Mass Observation Project, Black History Oklahoma, Google, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, July 12, 2020


Adam Matthew Digital: Adam Matthew Digital publishes the first module of Mass Observation Project: 1981-2009. “This first of three modules covers the 1980s and is a fascinating source of personal diaries and first-hand accounts from a diverse range of ‘mass observers’ in Britain. The material consists of responses to questionnaires, referred to as directives, and covers a broad range of topics from global politics and events such as the emergence of AIDS and the Cold War; to details of the wonderful and the mundane in the everyday lives of individual responders. This range of topics makes it a truly rich source of primary source content on British social history.”

KOCO News: Project CommUNITY: Oklahoma Historical Society launches new tool to learn about Black history . “The Oklahoma Historical Society has launched a new tool that will help people learn about Black history in the Sooner State. The new section of the Oklahoma Historical Society’s website offers learning opportunities about the events and people that helped shape the state’s history.”


Mashable: Google bans ads for products that people use to stalk partners . “In its latest advertising policy update, Google announced that “stalkerware” apps will not be able to advertise through Google anymore starting Aug. 11. In case you aren’t aware, that’s a particularly odious class of software that is largely associated with abusive partners who want to stalk the movements and activities of their significant others.”

New York Times: Facebook Fails to Appease Organizers of Ad Boycott. “Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s two top executives, met with civil rights groups on Tuesday in an attempt to mollify them over how the social network treats hate speech on its site. But Mr. Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, and Ms. Sandberg, the chief operating officer, failed to win its critics over.”

TechNode: Social media site Weibo to heavily restrict external links. “Weibo, one of China’s biggest social media platforms, said that it will start to block user links to all but a select number of websites within weeks, in an effort to fight fraud.”


Search Engine Journal: 15 Facebook Live Best Practices to Boost Views & Engagement. “Shy on camera? No problem! Follow these 15 Facebook Live best practices to get maximum views, engagement, and leads from your live videos.”


CNN: As Twitter and Facebook find fake networks of accounts, are they merely scratching the surface?. “So: Another day, another mass-removal of bogus social profiles that manipulated the public. This is ‘probably only scratching the surface of the shady political tactics being used,’ Donie O’Sullivan pointed out Wednesday night. ‘A good reminder that what you see on Facebook might not be what it seems.’ Yes — but it’s almost impossible to know just how big the proverbial iceberg is. How much of what looks like ‘engagement’ on the web is actually ‘fraud?'”

Mashable: Netflix drops ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ evidence on Reddit to help internet sleuths solve cases. “Netflix’s recent revival of the beloved Unsolved Mysteries series is a hit, with the show appearing on the site’s Top 10 Most Watched list since premiering. While a lot has changed in the reboot itself, the biggest change is arguably how the show now exists in a world with Reddit sleuths.”

Ithaca Voice: Grant to fund creation of digital archive for local poetry press. “Ithaca has its roots in poetry — named after the Greek island in ‘Odyssey,’ Homer’s epic poem, it is no surprise Ithaca has historically had a lively literary scene. Now, some of the history of Ithaca’s literary community will become more accessible via the creation of a digital archive for Ithaca House Press.”


Neowin: EU wants the U.S. to come back to the table on digital taxes. “The European Union has asked the United States to come back to the negotiation table to discuss the issue of digital taxation. The EU said that it wanted the talks to take place at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) but that if those talks fell through, would be willing to make a new proposal at the EU level.”


University of Kansas: Study examines how Vietnamese journalists use social media. “Social media plays a large role in today’s journalism practices, from media personalities sharing headlines to reporting what the president tweeted. In non-Western countries, social media and digital technology are changing the face of journalism as well, but in different ways and through different platforms. A new study from the University of Kansas explores how journalists in Vietnam view their professional roles, how they use Facebook in their work and why they defy assumptions about state-run media.”

University of Hawai’i News: Facebook improves some aspects of sheltered homeless lives, UH research shows. “By using the Facebook social networking platform, sheltered homeless in Hawaiʻi can improve their lives in ways ranging from online job searches to strengthening their connections with family and friends. That was the finding from a research team led by Wayne Buente, an associate professor in the School of Communications in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Social Sciences (CSS). The paper was published in the International Journal of Communication.” Good morning, Internet…

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