Korean War Plane Crash, Election Deception Tracker, Google Takeout, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, September 22, 2020


Canton Citizen: New website honors 19 plane crash victims that ‘time forgot’. “An undeclared conflict that began in 1950 and ended in a stalemate in 1953, the Korean War is sometimes known as the Forgotten War. Rich Carrara, who grew up in Canton, wants to make sure that the plane crash in Tachikawa, Japan, that took the life of his brother — Air Force Sergeant and radio operator Ernest ‘Ernie’ Carrara — and four others in 1951 is not forgotten.”

MapLight: Download the Election Deception Tracker: A New Tool to Fight Online Misinformation . “With only a few clicks, the Election Deception Tracker allows users to capture content from their Facebook feeds that contains false or misleading content about the election, voting-by-mail, and other voter suppression or intimidation and send it to a team of election protection advocates who will analyze the information and push for its removal.” Looks like this is a browser extension available for Chrome and Firefox.


9to5 Google: Google Takeout now lets you select Photos albums for direct Flickr, OneDrive transfer. “Google Takeout has long let users export and download local copies of their data. With the Data Transfer Project, Google made it so that you could directly move an image library to a third-party service. Google Takeout now lets you select specific Photos albums to transfer.”


Vox Recode: How to guard your social feeds against election misinformation. “Election Day is approaching, and you’ll likely have to use your own judgment to identify misleading or downright false content on social media. So how can you prepare? Plenty of outlets have written guides to spotting misinformation on your feeds — some great resources are available at The Verge,, and the Toronto Public Library. You can go beyond that by minimizing the chance that you’ll come across misinformation in the first place (though there’s no guarantee).”


JamBase: James Taylor Announces Archival Video Series & Shares 1970 The Beatles Cover. “James Taylor announced a new archival video series. The legendary singer-songwriter also shared the first offering from the archive, a performance video of The Beatles classic ‘With A Little Help From My Friends.'”

Irish Examiner: €3m RTÉ spend on mammoth digitisation of archive footage. “RTÉ is set to spend more than €3m on the digitalisation of hundreds of thousands of video and audio recordings dating back to 1950 ‘as a matter of some urgency’. The public broadcaster has put out an invitation to tender for the mammoth task, which will be completed over the course of four years at an indicated cost of €3,225,000.” That’s about $3.7 million USD.

Mashable: 4th graders made their own clickbait headlines and they’re way better than ours. “It’s a strange world online and Ingrid Conley-Abrams — a school library director in New York City — wanted to prep her students as best she could. As a part of a lesson on media literacy and bias, Conley-Abrams created an optional assignment where kids made their own versions of clickbait. The results were delightful, brilliant, and, at times, slightly creepy.”


BNN Bloomberg: U.S.’s Google Antitrust Suit Nears With Briefing of States. “The U.S. Justice Department is poised to brief states on Wednesday on its pending antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc.’s Google, according to people familiar with the matter. By the end of September, the federal investigation into the company is expected to produce the most significant antitrust lawsuit since the U.S. case against Microsoft Corp., which was filed in 1998.”

NewsHub NZ: Social media scams: Kiwis duped by fake Facebook pages posing as legitimate tech companies. “New Zealanders are urged to exercise caution online after a number of Kiwis were duped by fraudulent Facebook pages set up by offshore scammers. New Zealand Police and the social media giant are warning the public to remain vigilant after authorities received ‘multiple reports’ in relation to a series of Facebook pages posing as authentic companies.”


The Tyee: Misinformation Was Always Dangerous. Social Media Has Turned It into a Viral Sickness. “In 1486, a German priest named Heinrich Kramer published a manual called Malleus Maleficarum or the Hammer of Witches. Kramer wrote the book as an act of revenge following his expulsion from Innsbruck by the local bishop after he tried — and failed — to convict a woman he was sexually obsessed by of satanic practices. Eventually reaching 30,000 copies, Kramer’s book detailed the theory and practice of witch persecution that catalyzed a frenzy of female torture throughout Europe and claimed at least 40,000 victims. History teaches us that indulging petty ignorance can be decidedly deadly, a lesson we ignore at our peril.”

The Walrus: How Algorithms Are Changing What We Read Online. I hate those articles that end up being sneakily horribly depressing. “LAST NOVEMBER, I stopped writing a regular column on art and culture for the Globe and Mail, my job for almost twenty years. Nobody noticed. I did not receive a single reader’s letter. I had a polite message from my section editor. He was sorry things didn’t work out and hoped we could stay in touch. The note contained no sense of symbolic occasion. I knew what I did was no longer important, either to the national culture or to the newspaper’s bottom line.”

Enterprise AI: AI and IBM Watson Score to Make ESPN Fantasy Football Trades More Fair . “Millions of ESPN Fantasy Football team ‘owners’ are now able to get help from IBM and its Watson AI computing services to ensure that the player trades they make using ESPN’s mobile apps can be completed more fairly and equitably.” Good morning, Internet…

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