Chicago Photojournalism, Inoreader, Tangi, More: Friday Evening ResearchBuzz, January 31, 2020


WTTW: History Museum Acquires 5 Million Photos from Chicago Sun-Times. “Recently, the Chicago History Museum added five million photos to its collection through the acquisition of Chicago Sun-Times photographs spanning 75 years…. While the museum continues the enormous task of processing and cataloging the photos, it has so far made 1,000 of them available on its website.”


Inoreader Blog: Inoreader v13 is Here With Improved Looks and New Features!. “Today we are releasing our brand UI redesign, which aims to bring this missing coherence in the user interface and generally make Inoreader a more pleasant place for everyone. It’s the result of months of prototyping, user testing and even a full-blown interim version using a completely different frontend framework. There are also brand new features, that we will cover in greater detail in subsequent posts.” There’s an email newsletter feature in here I really want to get into…

Google Blog: Get creative with Tangi, Area 120’s latest experiment. “Last year, our small team within Area 120, Google’s lab for experimental projects, started building Tangi. It’s an experimental social video sharing app with quick DIY videos that help people learn new things every day. Tangi is where creative people can get new ideas and connect with other passionate people like them. The name is inspired by the words TeAch aNd GIve and ‘tangible’ —things you can make.”


Ditch that Textbook: Google Classroom (still) to the rescue: Blogging, vlogging, and podcasting. “My top performing post by far debuted in January, 2018, and deals with how to use the new Google Sites for blogging while combining it with Google Classroom to provide our students with the authentic audience they need and the feedback via comments that are still safe. Since then, I’ve opened up the platforms to include Adobe Spark Page and Wakelet, giving my high school students control over which platform they prefer, but I still sitesmash (like an app smash…but with websites) with Google Classroom to give me the control over the comments that I prefer.”


StarTribune: Census relying on social media, advocates to stop bad info. “The U.S. Census Bureau is relying on outside help from social media companies, advocacy groups and other government agencies to halt campaigns that try to discourage people from participating in the once-a-decade head count through the spread of false information, officials said Thursday.”


Associated Press: Leaked report shows United Nations suffered hack. “Sophisticated hackers infiltrated U.N. networks in Geneva and Vienna last year in an apparent espionage operation that top officials at the world body kept largely quiet. The hackers’ identity and the extent of the data they obtained are not known.”

CNET: Facebook pays $550M to settle facial recognition privacy lawsuit. “Facebook will create a cash fund of $550 million for its Illinois users who filed a lawsuit over its privacy practices, law firm Edelson PC said on Wednesday. The settlement came after Facebook was sued for collecting facial recognition data to use in tagging photos, which allegedly violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.”

WJLA: Scammers target college students with fake online access codes for digital course material. “College textbooks can cost hundreds of dollars and students are often required to spend even more for additional digital material. ABC7 News found out that some students trying to save cash are at risk of getting scammed by turning to social media ‘deals’.”


First Monday: Fear and loathing on Facebook? Tracking the rise of populism and platformization in viral political Facebook posts. “Adopting a longitudinal ‘demand’ perspective to the study of online political campaigning, the present study details developments in supporter engagement on party Facebook Pages during three Swedish elections — 2010, 2014 and 2018. Specifically, the work presented here uncovers the roles of populism and platformization as ways of constructing political messages.”

TechCrunch: Study of YouTube comments finds evidence of radicalization effect. “The study, carried out by researchers at Switzerland’s Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne and the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, found evidence that users who engaged with a middle ground of extreme right-wing content migrated to commenting on the most fringe far-right content.” Good evening, Internet…

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