Canadian Protest Songs, Rembrandt Painting, Rave Ephemera, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, June 10, 2020


Complex: A Toronto Hip-Hop Professor Made a Playlist of Canadian Protest Songs. “Even as protests against racial injustice and police brutality continue to rage on across North America this weekend, there are still some who like to claim that systemic racism somehow doesn’t exist north of the border. We don’t have to tell you how idiotic that statement is—just ask Maestro, or the many other Canadian hip-hop artists who’ve been speaking out about these issues in their music over the last three decades. Echoing these sentiments, the North Side Hip Hop Archive—an ever-growing digital collection of Canadian hip-hop history and culture, spearheaded by Mark V. Campbell, a Toronto professor—recently shared an incendiary playlist showcasing tunes of resistance by Canuck artists over the years.”

CNET, from mid-May (still catching up): See Rembrandt’s The Night Watch in ‘hyper resolution’ as 44.8-gigapixel photo. “A museum in the Netherlands has published the largest, most detailed photograph ever of Rembrandt’s famed 1642 painting The Night Watch, making it possible for anyone to zoom in on the masterpiece in exquisite detail…. It’s 44.8 gigapixels (44,804,687,500 pixels) and made up of 528 exposures divided into 24 rows of 22 pictures stitched together with the help of neural networks.”

Mixmag Asia: ​Desa Potato Head unveils an online archive of 4,000+ pieces of rave ephemera. “Steve Terry’s Wild Life Archive is a world-renowned collection of ephemera, books, magazines and other related artefacts documenting dance music culture from its early origins all the way through to today’s global scene. 25 years in the making, the collection is made up of more than 4,000 items that date back to the early 1970s from as far as Paradise Garage and Hacienda to Berghain and Dekmantel.”


TechCrunch: WhatsApp resolves issue that exposed some users’ phone numbers in Google search results. “WhatsApp has resolved an issue that caused phone numbers of some of its users to appear in Google search results. The fix comes days after a researcher revealed that the phone number of WhatsApp users who created a simplified link to allow others to chat with them or join a group appeared in search results.”

UC Davis: Special performance on Facebook Live supports autism community. “The Balcony theater group, in collaboration with the UC Davis MIND Institute, is hosting a Facebook Live event in support of the autism community on June 13 at 5 pm PT. The event…, streamed on the MIND’s Facebook page, includes a 30-minute expert panel on building awareness around autism, followed by a 90-minute live performance of Through Andrew’s Eyes, a play by Oscar Cabrera featuring neuro-diverse actors.”


Bustle: How To Confront People On Social Media About Racist Comments. “Social media can feel like a minefield right now. Whether it’s your aunt digging her heels in about ‘Blue Lives Matter,’ your old college friend declaring that looting is the ‘wrong’ way to protest, or endless Twitter back-and-forth about curfews and police brutality, it can be tempting to wonder if confronting racist posts on social media can ever achieve anything. Experts say that it really does — and that standing up to racial microaggressions and subtle racist behavior online is a good way to begin change, though it’s nowhere near enough.”

Bleeping Computer: New BotSight browser extension reveals Twitter bots. “Released by the NortonLifeLock Research Group (formerly known as Symantec Research Labs), the BotSight browser extension will display a small icon and a percentage score next to each account to indicate whether it’s classified as a real person or a bot.”


AOPA: FAA Contacting Private Airport Owners To Update Data. “Almost 3,000 privately owned airports could be listed as ‘closed’ in the FAA’s online database and be removed from aeronautical charts if owners don’t verify their airport records by June 30.”

PR Week: Not just listening: Podcast monitoring tools find their place in the dashboard. “Nearly 90 million Americans are listening to podcasts each week, according to Edison Research. And while the media type has been on the scene for more than a decade, monitoring capabilities have appeared much more recently amid growing demand.”


CNN: French parliament passes law requiring social media companies delete certain content within an hour. “The French parliament passed a controversial hate speech law on Wednesday that would fine social media companies if they fail to remove certain illegal content within 24 hours — and in some cases, as little as one hour.”


New Zealand Herald: The Conversation: Google and Facebook pay way less tax in New Zealand than in Australia – and we’re paying the price. “While the internet has created new opportunities for media and audiences alike, those opportunities have come at a price. Traditional media organisations now compete with giant digital platforms, not only for the attention of readers, but also for the advertising revenue that was once their lifeblood. Adding insult to injury, the digital platforms compete for audiences’ attention partly by distributing the news content that was first created and published by those now-struggling media organisations. This not only damages the media and public discourse, it is harmful to taxpayers.”

Scientific American: The Quantum App Store Is Coming. “Currently, quantum computing researchers and enthusiasts need to know quantum programming; it’s simply a must. Soon, though, all they will need is a quantum app store and a line of code. Not an app store like in your smartphone, but similar to a code repository of today, such as GitHub—a type of digital library where software developers make the code they have written available to anyone. And in the near future, developers will be able to put in their lines of code that will call on quantum computers to deal with specific tasks a regular computer can’t.” Good morning, Internet…

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