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Opera, Coronavirus False Information, Locally Grown, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 28, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

New-to-me, from Open Culture: The Opera Database: Find Scores, Libretti & Synopses for Thousands of Operas Free Online. “If you don’t live in a major city or can’t get to the opera often, you can watch full-length performances online at projects like The Opera Platform, which not only includes filmed popular operas like Verdi’s La Traviata, but also, as Colin Marshall noted in an earlier Open Culture post, ‘provides a host of supplementary materials, including documentary and historical materials that put the month’s featured opera in context.’ If you’re ready to dig deeper, however, or are already a scholar of the form, or if you, yourself, happen to be an opera singer, then you will absolutely want to visit the Opera Database.”

ZDNet: NewsGuard Technologies launches Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center. “New York City-based NewsGuard Technologies, which hosts a subscription service that rates the credibility of online content sources using a multi-point check system, has launched a Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center for the purposes of disseminating information about websites that are willfully spreading false information about the COVID-19 disease and the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself.”

Wired: Locally Grown Is PBS for the Streaming Age. “This is what channel-surfing used to be, what it ought to be. Tune in and the first station is airing Pressure, Horace Ové’s tough-minded 1976 movie about London youth and racial disillusionment. It’s a somewhat obscure release, but also a pioneering one: Ové’s was the first feature by a black filmmaker made in the UK. Switch the channel and there’s an episode of the sci-fi anime Cowboy Bebop on; a few clicks past that, Janet Jackson’s 1998 Velvet Rope Tour performance at Madison Square Garden is playing. Keep flipping and it’s one rare and poignant find after another. That is the essence of Locally Grown, a streaming website with the vintage gloss of public access programming.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNET: Firefox enables network privacy feature for users in US. “Mozilla has begun enabling a Firefox privacy feature for everyone in the US that should make it harder for ISPs or others to track you online. The technology, called DNS over HTTPS — DOH for short — protects a crucial internet addressing technology with encryption.” DOH? OMG.

CNN: Facebook cancels its biggest conference amid coronavirus concerns. “Facebook announced on Thursday that it is canceling F8, its biggest annual event, due to concerns over the coronavirus. ‘We’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person component of F8 this year, in order to prioritize the health and safety of our developer partners, employees and everyone who helps put F8 on,’ the company wrote on the F8 website.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: 5 Best Free Apps to Calculate Your Carbon Footprint and Offset Emissions. “Your carbon footprint is the total of greenhouse gases, mainly carbon dioxide, that you release in the air. It’s not what you breathe out, it’s the direct and indirect emission of your every activity. From using a car for travel to eating meat and dairy, each choice and activity in the modern world carries its own carbon emissions. Once you calculate your personal carbon footprint, you’ll be able to figure out how much of an impact these choices have on the environment. And through small steps, you can reduce your footprint.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

New York Times: It’s Facebook vs. the Bloomberg Campaign vs. the Internet. “When sponsored content for political candidates appears on private accounts [on Instagram], it allows those running the ads to escape the direct scrutiny that comes with a public-facing account. It also keeps non-followers in the dark about ads being run on the page and prevents users from easily searching for specific content.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Search Engine Journal: Latest Google Patents of Interest – February 25, 2020. “Hey there! Welcome back to another week in the land of Google Patents. Each week, we take a few of the more interesting patents that were awarded to Google and highlight them for the geeks among us. There’s a few this week that stood out to me… and even a few good laughs along the way.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Route Fifty: The Human Cost of Missing Data in Prisons. “Across the country, the nation’s prisons and jails face major challenges—including understaffing, outdated facilities and insufficient medical care—that can foster violence that jeopardizes both inmates and staff. Many states are trying to tackle these problems, but they face a basic impediment: A lack of data that leaves decision-makers stymied in reaching good policy decisions.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

Internet Archive: The Books Beloved by David Bowie. “…in 2013, David Bowie published a list of his 100 favorite reads. (Republished here on the DavidBowie.com site, now only accessible through the Wayback Machine.) We are happy to share them with you in this Internet Archive Collection ‘David Bowie’s Favorite Books’–84 of which are readily available for free through the Internet Archive.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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