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War Powers Resolution, Andrew Weatherall, Greater Good in Education, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, February 27, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Just Security: New Online Resource: War Powers and Presidential Practice. “Today we are excited to announce the release of the War Powers Resolution Reporting Project, a product of the Reiss Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law. ([Tess] Bridgeman is the project’s lead author and researcher; [Rachel] Goldbrenner is the executive director of the Reiss Center.) Intended for use by policymakers, legislators, scholars, journalists and the general public, the Project is an expansive new resource that analyzes the war powers reporting practice of every president in the 45 years since the WPR was enacted. It sheds light on how presidents use U.S. armed forces abroad and relationships between the president and Congress on matters of war and peace.”

Happy Mag: You can now download 900 hours of Andrew Weatherall’s mixes. “Fans have paid tribute to the career of acid house legend Andrew Weatherall with an enormous library of his music mixes. The online resource, called Weatherdrive, is a Google Drive folder that spans Weatherall’s career since age 25. It features live recordings, radio shows and studio mixes, amongst unreleased tracks, fan art, and old gig posters.”

Greater Good Magazine (Berkeley): Announcing a New Resource for Educators: Greater Good in Education. “GGIE offers free, research-based practices for education professionals to help cultivate not just students’ well-being, but their own, as well—and for school leaders to build positive school cultures. Distilling the strategies and practices for the social, emotional, and ethical development of students and the adults who work with them, GGIE synthesizes the top insights and best practices from science, programs, and practitioners.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Search Engine Journal: Google Updates Image Search With Icons for Products, Recipes, & Videos. “Google is updating its image search results pages with icons indicating what type of content the images lead to. If an image surfaced in search results comes from a product page, a recipe, or a video, Google will highlight it with a special icon.” Of course, since Google’s adding something, it’s removing something else…

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Guardian: Amid the coronavirus lockdown, Chinese social media is full of laughter and anger. “In many ways, the coronavirus outbreak in China has been one big social experiment, testing the thesis: what happens when an entire country goes into hibernation for weeks?”

TechCrunch: A multiverse, not the metaverse . “Following web forums, web platforms and mobile apps, we are entering a new stage of social media — the multiverse era — where the virtual worlds of games expand to become mainstream hubs for social interaction and entertainment. In a seven-part Extra Crunch series, we will explore why that is the case and which challenges and opportunities are making it happen.”

Jezebel: The Spooky, Loosely Regulated World of Online Therapy. “Of all the information the average internet user shares with the technology companies that dominate their lives, health data—and especially mental health data–is some of the most valuable, and controversial: Though social media conditions a person to share every aspect of their being, at every moment, a company automatically telling Snapchat and Pinterest you’re signing up for therapy still feels pretty spooky, even if it’s covered in the fine print.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Complete Music Update: Australian copyright owners say Google should help enforce the web-blocks. “Australian anti-piracy organisation Creative Content Australia has called on the country’s government to do more to force search engines and social media to stop pesky pirates from accessing proxy servers that allow them to reach piracy sites that have been blocked.”

Route Fifty: Taxing Internet Ads Could Raise Lots of Money, but Doubts Persist. “Massive amounts of money are at stake in the fights. Facebook and Google are expected to account for about half of the $385 billion global digital ad market in 2020, according to eMarketer, a firm that tracks digital advertising. Facebook alone could make between $38 million and $76 million in a one-time sale of users’ data, according to an estimate by Investopedia, a financial advice website.”

ABC News (Australia): Chris sorted through the ‘blood and gore’ on social media. Now he’s suing Facebook over PTSD. “They see the worst the internet serves up so, in theory, you don’t have to. People post shocking violence, sexual abuse, and vitriol-filled hate speech. But those whose job it is to sift through and scrutinise the dark side of social media say the work is taking a heavy toll.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

India Times: Over 100 names added to database of heritage trees. “Paryavaran Sena, a non-profit organisation dedicated to environment protection, has begun compiling data of more than 100 heritage trees that it has identified for preservation. All the heritage trees identified are banyan and peepal trees, and are more than 100 years old.”

Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute: New online tool helps transplant candidates find center that best matches individual patient’s criteria. “The website, transplantcentersearch.org, was developed for candidates seeking kidney, liver, heart and lung transplants. Data for liver centers is currently live. Data for other organs will soon be available.” Good morning, Internet…

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