Indigenous Australia, Pacific Northwest Snowfall, Electric Vehicle Policies, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, February 16, 2021


Gippsland Times: Telling the stories of our history. “AN online platform has been launched to share stories from Victorian Traditional Owners and Aboriginal people – including a story a local massacre. As negotiations get underway for Australia’s first treaty, the new website, Deadly and Proud, features Aboriginal storytellers from across the state sharing their stories of pride in Aboriginal culture, resilience, community and the historic path to treaty and truth-telling.”

King5: Digital tool shows Pacific Northwest snow depth, past and present. “Weather professionals and outdoor recreationists now have a new tool they can use to compare current and historical snow depths at nine different sites in the Pacific Northwest. The new interactive website lets users compare measurements from nine monitoring sites in Washington and two in Oregon. It allows the user to compare the differences in mountain snow depth from one season to the next and create a graphic of their results.”

Green Car Congress: Electrification Coalition launches online EV Policy Showroom. “The Electrification Coalition has introduced its EV Policy Showroom, offering policymakers, EV advocates, industry partners and other stakeholders online access to easily navigable data and policy information on the deployment and adoption of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.”

National Library of Australia: A Century of Australian Advertising Posters. “What can we learn from the sentiment and imagery used to sell Australians of the past food, excitement and adventure? How are they reflected in the advertising images we still see today? The National Library of Australia holds a vast number of late-19th and 20th-century Australian advertising posters that are now available to explore online. The collection features many famous brands and illustrators of the time, including Bushells, Ever Ready, James Northfield, Gert Sellheim and Norman Lindsay.”


NASA: NASA Invites Public to Share Thrill of Mars Perseverance Rover Landing. “NASA is inviting the public to take part in virtual activities and events as the agency’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover nears entry, descent, and landing on the Red Planet, with touchdown scheduled for approximately 3:55 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 18.”


CNN: Parler comes back online one month after going dark . “Parler, the social network favored by conservatives, came back online Monday with a redesigned website one month after it was suspended by Amazon Web Services and effectively driven offline.”


Popular Mechanics: You’re Constantly Being Stalked Online—and You Don’t Even Know It. “By now, it’s normal to look up a new gaming laptop one time on Amazon, only to see it follow you over to an ad in your mobile game, an ad on your Instagram feed, and yet another ad on your Gmail app…. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With stricter data privacy laws in the European Union thanks to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and backlash against predatory data collection practices in the U.S, some companies are beginning to introduce new features that give back some control to consumers.”


TechCrunch: Early Snapchat employee debuts Yoni Circle, a social storytelling app for womxn
. “An early Snapchat employee who once architected the ‘Our Stories’ product, Chloë Drimal, has now launched her own social app, Yoni Circle. Described as a membership-based community, the app aims to connect womxn using storytelling — including through both live video chat sessions as well as with pre-recorded stories that are available at any time.”

Michigan State University: Collapse and Rebirth: A Living Archive on the Collapse of the USSR and Beyond. “The Living Archive is creating a first of its kind publicly accessible digital archive that documents the events surrounding the collapse of the U.S.S.R. and the severe economic and social challenges that followed. Hosted on The Living Archive website, the collection provides a chronicle of the defining events of the late 20th century. It highlights key events on regional maps containing a time lapse component.”

New York Times: How Getting Canceled on Social Media Can Derail a Book Deal. “Simon & Schuster invoked part of its contract typically referred to as a morals clause, which allows a publisher to drop a book if the author does something that is likely to seriously damage sales. Widely detested by agents and authors, these clauses have become commonplace in mainstream publishing over the last few years. The clauses are rarely used to sever a relationship, but at a time when an online posting can wreak havoc on a writer’s reputation, most major publishing houses have come to insist upon them.”


Politico: France identifies Russia-linked hackers in large cyberattack. “France’s cybersecurity agency ANSSI on Monday said ‘several French entities’ had been breached, and linked the attacks to a Russian hacker group thought to be behind some of the most devastating cyberattacks in past years. The agency said it had identified “an intrusion campaign” in which hackers, linked to Russian military intelligence agency GRU, compromised the French software firm Centreon in order to install two pieces of malware into its clients’ networks.”


People: Over Two-Thirds of Parents Have to Use Google to Help Kids with Schoolwork, Study Finds. “A survey of 2,000 American parents with school-aged children asked how sharp their math skills were and how they approach their kid’s assignments. Results found that although 79 percent of parents surveyed can recall the things they learned in school, nearly as many (70 percent) parents said it’s harder for them to solve their kid’s math homework today.” Good morning, Internet…

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