Reading for Racial Justice, Wyoming History, Hyperpartisan News, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, July 14, 2020

Reading for Racial Justice, Wyoming History, Hyperpartisan News, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, July 14, 2020


Insight News: U of M Press releases “Reading for Racial Justice” digital collection for free Summer reading. “On May 25, Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota became the center of attention with the death of George Floyd. It was also an open window to a curious world that wanted to learn more about African American history, race relations, and social justice. The University of Minnesota Press has released a digital collection, ‘Reading for Racial Justice,’ for free summer reading. The collection has been curated to express the intersectionality of race, food, and environmental justice.”

Senator John Barrasso: Library of Congress Celebrates Wyoming’s 130th Birthday. “On July 10, 1890, Wyoming became the 44th state of the United States. The Library of Congress has compiled a collection of state maps, art, music, teacher resources and veteran stories unique to the Cowboy State.”

NiemanLab: Hundreds of hyperpartisan sites are masquerading as local news. This map shows if there’s one near you.. “Using previous research and news reports as a guide, we’ve mapped the locations of more than 400 partisan media outlets — often funded and operated by government officials, political candidates, PACs, and political party operatives — and found, somewhat unsurprisingly, that these outlets are emerging most often in swing states, raising a concern about the ability of such organizations to fill community information needs while prioritizing the electoral value of an audience.”

Security Magazine: FTC launches new online tool for exploring military consumer data. “The Federal Trade Commission launched a new tool that explores data about problems military consumers may experience in the marketplace. For the first time, data about reports the FTC has received from active duty service members and veterans will be available online in an interactive dashboard.”


CNN: Facebook’s future keeps getting murkier. “It’s not the first time Facebook’s content moderation policies have been under the microscope, but this time feels different. Voices inside the company have publicly expressed dismay over its actions, and hundreds of corporations are using the power of their ad dollars to lobby for change from the outside. The pressure could challenge CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s long held desire to preserve free expression on the platform, especially by public figures. But Facebook’s size and power — and Zuckerberg’s outsized influence within the company — mean it’s not yet clear to what extent things might change.”

Motherboard: You Can Download the Entirety of English Wikipedia to Browse Offline. “A new archive of the entirety of English Wikipedia for Kiwix, an offline browser for web content, is now available for download to anyone who wants to browse offline or have a local backup of the online encyclopedia.”


Reuters: Kenyan museum, Mau Mau fighter shed light on British colonial abuses. “The camps, where tens of thousands are thought to have died, are a traumatic but largely forgotten part of Kenya’s past. They were set up to jail activists and sympathisers during the Mau Mau uprising of 1952-1960, in which [Gitu Wa] Kahengeri, born in the 1920s and a Secretary General of the independence movement’s Veterans Association, participated. Using eye-witness accounts, documents and field visits, Kenyan and British historians from the Museum of British Colonialism are now building an online archive of the period, complete with 3D recreations of some of the camps.”

AsiaOne: They’re kings and queens of social media – but they don’t exist. “Social media is filled with attractive individuals who pose against heavily edited backgrounds and promote aesthetically photographed products. They have turned the online realm into a curated fantasy world, one where it’s hard to discern what is real and what is artful artifice. Now, a new computer-generated species of social media influencer is taking this escapism to another level.”

The Eagle: Yoruba World Congress unveils Global Library Project. “In unveiling the project, the YWC Secretary General, Prof. Anthony Kila, explained that the YWC Global Library will have two parts: Brick and Mortar Libraries in various parts of the world starting from Ibadan and Lagos, and the Digital Library that everyone anywhere in the world can access and at any time.”


CRN: Oracle v Google copyright case slated for Supreme Court arguments. “The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday scheduled an October date to hear oral arguments in the long-running copyright dispute between Google and Oracle over development of the Android mobile operating system.”


EurekAlert: How vaping companies are use Instagram to market to young people. “E-cigarettes are highly addictive nicotine products with unclear health impacts, particularly on young people. Instagram is a visual social media platform which is wildly popular, particularly with young people. Researchers interested in public health at Aalto university in Finland studied how vaping is represented on the platform. By using artificial intelligence, they were able to analyse hundreds of thousands of posts from a 6-month period last year, and found that a large portion of posts are promoting controversial flavoured e-liquids to young audiences.”

CNET: Facebook built a new fiber-spinning robot to make internet service cheaper. “The robot rests delicately atop a power line, balanced high above the ground, almost as if it’s floating. Like a short, stocky tightrope walker, it gradually makes its way forward, leaving a string of cable in its wake. When it comes to a pole, it gracefully elevates its body to pass the roadblock and keep chugging along. This isn’t a circus robot. Facebook developed the machine to install fiber cables on medium-voltage power lines around the globe.” Good morning, Internet…

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