Australia Volunteering, Twitter, Facebook Advertising, More: Friday Evening ResearchBuzz, March 5, 2021


ProBono Australia: The resource hub recharging Australian volunteering. “Volunteering Australia is launching an online resource hub to help reignite and strengthen Australian volunteering in a post-pandemic world. The hub brings together over 350 templates, videos, guides, and research to support volunteer managers to re-engage volunteers after COVID-19, manage the mental health and wellbeing of volunteers, and recruit younger volunteers.”


Reuters: Twitter explores ‘undo send’ feature for paying users. “App researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who discovers unannounced social media features by looking at the sites’ code, tweeted an animation showing a tweet with a spelling error where an ‘undo’ button was available before a short timer ran out.”

Politico: Scores of political groups sidestepped Facebook’s ad ban. “Political campaigns are cheering the return of political ads to Facebook this week. But some groups never stopped running them. Scores of right- and left-wing political groups purchased tens of thousands of dollars in political ads that broke the company’s rules between January and March this year, according to an analysis by POLITICO.”

Engadget: Streaming music made up 83 percent of the record industry’s revenue in 2020. “The coronavirus pandemic may have made it nearly impossible to check out live shows last year, but the music industry still found a way to grow despite all the hardships. According to the Recording Industry Association of America’s annual year-end report, overall recorded music revenue increased by 9.2 percent to $12.2 billion in 2020. That growth was primarily sustained by more money coming from streaming services, with the format generating $10.1 billion in revenue in 2020, up from $8.9 billion in 2019. 2020 marked the fifth consecutive year of growth on that front.”


Futurism: Why Was Google Telling People To Throw Car Batteries Into The Ocean?. “On Saturday night, reporter and author Violet Blue googled ‘why do people throw car batteries in the ocean.’ The algorithm’s top response, which was formatted in a blurb at the top of the results, was strange. ‘Throwing car batteries into the ocean is good for the environment, as they charge electric eels and power the Gulf stream,’ it read.”

The Conversation: How Black cartographers put racism on the map of America. “How can maps fight racism and inequality? The work of the Black Panther Party, a 1960s- and 1970s-era Black political group featured in a new movie and a documentary, helps illustrate how cartography – the practice of making and using maps – can illuminate injustice.”


Ars Technica: Clubhouse’s security and privacy lag behind its explosive growth. “In recent months, the audio-based social media app Clubhouse has emerged as Silicon Valley’s latest disruptive darling. The format feels familiar: part Twitter, part Facebook Live, part talking on the phone. But as Clubhouse continues to expand, its security and privacy failings have come under increased scrutiny—and left the company scrambling to correct problems and manage expectations.”

MIT Technology Review: Hackers are finding ways to hide inside Apple’s walled garden. “You’ve heard of Apple’s famous walled garden, the tightly controlled tech ecosystem that gives the company unique control of features and security. All apps go through a strict Apple approval process, they are confined so sensitive information isn’t gathered on the phone, and developers are locked out of places they’d be able to get into in other systems. The barriers are so high now that it’s probably more accurate to think of it as a castle wall.”


CNET: Creator of Tom Cruise deepfakes shares how he made those viral TikTok videos. “Chris Ume was just trying to have some fun when he created those Tom Cruise deepfake videos on TikTok with actor and impersonator Miles Fisher. He didn’t expect the clips to go viral or to stir up as much conversation as they did in the past week.”

ScienceBlog: A Better Measuring Stick: Algorithmic Approach To Pain Diagnosis Could Eliminate Racial Bias. “Among the many mysteries in medical science, it is known that minority and low-income patients experience greater pain than other parts of the population. This is true regardless of the root cause of the pain and even when comparing patients with similar levels of disease severity. Now, a team of researchers, including Stanford computer scientist Jure Leskovec, has used AI to more accurately and more fairly measure severe knee pain.” Good evening, Internet…

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