UK Coronavirus Information, Twitter Fact-Checking, ICANN, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, March 11, 2020


Gloucestershire Live (UK): Government announces “Coronavirus tracker” website with updates on confirmed cases and deaths. “The government has announced a new website for Coronavirus updates and statistics. The new website will provide the latest numbers on Coronavirus such as confirmed cases and deaths from the virus in the UK.”


CNN: Twitter botches fact-check of manipulated Biden video retweeted by Trump. “Twitter (TWTR) said it would take action against a misleading video of former Vice President Joe Biden that was retweeted by President Donald Trump, a major action that courted blowback from the White House. But then the social media company botched it.”

The Register: Four months, $1bn… and ICANN still hasn’t decided whether to approve .org sale with just 11 days left to go. “In 11 days, DNS overseer ICANN is supposed to rule on the $1.13bn purchase of a critical piece of the internet – the .org registry with its 10 million domain names. But ICANN has yet to even decide what criteria it will use decide whether to green-light the takeover.”


MuseumNext: How to get your museum out of a social media rut. “It’s easy to get caught in social media posting patterns; particularly when a majority of other museums doing the same thing. However, the days of solely posting images of your collection with long flowery captions are over. Here are 8 snappy ideas to mix up your social media strategy to engage new audiences and bring awareness to your museum.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Common Social Media Privacy Issues (And How to Fix Them). “Social media and privacy just don’t go together. But just because you use social media doesn’t mean you can’t have an online life and some degree of privacy. Some of you may feel that privacy and social media just don’t go together. From our own oversharing to company overreach, this article covers some of the biggest privacy issues with social media and how you can try to avoid them.”


The Diplomat: Pakistan’s Government and Military Are Crushing Dissent on Social Media. “Even before the new rules, the digital situation in Pakistan was already quite authoritarian. That can easily be conveyed by the ranking given to Pakistan in the Freedom on the Net report compiled annually by Freedom House. For many years, the country has been ranked among the worst countries of the world on that index; Pakistan was among the 10 worst countries of the 65 surveyed in the 2019 Freedom on the Net report.”

Poynter: Here are the tools and technology journalists are using to tell the coronavirus story. “As if there was any doubt, thanks to technology we know for certain that everybody is focused on the spreading coronavirus outbreak.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Mattress Factory receives grant to digitize Greer Lankton archive. “Born a boy, Lankton had sexual reassignment surgery at the age of 21. The artist worked in New York City’s East Village in the 1980s, creating lifelike, sewn dolls posed in elaborate, theatrical settings. The dolls, modeled on friends or celebrities, could be glamorous and grotesque. Lankton was 38 when she died in 1996.”


Seven Days Vermont: Vermont Sues ‘Dystopian’ Facial Recognition App Maker Clearview AI. “The Attorney General’s Office filed suit against the face-search company on Tuesday, alleging its practice of scooping up billions of online images to build a facial recognition app violates Vermont’s consumer protection statute. The civil suit is also the first legal test of a provision in the state’s data broker law, which was the only one of its kind when passed in 2018.”

Yelp Blog: Yelp Testifying in Google Antitrust Hearing: Self-Preferencing by Dominant Internet Platforms. “Yelp is testifying before the US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust in the hearing titled Self-Preferencing by Dominant Internet Platforms on competition policy and consumer rights related to Google’s self-preferencing in local search results. You can read the full testimony here.”

Arizona Senator Martha McSally: McSally, King Introduce Bill to Enhance Outdoor Recreational Access Through Digitized Mapping. “U.S. Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Angus King (I-ME) today introduced legislation to enhance access to the nation’s outdoor recreational opportunities by digitizing mapping information like access points and permissible uses on federal public lands. Reps. Russ Fulcher (R-ID) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) introduced companion legislation in the House.”


Colorado Virtual Library: Pandemic Preparedness for Colorado Libraries. “There is no state-mandated response for libraries in Colorado. Public libraries should follow the guidance of their local policies and procedures, follow the direction of your local governing authorities, and also work with local health departments. School, academic, and special libraries should follow the guidance of their parent organization. It is important to keep calm, and seek factual information and guidance from reputable organizations, when responding locally to COVID-19. Here are some resources that may prove to be helpful as your library makes decisions about how best to serve your community.” Several of the resources listed in the article are local to Colorado, but a bunch are not. Worth a read. Good morning, Internet…

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  1. Thank you for the link to the UK story and the links to the government sites tracking the virus. Helpful and interesting.

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