Moody Blues, Arkansas Agriculture, LGBTQ Video Games, More: Wednesday Evening ResearchBuzz, December 16, 2020


Journalism .co .uk: Rock legend Ray Thomas and The Moody Blues remembered in new website . “It includes a complete run down of his life with the Moodies as well as going into his solo work in more detail than ever. The owners plan to add more content over time and welcome any photos or general contributions from fans. The website is 100 per cent free.”

University of Arkansas: Libraries Publish Arkansas Extension Service Mimeograph Digital Collection. “The collection contains 5,362 individual scans comprising 324 reports. The Mimeograph Series, published from 1949-1984, gave Arkansas farmers information about choosing and planting different varieties of crops. The results of field testing, chemical and pesticide trials, seed tests and cultivation experiments were included.”


IGN: The Strong Museum of Play Houses Newly Donated LGBTQIA Video Games Collection. “The collection includes articles, websites, blogs, web forums, videos, images, instances of representation (including homophobia and transphobia), relationships and more, and lives both in the museum as a research aid and publicly online. The collection, boasting 1,290 games, features titles such as The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Super Mario Brothers, Fallout, and The Sims, and many more you may not have ever heard of.” I mentioned the original launch of this archive in 2016 but it sounds like it grew a bit before moving to its new home.

Bloomberg: Facebook Building Cameo-Inspired Tool to Let Fans Pay Celebrities for Face Time. “The tool, called Super, will let creators, entrepreneurs or celebrities host live, interactive video events. Viewers can tip creators by buying them digital gifts, or pay to ‘appear’ alongside a creator during the livestream to ask a question or take a selfie, according to a person familiar with the new feature, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the product hasn’t been announced publicly.”


The Guardian: Rival disinformation campaigns targeted African users, Facebook says. “Rival French and Russian disinformation campaigns have sought to deceive and influence internet users in the Central African Republic ahead of an election later this month, Facebook said on Tuesday.”

NPR: On Twitter And TikTok, Biden Grandchildren May Offer Viral View Of White House Life. “While the lives of presidential children and grandchildren have historically been kept mostly private, Biden’s four granddaughters — Naomi, Finnegan, Maisy and Natalie Biden — as well as Harris’ stepchildren, Ella and Cole Emhoff, have formed their own public personas. Ranging in age from their late teens to mid-20s, they use Twitter, Instagram and TikTok. They did campaign videos and events, took part in magazine interviews and talked with YouTube personalities, comedians and celebrities.”


FTC: FTC Issues Orders to Nine Social Media and Video Streaming Services Seeking Data About How They Collect, Use, and Present Information. “The Federal Trade Commission is issuing orders to nine social media and video streaming companies, requiring them to provide data on how they collect, use, and present personal information, their advertising and user engagement practices, and how their practices affect children and teens.”

US Cyber Command: US and Australia sign first-ever cyber agreement to develop virtual training range. “As part of the Dept. of Defense’s efforts to sharpen lethality, reform business practices, and strengthen partnerships in cyberspace, the United States and Australia have launched a first-ever agreement to continuously develop a virtual cyber training range together. Both nations recently signed a Cyber Training Capabilities Project Arrangement, Nov. 3– this bi-lateral, international agreement enables U.S. Cyber Command to incorporate Australian Defence Force feedback into USCYBERCOM’s simulated training domain, the Persistent Cyber Training Environment.”

New York Times: U.S. Used Patriot Act to Gather Logs of Website Visitors. ” The government has interpreted a high-profile provision of the Patriot Act as empowering F.B.I. national security investigators to collect logs showing who has visited particular web pages, documents show. But the government stops short of using that law to collect the keywords people submit to internet search engines because it considers such terms to be content that requires a warrant to gather, according to letters produced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.”


CNN: Social media bet on labels to combat election misinformation. Trump proved it’s not enough. “Around the election, social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter were praised for how quickly and widely they applied warning labels to misinformation. But President Donald Trump’s 46-minute video last week, which was riddled with election misinformation and conspiracy theories discredited by his own officials and the courts, has made unmistakably clear what many digital democracy experts have been warning for months: labels are not enough.” Good evening, Internet…

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