Pakistan Photography, Vimeo, Google Maps, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, September 23, 2019


Gulf Times: Islamabad-based start-up starts building online picture library. “Pak Stock Photo is an Islamabad-based start-up that is building a library of Pakistan-centric stock images. Like pretty much everything else in the local ecosystem, they are trying to introduce an Uberised model where photographers submit their pictures and buyers purchase them, all through a digital platform.”


Tubefilter: Vimeo Debuts ‘For Hire’, A Marketplace For Video Professionals To Find Clients (And Vice Versa). “Clients can browse Vimeo’s network of more than 30,000 video professionals, including filmmakers, editors, videographers, animators, and more, looking for their project’s perfect match. Search options within For Hire allow them to find freelancers based on budget, project type, location, skill level, and years of experience. Or, they can post wanted ads describing their project and the professionals they need.”

Ubergizmo: Google Maps To Get A Private Mode Soon. “Google originally revealed that an incognito mode is in works for Maps at I/O 2019. However, there was no buzz about it later on, until now. Some of the members on the Google Maps preview test group confirmed that it is rolling out for testing, finally.”


MakeUseOf: 5 Fascinating and Educational YouTube Channels to Keep You Engrossed. “No, this list doesn’t include old stalwarts like CGP Grey, ASAPScience, Minute Physics, or Wendover Productions. We want to talk about some of the less heralded channels that follow the ‘animation for explanation’ format. And yet, they deliver something new which is just as interesting and fascinating as the YouTube bigwigs.”

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Learn to do data journalism and visualization using free tools in new trilingual MOOC; Register now. “In its biggest and most thorough massive open online course (MOOC) to date, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas has teamed up with nine experts to teach students how to produce compelling stories using data and visualization.” The course will be available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.


BuzzFeed News: Instagram’s Opioid Recovery Hashtags Are Full Of Drug Dealers. “Dozens of top posts under the #opioidcrisis and #opioidaddiction hashtags contained comments touting Oxycontin, Percocet, Codeine, and other prescription opioids — along with phone numbers and usernames for encrypted messaging accounts. A typical entry, under a video describing tens of thousands of deaths by drug overdose, offered ‘fast deals’ on ‘Oxys, Roxy, Xans, Addy, codeine, perc…Available 24.7 for delivery.'”

RadioFreeEurope: Uzbekistan Turns To Foreign Social-Media Stars To Boost Tourism. “The influencer event is the latest in a series of unprecedented steps by the country’s government to open itself to the outside world and drive economic growth for its 33 million citizens. Uzbek tourism revenue has the potential to more than double in the next few years, analysts say. Yet the government’s open embrace of foreign bloggers contrasts with its own weak record on social-media freedom at home.”


The Next Web: VPN apps with 500M+ installs caught serving disruptive ads to Android users. “Google Play Store has a malware problem. And it doesn’t seem to go away despite the company’s best efforts to rein in sketchy apps. In a yet another instance of Android adware, New Zealand-based independent security researcher Andy Michael found four Android VPN apps with cumulative downloads of over 500 million that not only serve ads while running the background, but are also placed outside the apps, including the home screen.”


Slate: You Don’t Want Facebook Involved With Your Health Care. “Could your Netflix viewing habits predict that you will develop inflammatory bowel disease? Might your use of religious language in Facebook posts signal that you have diabetes? Could Amazon’s Alexa start telling you when you are getting sick and offer to sell you medicines? All of the big technology companies have been moving into health care recently, making investments that mobilize their vast troves of consumer data.”

TechCrunch: Meet Facebook’s latest fake. “It’s reputational-denting failures like Myanmar — which last year led the UN to dub Facebook’s platform ‘a beast’ — that are motivating this latest self-regulation effort. Having made its customary claim that it will do a better job of decision-making in future, Facebook is now making a show of enlisting outsiders for help. The wider problem is Facebook has scaled so big its business is faced with a steady pipeline of tricky, controversial and at times life-threatening content moderation decisions.” Good evening, Internet…

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