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Canada Diversity, Ancient History, What3Words, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 9, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

St. Thomas Times-Journal: Cultivating Creativity: New hiring database aims to stamp out systemic racism in Canadian film and TV. “Filmmaker Chanda Chevannes is used to being the only woman of colour in a room of predominantly white men when pitching a documentary. She’s not alone. While change is slowly being made towards increased diversity, Black, Indigenous and creative People of Colour (BIPOC) have for years faced barriers of racism and exclusion. The new… website, an industry-wide roster of Canadian BIPOC creatives and crew working in screen-based industries, including film, television and digital, is out to challenge that.”

Victoria University of Wellington: Both sides of the coin at University Classics Museum. Antiquities from the Classics Museum at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington are now available online for students, scholars, and enthusiasts of Classical Greek and Roman culture worldwide…. The collection is a mix of Greek and Roman materials, running from the Bronze Age (3000–1200BC) to the later Roman Period (200-400AD), and is representative of a wider range of different objects and periods.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TNW Shift: What3words is about to make millions of car satnavs more accurate and easier to use. “Thanks to a simple partnership between two mapping companies, satnavs in millions of new cars across North America and Europe are set to get an upgrade that should make them more accurate and far easier to use. Last week, geolocation startup What3words and mapping conglomerate HERE, which is majority owned by BMW, Daimler, and Audi, announced a partnership that will see What3words integrated into a whole host of in-vehicle satellite navigation systems.”

KnowTechie: Amazon now has more than one million employees as demand for online shopping ramps up. “According to The Washington Post, Amazon has invested more than $30 billion this year in equipment, property, and other assets. At the same time, Amazon is apparently finding it challenging to deliver packages even after directing those massive investments at operations.”

USEFUL STUFF

Lifehacker: How to Make a Fake Facebook Account. “Nowadays, if you try to make a new Facebook account, you’ll have to jump through many more hoops due to the mechanisms Facebook uses to prevent people from breaking its Terms of Service. Why would you even want another Facebook account, though? Before all the ‘delete Facebook!’ Kinja commenters pile into this article, there are actually a few decent reasons why you might need a ‘Fakebook.'”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Pittsburgh City Paper: The Andy Warhol Museum showcases young voices with Gen-Z Time Capsule project. “Andy Warhol made collecting things part of his work, eventually turning the practice into Time Capsules, a project where he filled and taped up boxes with items from his daily life. Those boxes – containing an estimated 500,000 objects – are being opened and cataloged by The Andy Warhol Museum staff, giving insight to the Pittsburgh-born artist’s process and eccentricities. In honor of this project, The Warhol launched Gen-Z Time Capsule, an effort calling on young people born between 1997-2012 to submit photos of objects they believe best represent their generation’s experience.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

New Indian Express: Bots, Twitter accounts used to defame Uddhav government on Sushant Singh Rajput death: Mumbai cops. “Twitter accounts operated from foreign countries, some of them run by `bots’, were used to spread slanderous posts against the Maharashtra government and Mumbai police after actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death as per a cyber experts’ report, the city police claimed on Tuesday.”

IQ: Google Sued In France For Advertising Resold Tickets. “Ruling in favour of French live music association Prodiss, which brought the case against Google France and Google Ireland (Google’s European headquarters are in Dublin), the Judicial Court of Paris found Google liable for reputational damage to live entertainment professionals, noting that by accepting advertising from ticket resale sites, it may have given fans the false impression that rightsholders benefit from inflated secondary-market prices.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

University of Amsterdam: Google Streetview shows social importance pedestrian friendly environment. “With Google Streetview and Deep Learning, researchers at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Twente identified how the urban environment is linked to the vitality of social organisations and neighbourhoods. They conclude that, if an environment provides more space to pedestrians, this will be conducive to neighbourhood-based social organisations’ chances of survival.”

Vancouver Sun: Grizzly bear facial recognition promises to revolutionize wildlife management. “A facial recognition system for grizzly bears could usher in a new wave of celebrity animals that scientists and the public could follow through their lifetimes. Biologists at the University of Victoria have teamed up with software experts to create an artificial intelligence (AI) that can recognize individual bears even though they don’t have much in the way of identifiable facial features.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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