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New York Canals, North Carolina Newspapers, Google Forms, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 29, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

News10: NYS Canalway Online Map. “Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, with support from the NYS Canal Corporation and I LOVE NEW YORK, has released a new online map to help residents and visitors navigate their way to New York’s canals. [The site] brings together the power of mapping tools with a wealth of information on hundreds of places of interest, visitor centers, boat rentals and tours, and paddling access sites. ”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

DigitalNC: DigitalNC adds 700+ issues of Raleigh’s Carolinian newspaper. “Issues of The Carolinian from 1945 to 1959 are now available on DigitalNC, after recently being transferred from a microfilm format to a digital one. This newspaper is still in print and based in Raleigh, North Carolina, where it shares news among its predominantly African American audience.”

USEFUL STUFF

How-To Geek: How to Create a Google Form with Branching Logic. “When you create a survey with Google Forms, you can use conditional questioning to send respondents to specific pages based on their answers. Here’s how you can use branching logic to send people to questions that pertain to their responses.”

My Modern Met: Can’t Make It to ‘Burning Man’ This Year? Here’s How to Watch All the Action Live. “Wish you were able to experience Burning Man but couldn’t make it to the 2019 festival? Don’t worry, there are a couple of ways you can follow all the action on the playa from the comfort of your own home. And if it makes you feel any better, you can take it all in without experiencing the desert heat. By tuning in to Burning Man’s live webcast, you’ll be able to watch coverage 24 hours a day until the conclusion of Burning Man 2019 on September 2.” You can also sign up to get a phone call?…

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Reuters: Google job search tool under EU microscope. “EU regulators are checking Google for Jobs to see if the company unfairly favors its fast-growing tool for searching job listings, Europe’s antitrust chief said on Tuesday. Launched two years ago, the tool has already drawn numerous complaints from rivals alleging anti-competitive behavior.”

The Verge: YouTube’s CEO explains why it leaves up ‘controversial or even offensive’ videos. “The concerns around YouTube moderation aren’t going away anytime soon. YouTube is still developing and revising policies to prevent major issues — its updated creator-on-creator harassment policy is still in the works, for instance — and bad actors will continue to push against the limits of those rules.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

New York Times: Former Star Google and Uber Engineer Charged With Theft of Trade Secrets. “Anthony Levandowski, one of Silicon Valley’s foremost technologists on self-driving cars, was charged by federal prosecutors on Tuesday with 33 counts of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets from Google.”

Ars Technica: Google Play app with 100 million downloads executed secret payloads. “The perils of Google Play are once again on display with the discovery of an app with 100 million downloads that contained a malicious component that downloaded secret payloads onto infected Android devices. Throughout most of its life, CamScanner was a legitimate app that provided useful functions for scanning and managing documents, researchers from antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab said on Tuesday.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Newswise: University of Utah launches first-ever Journal of Dark Sky Studies. “Despite growing evidence that artificial light at night severely impacts wildlife, human health, wasteful spending and a disconnect to our cultural past, there are no formal academic educational programs strictly for dark sky study and protection. The University of Utah is changing that.”

Social Science Research Council: Statement from Social Science Research Council President Alondra Nelson on the Social Media and Democracy Research Grants Program. “For nearly a century, the Social Science Research Council has supported researchers as they pursue vanguard and rigorous scholarship for the public good. In keeping with this tradition, the Social Media and Democracy Research Grants program—a collaboration with a diverse group of eight philanthropic organizations, Social Science One, and Facebook—is an effort to make privacy-protected data available to social researchers to examine Facebook’s impact on elections and democracy.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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