VidSpark, Google Knowledge Graph, Twitter, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, March 2, 2020


Google Blog: Reaching a new generation of news viewers with VidSpark. “People in their teens and twenties are looking for content that’s important, but also engaging, fun, and relatable. We don’t need to seek out information; thanks to a variety of social feeds and specialized algorithms, it comes to us. But it doesn’t always come from trustworthy sources. Meanwhile, mainstream local news is struggling to meet young audiences where they are. If they rely only on their traditional methods of distribution, they risk becoming irrelevant to the next generation. With the support of the Google News Initiative, Poynter is announcing VidSpark—a program helping local newsrooms reach younger viewers online with engaging, shareable social video.”

Search Engine Journal: Google Lets People Customize Their Profile Cards For Search Results. “Google is testing the ability for people to customize their own Knowledge Graph cards that are displayed in search results. Three official support pages have been published by Google (which have since been taken down) with details on how customizing profile cards works.”

Neowin: Covid-19: Twitter suspends non-critical business travel and events. “As a result of the Covid-19 outbreak in many countries around the world, Twitter has revealed that it notified its employees and partners that it was suspending all non-critical business travel and events effective immediately.”


Slate: Why You Should Dox Yourself (Sort Of). “The best defense is to make it harder for abusers to track down your private information. That’s why newsrooms, including the New York Times, are starting to train their own journalists to ‘dox’ themselves. Not literally, of course—I’m not talking about posting all your information on Twitter. Rather, put yourself in the position of someone trying to mine your personal information to attack you.”

Creative Boom: How to start a podcast in 2020: A step-by-step guide for beginners. “Well, it’s been three weeks since The Creative Boom Podcast went live, and I have to say, it’s been hugely rewarding. It’s already opened doors. People are approaching me, sending me lovely messages, and I’m growing my network. It’s given me a real boost. If you’ve wanted to launch a podcast, but something has held you back – whether that’s fear, lack of time or not knowing how – I’ve pulled together some beginner tips to help.”


Getty Blog: The Simone Forti Archive Comes to Getty. “The Getty Research Institute has acquired the archive of artist, dancer, performer, and writer Simone Forti, who is one of the most influential artists in the history of Minimalism and experimental dance in the United States.”

Northern Arizona University: Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona endowment to support NAU’s Cline Library, preserve historical records . “Route 66 is more than just a road—it’s a representation of Arizona’s history and its future. The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona is committed to the preservation of the mother road and all the memories that come along with it. In keeping with its mission, the association made a gift of $50,000 to the Northern Arizona University Foundation to establish an endowment that will help to preserve, protect and promote Arizona’s Route 66 history.”


Mashable: This Supreme Court case could criminalize online immigration activism. Here’s why.. “The case, U.S. v. Sineneng-Smith, originates from a federal district court in California where a federal grand jury convicted immigration consultant Evelyn Sineneng-Smith for fraud after she told her undocumented clients they could maintain legal status under a program she knew had expired. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did little to overturn that conviction. What it did overturn, however, was a separate conviction that found Sineneng-Smith guilty under a 1986 federal law that makes it a crime to ‘encourage’ and ‘induce’ known undocumented immigrants to reside in the U.S. And it did so on First Amendment grounds.”

New York Times: F.C.C. to Fine Cellphone Carriers for Selling Customers’ Locations . “The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose about $200 million in fines against four major cellphone carriers for selling customers’ real-time location data, according to three people briefed on the discussions.”


Phys .org: Big data helps farmers adapt to climate variability. “A new Michigan State University study shines a light on how big data and digital technologies can help farmers better adapt to threats—both present and future—from a changing climate.” Good evening, Internet…

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