Rosa Parks, Slavery in the President’s Neighborhood, Instagram, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, February 7, 2020

Y’all might remember that in November I wrote an article about junk sources in Google News. I’m happy to say that an organization much larger than RB also took a look at these sources and was able to get some answers.


Library of Congress: Crowdsourcing Project Launches Campaign to Transcribe Rosa Parks’ Papers and Reveal the Woman Behind the Legend. “By the People, the Library of Congress’ crowdsourced transcription project powered by volunteers across the country is launching a campaign to transcribe Rosa Parks’ personal papers to make them more searchable and accessible online, including many items featured in the exhibition, ‘Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words,’ starting [February 4], the 107th anniversary of her birth.”

WTOP: New digital project lays bare history of slavery around the White House. “A new website initiative launched this week by the White House Historical Association takes an in-depth look into slavery around the nation’s capital. ‘Slavery in the President’s Neighborhood’ offers a comprehensive timeline and abundant resources on the enslaved people who built, worked for and lived around the White House.”


Bustle: How To Organize Who You Follow On Instagram With Its New Sorting Feature. “Sometimes it can feel like you’re due for an Instagram cleanse — and I’m not talking about your own posts. After a while, the posts you see on your Instagram feed might seem dated, or even feel irrelevant to your life. When this happens, it’s time to do a little spring-cleaning and Instagram just made it much easier. On Feb. 6, the platform launched a new feature that lets you organize who you follow on Instagram, based on different categories.”

New York Times: Epoch Times, Punished by Facebook, Gets a New Megaphone on YouTube. “The shifting tactics of partisan publishers pose a challenge to tech platforms in the lead-up to the 2020 election. Despite their efforts to limit the spread of misinformation, the platforms remain a powerful megaphone for publishers like The Epoch Times, which has used conspiracy theories and dubious growth tactics to expand its audience. In all, the outlet has spent more than $1 million on YouTube ads, according to a person familiar with its spending, who discussed private information on the condition of anonymity.”

Mashable: Twitter knows GIFs dominate the platform. A new accessibility feature will allow more people to enjoy them.. “If you’ve ever looked at Twitter while sports were happening, you’ve probably seen countless GIFs posted as reactions to big plays. Twitter made that slightly more accessible on Friday, adding the ability to add text descriptions to GIFs. It’s an extension of the same feature that has existed for still images for a while.”


NBC Sports: Olympic champion short track speed skater banned 1 year for social media post. “Csaba Burjan, an Olympic short track speed skating relay gold medalist for Hungary, has been banned one year for a social media post. In early December, an Instagram photo on Burjan’s account showed a line of people at a Chinese airport with an expletive, according to Hungarian and Chinese reports.”

American Archive of Public Broadcasting: KMUW and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting to Preserve Historic Public Television and Radio Programs from Across Kansas. “KMUW 89.1 – FM and The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) announced today a collaborative effort to preserve and make accessible historic television and radio programs produced by Kansas public media stations. The resulting online collection, to be digitized from deteriorating and obsolete formats, will showcase statewide coverage of social issues, commentary, public reporting and history from more than 60 years of Kansas public media archival collections.”

BBC: Eating disorder used to sell diets on Instagram. “Instagram accounts are using images of a person recovering from an eating disorder to advertise weight loss. The BBC has seen more than 30 accounts using the photos and some of them have more than a million followers.”


Colorado Sun: How SamSam ransomware took down CDOT and how the state fought back — twice. “The attack on CDOT was one of a number of high-profile ransomware attacks that year. Other SamSam victims included the University of Calgary, the Port of San Diego and the city of Atlanta. Some paid the ransom. CDOT didn’t, but it wasn’t pretty. Ultimately, it cost the state $1.7 million in overtime, meals and equipment. But what’s not calculated in those costs are the security improvements made during and since the attack.”

TechCrunch: Watchdog says DHS still hasn’t got a 2020 election security plan. “Homeland Security’s cybersecurity advisory unit ‘has not yet completed’ its plans to secure the 2020 presidential election, a government watchdog has said. The report, published on Thursday by the Government Accountability Office, said the unit, CISA, is ‘not well-positioned to execute a nationwide strategy for securing election infrastructure prior to the start of the 2020 election cycle.'”


The Register: Facebook mulls tagging pics with ‘radioactive’ markers to trace the origin of photos used to build image-recog AI. “Facebook researchers have developed a digital watermarking technique that allows developers to tell if a particular machine-learning model was trained using marked images.”

Route Fifty: Using Data to Ensure Equitable Funding for Parks. “Tactics vary from place to place, but each municipality highlighted in the report relied on data to make impartial decisions about funding. During the budget process in Detroit, for example, city officials use multiple data points—including housing prices, rates of childhood obesity, minority households, foreclosure rates and high rates of violent crime—to identify parks in every corner of the city that haven’t seen capital improvements in years, sometimes decades.” Good morning, Internet…

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