Louisiana Debt, UK Job Listings, East Germany History, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, September 3, 2019


Kansas City Star: Louisiana treasurer launches online searchable debt database . “How does Louisiana’s debt load stack up against other states? Where is the state spending its billions on construction projects? Which parishes are getting the most state-financed road and bridge work? How did the governor and lawmakers spend last year’s surplus? Those answers are available on a new website created by Treasurer John Schroder’s office that aims to add sunlight to the amount of money that Louisiana borrows, how it spends those dollars on construction and what other debts the state carries on its books.”

Gov .uk: New flexi job search that’s not just for mums. “As thousands of kids flood through school gates for the first time this September, many parents – especially mums – will be keen to get their careers back on track. The new website will use technology to gather more than 50,000 job adverts, all specifically designed with flexi working in mind.”

It’s not often I include an event invitation in ResearchBuzz, but this archive looks fantastic. From IRTG Diversity: “Open Memory Box”: An Online Archive with 415 Hours of Life in the GDR Captured on 8mm Films. “Stretching the limits of new media technologies, this interactive archive builds on 415 hours of private films made by 149 East German families between 1947 and 1990. Initiated in 2013 by the Swedish-German film produce Alberto Herskovits and the Canadian professor of political science Laurence McFalls, the project has drawn on the skills of over thirty employees to collect, digitize, view and tag 2283 films contributed to the project. The result is a unique treasure chest for historians, artists, educators and the interested public.” When Germany was split into east and west, the eastern part was known as GDR ( German Democratic Republic).


TechCrunch: Now Facebook says it may remove Like counts. “Facebook could soon start hiding the Like counter on News Feed posts to protect users’ from envy and dissuade them from self-censorship. Instagram is already testing this in 7 countries including Canada and Brazil, showing a post’s audience just a few names of mutual friends who’ve Liked it instead of the total number.”


The Verge: Angry Fans Keep Wrecking Podcasts With One-Star Reviews. “Podcast reviews can be easy to game, and Apple Podcasts has become the main target for angry fans interested in taking down a show. Apple’s service is the biggest name in podcasting, and it’s one of the few major platforms that allows listeners to leave public reviews. While hosts abused that feature in the past to beat the system with fake positive reviews, others have used it to inundate hosts they don’t like with a barrage of one-star marks, making the shows look like a bust.”

National Library of New Zealand: Is your Facebook account an archive of the future?. “Over the next few months, we’re inviting New Zealanders to donate their Facebook archives to the Alexander Turnbull Library. In collecting personal Facebook archives of New Zealanders here and abroad, we will be continuing the work that has always been part of our mission: documenting the lives of New Zealanders today to support the emerging and anticipated research needs of the future.”

Israel 21c: Israeli project seeks clues to old school photo mysteries. “As 2.35 million Israeli children head back to school this week, the National Library of Israel is hoping that a new Back to School online project in collaboration with Facebook Israel will help fill in missing information on many of its rare historic photographs.”


Reuters: Chinese face-swapping app goes viral, sparks privacy concerns. “ZAO – a new Chinese app that lets users swap their faces with celebrities, sports stars or anyone else in a video clip – racked up millions of downloads on the weekend but swiftly drew fire over privacy issues.”

The Register: Oh there it is, Facebook shrugs as Free Basics private key found to be signing unrelated apps . “Facebook has insisted that losing control of the private key used to sign its Facebook Basics app is no biggie despite totally unrelated apps from other vendors, signed with the same key, popping up in unofficial repositories.”

TorrentFreak: YouTube Sued For $720K Over Alleged Copyright Strike “Retaliation”. “DJ Short-E, a popular YouTuber who claims to have earned $310,000 from the platform, is now suing the company. The case is extremely unusual and centered around claims that YouTube not only failed to promote his videos, but also ‘retaliated’ to the threat of a lawsuit by not processing copyright claims properly, resulting in his channels getting shut down for repeat infringement.”


Harvard Business Review: Do Influencers Need to Tell Audiences They’re Getting Paid?. “…the whole point of influencer market has traditionally been based on the perceived neutrality of the influencers. Companies fear that the credibility associated with electronic word-of-mouth (e-WOM) will be compromised by disclosure. Our research, based on surveys taken between 2015 and 2018, calls that belief into question.”

Quartz: A new AI-powered smartphone app scans banana crops for early signs of disease. “The banana is the world’s most popular fruit: we consume 100 billion of them a year. And yet, their future is threatened by a spate of diseases that are ravaging crops worldwide. Now, researchers have developed a tool to tackle these silent killers: an artificially-intelligent smartphone app that can scan banana plants for early signs of infection, and alert farmers before it takes hold on their crops.” Good morning, Internet…

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