LGBTQ Oncology, Typographische Monatsblätter, Minneapolis Data Dashboards, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, October 29, 2020


CBC: New website aims to improve care for LGBTQ cancer patients. “A new website aims to tackle the disparities LGBTQ cancer patients face in access to screening, treatment and support, its creators say. Queering Cancer is a new website that will go live [this] week and offer peer support and resources for cancer patients who identify as LGBTQ, and health care professionals. The website will include a searchable database of cancer information and resources, a peer support forum and a collection of stories from cancer patients.”

Domestika: This Digital Archive Is a Treasure Chest of Typography and Design. “The TM Research Archive is a website created by a Swiss student, called Louise Paradis, as her final project for her master’s degree. It compiles information about and images from Typographische Monatsblätter, dating between the 1970s and 1990s. It is a treasure chest filled to the brim with dozens of covers, indexes from different issues, and detailed biographies of its most prominent designers and typographers.”

StateScoop: Minneapolis’ new website ‘turns us all into data scientists,’ CIO says. “Minneapolis DataSource contains dashboards for four categories of public data, including elections, public health, community safety, and housing and development. But [city CIO Fadi] Fadhil said the city is working to include more categories and dashboards through ‘constant automation’ of data collection around the city.”


Bing Blogs: Esports livestreams, news, and more – all in one place. “We are proud to announce the launch of the MSN Esports Hub, a one-stop destination for information related to top esports titles! The data is powered in part by a combination of Microsoft Bing web-scale aggregation and cutting-edge machine learning courtesy of Microsoft Research.”

USA Today: LinkedIn’s new tool helps users make a career change through overlapping skills. “LinkedIn launched a new tool aimed towards helping recently unemployed Americans make a career change. The business social network unveiled the Career Explorer feature, which displays careers job seekers can transition into by finding skills that overlap with their previous jobs. The tool ranks the skills in order of importance depending on the job position.”


Poynter: 38+ tools and resources to improve Zoom, follow the election and to make your autumn a bit easier. “Welcome! I’m Jeremy Caplan, with some new tools and resources. I’m a former Time Magazine reporter, now director of teaching and learning for CUNY’s Newmark Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. I write about the most useful tools I find in a free newsletter called Wonder Tools.” STUFFED with resources.


Los Angeles Times: For music archivists, a contemporary dilemma: Should racist songs from our past be heard today? . “It’s a journey that American pop culture creators and curators have repeatedly taken as the Black Lives Matter movement has brought renewed attention to white privilege and called out once-common racists tropes. Much of the focus has been on TV episodes featuring blackface. Creators of ’30 Rock,’ ‘The Golden Girls,’ ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘The Office’ have all removed from circulation offensive episodes. This year thousands of ice cream trucks that for decades churned out ‘Turkey in the Straw’ have been reprogrammed to delete a work whose roots stretch to an 1830s-era song called ‘Zip Coon.'”

BuzzFeed News: Watching TikToks Makes Me Hopeful About The Future. “I’ve interviewed dozens of teens and young adults who fall within the Gen Z cohort, born between the late ‘90s and the early ‘00s. And every time, I’m consistently and pleasantly surprised by the maturity, authority, and care they speak with, oftentimes with more empathy and insight than the adults I talk to. Their TikToks cover political extremism, and racial justice, and the nuances of anti-trans prejudice. They’re never thrown off when I ask for their pronouns and embrace a fluidity in their identities that stems not from uncertainty, but from a very grounded confidence that it’s OK to change and grow.”


Variety: Twitch, Amazon Slammed by RIAA and Major Industry Groups for Using Unlicensed Music; Twitch Disputes Claim. “Twitch, the rapidly growing livestreaming platform, and its owner Amazon received a blistering letter on Thursday signed by multiple major U.S. music organizations including the RIAA, the Recording Academy, the National Music Publishers Association, the Music Managers Forum, the American Association of Independent Music, SAG-AFTRA and more than a dozen others over its lack of licensing deals with many major music rights-holders.”


Misinformation Review: Research note: The scale of Facebook’s problem depends upon how ‘fake news’ is classified. “Ushering in the contemporary ‘fake news’ crisis, Craig Silverman of Buzzfeed News reported that it outperformed mainstream news on Facebook in the three months prior to the 2016 US presidential elections. Here the report’s methods and findings are revisited for 2020. Examining Facebook user engagement of election-related stories, and applying Silverman’s classification of fake news, it was found that the problem has worsened, implying that the measures undertaken to date have not remedied the issue. If, however, one were to classify ‘fake news’ in a stricter fashion, as Facebook as well as certain media organizations do with the notion of ‘false news’, the scale of the problem shrinks.”

BNN Bloomberg: Most U.S. Voters See Misinformation Online and Many Believe It. “The SurveyUSA poll of more than 3,000 registered voters found that 65% reported seeing political disinformation in their Facebook feeds. A quarter of them reported believing the claims. Conducted between Oct. 14-19, the survey revealed that 85% of registered voters read that mail-in voting will lead to voter fraud, with 35% believing it.”

New York Times: The Facebook-Twitter-Trump Wars Are Actually About Something Else. “Much of the outrage around the Trump era and social media platforms — like, most recently, the decision by Facebook and Twitter to reduce the reach of a highly questionable New York Post story about Hunter Biden — is actually about government power and accountability. More specifically, people are angry about the absence of those things.” Good morning, Internet…

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