Museum of Youth Culture, Zay Initiative, YouTube, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, September 19, 2019


It’s Nice That: The Museum of Youth Culture opens up vast digital archive, via Google Arts & Culture. “Today the Museum of Youth Culture launches a major partnership with Google Arts & Culture, which will allow people to explore its vast archive of material online for the first time. Founded in 1997 by Jon Swinstead, co-founder of 90s fashion title Sleazenation, the non-profit collects images, videos, flyers and other ephemera that encapsulate youth culture in London and the UK.”

Esquire Middle East: The Zay Initiative: the digital archive built to preserve Arab heritage. “… few of us rarely take the time to appreciate and understanding of how our aesthetic choices actual impact and reflect the culture that surrounds us – and, before we know it, we’re on to the next thing. Hoping to preserve this element of Arab culture is The Zay Initiative. Launching this month, the unique, non-profit organization is dedicated to the preservation of Arab heritage through the documentation and conservation of traditional clothing from the MENA region.”


TechCrunch: YouTube tests profile cards that show users’ comment history. “YouTube commenters will now have their channel loyalty — or their tendency to troll — exposed, thanks to a new feature called profile cards, now in testing. Recently announced by way of YouTube’s Creator Insider channel, where the company shares updates and changes with its creator community, these new profile cards would appear whenever you clicked on a commenter’s name, and would list all their other recent comments on the channel.”

BetaNews: Mozilla accelerates Firefox to a four-week release cycle. “If you’re the impatient type, the current six to eight weeks between major new builds of Firefox may have been agonizing. Mozilla feels your pain, and it is stepping things up a notch.”

Google Blog: New voices for your Google Assistant in nine countries. “You can already choose between 11 English voices here in the U.S. (including John Legend), and today, we’re launching a new voice in nine more languages: German, French, Dutch, Norwegian, Italian, Korean, Japanese, English in the U.K. or English in India.”


9to5 Google: Pocket Casts goes free with existing features included, adds ‘Plus’ subscription. “The podcasting industry is booming with heavy investment from large players like Google, Apple, and Spotify. NPR and a public radio consortium last year acquired Pocket Casts to offer its own experience and already released a major update in March with version 7.0. Today, Pocket Casts is going free and adding a ‘Plus’ subscription.” Pocket Casts has been my go-to podcasts app for years and I can’t recommend it enough. I cheerfully paid $3.99 a month and suspect I will cheerfully pay the $10 a year for easily-accessible storage of audio files.

Enterprise .nxt: Is that site even up?. “What happens when you can’t reach a website you rely on? These online resources help you find out if a site you are trying to browse is down.”


Motherboard: Climate Change Could Erase Human History. These Archivists Are Trying to Save It. “Climate change making the word hotter, more humid, and more stormy—all conditions that put sensitive paper archives at risk. This problem is forcing us to ask, which histories will we choose to remember?”

CNET: Tonic app wants to show you to the unexplored, nontoxic corners of the internet again . “Tonic is a new app with a radical approach to recommendations personalized for you: It doesn’t want to know who you are, make money off your interests, or hook you on using its app more and more. Instead, Tonic wants to recommend you five and only five things every day, like an article or photo essay.”


Irish Tech News: New Report On Political Social Media Ads Identifies Inconsistencies In Datasets And Definitions. “Clear definitions of what constitutes political and issues-based advertising online and the availability of comprehensive and fully accessible databases are required to ensure the transparency of digital political advertising and campaigning. That’s according to Elect Check 2019, a new research report, commissioned by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and undertaken by the Institute for Future Media and Journalism (FuJo) at Dublin City University (DCU), which was published today.”

University of Pennsylvania: Brevity is the Soul of Twitter: 280-Character Limit Makes Twitter More Civil. “You’ve probably heard it said before: Twitter is a cesspool. A platform once populated with harmless messages about one’s favorite TV shows or happenings about town, Twitter so often devolves into a hotbed of harassment, bullying, and metaphorical yelling. Many users thought doubling the platform’s character limit from 140 characters to 280, as Twitter did in November of 2017, could only make matters worse. But a new study from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania found the opposite.”

Phys .org: Team uses machine learning to help tell which wildfires will burn out of control. “An interdisciplinary team of scientists at the University of California, Irvine has developed a new technique for predicting the final size of a wildfire from the moment of ignition. Built around a machine learning algorithm, the model can help in forecasting whether a blaze is going to be small, medium or large by the time it has run its course—knowledge useful to those in charge of allocating scarce firefighting resources.” Good morning, Internet…

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