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Canada Indigenous Communities, University of North Carolina, Western Australia Heritage, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, June 22, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Aldergrove Star: Royal BC Museum uploads 16,103 photographs depicting Indigenous communities to online database. “The Royal BC Museum has opened up to the public 16,103 historical photographs depicting Indigenous communities from across B.C. that were taken between the late 1800s and the 1970s.”

University of North Carolina: New Student-curated Online Exhibition Looks at Women’s Experiences at Carolina. “‘Climbing the Hill: Women in the History of UNC’ focuses on women’s experiences at Carolina, covering a range of intersectional topics, including sexuality, race and age. The exhibition’s timeline begins before the admittance of the first female student, Mary McRae, in 1897, with artifacts including a dance card that men used to record their dance partners’ names when attending balls. Not only does the exhibition encompass the lives of women who lived on the Carolina campus, but it also looks at faculty, staff and the surrounding community. An example of this scope is a selection of books published by a 1970s and 1980s Carrboro-based children’s literature publishing company called Lollipop Power, Inc.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Government of Western Australia: New platform promoting treasures from across WA goes live. “Collections WA’ is live. This new digital platform will share regional and community Western Australia’s extensive collection of cultural, creative and natural material with a world-wide audience. Developed as part of the McGowan Government’s $1 million election commitment to promote regional museums and collections, ‘Collections WA’ is a shared resource that can be used by every community collecting institution across Western Australia. It will share the stories of our unique environment, history, culture, and identity.”

Google Blog: Google for Nonprofits expands to ten more countries. “Google for Nonprofits is now available in 67 countries, receiving over 1,000 new applications each week from organizations around the world. After last month’s expansion, we chatted with a few nonprofits to see how they’re using Google for Nonprofits.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: 5 Free Multi-Game Apps and Websites to Play With Friends Online. “There’s nothing like challenging a buddy to a game to get your competitive juices flowing. Here are some of the best multi-game apps and websites to play with friends online. Instead of downloading several different apps or signing up for lots of websites, the simpler way is to use apps that already have multiple games in them. One account, many games, and the ability to play with friends—what’s not to like about that? From playing card games online with friends to recreating tabletop games, strap in for some player vs. player action.”

CNET: Yes, you absolutely can download Twitter videos to your phone and computer. Here’s how. “A lot of videos have been circulating on Twitter in the past two weeks, from countless protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement to the far opposite end of the spectrum: cute dog videos and silly hijinks. When a colleague asked if it’s possible to save these videos to the phone or laptop — for historical reference or to share with family and friends outside of the Twitter bubble, I got to work finding out how.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Man of Many: 9-Eyes Captures Human Beings in Their Natural Habitat. “Named for the nine cameras that the Google Street View cars use, the 9-Eyes blog is an homage to just how beautifully weird our world is. It has been a massive undertaking, years in the process, but amongst the sea of mundane and boring photos, there are plenty of gems. You’ll find everything from kids playing in the streets, to military personnel riding in the back of a jeep with fully automatic weapons. Animals make an appearance, including a tiger walking across an empty parking lot, or a monkey sitting on a wall taking in the view. Vignettes of everyday life are presented without any context, often leaving you wondering what the story is behind the image that was captured.”

New York Times: Where Black Lives Matter Protesters Stream Live Every Day: Twitch. “When Shawn Whiting began documenting the protests over George Floyd’s death late last month, he started by posting photos and videos on Twitter and livestreaming marches on the social media service. But Mr. Whiting, 32, a video game designer in Seattle, quickly decided that Twitter’s video and audio quality wasn’t good enough. So he checked out other sites and settled on Twitch, a platform known for broadcasting video game play.”

CNN: Some Facebook groups created to protest lockdowns are now hotbeds for misinformation. “Earlier this spring, as some Americans increasingly tired of stay-at-home orders during the pandemic, groups began cropping up on Facebook demanding that state officials reopen the economy. Some of these groups, which researchers say total in the hundreds on Facebook, echoed rhetoric by President Donald Trump and quickly gained a massive following, in some cases adding thousands of members a day. But even after all 50 states have moved to reopen their economies in recent weeks, engagement within these Facebook groups remains high. Now, instead of focusing on calls to end the lockdowns, many of these groups are increasingly becoming hotbeds of conspiracy theories and misinformation for other issues, according to researchers who track their activities.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

NBC News: Twitter, Facebook remove ‘racist baby’ video posted by Trump . “Facebook and Twitter both removed a video on Friday of a ‘racist baby’ posted to President Trump’s social media accounts the previous day, in response to a copyright claim from one of the children’s parents. Twitter labeled the video tweeted by President Donald Trump on Thursday night as ‘manipulated media’ because it attributes to news media a nonexistent story on race.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Nieman Lab: Americans don’t think misleading political ads should be on social media. (They also don’t trust platforms to remove them.). “People worldwide think Facebook should block political ads. The Reuters Institute for Journalism’s annual Digital News Report came out this week; we covered it broadly here, but I waited for this column to delve into the fake news stuff. Here are a few findings.”

Washington Post: Zuckerberg says he’s ‘disgusted’ by Trump’s rhetoric. It’s just crocodile tears.. “‘The Travels of Sir John Mandeville’ was a supposed memoir that Christopher Columbus used as a reference guide despite the book’s fantastical tales of journeys across oceans and treks through strange and beguiling lands. The author described one destination where crocodiles would slay men and weep while devouring their flesh. I was reminded of Mandeville’s crying crocodiles while reading the fable in which Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg unconvincingly assured Americans he was ‘deeply shaken and disgusted by Trump’s incendiary rhetoric’ — which Zuckerberg’s website promotes and profits from every second of every day.”

Geographical: Data discoveries: could social media become a tool to study economic recovery?. “In flagrant disregard of government advice, many American citizens took to the streets in April to claim that draconian lockdown measures impinged on their civil liberties, and more prominently, their businesses. To combat the financial peril of small businesses, the UK government will have to borrow an unprecedented 38 per cent of the year’s GDP if social distancing measures are in place until the end of 2020, according to the Resolution Foundation. As uncertainty rages, it’s vital to understand how economies recover from crises.” Good morning, Internet…

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