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North Carolina High School Newspapers, Johnson Publishing Photography Archive, Google Lens, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 12, 2020

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

DigitalNC: More Issues of the Greensboro Student Newspaper Added to DigitalNC. “A gap in newspaper issues available from Greensboro, N.C. has now been filled thanks to our partners at the Greensboro History Museum. Close to 200 new issues of the Greensboro high school student newspaper, High Life, are ready to view online. These additions fill in years ranging from 1927 to 1958.”

Getty Blog: Consortium Forms Advisory Council, Announces Plans to Preserve Historic Ebony and Jet Photographic Archive. “The nonprofit consortium that acquired the archive of Johnson Publishing Company, publisher of Ebony, Jet and other iconic publications, today announced an Advisory Council that will inform the preservation and future use of the historic photographic collection to ensure the archive is made available for broad public use. The archive includes 3.35 million negatives and slides, 983,000 photographs, 166,000 contact sheets, and 9,000 audio and visual recordings, comprising the most significant collection illustrating African American life in the 20th century.”

Google Blog: Go beyond the page with Google Lens and NYT Magazine. “Throughout the first half of this year, we’re working with The New York Times so that readers of the print edition of The New York Times Magazine can use Google Lens to unlock more information by simply pointing their smartphone camera at the pages. On Sunday, when The Times Magazine’s annual Music Issue hits newsstands, readers can use Lens to access videos, animations and in-depth digital content that help you go beyond what’s included in print. Readers will also be able to access a playlist of all the music on the magazine’s list of ’25 Songs That Matter Now’ using Lens.”

USEFUL STUFF

Inside Higher Ed: So You Want to Temporarily Teach Online. “Your first tendency may be to ask what tools you can use to deliver live lectures so students don’t miss a lecture. Let’s take a few steps back and do some quick planning to think through a few things before you decide to do this. This guide is aimed not at the permanent movement from face-to-face to online education but at the desire to implement an interim solution for emergency remote teaching and is specifically focused on lecture-based classes with some considerations for more active learning environments.”

Internet Archive Blog: School’s Out… Or Is It?. “Alexis Rossi, Director of Collections here at the Internet Archive, has curated a list of resources that can help children continue their education outside of the classroom. If you’re facing a school closure, here’s a handy guide to help you find educational materials on a few popular subjects. And if you need resources for a topic that isn’t on this list, feel free to search the archive and spend the closure diving in to our collections!”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Poynter: The WHO and Red Cross rack up big numbers talking coronavirus on TikTok through vastly different strategies. “In 10 days, the World Health Organization’s new TikTok account put out five videos, racked up roughly 87 million views and accrued over a quarter million followers. It’s part of a larger effort to blanket social media with content aimed at containing the ‘infodemic’ around the new virus that has killed more than 3,800 people around the world. But instead of adopting the platform’s language in full, featuring pop songs, lip-sync or dances, the new account posted trimmed down versions of longer informational videos first featured on WHO’s YouTube page. Is this catching teens’ attention?”

Malay Mail: Art lovers rush to Uffizi’s Facebook page during virus shutdown. “Florence’s world-famous Uffizi Gallery said yesterday that art lovers had rushed to its new Facebook page as the museum — like others across Italy — stays shut to fight the country’s coronavirus outbreak. The page, launched on Tuesday, had notched up more than 19,000 followers by yesterday evening and the three videos it had posted had more than 300,000 views.” Uffizi Gallery ringing a bell? It launched an online gallery of 3d artifacts in 2018.

SECURITY & LEGAL

Washington Post: Hackers are seizing on coronavirus fears to steal data, researchers and U.S. regulators warn. “Chinese hackers have used fake documents about the coronavirus to deliver malicious software and steal sensitive user information, according to a report Thursday from researchers documenting a growing wave of cybercrime exploiting fears about the global pandemic.”

The Daily Beast: The Secret Sex Workers’ Database That Brought Down a Plastic Surgeon Accused of Rape. “After a high-end escort in Los Angeles believed she was drugged, raped, and filmed without consent by an Ohio plastic surgeon in town for a conference, she logged onto a secret database that women use to warn each other about predatory men. She saw several horrifying reviews of Dr. Manish Gupta, a flashy Toledo doctor who drove a blue Maserati and regularly flew to medical conferences in cities around the U.S.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

CNET: Alexa and Google Assistant are developing personalities. “Google Assistant may be the most naturalistic voice assistant yet, but neither it nor Alexa and Siri are close to achieving the sentience you see in movies like Her. They won’t be your friend, your significant other or (if 2001: A Space Odyssey is more your bag) your mortal enemy. But your relationships with them could have further reaching consequences than you think.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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