Virtual Museum of Art, Google Docs, Instagram Reels, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, August 6, 2020


Jakarta Post: World’s first fully interactive virtual museum to open on Aug. 14. “While art institutions across the world have developed virtual spaces to contend with the restrictions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, the Virtual Online Museum of Art (VOMA) is scheduled to open on August 14. The digital museum, curated by London-based art dealer Lee Cavaliere, will feature masterpieces on loan from international institutions such as Musée d’Orsay, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.”


TNW: Google adds Smart Compose to Docs, Sheets, and Slides on Android and iOS. “Google today announced it’s bringing a slew of updates to its Docs, Sheets, and Slides mobile apps — among which is Smart Compose. The apps will also get some minor updates including Dark Mode (yay).”


CNET: Instagram Reels is TikTok video for Insta. Here’s how to use it. “Instagram now has a new way for you to show off your creativity. The social media platform on Wednesday launched its TikTok competitor Reels, which lets you film, edit and post 15-second videos in the Instagram app. Reels, available now in the US, looks like it’ll give social media influencers and other creators a new way to make and share short-form content.”


Media Matters: YouTube terminates anti-vaccine figure Del Bigtree’s account after he pushed dangerous coronavirus and vaccine misinformation. “Following Media Matters’ reporting, YouTube terminated the account for anti-vaccine figure Del Bigtree’s online show The HighWire, where he had repeatedly encouraged viewers to intentionally contract COVID-19 and pushed other dangerous medical misinformation. In a statement to Media Matters, a spokesperson for YouTube confirmed his account was pulled for violating the platform’s policies. Bigtree’s show is also broadcast on Facebook, where it remains available for streaming.”

Reuters: Google pulls 2,500 China-linked YouTube channels over disinformation. “Google says it has deleted more than 2,500 YouTube channels tied to China as part of its effort to weed out disinformation on the videosharing platform. The Alphabet-owned company said the channels were removed between April and June ‘as part of our ongoing investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to China.'”

BBC: Banned protesters send #ZimbabweanLivesMatter viral. “Could a social media hashtag – tapping into the energy and anger of the global #BlackLivesMatter phenomenon – help achieve in Zimbabwe what years of street protests, strikes and political campaigns have so clearly failed to do? Over the last few days, in response to a particularly brutal, public, widespread, and on-going clampdown by security forces, the hashtag #ZimbabweanLivesMatter has gone viral, globally.”


Knight First Amendment Institute: Knight Institute Sues President for Continuing to Block Twitter Critics. “The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University today filed a lawsuit against President Trump and his staff for continuing to block critics from the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account. The legal action was filed on behalf of five individuals who remain blocked two years after a federal court held—in an earlier case brought by the Knight Institute—that the president’s Twitter account is a public forum and the president violated the First Amendment by blocking people on the basis of viewpoint.”

US Department of Justice: Pasadena Man Indicted by Grand Jury in Cyberstalking Case Alleging Online and Mailed Threats to Injure, Rape and Kill 10 Victims. “A federal grand jury this afternoon returned a 26-count indictment that charges a Pasadena man with making a series of detailed threats to harm, rape and kill 10 victims he met in various social and business settings. Samuel Trelawney Hughes, 31, who is a citizen of the United Kingdom, was charged with seven counts of stalking, nine counts of making online threats, three counts of mailing threatening communications, and seven counts of witness tampering.”

USA Today: Did you use Google+? You may be owed some money from class-action privacy settlement. “If you used Google+, the now-defunct social network started by Google to take on Facebook, you may be eligible for a small piece of a court-mandated $7.5 million privacy settlement. However, before you get excited, know that all it’s worth to you is anywhere from $5 to $12. You’ll have to file for your piece, and in return, get a free, cheap lunch, or maybe a cup of coffee.”


Arizona State University: Create your own planetary adventure with ASU’s new 3D terrain app. “… the Mars Space Flight Facility teamed up recently with Assistant Professor Robert LiKamWa and graduate student Lauren Gold of the Meteor Studio in ASU’s School of Arts Media and Engineering to launch a new smartphone app called JMARS AR Viewer. In developing the app, they were assisted by ASU undergraduates Hannah Bartolomea and Shaun Xiong, and Hamilton High School student Alexander Gonzalez. Downloadable for free from the Apple and Android stores, the JMARS AR Viewer allows users to virtually project planetary terrains from Mars, Mercury, Earth and the moon onto their physical environment.”

Phys .org: Citizen scientists help geologists to identify earthquakes and tectonic tremors. “Tens of thousands of seismic stations around the world continuously record local seismic activity, with an output that is far beyond what scientists can process. Here, researchers from Northwestern University have called over 2,000 citizen scientists to the rescue for the crowd-based analysis of seismic recordings, rendered into audiovisual format, through the program Earthquake Detective on the Open-Science platform Zooniverse. They show that citizens are at least as accurate as machine learning, and can even identify tectonic tremors, which previously was only possible for trained professionals.”

ScienceBlog: Algorithm Finds Hidden Connections Between Paintings At The Met. “Inspired by a special exhibit ‘Rembrandt and Velazquez’ in the Rijksmuseum, the new ‘MosAIc’ system finds paired or ‘analogous’ works from different cultures, artists, and media by using deep networks to understand how ‘close’ two images are. In that exhibit, the researchers were inspired by an unlikely, yet similar pairing: Francisco de Zurbarán’s ‘The Martyrdom of Saint Serapion’ and Jan Asselijn’s ‘The Threatened Swan,’ two works that portray scenes of profound altruism with an eerie visual resemblance.” Good morning, Internet…

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