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Illinois Photojournalism, California Schools, Instagram, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, September 21, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

The Pantagraph: . “If a picture is worth a thousand words, Central Illinois has regained hundreds of books’ worth of history. Nearly 37,000 photos, many never before published, taken by Pantagraph photographers in the early part of the 20th century are now available to everyone with an internet connection, digitally restored and preserved for the foreseeable future.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

EdScoop: Calif. introduces ‘Dashboard Week’ to raise awareness of school data. “The California Department of Education and the State Board of Education have launched #CADashboardWeek, which will run from Sept. 16-20, to publicize school and district data that has been made available to parents, students and educators, the agencies announced Monday.”

KCAL: New Instagram Policy Restricts Minors From Seeing Posts Promoting Weight Loss, Cosmetic Surgery. “Instagram users, including influencers and celebrities, will soon be restricted from seeing certain posts. The app announced that it will be restricting anyone under the age of 18 from seeing posts that promote weight loss products and certain cosmetic surgeries.”

CNET: Facebook outlines rules for content oversight board that can overrule Zuckerberg. “Facebook just can’t seem to win when it comes to what content it leaves up or pulls down from the social network, constantly drawing scrutiny from lawmakers, journalists and advocacy groups. So the world’s largest social network has been working on a potential solution: creating an independent board similar to a supreme court that would oversee some of its toughest content moderation decisions.” I would be a lot more enthusiastic about this if it were a coalition of universities and Internet advocacy groups that created the board and its policies.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

BetaNews: YouTube account verification changes draw ire from creators. “On all branches of social media, account verification is what users yearn for. A little checkmark next to a username can lead to a massive increase in followers, and for creators this can in turn lead to a significant increase in earnings. This is why there is a so much anger at YouTube’s decision to introduce sweeping new changes that will see may users who have earned verification losing their verified status.”

Michigan Advance: How students used social media and memes to change a University of Michigan sexual health policy . “The University of Michigan has a long history of politically active movements, from the 1962 Port Huron Statement, the first-ever teach-in in 1965 and picket-sign style protests to fight segregation. But today, students have a new form of political creativity: memes, Twitter updates and Instagram stories.”

10 Daily: Google Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of ‘Friends’ With Iconic Character Easter Eggs . “To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the sitcom ‘FRIENDS’, Google decided to jazz up your daily searches.” I have never seen an episode of Friends so I can’t determine how accurate these are.

Reuters: Google to invest 3 billion euros in European data centers. “Google (GOOGL.O) will make an additional investment of 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) over the next two years to expand its European data centers, Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said in Finland.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

WTVD: Social media users falling for fake brand ambassador offers. “The Better Business Bureau says companies are contacting people and asking if they are interested in becoming a ‘brand ambassador’ or influencer. They claim all the job requires is for the person to post pictures or videos of themselves using or wearing the company’s products and in exchange, they will get a commission, free products or more exposure for their account.”

Ars Technica: Payment card thieves hack Click2Gov bill paying portals in 8 cities. “In 2017 and 2018, hackers compromised systems running the Click2Gov self-service bill-payment portal in dozens of cities across the United States, a feat that compromised 300,000 payment cards and generated nearly $2 million of revenue. Now, Click2Gov systems have been hit by a second wave of attacks that’s dumping tens of thousands of records onto the Dark Web, researchers said on Thursday.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

ScienceBlog: ‘Poor Man’s Qubit’ Can Solve Quantum Problems Without Going Quantum. “It may still be decades before quantum computers are ready to solve problems that today’s classical computers aren’t fast or efficient enough to solve, but the emerging ‘probabilistic computer’ could bridge the gap between classical and quantum computing.”

Phys .org: Deep learning application able to predict El Niño events up to 18 months in advance. “A trio of researchers from Chonnam National University, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology and the Chinese Academy of Sciences has found that a deep learning convolutional neural network was able to accurately predict El Niño events up to 18 months in advance.” Good morning, Internet…

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