Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, LGBTQ Comic Book Characters, Paid Journalism Internships, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, February 8, 2021


Vietnam+: Over 60,000 documents of Cambodia’s Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum go digital. “Cambodia’s Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which has been registered as a UNESCO Memory of the World since 2009, has launched a digital database to access the largest archive of the Khmer Rouge regime’s prison system records. The general public will be able to access the digital database and website for additional information about the victims’ family members and researchers.” When I went to visit this site Sunday, I got a browser warning because its security certificate had expired. Hopefully it’ll be fixed soon — it just expired on Friday.

Spotted on Reddit: the Bifrost Database of Gay Comic Characters. It’s a bit more than that – one of the ways you can search is by identity, which includes transgender, asexual, and pansexual (though not demisexual.) From the front page: “Created by comic book researchers at Trinity University, the Bifrost Database indexes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, and asexual comic book characters featured by the top three American comic book publishers: Marvel, DC, and Image Comics. Our goal is to showcase the growing number and improving representation of gay characters in comic books. The site will continue to grow as we add more and more character pages to the database.”

Poynter: Poynter’s guide to paid journalism internship listings — for students and employers . “Poynter has launched its Internship Database, designed to be the go-to place for students seeking paid summer, fall and spring internships. The goal is to create the nation’s premier collection of journalism and communications internships.”


Neowin: YouTube launches new Sports portal and expands its advertising tools. “Sports fans that go to YouTube for their sports content have some news in store today. Google has announced a new Sports portal on YouTube, which aims to offer a more immersive experience dedicated entirely to this type of content.”

Search Engine Journal: Instagram Adds ‘Recently Deleted’ Folder For Removed Content. “Instagram is adding a ‘Recently Deleted’ folder which gives users an opportunity to review their removed content before permanently deleting it. Now, when users remove content from their account, it is immediately sent to Recently Deleted.”


Mashable: How to use Gmail: The best tips and tricks to conquer your inbox. “From scheduling emails to be sent at a future point to un-sending an important email you’ve just realized contains a massive blooper, these hacks will see you mastering your Gmail account instead of being scared of it.”


The Guardian: Too rude for Facebook: the ban on Britain’s historic place names. “The social network’s oversensitive hate speech filters have made it impossible to mention respectable locations like Devil’s Dyke and Plymouth Hoe. The residents are not amused …”

Wired: AI and the List of Dirty, Naughty, Obscene, and Otherwise Bad Words. “COMEDIAN GEORGE CARLIN had a list of Seven Words You Can’t Say on TV. Parts of the internet have a list of 402 banned words, plus one emoji, 🖕. Slack uses the open source List of Dirty, Naughty, Obscene, and Otherwise Bad Words, found on GitHub, to help groom its search suggestions. Open source mapping project OpenStreetMap uses it to sanitize map edits. Google artificial intelligence researchers recently removed web pages containing any of the words from a dataset used to train a powerful new system for making sense of language.”


TechCrunch: Minneapolis police tapped Google to identify George Floyd protesters. “These so-called geofence warrants — or reverse-location warrants — are frequently directed at Google in large part because the search and advertising giant collects and stores vast databases of geolocation data on billions of account holders who have ‘location history’ turned on. Geofence warrants allow police to cast a digital dragnet over a crime scene and ask tech companies for records on anyone who entered a geographic area at a particular time. But critics say these warrants are unconstitutional as they also gather the account information on innocent passers-by.”

New York Times: How the United States Lost to Hackers. “If ever there was a sign the United States was losing control of information warfare, of its own warriors, it was the moment one of its own, a young American contractor, saw first lady Michelle Obama’s emails pop up on his screen.”

Fast Company: Lawmakers are scrambling to figure out how to rein in social media platforms. “There is also a long standing concern over the bullying and harassment that takes place on social platforms. But there are political divides over exactly how the internet should be regulated, particularly as it relates to free speech. While regulators see the urgent need for a change in how social media companies are allowed to operate, it’s not clear that legislation will come quickly.”


MIT Technology Review: Predictive policing is still racist—whatever data it uses. “It’s no secret that predictive policing tools are racially biased. A number of studies have shown that racist feedback loops can arise if algorithms are trained on police data, such as arrests. But new research shows that training predictive tools in a way meant to lessen bias has little effect.” Good morning, Internet…

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