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Glastonbury Festival, Police Brutality Protests, Women Elected Officials Database, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, June 23, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Vinyl Factory: Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary celebrated in online archive. “Following the cancellation of what would have been Glastonbury’s 50th edition this weekend due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the UK festival has instead launched a week-long online archive via the V&A’s website. Bringing together posters, interviews, film, photographs and other memorabilia, the archive journeys through Glastonbury’s conception, its relationship with fashion, and its stage design.”

Mashable: Amnesty International creates a map of where police brutality occurred during police brutality protests. “Released on Tuesday, the map documents 125 separate instances of police violence against protesters occurring between May 26 and June 5. With incidents recorded in 40 states as well as the District of Columbia, Amnesty International claims it is the most comprehensive human rights analysis of police violence against protesters to date.”

Newswise: The Center for American Women and Politics Launches Public Database of Women Elected Officials. “The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, is proud to announce the launch of the online CAWP Women Elected Officials Database, a first-of-its-kind tool for exploring and analyzing women’s current and historical representation in the U.S. political system. The CAWP Women Elected Officials Database includes every woman officeholder in U.S. history at the federal, statewide elected executive, and state legislative levels. This tool expands on the officeholder database that CAWP has long kept and shared with researchers, and, crucially, transforms it into a searchable, online format for public access.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNET: Pride Month: The Sims to host virtual Pride Parade on Twitch. “June marks the 50th anniversary of LGBTQI Pride Month, and during a global pandemic, many traditional in-person celebrations are moving online. In honor of Pride Month, YouTuber EnglishSimmer will host a Virtual Pride Parade livestream on The Sims’ Twitch channel. Players can submit their best Sims from the life simulation game styled for Pride to potentially be featured in the parade.”

USEFUL STUFF

Digital Inspiration: SlideCasts – Sync YouTube Videos with your Google Slides Presentation. “SlideCasts let you combine YouTube videos and Google Sides / PowerPoint presentations in a single-player. The speaker video and the slides appear side-by-side and, as the video progresses, the slides auto-change in sync with the video.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Harvard Crimson: Graduate School of Education Begins Black Teacher Archives Project. “The Black Teacher Archives, a research project archiving content about the history of African American education, was recently launched at the Graduate School of Education. Funded by a $610,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, the Black Teacher Archives seeks to ‘lay the groundwork for a dynamic digital archive to rejuvenate academic scholarship in the field of African American educational history,’ according to its grant proposal.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

US Copyright Office: Copyright Office Issues Final Rule to Create Group Registration Option for Short Online Literary Works. “The U.S. Copyright Office has issued a final rule creating a new group registration option for short online literary works such as blog entries, social media posts, and short online articles. The Office initiated this rulemaking in December 2018, when it issued a proposed rule that would allow applicants to register up to fifty short online literary works with one application and one filing fee.”

BBC: Former eBay executives charged with cyber-stalking. “Six former eBay executives and staff have been charged with cyber-stalking in a campaign against a couple who ran a newsletter critical of the company. Prosecutors allege the harassment included sending the couple live cockroaches, a bloody Halloween mask and a funeral wreath, as well as threatening messages.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Phys .org: Scientists introduce rating system to assess quality of evidence for policy. “Outlined in Nature Behavioral & Social Sciences, the Theoretical, Empirical, Applicable, and Replicable Impact (THEARI) system ranks evidence in five tiers: (1) theoretical (argument or possible explanation stated), (2) empirical (concept described but not utilized), (3) applicable (concept has been used to elicit effect), (4) replicable (effect has been repeated independently), (5) impact (effect has been appropriately replicated in practice with measurable value in real world). Unlike other evidence ranking systems used in medicine or technology, THEARI applies broadly across disciplines.”

MIT Technology Review: AI researchers say scientific publishers help perpetuate racist algorithms. “An open letter from a growing coalition of AI researchers is calling out scientific publisher Springer Nature for a conference paper it originally planned to include in its forthcoming book Transactions on Computational Science & Computational Intelligence. The paper, titled ‘A Deep Neural Network Model to Predict Criminality Using Image Processing,’ presents a face recognition system purportedly capable of predicting whether someone is a criminal, according to the original press release.” Good evening, Internet…

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