Paris Art Museums, Google, Colors, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, January 11, 2020


Hyperallergic: Images of 100,000 Artworks From Paris Museum Collections Now Freely Available to the Public . “Paris Musées announced yesterday that it is now offering 100,000 digital reproductions of artworks in the city’s museums as Open Access — free of charge and without restrictions — via its Collections portal. Paris Musées is a public entity that oversees the 14 municipal museums of Paris, including the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Petit Palais, and the Catacombs.”


Neowin: Google announces the ‘winners’ of the controversial choice screen search engine auction. “Google has announced the search engines that it’ll show to new European Android phone users as an alternate choice to its own Google Search service. This change comes as a result of Google being fined €4.34 billion for ‘illegal tying of Google’s search and browser apps’ after which the firm announced it will begin asking users which search engine they want to use on their Android phones.” DuckDuckGo should be popping champagne.


MakeUseOf: 5 Apps to Find the Best Color Schemes, Matches, and Palettes. “Color is all around us, but not everyone is born with a sense of how to match different hues. But don’t worry, there’s an app for that. In fact, there are several to suggest color schemes, matches, and entire palettes.”


Sojourners: Why Social Media Is a Last Resort for Survivors of Clergy Abuse. “Mainstream media has played a crucial role in giving voice to survivors. As Christine Parker pointed out in a recent interview with Robert Downen: ‘Church leaders aren’t listening to survivors until the media tells their story for them.’ The rise of social media in the past decade has provided an additional — and no less significant — outlet for #ChurchToo survivors to tell their stories, though not without great cost.”

Phys .org: Anthropologist digitizes a changing culture from half a world away. “In 2006, University of Virginia anthropologist Lise Dobrin received a document attached to an email from a man she knew in Papua New Guinea, where she had conducted fieldwork for her dissertation several years earlier. The document told the story of the history of the man’s village. He wrote that he was afraid if he didn’t write it, no one else would.”

Wired: Public Blast or Private Chat? Social Media Maps a Middle Way. “If the first phase of social media was about letting it all hang out for everyone to see, this chapter appears to demand a different space—not quite private, not quite public free-for-all. Those early days were a walk in the park. A park where, yes, you might get mugged, or some stranger started shouting at you to smile more (or worse, much worse). Now, social media communiqué requires a security detail.”


Stars and Stripes: US CyberCom plans information warfare to counter Russian interference in the 2020 election. “Military cyber officials are developing information warfare tactics that could be deployed against senior Russian officials and oligarchs if Moscow tries to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections through hacking election systems or sowing widespread discord, according to current and former U.S. officials.”

Ars Technica: Indian Supreme Court finds 150-day Internet blackout in Kashmir illegal. “The Indian region of Kashmir has had most Internet service blacked out since August. The government of Narendra Modi says the online blackout is a necessary security measure in the face of growing unrest in the region triggered by a change in Kashmir’s status under the Indian constitution. (Kashmir’s status within India has been a topic of controversy for decades.)… But on Friday, India’s highest court rejected the government’s rationale, arguing that the blackout violated Indian telecommunications laws.”

Motherboard: This Secretive Surveillance Company Is Selling Cops Cameras Hidden in Gravestones . “Special Services Group, the vendor behind the brochure, does not advertise its products publicly. Its logo is the floating-eye-in-pyramid logo seen on the back of the $1 bill, which conspiracy theorists associate with the Illuminati, and the company’s slogan is ‘Constant Vigilance.’ The company is so secretive that, when asked for comment for this story, it threatened VICE with legal action if we published this article.” Mad-Eye Moody jokes go in that bin over there.


The Verge: 23andMe sold the rights to a drug it developed from its genetic database. “The genetics testing company 23andMe licensed the rights to a drug it developed in-house to a Spanish pharmaceutical company, Bloomberg reported. This is the first time that the company has directly sold a product it created using the genetic information collected from users.”

Science Blog: AI-Based Motion-Capture System For Animals Has Applications From Drug Development To Ecology. “A new system that uses artificial intelligence to track animal movements is poised to aid a wide range of studies, from exploring new drugs that affect behavior to ecological research. The approach, shown in the video above, can be used with laboratory animals such as fruit flies and mice as well as larger animals.”


BBC: Teenager having seizure saved by online gamer – 5,000 miles away in Texas. “The parents of a teenager who suffered a seizure while chatting online have thanked his friend who called emergency services from 5,000 miles away. Aidan Jackson, 17, was talking to an American gamer from his bedroom in Widnes on 2 January when he had a fit. His friend, 20-year-old Dia Lathora, from Texas, alerted police in the UK.” Good morning, Internet…

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