John Seigenthaler, Facebook, U of Arkansas Press, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, November 3, 2019


Tennessean: NPT digitizes Seigenthaler’s ‘A Word on Words’ series. “Nashville Public Television has digitized and made available 901 episodes of renowned journalist John Seigenthaler’s series “A Word on Words.” Seigenthaler, who served as editor of The Tennessean from 1962-1989, interviewed authors on the NPT series for 40 years.”


CNET: Facebook removes fake accounts tied to Russia for foreign meddling. “Facebook has removed three networks of accounts that were targeting eight African countries, the social network said Wednesday. Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, said in a blog post that Russian financier Russian financier Yevgeny Prigozhin is connected to the networks.”

University of Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press to Publish Open-Access Journal. “The University of Arkansas Press has announced the acquisition of Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts. It is the first open access initiative by the press. First published in 2012, Artivate publishes original peer-reviewed scholarship that engages with arts entrepreneurship. From 2015-2018, Artivate was published by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.”

TechCrunch: Zuckerberg defends politician ads that will be 0.5% of 2020 revenue. “As Jack Dorsey announced his company Twitter would drop all political ads, Facebook CEO Zuckerberg doubled-down on his policy of refusing to fact-check politicians’ ads. ‘At times of social tension there has often been an urge to pull back on free expression . . . We will be best served over the long term by resisting this urge and defending free expression.’ Still, Zuckerberg failed to delineate between freedom of expression and freedom of paid amplification of that expression — which inherently favors the rich.”


Ars Technica: Because Internet makes a linguist’s case for l33t speak, other online-text fads. “The Internet has done good things to the English language. That’s the most important thing linguist Gretchen McCulloch has to say in her book, Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language. Though many prominent opinion-havers rage about the imminent death of the English language at the hands of emoji-wielding teenagers, the Internet has done no more harm to English than television, radio, or dime novels.”

Mashable: TikTok users of color call for better visibility on the For You Page . “TikTok users are calling for more visibility for creators of color on the platform. The app’s For You Page, a never ending queue of trending content, displays videos based on content the user has already engaged with. Nobody outside of TikTok itself knows how the algorithm works, and TikTok declined to comment on it for Mashable, but some users claim that the app’s most popular faces are overwhelmingly white. Tired of not seeing people who look like them while scrolling through the app, the users are raising awareness for better representation.”

Hivisasa: National Museum collections to be digitized. “The government has arrived an agreement with Google to digitize National Museums’ collections. Confirming the move, the National Museums of Kenya Director-General Dr Mzalendo Kibunjia said that this will attract more visitors to the museums.”

New York Times: Lights, Camera, TikTok. “If you’re over the age of 25, TikTok will make you feel about 100. The enormously popular Chinese social media video app is a colossal repository of viral comedy, virtuoso dance routines, daredevil stunts and talent-show theatrics, most of which seem to be performed by precocious teens. But also, TikTok has developed an interesting relationship to the movies.”


Washington Post: Think you’re anonymous online? A third of popular websites are ‘fingerprinting’ you.. “Just when you thought we had hit rock bottom on all the ways the Internet could snoop on us — no. We’ve sunk even lower. There’s a tactic spreading across the Web named after treatment usually reserved for criminals: fingerprinting. At least a third of the 500 sites Americans visit most often use hidden code to run an identity check on your computer or phone.”

Reuters: Google urges confidentiality protections in Texas-led antitrust probe. “Google on Thursday petitioned a Texas judge to ensure that the state-led probe into possible antitrust violations by the Internet search and advertising company will not compromise its confidential business information.”


Slate: Let’s All Stop Mindlessly Clicking and Sharing Zombie Links. “It’s a strategy that’s easy to recognize, because what is happening to Deadspin has already happened elsewhere, and not just in sports media: Trustworthy brand-name publications are being hollowed out and refilled with unpaid ‘community’ contributors or low-paid, less experienced professionals who don’t have the stature to challenge editorial imperatives or productivity quotas that generate useless, often-inaccurate content.”

Search Engine Journal: Study Finds Virtual Assistants Are Getting Worse at Answering Questions Correctly . “A new study suggests the performance of virtual assistants, like Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri, may have plateaued. Perficient Digital released its annual evaluation of virtual assistants. Perhaps the most interesting finding is that none of the top virtual assistants are improving when it comes to answering questions accurately.” Good morning, Internet…

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