Remote Teaching Technology, The New School, Pennsylvania Experts, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 10, 2020


EdScoop: New website for university faculty will explain remote-teaching tech. “The Center for Innovation, Design and Digital Learning will support higher education faculty as they continue to deliver instruction to students online during the pandemic and help universities and colleges better use digital tools as they invest in online instruction, the organizations announced last week. The virtual support center will house videos and articles explaining how to use a range of technologies, from creating an editable PDF to designing a website.”

The New School: The New School’s Archives and Special Collections Debuts Redesigned Website. “The team who oversaw the redesign are particularly excited about a new section that highlights the various ways users have integrated the materials they found in the Archives into their books, articles, and exhibits. Additionally, researchers using the new website have access to the new and improved publicly searchable database of over 250 archival collections and the Digital Collections database, which contains over 18,000 digitized or digital items from The Archives.”

Penn Live: Spotlight PA launches Diverse Source Database of Pennsylvania-based experts. “Spotlight PA has launched a Diverse Source Database of Pennsylvania experts as a public service for all journalists. The database… aims to ensure that local and statewide news coverage is more equitable and better reflects the communities we serve. It includes nearly 100 Pennsylvania-based sources who made their contact information available to journalists.”


CNN: Twitch officially bans blackface, swastikas and the Confederate flag in new, targeted guidelines. “In one of the most targeted and far-reaching social media guidelines issued by a major tech company, Twitch said it is beefing up its policy against hateful images on its platform and adding a ban on the Confederate flag. The new rules will take effect January 22.”


Recode: How to keep the smart speaker you got for the holidays and still keep some of your privacy, too. “Studies have shown that most smart speaker owners don’t know that their devices are storing their recordings or that they might be reviewed by humans, and are concerned about how much data their devices collect about them (apparently not so concerned that they don’t continue to use them, however). But you do have some privacy options, and you might as well know what they are before you turn on your new digital assistant, or relegate the gift from a well-meaning loved one to very nice paperweight status.”


New York Times: Tone Is Hard to Grasp Online. Can Tone Indicators Help?. “In a famous study, Albert Mehrabian, a psychology professor at U.C.L.A., found that humans tend to perceive only a fragment of a speaker’s meaning through spoken words. Instead, he observed, most meaning is gleaned from body language and tone of voice. In a text-only environment, how can we ever be certain other people understand what we mean when we post online? Enter tone indicators.”

Reuters: Top AI ethics researcher says Google fired her; company denies it. “A top Google scientist on ethical artificial intelligence says she was fired after criticizing the company’s diversity efforts, a claim the Alphabet Inc unit disputed on Thursday, in the latest brush-up between the internet giant and worker activists.”

Rolling Stone: Social Media, Not Streaming, Is the Music Industry’s Future. “What’s the fastest-growing profit center in the record business? For years, there’s been one easy answer: streaming. Yet that’s not the case anymore, according to someone in the know — Steve Cooper, the CEO of Warner Music Group. Warner generated over $3.8 billion in recorded music revenues in the last year, with some 63% of that coming from the likes of Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube. But Cooper made an oddly-under-the-radar revelation to analysts when Warner released its latest financials on November 23rd.”


EurekAlert: Increased social media use linked to developing depression, research finds. “Young adults who increased their use of social media were significantly more likely to develop depression within six months, according to a new national study authored by Dr. Brian Primack, dean of the College of Education and Health Professions and professor of public health at the University of Arkansas.”

Futurism: Scientists Unimpressed By Google’s Protein Folding Algorithm. “While critical scientists don’t diminish the importance of DeepMind’s achievement, they do question whether AlphaFold 2 will actually provide a useful tool to researchers like DeepMind claims. DeepMinds’ AlphaFold 2 algorithm scored higher at the Critical Assessment of Structure Prediction (CASP) competition, which tests potential solutions to the protein folding problem, than any other team in history. That may be a weakness.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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