T Chowdiah, Maryland Historical Society, Twitter, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 4, 2020


New Indian Express: Memories of a maestro. “The man behind the seven-stringed violins’ is a title that is still used to describe legendary violinist T Chowdiah. Though a prominent name in music, his compositions stand the risk of being lost in the annals of history. But now the Indian Music Experience Museum (IME) aims to give people access to an online digital archive of the compositions of the violinist and music guru…. This project has been launched in association with Shankar Mahadevan Academy, which runs a digital initiative called Archive to Alive project, that keeps a record of rare compositions of Indian classical legends.”


Baltimore Fishbowl: Maryland Historical Society to relaunch as Maryland Center for History and Culture, open new exhibits. “After 176 years, the Maryland Historical Society is rebranding itself as the Maryland Center for History and Culture….The organization will also unveil a new website and visual identity on Sept. 9 to accompany its name change. With the reopening, the museum will reveal three new exhibitions, including one virtual and two in-person exhibitions.”

CNN: Twitter wants to help you understand what’s trending. “On Tuesday, Twitter announced that it’s adding pinned tweets and descriptions to better explain why something is trending.”


Washington Post: Burnout, splinter factions and deleted posts: Unpaid online moderators struggle to manage divided communities. “From Facebook, Reddit and Nextdoor to homes for more niche topics like fan fiction, many online communities and groups are kept afloat by volunteer armies of moderators. The people who moderate these groups often start as founders or enthusiastic members, interested in helping shape and police the communities they’re already a part of. They are both cleaning crew and den parent. Moderators take down spam and misinformation. They mediate petty disagreements and volatile civil wars. They carefully decide between reminding people of the rules, freezing conversations, removing members or letting drama subside on its own.”

The New Times (Rwanda): How social media is influencing the rise of brand ambassadors. “Last week, Miss Rwanda 2020 Naomie Nishimwe, signed a contract that will see her become the brand ambassador for Itel Mobile Rwanda in the next twelve months. She joins a number of local celebrities helping different companies grow their sales by tapping into the presence on social media of different celebrities including musicians Bruce Melodie and The Ben, socialite Shadia Mbabazi a.k.a Shaddyboo, footballer Yves Kimenyi, media personality Luckman Nzeyimana and Miss Rwanda 2018 finalist Claudine Uwase Muyango, among many others.”

BBC: Facebook blocks Thai access to group critical of monarchy. “Facebook has blocked access in Thailand to a million-member group discussing the monarchy, after the Thai government threatened legal action. The firm told the BBC it was preparing its own legal action to respond to the pressure from Bangkok.”


BuzzFeed News: Scammers Are Using Facebook To Prey On People In Kenya. “Early last year, Elizabeth, a salon owner in Nairobi, needed business supplies but didn’t have enough money to buy them. She thought she had found an answer when she came across a sponsored post on Facebook from a page called KWFT Loans Kenya. ‘I saw the post had a sponsored sign and there was a Kenya Women Microfinance Bank logo. I thought to myself that this is probably the actual KWFT,’ she told BuzzFeed News, referring to the Kenya Women Microfinance Bank, a reputable microfinance institution that provides loans to women. It wasn’t KWFT.”

TechCrunch: WhatsApp reveals six previously undisclosed vulnerabilities on new security site. “Facebook-owned WhatsApp has revealed six previously undisclosed vulnerabilities, which the company has now fixed. The vulnerabilities are being reported on a dedicated security advisory website that will serve as the new resource providing a comprehensive list of WhatsApp security updates and associated Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE).”


Columbia University: Facebook Can Do More Than Just Ban Political Advertising a Week Before the Election. “It’s no secret that the U.S. electoral system needs to change: turnout is low compared to other democracies and we still haven’t established basic rules such as weekend and universal mail-in voting. Citizens United and other court decisions have allowed dark money and large corporate interests to finance political campaigns. The Federal Election Commission is paralyzed and has been for years. The Honest Ads Act, which would force source disclosure of online political advertising, has not passed Congress and some local laws attempting to require such disclosure have been struck down by the courts. Shockingly, online political advertising is still unregulated in the U.S., and it’s beyond time for Facebook, now a major source of political news, to mend its ways of doing business without waiting for government regulation.”

WRAL: New research: Answering a robocall won’t make it worse. “They call constantly. When you accidentally answer, you’re certain you just set yourself up to get more robocalls. But that may not be the case, according to new research from an expert at NC State.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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