Zimoun, Anti-Racism, Kent State Shootings, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, June 4, 2020


FAD Magazine: Swiss artist Zimoun to premiere audio performance online. “The NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Art Gallery has announced the rollout of its second digital archive: the ZIMOUN exhibition. Going live on June 9, ZIMOUN is the second in a series of launches inviting the public to reunite with curators and artists as part of TRACE: Archives and Reunions. To mark each launch, The NYUAD Art Gallery will host a reunion with the artist. For this reunion, Swiss artist Zimoun will premiere a new work composed specifically for the Gallery’s online audience: a sound performance, to be experienced at home, with headphones, in the dark.”

Transylvania University: Transylvania library publishes anti-racism resource list. “Beth Carpenter, Transylvania University’s user services and instruction librarian, hails from the south side of Minneapolis — so the death of George Floyd struck close to home. It was the same with Louisville’s Breonna Taylor, now that Carpenter lives in Kentucky. The anger and helplessness she feels over those fateful events — emotions that many share, regardless of where they live — helped motivate her to publish a list of anti-racism resources on the Douglas Gay Jr./Frances Carrick Thomas Library website.”

Cleveland .com: See and hear how people remember May 4, 1970. “A new website developed by two Kent State University professors maps out the events that lead to the campus shooting on Monday, May 4, 1970 and its aftermath. MappingMay4 features remembrances from students, faculty and staff, Kent residents and National Guardsmen from the May 4 Collection at the Kent State Special Collection and Archives.”

University of Alaska Fairbanks: Online tool allows fast, free natural-hazard visualization. “This spring, a team of scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Alaska Satellite Facility released SARVIEWS 2.0, a free online service to monitor data from earthquakes and volcanoes. SARVIEWS and its update, SARVIEWS 2.0, are automated tools that allow scientists, the public and emergency management professionals to monitor and analyze natural hazards in near real time. The tool creates products from images of the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1 radar remote sensing satellites and makes them available through a dedicated interface. From the time of data collection, it typically takes SARVIEWS only a few hours to make maps or other visualizations available.”


CNN: Facebook will start labeling pages and posts from state-controlled media. “The labels will immediately start appearing on pages belonging to outlets such as state-run Russia Today and China’s Xinhua. Starting next week, users in the United States will start to see the label appear on these outlets’ individual posts — labels that will eventually be introduced in other countries.”

TechCrunch: All Facebook users can now access a tool to port data to Google Photos. “Facebook’s photo transfer tool is now available globally half a year on from an initial rollout in Europe, the company said today. The data portability feature enables users of the social network to directly port a copy of their photos to Google’s eponymous photo storage service via encrypted transfer, rather than needing to download and manually upload photos themselves — thereby reducing the hassle involved with switching to a rival service.”

BetaNews: Tor Browser 9.5 arrives with the option to automatically switch to more secure Onion versions of sites. “Increasing numbers of internet users are becoming aware of the privacy and security implications of being online, and it is for this reason that secure browsers such as Tor are growing in popularity. Now, with the release of Tor Browser 9.5, the browser features an option that can automatically switch to the secure .onion version of a site if one is available.”


New York Times: Zuckerberg Defends Hands-Off Approach to Trump’s Posts. “…in trying to placate everyone, Mr. Zuckerberg has failed to appease almost anyone. Facebook employees have continued criticizing their employer on Twitter, LinkedIn and on their personal Facebook pages. Some circulated petitions calling for change. On Monday, hundreds of workers participated in the virtual ‘walkout’ by refusing to work and setting their automated messages to one of protest.”

BBC: Facebook removes ‘inauthentic’ George Floyd groups. “BBC News had highlighted some suspicious groups had switched their focus to call for justice for the black man killed in police custody. Some, run by accounts seemingly based in Vietnam or Bangladesh, had posted misleading images. And others had previously focused on coronavirus, 5G conspiracies and support for US President Donald Trump. A Facebook spokesman said it had ‘removed the vast majority of them, for violating our policies’.”


BNN Bloomberg: Google search a target of U.S. antitrust probes, rival says. “U.S. federal and state authorities are asking detailed questions about how to limit Google’s power in the online search market as part of their antitrust investigations into the tech giant, according to rival DuckDuckGo Inc. Gabriel Weinberg, chief executive officer of the privacy-focused search engine, said he has spoken with state regulators, and talked with the U.S. Justice Department as recently as a few weeks ago.”

Reuters: Google faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking ‘private’ internet use. “Google was sued on Tuesday in a proposed class action accusing the internet search company of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by pervasively tracking their internet use through browsers set in ‘private’ mode. The lawsuit seeks at least $5 billion (4 billion pounds), accusing the Alphabet Inc unit of surreptitiously collecting information about what people view online and where they browse, despite their using what Google calls Incognito mode.”


New Zealand Herald: The 11 words most commonly misspelled in Google searches. “‘Separate’ is the most misspelled word on Google, according to data that analysed searches from around the world in the past year. The most common misspelling of the word is ‘seperate’ which was searched 92,000 times in the past month alone.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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