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Duke University Handbooks, Comedy Club Bookings, Google Photos, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, November 28, 2019

It’s Thanksgiving here in America, so there will be only one issue today. I’ll see you tomorrow. Much love.

NEW RESOURCES

I found out yesterday on Twitter that Duke digitized its collection of women’s handbooks. From the about page: “The Social Standards Committee, part of the Woman’s Student Government Association, was responsible for developing standards of behavior for all students attending Duke’s Woman’s College (1930-1972). These handbooks, issued each year to each student, provided guidelines on dress, etiquette, and comportment for Woman’s College students both on and off campus.” Learn about that inhuman monster Sloppy Jo, who goes downtown in anklets.. and without a hat! Also, I learned that pin curlers in public are a social faux pas that can completely destroy your life. Or something.

Another one of those things I stumbled across thanks to the Bing News RSS feed: The Project Comedy Club database. From the About page: “Project CCDB came to fruition when a few comedians in a text feed were complaining about the lack of women/POC diversity in nationwide comedy club line-ups, even in large markets like Los Angeles, where the population contains more than enough qualified (audience-drawing) comics for booking. After months of exchanging photos of predominantly white male lineups, these comics got sick of complaining about it and connected with an interested computer scientist to gather actual data from clubs over a three month period and see if the hearsay was true or just rumors of a resentful messaging group. So, here are the facts as they stand of what genders and ethnicitites are most represented.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Neowin: You can now manually tag faces in Google Photos. “Google has started rolling out the ability to manually tag faces in Google Photos. Manual tagging will make it easier to manage your photo library and sort them according to people.”

CNET: TikTok apologizes for removing viral video criticizing Chinese treatment of Uighur Muslim community. “TikTok has published a lengthy blog post addressing the “interest and confusion” surrounding an anti-Chinese video that went viral earlier this week. A young TikTok user had posted a makeup video while raising awareness about Uighur Muslim community being detained in China. TikTok said Wednesday it wanted to ‘clarify’ and apologize for human error in removing the video.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

BBC: Congo student: ‘I skip meals to buy online data’. “Bonheur Malenga, a Congolese university student, found himself facing a dilemma one day last month about whether to purchase online data. ‘As I was hungry, I didn’t know if I should buy food or get a 24-hour internet bundle,’ he told the BBC.”

TechCrunch: Inside the Instagram AI that fills Explore with fresh, juicy content. “Instagram has posted an article describing the behind-the-scenes machinery that fills the Explore tab in Instagram with new, interesting stuff every time you open it. It’s a bit technical, so here are five takeaways.”

The Irish Times: Social media companies ‘must do more’ on vaccine misinformation – Harris. “Minister for Health Simon Harris said social media companies have ‘much more work’ to do to combat anti-vaccination misinformation on their platforms. Vaccine hesitancy has been identified by the World Health Organisation as one of the 10 leading threats to global health in 2019.” I don’t know why I thought anti-vaxxing was a social issue limited only to America.

SECURITY & LEGAL

Ars Technica: Senate takes another stab at privacy law with proposed COPRA bill. “Perhaps the third time’s the charm: a group of Senate Democrats, following in the recent footsteps of their colleagues in both chambers, has introduced a bill that would impose sweeping reforms to the current disaster patchwork of US privacy law.”

WPTV: Google Glasses records video of gun pointed at driver during road rage in Miami-Dade County. “Police in South Florida arrested a suspected gunman after Google Glasses recorded him pulling out a gun during a road-rage incident.” I guess in that kind of situation Google Glasses would beat the heck out of a dash cam.

Reuters: Shopping rivals urge EU to act against Google for allegedly favouring own service. “Forty-one European price-comparison shopping services on Thursday urged EU antitrust regulators to act against Alphabet Inc’s Google for allegedly flouting an order to allow rivals to compete on equal terms, which they said is endangering their existence.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Rolling Stone: That Uplifting Tweet You Just Shared? A Russian Troll Sent It. “We’ve spent the past two years studying online disinformation and building a deep understanding of Russia’s strategy, tactics, and impact. Working from data Twitter has publicly released, we’ve read Russian tweets until our eyes bled. Looking at a range of behavioral signals, we have begun to develop procedures to identify disinformation campaigns and have worked with Twitter to suspend accounts. In the process we’ve shared what we’ve learned with people making a difference, both in and out of government.”

CNN: Korean Go master quits the game because AI ‘cannot be defeated’. “A South Korean master of the ancient strategy game Go has announced his retirement from professional competition due to the rise of what he says is unbeatable artificial intelligence. The news that Lee Se-dol is bowing out comes three years after he lost in a closely watched series against Google’s AlphaGo in 2016.” Good morning, Internet…

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