Theater Professionals, Economic Development, Kik, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, September 26, 2019


New-to-me, from Playbill: Parity Productions Expands Women and TGNC Artists Database. “Parity Productions’ Women and Trans and Gender Nonconforming (TGNC) Artists database now features a distinction between union and non-union artists. The free, online database, which hosts over 400 artists across 22 theatrical disciplines, provides opportunities for designers, playwrights, composers, dramaturgs, producers, and more to view other artist profiles and connect.”

Harvard Gazette: New interactive website helps chart paths for economic growth. “The Growth Lab, a program of the Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard Kennedy School, has just launched its Country Profiles portal, an interactive website that boils down 6,000 data points into a handful of interactive graphs. The algorithms built into the program generate suggested growth strategies and identify economic opportunities for each of the 130 profiled countries.”


CNN: Kik shuts down once popular messaging app. “At its peak, Kik’s messaging app had hundreds of millions of registered users and the company earned a private market valuation of $1 billion, placing it in the elite ranks of tech unicorns. Now, Kik is shutting down its chat app after a fight with regulators.”

Denver Post: “OK” hand gesture added to hate symbols database. “The ‘OK’ hand gesture, a mass killer’s bowl-style haircut and an anthropomorphic moon wearing sunglasses are among 36 new entries in a Jewish civil rights group’s online database of hate symbols used by white supremacists and other far-right extremists.”


Harvard Business Review: How to Create an Online Community That People Will Pay For. “Since 2016 I’ve run an online community for members of my Recognized Expert course, and I’ve written extensively about building online revenue streams. If you or your company is considering launching an online membership site, here are six principles I’ve identified to maximize the benefit to your members and ensure they view your site as something worth paying for.” The headline made me cringe and the only reason I read it was because it came from HBR. (The cringing comes from my hangups, not anything pejorative about the author.) But this is a solid overview of things foundational to ANY online community, paid or not, so in it goes.

Global Investigative Journalism Network: Here’s How to Follow the Global Investigative Journalism Conference from Home. “Can’t join us in Hamburg for the 11th Global Investigative Journalism Conference (Sept. 26-29)? There are still lots of ways you can follow along from home as more than 1,500 journalists from around the world gather to discuss their craft and share insights.”


PML Daily: Excitement! Uganda receives Kings African Riffle digitized history. “The Uganda Government has received a piece of history of the King’s African Rifles (KAR) from the British Government at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs (MODVA) headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala. The Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs Hon Adolf Mwesige received the digitalized KAR war records (war diary, medals and citations of KAR ex-service men) on behalf of the Ugandan Government.”

ProPublica: Google Says Google Translate Can’t Replace Human Translators. Immigration Officials Have Used It to Vet Refugees. . “Documents shared with ProPublica show that immigration officials have been told to vet refugees’ social media posts using Google Translate. Language experts caution even students against using the service.” I could do a whole big article on Google Translate being used inadvisably.


Bleeping Computer: Beware of Google Alert Links Leading to Malware and Scams. “Google Alerts is s useful service that allows you to receive emails or an updated RSS feed when new pages appear in the Google search index that are related to specified keywords you are following. Unfortunately, whenever there is a good thing, people try to take advantage of them to push users towards scams and malware.”

Ars Technica: Microsoft: Customers are entitled to know about federal data requests. “Microsoft revealed on Wednesday that it is fighting in court for the right to tell one of its large enterprise customers about a federal request for data hosted on Microsoft’s cloud services. The data request came with an order prohibiting Microsoft from notifying its customer about the request, and Microsoft views the gag order as inappropriate.” Good evening, Internet…

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