William Greaves, WWII Photography, Slack, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, October 8, 2020


Hyperallergic: Now Is the Perfect Time to Learn About William Greaves. “An active filmmaker for nearly 50 years before his death in 2014, William Greaves was continually at the forefront of Black independent directors in the US. He was a vital contributor to the long-running public affairs show Black Journal (episodes of which are archived online), and directed numerous short and feature documentaries about the Civil Rights Movement and Black American life….Recently, under the supervision of Greaves’s widow Louise and avant-garde filmmaker Su Friedrich, a new website dedicated to his work has launched.”

Northern Arizona University: Martin-Springer Institute’s new online exhibit shows World War II Europe from a GI’s view. “James Kuykendall was an amateur photographer who documented his 1942-46 tour through southwest Germany and other Nazi-occupied territories in more than 500 pictures. The collection came to the Martin-Springer Institute after Carol Wittmeier, a physical therapist then living in California, heard that Kuykendall’s descendants were unsure of what to do with the photographs and were considering throwing them out.”


The Verge: Slack is getting Instagram-like stories and push-to-talk audio calls for the pandemic era. “Slack is getting ready to introduce Instagram-like stories and push-to-talk audio into its communications software before the end of 2020. Both additions are born out of the shift to remote working during the pandemic era we’re all adjusting to. Slack is hoping these features might cut down on constant video calls or inefficient text conversations, and bring back the impromptu office interactions most people haven’t experienced for months.”

Washington Post: Parler and Gab, two conservative social media sites, keep alleged Russian disinformation up, despite report. “A mysterious European named Leo has offered a stream of familiar — and completely false — right-wing talking points on Parler, a social media site favored by conservatives: Mail-in voting amounts to fraud. Left-wing activists somehow infected President Trump with the coronavirus. His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, is a ‘sexual predator.’ What makes Leo’s assertions noteworthy, however, is that last week his account was identified as a key asset in an alleged Russian disinformation campaign that has been purged from three mainstream social media platforms. But two others, Parler and the far-right Gab, continue to host accounts that reportedly are part of the operation…”


Dev: How to Use Google Sheets as a Database (Responsibly). “While database technology and other tools have come a long way, it’s still tough to beat the humble spreadsheet’s versatility and intuitiveness. While using them for sensitive, critical applications like storing COVID-19 patient data is ill-advised, the fact that everyone knows how to use a spreadsheet means they’re great for smaller cross-functional projects where a non-developer might need to examine or edit data. In this guide, I’ll show you how to use Google Sheets as a database, complete with an API interface accessible over HTTP.”


KTRE: Texas Film Commission announces statewide Texas Film Round-Up. “The Texas Film Commission (TFC) today announced that the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) is offering a statewide Texas Film Round-Up mail-in event for the entire month of October. Individuals, businesses, and institutions are invited to submit their Texas-related films and videotapes to TAMI for free digitization in exchange for contributing a digital copy of their materials for possible inclusion in TAMI’s online archive.”

Mint: Pressure mounts on Google to soften its stance in India. “Technology giant Google is being prompted to soften its stance in India after pushback from startup founders in the country over its policies. Some startups are already looking at alternative listing for their apps through Android Application Package (APK) downloads on their websites. There are instances such as fantasy sports platform Dream11 getting 100 million users without listing on Google Play Store, the founders said.”

TechCrunch: Golden raises $14.5M to build a wiki-style database of tech knowledge . “When Golden launched last year, founder and CEO Jude Gomila told me that his goal was to create a knowledge base focused on areas where Wikipedia’s coverage is often spotty, particularly emerging technology and startups.”


Al-Monitor: Facebook rebuffs Turkey’s controversial social media law. “Facebook told Turkish civil society members it would not comply with Ankara’s new social media law over concerns it would limit free speech rights, setting the stage for possible fines and access blocks on the platform as other social media companies consider their options.”

NPR: Judge Orders Twitter To Unmask FBI Impersonator Who Set Off Seth Rich Conspiracy. “A federal judge in California has ordered that Twitter reveal the identity of an anonymous user who allegedly fabricated an FBI document to spread a conspiracy theory about the killing of Seth Rich, the Democratic National Committee staffer who died in 2016.”

New York Times: American Could Face Prison in Thailand After Posting Negative Reviews of a Resort. “An American man who lives in Thailand was unhappy that a resort hotel wanted to charge him a $15 corkage fee for bringing his own bottle of gin to the restaurant. He argued with a manager and then later did what has become second nature for disgruntled tourists: He posted negative reviews of the resort online.” Apparently the resort is willing to settle with the guest, but I don’t know if it happened. No recent news on a quick search.


Utah Public Media: New Citizen Science Program Will Use Social Media Posts To Monitor Drought In Utah. “Through a new citizen science initiative, the Utah Climate Center will capture drought data through public observations posted on social media.” Good morning, Internet…

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