Africa Art Gallery, Latvia Movies, Seattle Archives, More: Saturday Evening ResearchBuzz, December 5, 2020


This Day Live: African Art Gallery Aggregator Launched in Nigeria. “The first African Art Gallery Aggregator has been launched with ten Nigerian galleries that represent more than two hundred and fifty artists. The platform expects to grow and incorporate new Nigerian and African galleries in the upcoming months.”

Emerging Europe: Latvia celebrates a century of fillmmaking. “For the first time ever, a collection of classic and significant Latvian movies has been made available to stream online free of charge, complete with subtitles in English and several other languages. For those who do not yet speak Latvian, it’s a great opportunity to learn more about Latvian culture and history.”


KOMO News: State officials to fight Trump plan to sell Seattle archives building. “State officials say they intend to fight a plan by the Trump administration to immediately sell a Seattle archives building containing extensive tribal records and other priceless historical documents.”

PCMag Australia: Google Tests ‘Tab Search’ Feature for Chrome. “According to Bleeping Computer, Google is currently testing a new ‘Tab Search’ feature across Chrome Canary builds. When enabled, it would allow users to type in search terms to track down a particular tab.”


MakeUseOf: How to Stop Social Media Envy From Taking Over Your Life. “Envy is that painful longing to have what others have. And if you’ve ever felt envious of people you see on Facebook or Instagram, you are not alone. Because of social media, people are constantly bombarded with updates about friends, family, or acquaintances and their achievements, travels, and seemingly perfect lives. So it’s hard not to fall victim to envy, jealousy, and resentment. This phenomenon is called social media envy—and it has become so pervasive that numerous studies have even linked it with symptoms of depression.”


RIT News: RIT Cary Collection acquires archive of prominent printing historian; establishes research grant. “The Cary Graphic Arts Collection at Rochester Institute of Technology has received a donation of books and printing equipment from the estate of a noted historian of typography and early printing technologies. Stephen Saxe was an expert on American type foundries from the 19th century and a founding member of the American Printing History Association. His contributions to printing history set the standard for contemporary scholarship, according to Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, associate curator of the RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection in the RIT Libraries.”


New York Times: Ransomware Attack Closes Baltimore County Public Schools. “Kathleen S. Causey, chair of the Baltimore County Board of Education, said the situation was ‘very disturbing.’ Students, she added, were ‘relying on us to provide education and other opportunities.’ Officials declined to provide details of the attack, including what demands had been made.”

CNN: Trump administration sues Facebook over alleged favoritism for immigrant workers. “The Trump administration sued Facebook on Thursday for allegedly passing over US job candidates for thousands of positions in favor of immigrant workers holding temporary visas. The suit by the Justice Department claims that from 2018 through September 2019, Facebook (FB) discriminated against US workers by reserving job openings for temporary workers including H-1B visa holders.”


Foreign Policy: How to Judge Facebook’s New Judges. “In the third quarter of 2020, Facebook deleted 22.1 million pieces of content for violating its ban against hate speech; a steep increase from the 2.5 million pieces of content deleted in Q1 of 2018. Almost 95 percent of the purged hate speech in 2020 was proactively identified by AI before any human user notified Facebook—up from 38 percent in 2018. Whether the millions of posts and comments deleted for hate speech and other prohibited categories each month live up the Facebook’s own standards—or indeed human-rights standards—is an open question, since purged content is not available to the public.”

TNW: Study shows how AI exacerbates recruitment bias against women. “A new study from the University of Melbourne has demonstrated how hiring algorithms can amplify human gender biases against women. Researchers from the University of Melbourne gave 40 recruiters real-life resumés for jobs at UniBank, which funded the study. The resumés were for roles as a data analyst, finance officer, and recruitment officer, which Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows are respectively male-dominated, gender-balanced, and female-dominated positions.” Good evening, Internet…

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