Lost Pet Facial Recognition, Underrepresented Composers, Iowa Writers’ Workshop Datasets, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 24, 2021


PR Newswire: Petco Love Launches Game-Changing Centralized Solution To Help Reunite Lost Pets With Their Families (PRESS RELEASE). “Animal welfare organizations across the country are joining forces with Petco Love, formerly known as the Petco Foundation, a national non-profit working to lead and inspire change for animals, to change the outcome for missing dogs and cats. Starting today, approximately 1,000 shelters and rescues in both cities and rural areas across the U.S., will adopt the searchable database that uses facial recognition technology to help reunite lost pets with their families should they ever go missing.” The public can also search the database or upload images of animals they found.

The Violin Channel: American Viola Society Creates a Database for Underrepresented Composers. “The goal is to amplify the voices and music that have been overruled by white, Western Euro-centric, male narratives and compositions. Standard repertoire can be re-evaluated and examined through a more culturally inclusive and broad lens. The database information page offers plenty of information to consider when going into programming and performing a piece, or pieces, by a BIPOC composer.” Unfortunately this article doesn’t really get into what the database offers. Allow me to point you toward a September 2020 article in the Daily Wildcat with a more extensive background.

University of Iowa: The Program Era Project: Limning the depths of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop’s literary influence. “The Program Era Project, or PEP, uses data visualization and other computer-assisted methods to track the aesthetic and cultural influence of the Workshop since its founding in 1936. In particular, writers affiliated with the Workshop, both as alumni and/or professors, have gone on to found or teach at many other creative writing programs around the nation…. The PEP, supported by the Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio at UI Libraries, has compiled extensive datasets that track those networks of Workshop-affiliated writers.”


Lifehacker: How to Set Up Instagram’s New Anti-Harassment Tools. “Instagram is adding two new anti-harassment tools aimed at cutting down abusive messages you might receive on the platform. Here’s a quick look at how to set them up once they arrive.”


IOL: Significant archives may have been lost in Cape Town’s fire. Why they matter so much. “A wildfire on the slopes of Table Mountain has wreaked havoc at the University of Cape Town (UCT) campus. Among the sites of historical significance that have been damaged is the Jagger Library. The library houses rare and specialist collections, such as the important African Studies collections. The Conversation Africa’s Nontobeko Mtshali asked UCT academic Shannon Morreira to share her insights on what the loss means for the historical records held by the university.”

The Diplomat: Social Media Is Blurring the Lines of National Sovereignty. “During the Cold War, Soviet citizens were banned from traveling outside their homeland. Nowadays, for economic reasons, authoritarian states have greater motivations for tolerating, and sometimes even encouraging, their populations’ mobility. Online communication has become a platform from which anyone can speak. But equally, integrated communication may provide new opportunities for governments to suppress voices abroad. Unless regulated, surveillance technologies and disinformation techniques will only become more effective in manipulating or silencing public opinion.”


CNET: AirDrop could be hacked to reveal personal information, researchers say. “Apple’s popular AirDrop feature for sharing files may be vulnerable to hacking attempts, according to security researchers at a German university. In a post published Friday, researchers at Technische Universitat Darmstadt said that a nearby stranger could discover the phone number and email of an AirDrop user because of a privacy gap in the feature.”

KOMO News: Mental health apps may expose more than you want them to. “The apps are becoming more popular and offer a range of options, from guided meditations to appointments with a licensed therapist. But the mental health apps aren’t always covered by the same medical privacy laws that shield information shared with medical care providers in person. When federal HIPPA rules do apply, they may not cover all the data collected by digital apps.”


TNW: 60% of the world is online — 10 big takeaways on the state of the internet in 2021. “The new Digital 2021 April Global Statshot Report – published in partnership between Hootsuite and We Are Social – reveals that more than 6 in 10 people on Earth now use the internet. Internet users have grown by more than 330 million over the past year, reaching a total of more than 4.7 billion at the start of April 2021.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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