African Diaspora Music, Jack White, Women at Yale, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, July 30, 2021


OperaWire: African Diaspora Music Project Seeks to Diversify Arts Programming. “In order to facilitate research, performance, and appreciation of African Diaspora music, Dr. Louise Toppin has launched the African Diaspora Music Project, an online database which currently offers 4,000 songs…. The growing database is designed to help companies and artistic administrators with diversifying their repertoire of works, providing access to scores, recordings, and research materials.”

Rolling Stone: Jack White Launches ‘Art & Design’ Website to Showcase Non-Music Endeavors. “Jack White Art & Design, a multimedia website that went live Wednesday, serves as a catalog of White’s two decades of work in other artistic fields, many of which has never been seen by the public but are featured on the new site.”

Yale University Library: We Were Always Here: Celebrating All Women at Yale. “This online exhibition presents a chronology of the presence of women at Yale by honoring those—named and unnamed, seen and unseen—whose heroic efforts have contributed to and enriched the university.”


TechCrunch: Discord rolls out threads, side conversations that auto-archive . “After announcing that threads were on the way earlier this year and teasing the feature on Twitter, Discord is now introducing the long-requested way to make conversations in bustling servers more comprehensible.”


Lifehacker: How to Stop Videos From Autoplaying All Over the Internet. “Universally speaking, autoplay videos are annoying. On social media, they can suck you in, and the next thing you know, you’ve spent an hour scrolling through videos. On websites, they get in the way, following you around the page and covering up the text of an article. Thankfully, there are ways to disable autoplaying videos everywhere.”

Make Tech Easier: The Differences Between Deep Web and Dark Web: What You Need to Know. “If Aquaman has taught us anything, it’s that there is more going on under the surface than we realize. To continue this nautical theme, there are many similarities between the Internet and the oceans. They both have surface, deep, and dark web layers. These layers are unexplored for the most part. We will take a look at the deep web and dark web in this guide and show you the differences between the deep web and dark web.”


Business Insider: Steak-umm just schooled the internet on misinformation. Facebook, Twitter, and Google should take notes.. “The Pennsylvania-based brand on Thursday posted a ‘beefy thread’ on Twitter about ‘societal distrust in experts and institutions, the rise of misinformation, cultural polarization, and how to work toward some semblance of mutually agreed upon information before we splinter into irreconcilable realities.'” The Steak-umm Twitter account is one of the most interesting aspects of Twitter culture and I hope history gives it the attention it deserves.

Google Blog: Incarcerated people learn to code: How one community organizer is changing lives. “When asked to speak to a room full of incarcerated individuals about becoming developers, Danny Thompson didn’t bat an eye. Danny is an experienced software engineer and community organizer for Google Developer Groups Memphis. But for the first ten years of his professional career, he worked in a gas station frying chicken. If anyone knows how to beat the odds and choose a different path in life, it’s him.”

CNET: Olympic athletes are using TikTok to give a behind-the-scenes look at the Games. “The Olympics are in full swing, and though there’s a variety of ways to watch the Games in Tokyo, there’s one place where you’ll catch some epic behind-the-scenes clips from athletes: TikTok. Many Olympians have been using TikTok to share a peek at the Olympic Village, to the enjoyment of millions of viewers.”


Washington Post: China built the world’s largest facial recognition system. Now, it’s getting camera-shy.. “Guo Bing, a law professor in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, liked the zoo enough to purchase an annual pass. But he didn’t like it nearly enough to let the zoo take a high-resolution scan of his face. In what judges called the first case of its kind in China, Guo sued the zoo — and won.”

Meduza: Moscow court fines Google for refusing to localize Russian users’ data. “A Russian justice of the peace has fined Google LLC three million rubles ($40,950) for refusing to localize Russian users’ data on the territory of the Russian Federation. The magistrate court department No. 422 of Moscow’s Tagansky District Court handed down the fine to the tech giant on Thursday, July 29.”


National Institutes of Health: NIH unveils new online tool to improve Alzheimer’s clinical trials recruitment. “Unveiled at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), Outreach Pro enables those involved with leading clinical research to create and customize participant recruitment communications such as websites, handouts, videos, and social media posts.” Good morning, Internet…

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