Chicago Photojournalism, Election Disinformation, Slack, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 11, 2020


Chicago Sun-Times: Lost and Found. “In December 2017, an executive from the Chicago History Museum opened a 30-by-30-foot storage locker in Dixon and found more than 225 containers inside it containing roughly 5 million negative frames from Chicago Sun-Times photographs…. [as of] Friday, 45,000 Sun-Times images are available for the public to view on the museum’s website, and archivists plan to add a few thousand images every month as they scan more negatives. People can purchase copies of these images online under a licensing deal between the Sun-Times and the museum.”


NiemanLab: First Draft launches a text message course to help inoculate users against U.S. election misinformation. “Sensing (correctly) that people are fatigued with online trainings, First Draft has rolled out ‘Protection from deception,’ a free two-week text message course to help people prepare for election misinformation ahead of November.”


CNN: 7 tips to make you a Slack power user. “If you’re a frequent or even casual user of Slack, you likely know the basics: how to set a status, pin a message, create a new channel or send a gif of a cute puppy or a disappearing Homer Simpson But there are less obvious tips and tricks, from keyboard shortcuts to features like polls, that will make your life easier — and impress your colleagues.”

Search Engine Journal: A Beginner’s Guide to Inbound Links: What Are They & How to Get More of Them. “Inlinks, backlinks, inbound links.They all mean the same thing – someone else’s web property is linking to yours. A hyperlink from one webpage to another. A simple, integral part of the internet. Spend any time in the SEO industry and you would think links directly equal profit. Some SEO pros spend their entire careers specializing in obtaining links. Why are they so sought after and how can you get them?”


Scoop New Zealand: Canterbury Earthquake Resources Find A Permanent Home. “Lessons learned from the Canterbury earthquakes will be shared widely and preserved for the future when a collection of reports and information moves to a new digital home. The Government’s Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Learning and Legacy Programme – which collected over 200 online items – is being transferred to the University of Canterbury’s CEISMIC – Canterbury Earthquakes Digital Archive.”

Flanders Today: Ghent citizens will co-create new archive of cultural heritage. “A project to build a digital collection of the shared cultural heritage of Ghent’s citizens has been given nearly €5 million by the European Union. Once complete, the Gentenaar Collection will have a permanent home in the city’s Design Museum. The first phase of the project will build a digital archive of Ghent’s cultural heritage, which will then be presented in three different neighbourhoods, representing the diversity of the city. Locals will be invited to browse this archive, comment on it and add objects or stories of their own.”


New York Times: Business Leaders Urge Trump to Leave DACA Alone After Court Ruling. “Executives with companies including Target, Apple, Google and Facebook warned the president that any actions related to DACA would disrupt the economy and affect the battle against the coronavirus.”

LiveMint (India): Army expands list of social media apps banned for use among personnel . “The Indian Army has expanded the list of social media apps, many with China origin, banned for use among its million plus strong personnel. Besides the 59 Chinese apps that have been banned across the country, the Army has prohibited the use of video and live streaming apps, including Zoom and Vmate, gaming apps like PUBG besides some e-commerce, news, music and anti-virus apps.”


EPFL: A secure, decentralized search engine for journalists. “An EPFL laboratory has developed Datashare Network, a decentralized search engine paired with a secure messaging system that allows investigative journalists to exchange information securely and anonymously. An scientific article on this subject will be presented during the Usenix Security Symposium which will be held online from August 12 to 14.”

Brookings Institution: How misinformation spreads on Twitter. “We examined millions of Twitter posts for events, such as mass shootings, that result in a large, international online response. A single tweet contains more than 150 data variables including the time the tweet was posted, the tweet text, the Twitter handle, locations, and more.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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