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Blackbandcamp, Google, Facebook, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 22, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Vinyl Factory: Discover over 2000 Black artists and labels on Bandcamp on this new website. “Alongside name, location and genre filters, Blackbandcamp allows users to use a ‘random shuffle’ feature to discover new artists and music. Spanning over 2,000 Black artists and Black labels on Bandcamp at the time of writing, the website will be continually updated.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

FashionUnited: Google partners with WWF on fashion sustainability platform. “Google has announced a partnership with WWF Sweden to help create an environmental data platform that will enable more sustainability in the fashion industry. The new data-enriched, decision-making platform aims to help drive responsible sourcing decisions in the fashion industry, by combining Google Cloud’s technical capacity, including big-data analysis and machine learning with WWF’s knowledge of assessing raw materials.”

CNN: Patagonia joins growing Facebook advertiser boycott over the site’s failure to stop ‘hateful lies and dangerous propaganda’. “Patagonia, the outdoor apparel brand, said it will join a growing advertising boycott of Facebook and Instagram being led by a coalition of civil rights groups. The boycott, which is known as #StopHateForProfit, was driven by Facebook’s failure to act against ‘hateful lies and dangerous propaganda,’ the company said.”

USEFUL STUFF

Lifehacker: How to Create a Watchlist Directly In Google Search. “Sure, assembling a list of things you’d like to see is simple when you’re just using one streaming service, but if you’ve doubled down on your options or have taken advantage of a free trial or two, keeping track of what interests you on all of them can be a bit overwhelming.”

Make Tech Easier: How to Set Up a Tor Proxy with Raspberry Pi . “Are you worried about online privacy? Perhaps you’re concerned with protecting your personal information from online marketers and advertisers who may want to use your data without your permission or sell your information to a third party. Regardless of your motivations, the Tor network is one of the most popular ways to avoid all forms of online surveillance. You will learn here how to set up a Tor proxy on Raspberry Pi and use it to automatically route your traffic via Tor every time you connect to your home network.”

Online Journalism Blog: A journalist’s introduction to network analysis. “Network analysis offers enormous potential for journalism: able to tease out controversial connections and curious clusters, and to make visible that which we could not otherwise see, it’s also often about relationships and power. It is both a data journalism technique and an open source intelligence (OSINT) technique — and yet it is relatively underused in both, most likely because the tools to do network analysis have only become accessible in the last few years.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

BBC: TikTok: Fears videos may ‘trigger eating disorders’. “Social media app TikTok could encourage unhealthy relationships with food and trigger people who have suffered eating disorders, campaigners have said. The video app is one of the most popular in the world, with more than 800m users – 41% of those users between the age of 16 and 24. But there are fears some of the content glamorises eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.”

New York Times: Social Media Giants Support Racial Justice. Their Products Undermine It.. “The problem is that, while these shows of support were well intentioned, they didn’t address the way that these companies’ own products — Facebook, Twitter and YouTube — have been successfully weaponized by racists and partisan provocateurs, and are being used to undermine Black Lives Matter and other social justice movements. It’s as if the heads of McDonald’s, Burger King and Taco Bell all got together to fight obesity by donating to a vegan food co-op, rather than by lowering their calorie counts.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Tom’s Guide: How quickly does an unprotected database get found online? Less than 9 hours. “What happens when a database full of vital personal information is left unprotected on the internet? Potential data thieves find it within hours, says hybrid tech blog/research team/VPN affiliate reseller Comparitech.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

EurekAlert: Artificial intelligence enhances brain tumor diagnosis. “A new machine learning approach classifies a common type of brain tumour into low or high grades with almost 98% accuracy, researchers report in the journal IEEE Access. Scientists in India and Japan, including from Kyoto University’s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), developed the method to help clinicians choose the most effective treatment strategy for individual patients.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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