African-American Gospel Music, Google Kids Space, Chadwick Boseman, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 1, 2020


Digital Library of Georgia; Decades of episodes of Augusta, Georgia’s pioneering African American gospel television program Parade of Quartets now available freely online. “Parade of Quartets, broadcast on WJBF-TV in Augusta, Georgia since 1954, is a rare example of a sustained African American media presence on a southern television affiliate. Hundreds of well-known Black gospel musicians such as Shirley Caesar, Dottie Peoples, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, the Dixie Hummingbirds, and the Swanee Quintet have appeared on the program. In the last few decades, the program’s content has expanded to include local and national African American political leaders’ appearances. Some of them appear in the digitized materials, which cover the period from 1980 to 2011.”


The Verge: Google’s Kids Space aims to make Android tablets more kid-friendly. “There are a number of tablets out there that offer content specifically for children, such as Amazon’s Fire HD Kids Edition line. There are also various third-party parental control apps that families can download. Kids Space stands out in that it will be built into a number of Android tablets — not just tablets designed for kids.”

Elite Daily: Chadwick Boseman Has The Most-Liked Tweet Ever Following His Death. “Chadwick Boseman’s death due to colon cancer sent shockwaves through social media, and the sheer amount of engagement the announcement on Twitter has received is a testament to that. Following his death, Chadwick Boseman has the most-liked Tweet ever. The social media company announced the news on Saturday, Aug. 29, just one day after the announcement was posted to Boseman’s account.” The tweet had seven million “likes” as of Sunday, August 30.


MIT Technology Review: Explainer: What do political databases know about you?. “American citizens are inundated with political messages—on social networks, in their news feeds, through email, text messages, and phone calls. It’s not an accident that people get bombarded: political groups prefer a ‘multimodal’ voter contact strategy, where they use many platforms and multiple attempts to persuade a citizen to engage with their cause or candidate. An ad is followed by an email, which is followed by a text message—all designed to reinforce the message. These strategies are employed by political campaigns, political action committees, advocacy groups, and nonprofits alike. These different groups are subject to very different rules and regulations, but they all rely on capturing and devouring data about millions of people in America.”


Kyodo News: FEATURE: Museums to unite in preserving Japanese sports history. “A sports museum in Tokyo is leading the way in the creation of a network with similar organizations across Japan, aiming to protect and preserve valuable pieces of the nation’s athletic history. That there is no shared system under which the pieces of memorabilia, including medals and reference materials, are organized is a major concern to people working at museums. Additionally, there is no universal list maintained by any public organization that indicates which institution holds any particular object.”

DeseretNews: Internet archivists have remastered MTV’s first broadcast. Will it get taken down?. “Back in May, members of the Internet Archive, a nonprofit online library, uploaded a massive amount of early MTV broadcasts from 1981 to 1991. It didn’t last long, as the content was taken down, likely for copyright reasons. An anonymous Internet Archive user is giving it another try. The user recently uploaded remastered audio and video of the first four hours of MTV — which originally aired on Aug. 1, 1981.”


Economic Times: Officials debate whether India should have its own social media content moderation rules. “India provides immunity, or safe harbour, to intermediaries under Section 79(2) of the I-T Act on the condition that the platforms do not modify the content in any form. India is concerned about the lack of transparency around the moderation practices followed by social media platforms.”

Reuters: Google says Denmark is reviewing its taxes there. “Danish tax authorities have initiated a review of Google’s accounts in Denmark to determine whether the tech giant has any outstanding tax obligation, the company said on Monday. Google’s Danish unit, Google Denmark Aps, said in its financial report for 2019 that tax authorities had ‘commenced a review of the open tax years concerning the company’s tax position’.”


Purdue University: New theory hints at more efficient way to develop quantum algorithms. “The new theory, described in a paper published in the journal Advanced Quantum Technologies, is the first known attempt to determine which quantum states can be created and processed with an acceptable number of quantum gates to outperform a classical algorithm. Physicists refer to this concept of having the right number of gates to control each state as ‘complexity.’ Since the complexity of a quantum algorithm is closely related to the complexity of quantum states involved in the algorithm, the theory could therefore bring order to the search for quantum algorithms by characterizing which quantum states meet that complexity criteria.”

Arizona State University: Study finds brief exposure to ‘fake news’ can affect beliefs on climate change. “Exposure to fake news about climate change may impact people’s belief in human-caused climate change and weaken their perceptions of the scientific consensus on climate change. New research from Arizona State University Assistant Professor Caitlin Drummond evaluates how a short exposure to fake news headlines affects people’s scientific beliefs and attitudes.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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