Radiohead, Creative Commons, TikTok, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, October 23, 2021


Pitchfork: Radiohead’s Discography Is Now on Bandcamp. “The majority of Radiohead’s catalog is now available on Bandcamp. Fans can listen to or purchase all nine of the band’s studio albums, the 2001 live album I Might Be Wrong, the King of Limbs remix album, 2007’s In Rainbows Disk 2, and the reissues OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017 and Kid A Mnesia. Find Bandcamp’s announcement below.”


Creative Commons: The 2021 CC Global Summit Keynotes Are Here!. “We have exciting news…we published the keynotes from the 2021 CC Global Summit! Alongside the 170+ sessions that took place at this year’s virtual event, we hosted five keynotes from global leaders in the open movement, who shared their work in open data, science and health, software and law. We’re excited to share these recordings of the keynotes with you today!”

TikTok: TikTok’s most influential creators now feature on one big influential list. “The heart of TikTok is creators: the people responsible for the dance videos, the comedic clips, and the life hacks you didn’t know you needed. Now, the platform is uplifting its most influential creators with a new initiative, The Discover List.”

The Register: Not just deprecated, but deleted: Google finally strips File Transfer Protocol code from Chrome browser. “The Chromium team has finally done it – File Transfer Protocol (FTP) support is not just deprecated, but stripped from the codebase in the latest stable build of the Chrome browser, version 95.”


Women and Hollywood: Indigeneity in All Its Complexity: Web Series and Podcast Picks. “Storytelling, through different forms of media, is an effective tool in dismantling media-based prejudice against Indigenous communities. By expressing their own individual stories, Indigenous creatives reclaim the narrative and establish themselves as complex individuals, and reject the one-dimensional, or even caricatured, characters and plot lines so often employed by the media. This week’s web series and podcast picks focus on works by Native creators who shed light on the unique experiences of being Indigenous.”

MakeUseOf: How to Create a Finsta Account (and Why You Might Want To) . “Instead of being a platform where we can casually share authentic moments of our lives, Instagram has become an unspoken competition of who has the most aesthetically pleasing feed or the most followers. This means most people have a super-finicky approach to filtering what photos are Insta-worthy or not and what moments make it to their carefully curated feeds. If you want to regain the tension-free experience of simply sharing realistic, imperfect moments with your followers, then you need a Finsta. In this article, we’ll walk you through what a Finsta account is, why you probably need one yourself, and help you learn how to create one.”


Mashable: Instagram’s become an essential tool for activists. But it’s a double-edged sword.. “Before Patrice Ingram shuts off her bedside light, before she closes her eyes to prepare for the day ahead, she checks Instagram. She’s not floating through a numbing sea of glamorized self-portraits and intricately posed interiors. Instead, she’s navigating the direct messages for Mutual Aid Philly, the volunteer-run organization dedicated to getting Philadelphia’s residents the help they need.”

BBC: China: The patriotic ‘ziganwu’ bloggers who attack the West. “Guyanmuchan is among a new crop of bloggers known as the ‘ziganwu’, whose rise in fame on Chinese social media has been inextricably linked with the ascendancy of Chinese nationalism. Their name refers to the infamous ‘wumao’ army of trolls who are paid to spread state propaganda – but the difference is that the ‘ziganwu’ do it for free.”

CNET: Google moves forward with Matter for smart home developers. “At the Google Smart Home Developer Summit today, the company announced new tools and features for developers ready to jump into building devices compatible with Matter, the open smart home application protocol promising to serve as a new, universal language for the connected home.”


New York Times: With Coercion and Black Boxes, Russia Installs a Digital Iron Curtain. “Russia’s boldest moves to censor the internet began in the most mundane of ways — with a series of bureaucratic emails and forms. The messages, sent by Russia’s powerful internet regulator, demanded technical details — like traffic numbers, equipment specifications and connection speeds — from companies that provide internet and telecommunications services across the country. Then the black boxes arrived. The telecom companies had no choice but to step aside as government-approved technicians installed the equipment alongside their own computer systems and servers.”

Kyiv Post: Facebook sues Ukrainian hacker for selling millions of users’ data. “Facebook is suing a Ukrainian national suspected of scraping and selling information from 178 million users on the platform in 2018-2019, according to American publication Insider. According to the court documents, the hacker accessed and sold user IDs and phone numbers, violating the terms of service of Facebook.”


Harvard Gazette: Are Google and smartphones degrading our memories?. “Harvard psychologist updates influential book with latest in research on ability to recall.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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