Investment Treaty Arbitration, Deaf Online Fitness, Spotify, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 13, 2021


Leiden University: The Grotius Centre launches The Leiden Investment Treaty Arbitration Database. “The objective of the database, which is freely available, is to facilitate research on the procedural and institutional dimensions of investment-treaty arbitration. The creation of this database was based on the conviction that a reliable data-set on investment treaty arbitration, the appointed arbitrators, the institutions which have administered the proceedings, the nationality of the parties to the dispute, the respondent States, and the counsel, amongst others, is an important tool for research on various legal, political, social and sociological aspects of investment treaty arbitration.” Not too clear on investment treaty arbitration? Check out this article from Arbitration Law Review.


Limping Chicken: Deaf News: Deaf instructor releases accessible workouts with ‘Body Coach’ Joe Wicks . “Deaf online fitness instructor India Morse, who runs the business ‘You Lean Me Up’, has produced new accessible sessions with celebrity coach Joe Wicks, which have launched on The Body Coach’s official YouTube channel today.”

9to5 Mac: Spotify for iOS adds new ‘Only You’ feature for personalized playlists and more. “Spotify announced today a new global campaign called ‘Only You,’ an in-app experience with personalized playlists to celebrate its users’ uniqueness. The new feature is accessible via the Spotify for iOS application and it comes with six different in-app experiences.”


MakeUseOf: How to Host a Zoom Party and Connect With Your Loved Ones . “Thanks to huge developments in technology and online services, it is easier than ever to connect with loved ones for big life events, such as weddings, birthdays, and other celebrations remotely. This is where you can use a video calling service such as Zoom to connect to loved ones by hosting a virtual party.”


San Diego Union-Tribune: Deaf, blind potter plans ceramic-making marathon to raise money for pottery school. “A year ago this month, Kelvin Crosby was at his lowest ebb, when the tiny bit of clear vision he had left disappeared. Then things got worse. Last fall, the development funding for his startup company ran out, leaving him with no income. But with the help of hand-thrown pottery — a craft he learned in high school and took up again last December — Crosby, 33, is now back on top, both emotionally and on TikTok, where he has amassed more than 258,000 followers and 4.1` million likes for his 6-month-old TikTok channel DeafBlindPotter.”

EurekAlert: New archive to document controversial writer and broadcaster Don Cupitt. “FUNDING has been awarded for a new online resource hub which will document the life and work of controversial theologian Don Cupitt. The grant, from the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust, will be used by a team of academics from the universities of Chichester and Chester to establish a virtual hub including access to archival material, blog posts, videos, and lecturers.”

Creative Commons: Creative Commons Receives $5M Grant from Arcadia to Advance Open Access at Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums. “Today Creative Commons (CC) announced that it has received a five-year $5 million grant from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, to advance open access in the Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAM) sector.”


NPR: Detectives Just Used DNA To Solve A 1956 Double Homicide. They May Have Made History . “DNA testing led investigators to a man named Kenneth Gould. Before moving to Missouri in 1967, Gould had lived with his wife and children in the Great Falls area around the time of the murders, according to the Tribune.”

TechCrunch: TikTok just gave itself permission to collect biometric data on US users, including ‘faceprints and voiceprints’. “A change to TikTok’s U.S. privacy policy…introduced a new section that says the social video app ‘may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information’ from its users’ content. This includes things like ‘faceprints and voiceprints,’ the policy explained. Reached for comment, TikTok could not confirm what product developments necessitated the addition of biometric data to its list of disclosures about the information it automatically collects from users, but said it would ask for consent in the case such data collection practices began.”

CanIndia News: J&K Police approaches Google for email details of arrested PDP leader Parra. “Jammu and Kashmir Police has approached Google and US authoritiees, asking them to preserve the e-mails allegedly sent by arrested Peoples Democratic Party youth wing President Waheed Parra to Pakistan-based terror groups.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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