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Grand Canyon, Facebook, Air Travel, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 3, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

KNAU: New Website Tells Grand Canyon’s Indigenous Stories. ” A new website tells stories from five Native leaders about their cultural and spiritual ties to the Grand Canyon. The images, videos, and audio clips gathered on the site are part of a larger effort to improve education about the Grand Canyon’s indigenous history” An audio story with transcript available.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNET: Facebook pulls out of SXSW conference over coronavirus concerns. “Facebook said Monday that it’s withdrawing from the SXSW conference because of coronavirus concerns, a move that comes shortly after Twitter announced it wasn’t attending the massive tech and culture event either.”

USEFUL STUFF

Lifehacker: These Airlines Will Let You Change Your Flight for Free Because of Coronavirus. “If you have a flight coming up in the next few weeks that you’re starting to get nervous about, here’s a rundown on what each airline’s policy on changes and cancellations currently is. Also, keep in mind that when an airline waives a change fee, it’s waiving the additional charge you would traditionally have had to pay to change that ticket, you’re still going to be responsible for the change in the cost of airfare between your old and new ticket, so it’s in your best interest to make a change earlier rather than later.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Apps to Fix YouTube Fails and Overcome Limitations . “Tired of how YouTube promotes mainstream media? Or how it removes videos without warning and doesn’t let you listen to podcasts in the background? With the right tools, you can fix all of these YouTube failures and limitations.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Daily Mail is not a resource I link to often, but in this case…. Daily Mail: Church of England to launch a ‘Google Maps for graves’ within five years enabling family historians to search for burial records and locations in an online database. “Thousands of cemeteries across the UK will be imaged and mapped over the next five years to create a comprehensive database of British burial sites. The Church of England project hopes to immortalise the tombs of millions of people buried in Anglican graveyards as well as those interred on unconsecrated land.”

Quartz: Wall Street’s watchdog is obscuring data that could protect investors. “BrokerCheck is operated by an industry-run regulator. And the way it presents data has the power to distort markets and protect the profits of financial institutions. The only reason we know this is that, finally, its grip on the data is slipping. Starting a few years ago, a handful of pioneering academics were able extract the critical firm-related data from individual profiles. It’s thanks largely to these analyses, which offer vastly more complete data on firm behavior, that we’re starting to see how little investors are being told—and how much the ignorance costs them.”

Poynter: Disinformers are targeting Taiwan as a country where coronavirus is out of control. “While struggling to fight the new coronavirus, Taiwan is also witnessing a serious digital attack driven by malicious disinformers. In the last few days, dozens of profiles and bots on Facebook and Twitter have posted different pieces of content suggesting that the COVID-19 is completely out of control in Taiwan and that the government doesn’t know what to do to protect its people. Active fact-checkers can already see political motivation behind it.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Reuters: EU court backs Google in case over Hungary tax declaration fines. “Hungary’s system of fines imposed on Google related to the country’s tax on advertising is not compatible with EU law, the Court of Justice of the European Union said on Tuesday.”

Wired: A Simple New Tool Lets You Open Email Attachments Without Fear. “Micah Lee, the head of information security for First Look Media, plans to release an alpha version of a free tool called Dangerzone on GitHub [next Sunday], timed to a talk about it at the Nullcon conference in Goa, India. Dangerzone is a simple quarantine program that allows anyone to sanitize untrusted documents, neutering any tracking beacons, malicious scripts, or other nastiness that those files might carry.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Verge: How hard will the robots make us work?. “On conference stages and at campaign rallies, tech executives and politicians warn of a looming automation crisis — one where workers are gradually, then all at once, replaced by intelligent machines. But their warnings mask the fact that an automation crisis has already arrived. The robots are here, they’re working in management, and they’re grinding workers into the ground.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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