Jules Verne, YouTube, Snapchat, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 4, 2021


Liverpool Echo: Birkenhead’s little known links to the father of science fiction. “John [Lamb] has used his research to create a new website, ‘Jules Verne and the Heroes of Birkenhead’ after finding no real reference of the author’s links to Merseyside online. His articles exploring the ties between his books and the area are being serialised and he said more will be revealed in the coming weeks.” Limited at the moment but more to come. The Web design is charmingly 1998. It even has a visitor counter.


NBC News: YouTube reinstates channel devoted to exposing conservative extremism. “YouTube said Monday that it had reinstated a channel run by Right Wing Watch that cataloged some of the most extreme statements of prominent conservatives, hours after the Google-owned video platform had banned the channel for violating its rules.”


Search Engine Journal: How to Find People to Follow on Snapchat. “Compared to platforms like Instagram and Facebook, where you can search for friends using tags, keywords, and phrases, Snapchat is an outlier. Here’s the question: is it still possible to easily find friends (old and new) on Snapchat to follow? The answer is yes. But first, let’s take a quick look at why Snapchat itself just might be even more influential than you think.”


The Slovak Spectator: Due to poor assistance, Slovak folk music might vanish from North America. “While Slovakia boasts of its rich folklore traditions, music in particular, some feel the country falls behind when it comes to keeping Slovak folk music alive across North America.”

Mashable: A look into a failed influencer deal to promote a cryptocurrency. “Over the past week, influencers who’ve promoted altcoins, highly volatile alternative cryptocurrencies, have sought to distance themselves from the coins they once supported.”


Nieman Lab: Punitive laws are failing to curb misinformation in Africa. “In a recent study, we examined the changes made to laws and regulations relating to the publication of ‘false information’ in 11 sub-Saharan countries between 2016 and 2020. We also looked at how they correlate with misinformation, to understand the role they may play in reducing harm caused by misinformation.”

Bloomberg: Don’t Sue Me Like That: Anatomy of a Copyright Troll. “Just as there are patent trolls who acquire intellectual property on the cheap and then attempt to extract payments from large companies, there are those who take advantage of laws designed to protect the works of artists and authors. Their targets, typically, are small publishers who might not appreciate their own vulnerability until they’re hit with a complaint.”


Borgen Magazine: The Reclaiming of Indigenous Education in Canada. “The First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities comprise the Indigenous peoples of what many call present-day Canada. These communities have faced centuries of Western colonialism, which wielded education as a one of its main weapons of domination. This pattern persisted into living memory and continues to negatively impact individuals and their greater communities. Today, reclaiming Indigenous education in Canada is seen as a pivotal step in preserving and recovering what was lost in decades past.”

Phys .org: Deep machine learning completes information about one million bioactive molecules. “The Structural Bioinformatics and Network Biology laboratory, led by ICREA Researcher Dr. Patrick Aloy, has completed the bioactivity information for a million molecules using deep machine-learning computational models. It has also disclosed a tool to predict the biological activity of any molecule, even when no experimental data are available.”

Sydney Morning Herald: National Archives funding welcomed, but more needed. “When one of Australia’s most experienced public servants, David Tune, conducted an extensive review of the National Archives’ funding requirements he stressed that a piecemeal approach to saving the nation’s records would never be enough. Structural reform was essential. That is important to keep in mind, because while the federal government’s recently announced provision of $67.7 million to preserve the most at-risk items of Australia’s history is certainly welcome, much more is needed.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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