Western Australia History, Google, YouTube, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, December 29, 2019


This is from early December but apparently I missed it. From ABC News (Australia): The final words of CY O’Connor captured in a suicide note displayed on Culture WA website. “CY O’Connor’s letter and other material relating to his engineering works are featured on a new website displaying some of [Western Australia]’s most significant treasures and stories for the first time. Launched today, Culture WA is a digital portal, combining collections from the State Records Office, the WA Museum, the State Library and from next year, the Art Gallery of WA.”


Ubergizmo: Google Search Now Lets You Create Movies And TV Shows Watchlists. “Due to us leading busy lives, sometimes we might miss out on TV shows and movies that we want to watch. The good news is that if you wanted to make a list of movies and shows that you want to and plan to watch, Google has you covered. According to a report from 9to5Google, it looks like Google Search has introduced a new ‘Watchlist’ feature.”

TorrentFreak: Crisis Looms as YouTube Faces Permanent Blocking by Russian ISPs. “Both YouTube and Yandex’s video platforms are edging dangerously close to being permanently blocked by ISPs in Russia. The Moscow City Court has upheld a complaint from publisher Eksmo and has ordered the services to remove pirated audiobook content. However, anti-piracy group AZAPI says it is preparing other cases too and if they are successful, ‘we can insist on the eternal blocking of and YouTube in Russia.'”


The Next Web: 5 milestones that shaped 50 years of internet history. “As a scholar of how the internet is governed, I know that today’s vast communications web is a result of governments and regulators making choices that collectively built the internet as it is today. Here are five key moments in this journey.”

GhanaWeb: Meet the 14-year-old boy who is revolutionizing education in Ghana. “Kelvin [Amaniampong] is the co-founder of Scrolbooks – an eLearning platform that seeks to be the nation’s biggest free digital library. Kelvin comes from Akim Manso in the Eastern Region of Ghana and he studies Pure Science in Ghana Senior High School, Koforidua.”

Bloomberg: Inside YouTube’s Year of Responsibility. “YouTube spent 2019 answering critics with some of the most drastic changes in its 15-year history. With each step, it gave those activists, regulators and lawmakers more reasons to attack its free-wheeling, user-generated business model.”


Wired: The Decade Big-Money Email Scams Took Over . “Some email scams—penis enlargement spam, ‘Nigerian prince’ shakedowns—feel like they’ve been around almost as long as email itself. But the grifts have evolved significantly over the last decade, as scammers have learned that they can extract much bigger payouts from big businesses than lone victims. They’ve tallied billions of dollars in the last few years alone. In the 2020s, it’s only going to get worse.”

Lexology: New German draft law to fight online hate speech obliges social media providers to notify police of suspicious online posts. “On 19 December 2019, the German Ministry of Justice published on its website a draft law to combat right-wing extremism and hate crime (the Draft). The Draft aims to put German criminal law enforcement authorities in a position to more intensively and effectively prosecute hate crimes that are committed online.”

BBC: New Year Honours: 1,000 addresses published in error. “A list of more than 1,000 addresses of New Years Honours recipients, including those of senior police officers and politicians, has been accidentally published by the government. The file was uploaded to the official website, but has since been removed.” I suspect Elton John is not happy right now.


New York Post: Why I quit Twitter — and you should, too. “That’s the thing about Twitter; the (I still can’t quite believe this) 50 tweets a day don’t really matter. It’s the 3,401st tweet, the one that goes viral, that comes to define you — and its virality is usually not something that makes you proud.”

Brisbane Times: ‘Consistent evidence’ social media pushes non-smokers into vaping: study. “Advertising for electronic cigarettes is pushing non-smokers and young people to take up vaping despite the health risks, in a finding that will galvanise opponents of the push to legalise nicotine vaping in Australia. Researchers from Macquarie University reviewed 43 studies involving 27,303 people globally to examine the effect of e-cigarette marketing on non-smokers.”

Ars Technica: Meta-analysis study indicates we publish more positive results. “While science as a whole has produced remarkably reliable answers to a lot of questions, it does so despite the fact that any individual study may not be reliable. Issues like small errors on the part of researchers, unidentified problems with materials or equipment, or the tendency to publish positive answers can alter the results of a single paper. But collectively, through multiple studies, science as a whole inches towards an understanding of the underlying reality.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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