Suriname Slavery, Indiana History, Washington Parks, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, November 18, 2019


From RTL News, and translated from Dutch by Google Translate: Digital slave registers Suriname are ‘warning against slavery’. “It took two years, but tomorrow is finally there: the Surinamese slave registers have been fully digitized. The records contain about eighty thousand names of slave owners and people who lived in slavery in Suriname between 1826 and 1863, as well as information about the birth, death, sale and release of slaves.” I didn’t recall hearing about Suriname, so I looked it up and fell smack down a rabbit hole.

Indiana University: IU launches CitizIN app, a new interactive tool for teaching about Indiana studies. “The Center on Representative Government at Indiana University and the IU Office of the Bicentennial have publicly launched the new CitizIN app, a free interactive game that explores 200 years of Indiana history. CitizIN supports the teaching of Indiana studies and the incorporation of Indiana topics into a standard U.S. history course.”

HeraldNet: Explore more than 100 Washington state parks at new website. “Forks of the Sky State Park, along U.S. 2, is one of more than 100 state parks with virtual tours at [the new park site.] The tours provide 360-degree views of trails, lakes, rivers, mountains, coastal land, campgrounds, interpretive centers and vacation houses at state parks. You’ll also find an interactive map, trip reports and park information.”


YouTube Blog: Can anyone match Freddie Mercury’s legendary voice? Queen and YouTube Music are challenging fans to find out!. “Released in support of Mercury Phoenix Trust, a charity founded by Brian May, Roger Taylor and Jim Beach to raise awareness and funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS, and in honor of the 44th anniversary of the band’s first-ever live performance of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ at the Empire Theater, Liverpool, U.K in November 1975; FreddieMeter was created to let fans around the world determine how closely their singing matches the voice of Queen’s legendary frontman, Freddie Mercury.”


How-To Geek: How to Take Better Photos with Your iPhone. “Your iPhone takes great photos, but you can always improve them. For example, you can control the exposure, take more time to compose before you hit the shutter, and make better use of the tools available to you. In fact, you could take a crash course in iPhoneography right now.”


Wired: The Influencer Scientists Debunking Online Misinformation. “Getting bamboozled by online misinformation can be like trying to charge your smartphone in a microwave: embarrassing, expensive, and mildly explosive. A dubious, highly edited clothing hack leaves you with shredded, unwearable garments. Hot glue, bereft of editing software and careful lighting, turns out to be ill-suited to making sandals. It can also get much, much worse, and the dangerous lies that spring to mind most readily—4chan’s bomb-making instructions, racist conspiracy theories that seem designed to whip people into homicidal fury—aren’t the only ones going around the internet.”

NBC News: On Facebook, fears of parasites push people to post pictures of feces and pursue dangerous remedies. “Fears of parasites have led thousands of people to post pictures of their own feces in a private Facebook group and then pursue a range of remedies proposed by other group members that medical experts consider unsubstantiated by scientific research and potentially dangerous. The posts are another example of the wide variety of health misinformation that can be found on Facebook, and add to the pressure on the social media giant to rein in such misinformation, if not ban it outright.”

Poynter: Facebook defined what a politician is — and here is what fact-checkers think about it . “It isn’t clear when the decision was made. But between October 20 and October 31 — right about the time Americans were discussing whether Republicans and Democrats should be allowed to post and promote false content on social media — Facebook came up with a crucial definition for fact-checkers and quietly edited its website. Now, in a few sentences, the company makes clear what a politician is and reiterates its policy that they can’t be fact-checked.”


TechCrunch: The House and Senate finally agree on something: Robocalls. “In these times of political strife, it’s nice that despite our differences we can still band together as a nation in the face of a catastrophe that affects us all equally. I speak, of course, of robocalls, and it seems that the House and Senate have put their differences aside for the present in order to collaborate on a law combating this scourge.”

Techdirt: Universal Music Claims Copyright Over Newly Public Domain ‘Yes! We Have No Bananas’. “One of the signature works of the public domain class of 1923 was the song Yes! We Have No Bananas by composers Irving Cohn and Frank Silver. As of January 1st, anyone was free to make use of that song. Indeed, in our own Public Domain Game Jam competition, we actually had not one, but two separate game entries based on ‘Yes! We Have No Bananas.’ But, of course, even if Hollywood wasn’t going to push for term extension, that doesn’t mean it won’t do what it always does, and pull other levers.”

Reuters: Google antitrust probe to expand into Android – CNBC. “The several dozen attorneys general investigating advertising practices at Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google are planning to expand their antitrust probe into the unit’s flagship Android business, CNBC reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.”


Newswise: Mapping disease outbreaks in urban settings using mobile phone data. “Researchers from EPFL and MIT have shown that human mobility is a major factor in the spread of vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue even over short intra-city distances. In a paper published in Scientific Reports, the team compares different mobility models and concludes that having access to mobile phone location data can prove crucial in understanding disease transmission dynamics – and, ultimately, in stopping an outbreak from evolving into an epidemic.” Good morning, Internet…

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