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Rendering Justice, Media Manipulation Casebook, Gallery Climate Coalition, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 30, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Hyperallergic: Mural Arts and the African American Museum in Philadelphia Present Rendering Justice. “Rendering Justice features a cohort of nine artists from across the country whose work highlights a broad range of issues bound in mass incarceration, with a particular focus on Philadelphia. While the number of people jailed and imprisoned by Philadelphia’s criminal justice system has declined dramatically in recent years, the city remains one of the most heavily incarcerated in the nation.”

NiemanLab: Overwhelmed by covering organized misinformation campaigns? The Media Manipulation Casebook is a great place to start. “The Media Manipulation Casebook… is a collection of case studies that break down the evolutions of previous and current misinformation campaigns into five stages. Each case study identifies the order, scale, and cope of the information, who was involved, which platforms were used, what vulnerabilities were exploited, and impacts of the campaign.”

ArtNet: An Envoy of Eco-Conscious Art Dealers and Insiders Have Created a Simple Tool to Help the Industry Reduce Its Carbon Footprint. “A group of art-industry leaders has teamed up with Frieze and other organizations to create a new tool to help galleries and fair organizers reduce their carbon footprints. The Gallery Climate Coalition, as the group is known, launches its website today with a free-to-use carbon calculator that has been tailored to the needs of the commercial art sector.”

Seafood Source: Gulf of Maine Research Institute launches new aquaculture knowledge portal. “The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) has announced the launch of a new online portal, ‘The Maine Aquaculturist,’ designed to help aquaculture operations in the U.S. state of Maine access resources in the state. The new portal was created in response to the growing number of aquaculture operations that are either already in business or are planning to establish locations in the state, according to GMRI.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Mashable: Instagram will let you livestream for up to 4 hours and archive for a month. “On Tuesday, the company announced it has extended the time limit for livestreams from 60 minutes to four hours. The change is global and applies to all Instagram users. The reason behind the move, Instagram says, is helping creators — yoga instructors, musicians, artists, cooks, and the like — to do longer sessions with their audience without being interrupted every hour.”

BBC: Sheffield knife-makers: More cutlery history unearthed . “More than 100 people have answered an online plea for more information about knife-makers from the steel city of Sheffield. The Name on a Knife Blade project found new stories and unrecorded knives made in the South Yorkshire city after its search for descendants in September. One man even donated his own personal collection of Sheffield-made blades.”

USEFUL STUFF

Vice: How to Game Spotify and Instagram’s Algorithms to Help Artists. “Now that in-person live music is no longer a reality, there are few ways to directly support musicians. You can subscribe to artist Patreons and donate through links on Spotify artist pages, but most importantly, you should be buying music and merch, especially through Bandcamp, during their monthly Bandcamp Friday 100 percent commission days. These are necessary and important steps to take to ensure touring artists can weather the pandemic. But there are also ways to give them a boost that don’t require spending any money: Simply follow the artists you like and save their songs on your streaming platform.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Fine Books & Collections: International Collaboration to Digitize Archive of Dylan Thomas. “A digital collection of manuscripts and photographs related to Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas will soon be available online thanks to an international collaboration. Manuscripts, correspondence, notebooks, drawings, financial records, photographs, proofs, and broadcast scripts of the famous Swansea-born poet, whose works include the poem Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, and the play Under Milk Wood, among many others, will be made available worldwide through a collaboration that includes the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas, Swansea University, and the Dylan Thomas Trust.”

The Guardian: Here are all the steps social media made to combat misinformation. Will it be enough?. “With conspiracy theories such as QAnon flourishing, a president who regularly uses social media platforms to demonize his opponents or spread falsehoods about the election process, and a federal government that has done little to combat foreign election interference online, tech platforms’ responsibility in the 2020 election process has only grown. Reeling from criticism they have in past years failed to act decisively to curb those threats, major tech platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have announced broad steps to combat misinformation ahead of the 3 November vote.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

KWTX: Monica’s Law: Texas protective order registry goes live statewide. “An online database listing protective orders issued by Texas courts as a result of domestic violence is now live across the state of Texas. The Texas Protective Order Registry was created by State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) through ‘Monica’s Law.’ Rep. Landgraf named Monica’s Law in honor of Monica Deming, an Odessa mother who was murdered by an abusive ex-boyfriend in 2015.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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