CNET: Paidia gaming community promises safe space for female gamers and their allies. “Online gaming community Paidia launched the beta of its portal on Wednesday, aiming to deliver a secure environment for gamers in search of a supportive, inclusive and kind community. You can create an account on Paidia’s website. But first, you must take the Paidia Pledge: a promise to denounce online harassment and abuse of any kind. After signing up, users get a 60-day free trial to explore the portal, and then it’s $10 per month.”
Eater San Francisco: A New Recipe Website Promises to Help Creators Actually Get Paid For Their Work. “The founders are billing Foody as ‘a recipe content marketplace for food lovers and culinary creators.’ They say a chef, cookbook author, social media personality, or anyone can upload a recipe to the site, and customize it by adding an intro, photos, or videos. Many recipes start at 99 cents, although they can be priced any way the writer wants and can be bundled into ‘Collections,’ kind of like a digital cookbook. Creators retain the full copyright to their work and are free to publish it elsewhere.”
MakeUseOf: 6 Chrome Extensions to Manage Tab Overload and Speed Up Tab Navigation. “Google Chrome is the most popular browser on the planet, and it’s also riddled with tab management problems. Let’s fix it with extensions that solve tab overload. None of this is news, and that’s why developers keep making extensions to fix tab overload in Chrome. Here are six new extensions (some of which work with other browsers too) that will greatly enhance tab management in Chrome.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
University at Buffalo: UB receives Mellon planning grant to support development of Haudenosaunee Archive and Resource Collection. “The proposed archive and resource collection will establish and house a campus center where scholars, students, educators and community members can research and learn about Haudenosaunee people. UB will work closely with Indigenous advisors to help build a collection that will further enable it to meet the new department’s strategic priorities by inspiring scholarship, advancing Indigenous knowledge in ways that incorporate it into all fields, and addressing prevalent societal knowledge gaps regarding the culture, history and experiences of Indigenous people.” The Haudenosaunee are a confederacy of Native American tribes. The Smithsonian has a PDF guide for educators here.
Mashable: Why YouTubers are using vintage camcorders to feel something. “While cleaning out her apartment, Maddie Dragsbaek found her very first video camera. It’s a Sony Handycam that her parents gave her in 2009. She was in middle school at the time and uploading homemade music videos, skits, and vlogs to her then-fledgling YouTube channel. Roughly 10 years later, Dragsbaek now uses the same camera to document parts of her life for her 190,000 subscribers.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Yahoo News UK: Experts ‘finding 15 times as much child abuse material online as a decade ago’. “The amount of child sexual abuse material being found online by expert analysts is fifteen times higher than a decade ago, according to new figures from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). The online safety organisation has said its analysts are facing a ‘tidal wave’ of abuse material, as it called for the Government to ensure the Online Safety Bill is used to protect children online.”
Techdirt: Metal Gear Solid 2 And 3 Taken Off Digital Storefronts Over Licensing For Historical Videos . “While readers here will be familiar with the importance and practical usage of fair use, caution often causes creators to shy away from that affirmative defense. For instance, Konami recently announced that the second and third iterations of its Metal Gear Solid franchise are being temporarily pulled down from digital storefronts, as are any digital collections that include those games. Why? Well, it appears that Konami had originally licensed a bunch of historical war footage to use as snippets in those games and those licenses lapsed without being renewed.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
USC Viterbi: USC Viterbi Students Develop AI-based Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Tool. “About 6 million people in the US are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Despite being the sixth-leading cause of death in the country, there is currently no known cure for the memory-robbing condition. But diagnosing the disease early can help people seek preventative care and slow its progress. That’s why a team of students at USC is developing machine learning tools to detect early-onset Alzheimer’s disease using speech patterns, and democratize the diagnosis process.”
New York Times: You Are the Object of a Secret Extraction Operation. “The world’s liberal democracies now confront a tragedy of the ‘un-commons.’ Information spaces that people assume to be public are strictly ruled by private commercial interests for maximum profit. The internet as a self-regulating market has been revealed as a failed experiment. Surveillance capitalism leaves a trail of social wreckage in its wake: the wholesale destruction of privacy, the intensification of social inequality, the poisoning of social discourse with defactualized information, the demolition of social norms and the weakening of democratic institutions.”
Canada Newswire: New Website Launched to Promote Innovative Projects Supporting Chronic Illnesses in Indigenous Communities (PRESS RELEASE). “A new website has been launched to provide updates from four Indigenous communities participating in the PATHWAYS Indigenous Health Collaborations projects – http://www.IndigenousHealthPathways.ca. These projects are empowering members living with diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) through innovative health care approaches and accelerated guideline-based treatments.” Good afternoon, Internet…
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