South Carolina Preschools, Adelaide Crows, Concert Planning, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, February 9, 2020


The State: Need help finding free preschool for your child? SC has a new website to help. “Parents who want to find a free pre-kindergarten program for their children — and to see if they are eligible for that assistance — now have an easier way to find out. South Carolina this week formally launched…an online portal to help families find free or subsidized preschool programs.”

Adelaide Football Club: Adelaide Football Club launches Crows History Locker. “The Adelaide Football Club is proud to launch the Crows History Locker, an online museum featuring a plethora of information about South Australia’s first AFL Club. The website features detailed profiles on each of the 226 Crows who have represented the Club at AFL level, as well as the 40 to pull on the tricolours in the AFL Women’s competition.” The Adelaide Football Club plays Australian rules football.


CNET: Google’s incubator wants to make artists’ concert planning less dumb. “Google’s experimental start-up incubator Area 120 launched a new tool for the music industry Wednesday. Called Demand, it organizes Google search, YouTube and other data about artists so that promoters, managers, labels and other reps can plan live performances that, ideally, better fit the actual demand of fans.”


Washington Post: Cyborgs, trolls and bots: A guide to online misinformation. “Cyborgs, trolls and bots can fill the internet with lies and half-truths. Understanding them is key to learning how misinformation spreads online. As the 2016 election showed, social media is increasingly used to amplify false claims and divide Americans over hot-button issues including race and immigration. Researchers who study misinformation predict it will get worse leading up to this year’s presidential vote. Here’s a guide to understanding the problem.”


FedScoop: The National Archives is looking for some more cloud . “The independent agency posted a request for information recently, soliciting feedback from companies on a potential plan to replace its enterprise cloud contract. The contract listing is called ‘Platform & Infrastructure for Cloud Archives & Records Depositories’ or, in acronym form, PICARD.”

Mashable: 4chan trolls reportedly behind part of the Iowa caucus chaos. “As the public still waits for the full results from Monday’s Iowa caucus, it at least now knows more about what contributed to the fallout. We already knew a few of the major factors: a historically chaotic process combined with a new yet broken app. Now, we know of another contributor to the mayhem: Trump-supporting 4chan trolls.”

Ars Technica: FCC data fails to count 21 million people without broadband, study finds. “The Federal Communications Commission’s broadband data dramatically underestimates the number of Americans without access to home Internet service, a new study has found. The actual number of people lacking home-broadband access is about twice as high as the FCC estimate, the study found.”


TechCrunch: ACLU says it’ll fight DHS efforts to use app locations for deportations. “The American Civil Liberties Union plans to fight newly revealed practices by the Department of Homeland Security which used commercially available cell phone location data to track suspected illegal immigrants.”

New York Times: Facial Recognition Moves Into a New Front: Schools. “Jim Shultz tried everything he could think of to stop facial recognition technology from entering the public schools in Lockport, a small city 20 miles east of Niagara Falls. He posted about the issue in a Facebook group called Lockportians. He wrote an Op-Ed in The New York Times. He filed a petition with the superintendent of the district, where his daughter is in high school. But a few weeks ago, he lost.”


Tubefilter: YouTube Uses Trailer View Counts To Predict ‘Joker’ Will Steal Best Picture Oscar. “And the Oscar goes to Joker–or it will, according to YouTube views. The platform has released a prediction of how this year’s Best Picture nominees will shake out, ranking them by the number of views their official trailers received on YouTube. If the Academy ends up voting in accordance, director Todd Phillips’ Joaquin Phoenix-starring Joker–an origin story for Batman’s iconic archnemesis–will take home the golden man.”

EurekAlert: New software agents will infer what users are thinking
. “Personal assistants today can figure out what you are saying, but what if they could infer what you were thinking based on your actions? A team of academic and industrial researchers led by Carnegie Mellon University is working to build artificially intelligent agents with this social skill.”

The Conversation: Why people post ‘couple photos’ as their social media profile pictures. “We are social psychology researchers interested in understanding people’s behavior in close relationships and on social media. Our research and that of other scholars provides insight into why people use these types of ‘I’m part of a couple!’ displays on social media. Choosing profile photos that include their romantic partner, posting their relationship status and mentioning their partner in their updates can all be signs of how people feel in their relationship – and may send an important message to potential rivals.” Good morning, Internet…

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