Alabama Food Insecurity, Postcards from Pittsburgh, US/Mexico Border, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 28, 2021


PR Newswire: ‘End Child Hunger in Alabama’ provides county-by-county food guide resources (PRESS RELEASE). “With the assistance of five institute team members, nearly 100 community volunteers and more than 2,500 hours of commitment, the food guide at now boasts a statewide database of nearly 7,000 food resources.”

Google Blog: Postcards from Pittsburgh. “Today, Google Arts & Culture is proud to launch Pittsburgh: Proud and Powerful alongside 15 local institutions to celebrate the city’s sports icons, local artists, up-and-coming musicians, foodie spots, and more.”

University of Michigan Museum of Art: New Online Exhibition Asks UMMA’s Instagram Followers To Rethink Border Neutrality. “[Alexis] Herrera, a U-M School of Information graduate student, developed Contingent Perimeters: Infrastructure, Technology, and the (Re)Production of the U.S.–Mexico Border, an online exhibition of photographs, sculptures, and other media from six contemporary artists (Yaritza Flores Bustos, Gloria Martinez-Granados, Hillary Mushkin, M. Jenea Sanchez, David Taylor, and Alex Turner). He wanted to use art to explore questions around borders, immigration, and racialization.”


The Varsity: Reviewing Pick-Me-Ups, a Toronto pop-up that uses social media as currency. “Before writing this article, I visited the pop-up three times in attempts to get the best experience. I really wanted to love it; the promise of free products seemed so appealing. But, like most offers advertised on social media, its promises were too good to be true.”

DJ Magazine: Late Electronic Music Photographer Shaun Bloodworth’s Work Celebrated In New Archive. “An archive of photography by the late Shaun Bloodworth is currently in the works. The Shaun Bloodworth Archive, which will take in a website and dedicated Instagram account, will look at work from across the Sheffield photographer’s career, which saw him capture war in the Balkans and the aftermath of Ukraine’s Chernobyl disaster.”


Gizmodo: The ACCC Would Like To Go Full Hulk On Google’s Ad Tech Monopoly. “The ACCC has declared Google is way too dominant in the ad tech space and isn’t letting the search giant off easy, vowing to tear down the secret sauce to its success: data. The competition watchdog has had tech giants in its crosshairs for years. It ramped up action in July 2019 when it published its whopping 623-page Digital Platforms Inquiry report.”

Jalopnik: Tesla Sues For Defamation Over Social Media Posts. “Last year, a Chinese court found Tesla guilty of sales fraud after a Model S sold as accident-free was found to have major structural damage. Now, after losing an appeal on the case, the company is suing to have evidence of the case stricken from social media. While this isn’t the first time Tesla has threatened to sue over social media posts, this particular case is a unique one. Not only has this suit actually been filed, but it’s a direct response to posts about the previous sales fraud case. Tesla is demanding damages from Han Chao, who filed the fraud case.”


New York Times: The Maps That Steer Us Wrong. “Rather than being drawn up by a group of drafters, maps today are produced by diplomats, policymakers, marketers and tech executives, who decide what data goes into maps covering everything from border disputes to wireless and broadband availability. Marketing is why those pretty pink maps showing T-Mobile’s 5G service availability around the country are largely a fantasy.”

Harvard Business School: Managers, Your Employees Don’t Want to Be Facebook ‘Friends’. “It can be challenging to navigate the boundaries between our workplace and personal lives, causing us to weigh whether to bring a plus-one to the office party or keep a family photo on our desk. But social media adds a whole new level of complexity, and today many employees are hesitant to ‘friend’ ​colleagues and managers online, fearing that the connection could come with career risks, according to a recent study in the Academy of Management Journal.”


BBC: Mr Goxx, the crypto-trading hamster beating human investors. “Like many people, Mr Goxx is dabbling in cryptocurrency, hoping to strike it rich. He’s notable for two reasons: first, he is making money, with his lifetime career performance up about 20% – beating many professional traders and funds. Second, Mr Goxx is a hamster.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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