Go-Go Music Photography, Historical Inflation Data, T-Mobile, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, August 19, 2021


DCist: A New Photo Collection Adds Nearly 2,000 Images To The D.C. Public Library’s Go-Go Archive. “The D.C. Public Library’s Go-Go Archive is a digital and physical resource full of books, magazines, records, cassette tapes, DVDs, and 10,000 tweets about the Don’t Mute DC movement. But since it was established in 2012, the collection has suffered from an acute lack of photos capturing the culture surrounding the music — and even the bands that produced it.That’s changing this week, as the D.C. Public Library is adding nearly 2,000 photos that portray a decade of performances and behind-the-scenes moments shared by legendary go-go musicians and fans alike.” Seeing this new resource immediately reminded me of a Washingtonian article I indexed a couple of years ago.

Vox EU: One-stop source for inflation: Introducing a new database. “Understanding the dynamics of inflation requires a comprehensive database that covers a large number of countries over a long period. This column introduces a new global database of inflation that has a significantly larger coverage than other databases as it includes multiple measures of inflation for up to 196 countries over 1970-2021. The database can be used in a variety of contexts.”


Engadget: T-Mobile confirms data breach affects over 47 million people. “As part of its ongoing data breach investigation, T-Mobile has confirmed the enormity of the stolen information. Roughly 47.8 million current and former or prospective customers have been affected by the cyberattack on its systems, the carrier confirmed on Wednesday. Of that number, about 7.8 million are current T-Mobile postpaid accounts and the rest are prior or potential users who had applied for credit, the company added in a press release.”

SEO Roundtable: Google Local Result With Reviews From The Web & Independent Sites. “Google seems to be testing a new way of showing reviews in the local listing for some businesses. Brandon Schmidt spotted Google showing not just the number of reviews with the review summary in stars, but where Google labels if the reviews are ‘from the web’ or from ‘independent sites.'” Apparently you can’t click it, it’s just a piece of data. What’s the point?


PC World: This free Windows text tool will change the way you type. “For a while, I used a program called PhaseExpress for text shortcuts. It didn’t always work reliably, and I got tired of its periodic nags to pay for unnecessary extra features. Earlier this year, I started looking for text expander alternatives, which led me to a brilliant app—with an even more brilliant name—called Beeftext.”

Smashing Magazine: Free Open-Source Icons. “In this post, we’ll celebrate some of these wonderful freebies that we came across recently. All of these free icons, illustrations, avatars, and animations have slightly different licenses (so please check them), but they are free to use in private and commercial work. But of course, the credit is always much appreciated.” Extensive!


Poynter: Fake news accounts are spreading false information about journalists executed in Afghanistan. “Several Twitter accounts that look like they belong to some well-known news networks recently shared that a journalist had been captured and killed by the Taliban in Kabul. But these accounts weren’t authentic and they’ve since been suspended.”

The Guardian: Social networks struggle to crack down on ‘incel’ movement. “Despite years of strict moderation from the main social networks, the ‘incel’ community remains as influential as it was in 2014, when an English 22-year-old killed seven people on the streets of Isla Vista, California, motivated by his hatred of women.”


NBC 4 Washington: DC Tunnel History Site Flagged Suspicious Activity Before Capitol Insurrection. “The founder and administrator of an obscure website about underground infrastructure in Washington, D.C., saw a sudden and suspicious spike in traffic in the days before the U.S. Capitol insurrection. The sharp increase in web visitors alarmed the site’s operator so much that he contacted the FBI. Elliot Carter, who operates the site, worried people were covertly seeking escape routes or entry points to the Capitol ahead of the electoral college count in January.”

Associated Press: Following protests, Cuba lays out laws on social media use. “Cuba’s government on Tuesday spelled out its laws against using social media or the internet to stir up protests or insult the state — and offered people a form to report offenders. The decrees published in the Official Gazette follow the largest protests Cuba has seen in years, which broke out last month and apparently were fed in part by messages on social media applications.”


The Next Web: Researchers fooled AI into ignoring stop signs using a cheap projector. “A trio of researchers at Purdue today published pre-print research demonstrating a novel adversarial attack against computer vision systems that can make an AI see – or not see – whatever the attacker wants. It’s something that could potentially affect self-driving vehicles, such as Tesla’s, that rely on cameras to navigate and identify objects.”

Michigan State University: File not found: Biodiversity needs better data archiving. “Missing metadata — data that provides information about other data — might not sound like a big deal, but it’s a costly problem that’s hindering humanity’s plans to protect the planet’s biodiversity. ‘The way I see it, it’s pretty simple,’ said Rachel Toczydlowski, a postdoctoral researcher in Michigan State University’s College of Natural Science. ‘If we want to monitor and conserve global genetic diversity — the most fundamental level of biodiversity — we need to improve our data archiving practices ASAP.'” Good morning, Internet…

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