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Odin Oyen, Facebook Factcheckers, Oscar-Nominated Animation, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, December 02, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

La Crosse Tribune: Collection of Odin Oyen art expands UW-La Crosse archive. “Oyen headed a La Crosse artisan firm in the early 1900s that specialized in providing interior design — especially paintings and murals — for courthouses, libraries, schools, theaters, churches and buildings throughout the Midwest.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

The Guardian: Facebook’s only Dutch factchecker quits over political ad exemption. “Facebook’s only Dutch factchecker has quit over the social network’s refusal to allow them to highlight political lies as being false.”

Cartoon Brew: Over Two Dozen Shorts Contending For An Oscar Are Free To View Online. Watch Them Here.. “This year, a record 92 animated shorts are in the running for an Academy Award. We published a preliminary list of qualified films here, along with the criteria for qualifying. Of the 92 shorts, more than two dozen are currently available to view for free online. Scroll down to watch them all, in alphabetical order.”

CNET: Facebook rolls out tools to help you find real-time info in a crisis. “The world’s social network has a hub called Crisis Response that lets users learn about critical events happening around the world, as well as request or offer help during a fire, mass shooting, earthquake or other crisis. You can also check whether your friends or family members have marked themselves as safe during a disaster.”

USEFUL STUFF

How-To Geek: What to Do Before (and After) Your Phone Is Stolen. “Millions of phones are stolen every year, and there’s a chance yours could be one of them. But it doesn’t have to be—you can make your phone theftproof! We’ll show you how, and what you should do if your phone is stolen.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Tubefilter: Instagram’s @bitch Isn’t Your Typical Social Video Aggregator. It Actually Credits Content Creators And Licenses Their Work.. “There are tens, if not hundreds of thousands of reposting accounts across the internet. They poach creators’ videos, photos, and posts without their permission and under the banner of ‘curation,’ without crediting them for making the very content that’s raking in those followers, views, and likes. @bitch, however, does things differently.”

BBC: Sham news sites make big bucks from fake views. “There are 350 million registered domain names on the internet. Experts say it’s impossible to count how many are sham news sites. But just like legitimate websites, they earn money from the major tech companies that pay them to display ads.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Krebs on Security: It’s Way Too Easy to Get a . gov Domain Name. “Many readers probably believe they can trust links and emails coming from U.S. federal government domain names, or else assume there are at least more stringent verification requirements involved in obtaining a .gov domain versus a commercial one ending in .com or .org. But a recent experience suggests this trust may be severely misplaced, and that it is relatively straightforward for anyone to obtain their very own .gov domain.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Stanford News: Search results not biased along party lines, Stanford scholars find . “According to newly published research by Stanford scholars, there appears to be no political favoritism for or against either major political party in the algorithm of a popular search engine.”

Ars Technica: Quantum computing’s also-rans and their fatal flaws. “Last month, Google claimed to have achieved quantum supremacy—the overblown name given to the step of proving quantum computers can deliver something that a classical computer can’t. That claim is still a bit controversial, so it may yet turn out that we need a better demonstration.” Good evening, Internet…

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