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Google Maps, WhatsApp Audio, Product Design, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, September 12, 2019

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNET: Google Maps adds tools to find drug addiction recovery resources. “Google on Thursday said it’s adding tools to its Maps app to help people recover from drug addiction. The search giant said it launching a new feature for Google Maps that shows people where to go to attend more than 83,000 recovery meetings, including Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous gatherings. The meetings take place in more than 33,000 locations, such as community centers or churches.”

USEFUL STUFF

Poynter: Meet Forensia, a software ready to debunk fake WhatsApp audio files. “Fact-checkers usually roll their eyes when they need to verify an audio file extracted from WhatsApp. They know it’s a time-consuming task and there is a lack of tools to help them reach a verdict about the voice they hear. This scenario, however, has just changed. Forensia is up and running in Buenos Aires, and ready to work in Saxon and Romance languages — but not for free.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

UX Booth: What Google Search Shows Us About the Future of Product Design. “In the past two decades, Google has outperformed every competitor through a fierce dedication to its ambitious goal: ‘Organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.’ It’s not just search: Google and parent company Alphabet have brought their unique approach to almost every category of software.” I don’t agree with all this, but it’s an interesting dive written by someone who knows his stuff.

Al-Fanar Media: Oral History, Which Records Once-Silenced Voices, Gains Ground in the Arab World. “In the Arab world, where official histories often reflect political viewpoints, oral history has taken on an increasingly important role, scholars say. Rosemary Sayigh, a retired faculty member at the American University of Beirut who has used oral history to record the stories of dispossessed Palestinians, says oral history has particular value in recording the status and experiences of women, agricultural and industrial workers, linguistic minorities, colonized societies, immigrants, refugees, and gypsies.”

Europeana Pro: The role of community-generated content in the digital legacy of the First World War. “The revolution in digital technology and the accessibility to new material via digital storytelling are changing the way researchers are able to look at the period of the First World War. Projects like Europeana 1914-1918, which combines institutional and publicly contributed material, are disrupting the research life cycle and promoting new insights into historical research. Dr. Agiatis Benardou, Senior Researcher at Digital Curation Unit / ATHENA R.C. – a Europeana DSI-4 partner – fills us in.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

BuzzFeed: Period Tracker Apps Used By Millions Of Women Are Sharing Incredibly Sensitive Data With Facebook. “UK-based advocacy group Privacy International, sharing its findings exclusively with BuzzFeed News, discovered period-tracking apps including MIA Fem and Maya sent women’s use of contraception, the timings of their monthly periods, symptoms like swelling and cramps, and more, directly to Facebook.”

BloombergQuint: Google Gets EU Court Boost in Fight Over Hungary Advertising Tax. “Google got a boost in a tax case at the European Union’s top court that’s made the search-engine giant an unlikely ally of EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager in a clash with Hungary. The company’s Ireland unit should win its challenge over Hungary’s controversial advertising revenue tax, an adviser at the bloc’s highest court said on Thursday.”

The Hindu: NATGRID wants to link social media accounts to central database. “The ambitious National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) project wants to link social media accounts to the huge database of records related to immigration entry and exit, banking and telephone details among others.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

New York Times: I Work for N.S.A. We Cannot Afford to Lose the Digital Revolution. . “The digital revolution has urgent and profound implications for our federal national security agencies. It is almost impossible to overstate the challenges. If anything, we run the risk of thinking too conventionally about the future. The short period of time our nation has to prepare for the effects of this revolution is already upon us, and it could not come at a more perilous and complicated time for the National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the other components of the intelligence community.”

Emulsive: The Honesty In Film Photography. “When it comes to the idea of honesty I feel there are many different approaches, and that the concept of honest photography is fairly nebulous to begin with. Unless you are a true journalist I don’t think it is always the most important thing to approach subjects with honesty – for example, fine art imagery, landscapes which can use long exposures and filters to manipulate the scene, or fashion where the subject is posed and presented. I think that in documentary photography – especially photojournalism – but to some degree street photography as well, I think that honesty of the image plays a role in the quality and impact of the work.” This is one of those rare articles that unfolded my brain a little bit. Good evening, Internet…

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