. “If you’ve already seen everything new on the streaming, IMDb’s free selection of ad-supported films and tv shows may prove enticing. The film industry site today announced that viewers can now stream IMDb TV’s titles through the IMDb mobile app. Prior to this, the service was only available on the IMDb website, Prime Video or Amazon Fire devices.”

TechCrunch: YouTube begins to label videos by publishers with government or public funding. “Days after Google said YouTube was used in a coordinated effort to spread misinformation about protesters in Hong Kong, the platform has begun labeling videos uploaded by media organizations that receive government or public funding.”


MakeUseOf: 5 Tools to Understand Facebook’s Privacy Violations and Defeat It. “If you don’t know how bad the situation is, you need to find out before it’s too late. These websites and apps explain why Facebook is a security and privacy nightmare, and suggest ways to take back control over your data.” The timeline looks interesting.

Newswise: Kids ‘test drive’ social media in new interactive simulations. “Educators across the country can now use interactive tutorials to teach elementary and middle schoolers how to participate positively in social media – while simultaneously learning to navigate some of its potential perils. The project’s goal is to prepare students to get the most out of social media in a controlled environment, before they inevitably end up there in real life.”


Wired: Twitter Trust and Safety Advisers Say They’re Being Ignored . “At the beginning of 2016, Twitter announced some good news: the formation of the Trust and Safety Council, made up of more than 40 outside groups and experts tapped for advice ‘to ensure that people feel safe expressing themselves on Twitter.’ By that point, the company had already spent years knee-deep in accusations that its social network was rife with abuse and harassment. Something had to change.”

Daily Record: Personal access to Perth museum collections. “Members of the public will now have greater access to the region’s museum collections, thanks to a funding boost. Culture Perth and Kinross, the creative organisation behind the region’s museums, has secured a grant of £59,924 from Museums Galleries Scotland to introduce interactive digital engagement. The grant will allow staff to work with experts from the University of Abertay in Dundee to develop new digital collections, including collections of natural history, archaeology and fine art.”


Ars Technica: Hackers are actively trying to steal passwords from two widely used VPNs. “Hackers are actively unleashing attacks that attempt to steal encryption keys, passwords, and other sensitive data from servers that have failed to apply critical fixes for two widely used virtual private network (VPN) products, researchers said.”


Bahrain News Agency: Afghans restore art shattered by Taliban as peace deal nears. “The [National Museum of Afghanistan]’s recovery began in earnest in 2004, during the period when the defeated Taliban quietly began to regroup. A few hundred objects have been restored in recent years. Now the museum and the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute are compiling as complete an inventory as possible in the hope of tracking down missing artifacts — and saving a digital record of the collection in case of further threat. That database is more than 99% complete, with more than 135,000 surviving pieces, the Oriental Institute says.”

UX Collective: Google News: the full coverage feature. “Google News is used by hundreds of millions of users across the world. That’s why I admire the audacity of vision here and appreciate Google’s efforts to solve such a wicked hard problem; Especially when you put into context the amount of data generated over the Internet. According to a research report by Domo, users of the Internet generate 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day, and 90% of that data over the Internet was created in the last two years only. The data Google News has to organize will seem minuscule in comparison to that scale. However, it’s still HUGE by any standard.” Really gets down in the weeds (in a good way!) Good afternoon, Internet…

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