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Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Texas Sharecropping, Snapchat, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 17, 2021

NEW RESOURCES

Central Goldfields Shire Council: Art Gallery brings significant artworks onto Google Arts & Culture. “Starting today, over 100 artworks from Central Goldfields Art Gallery can be viewed online on Google Arts & Culture by people around the world, due to a new partnership between Google and the Gallery.”

University of Texas at San Antonio: ITC virtual exhibit explores history, role of Texas sharecropping. “A new digital exhibit from the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures allows users to experience an interactive 360-degree walkthrough of one of the museum’s most treasured artifacts: the 100-year-old sharecropper cabin housed in the institute’s African American Texans section.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Snapchat: Food Scan is inspiring the next generation of cooks, and it’s as easy as pie. “Food Scan can parse and understand foods and ingredients you have right in front of you using computer vision. Then, our Camera connects what it sees to suggestions from Allrecipes, changing the way Snapchatters cook, grocery shop, and find recipe inspiration. So, if you have an extra carton of eggs chilling in the refrigerator, Scan them and relevant recipes will be immediately at hand — everything from huevos rancheros to bacon devilled eggs. Just open your Snapchat Camera, point it at the egg, and press the Scan button to get started.”

ZDNet: Google glitch triggers major internet outage. “Another day, another major internet outage. This time around, Google reported that it had experienced a global issue with its Google Cloud Platform (GCP) networking at 12:53 PM US Eastern time.” In case you were wondering what was going on with the outages yesterday.

EFF: EFF’s How to Fix the Internet Podcast Offers Optimistic Solutions to Tech Dystopias. “It seems like everywhere we turn we see dystopian stories about technology’s impact on our lives and our futures—from tracking-based surveillance capitalism to street level government surveillance to the dominance of a few large platforms choking innovation to the growing pressure by authoritarian governments to control what we see and say—the landscape can feel bleak. Exposing and articulating these problems is important, but so is envisioning and then building a better future. That’s where our new podcast comes in.” I did not see a link to a transcription anywhere. If I missed it please let me know.

USEFUL STUFF

Washington Post: How to duck spam and data breaches with throwaway numbers, email addresses and credit cards. “At the Help Desk, we’ve recommended ‘burners’ — or prepaid phones not tied to your name — as a last-ditch option for the privacy conscious. But you can also spin up virtual burner email addresses, phone numbers and credit card numbers online to stop companies from collecting and sharing your real information. Burners help protect you from data breaches, spam and unwanted charges, and they’re easy to use.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Engadget: Google and PBS launch a media literacy program to combat misinformation. “Over the past few years, Google has been trying to repair its reputation as a source for disinformation by launching multiple programs, particularly the Google News Initiative (GNI). Now, the company has teamed with PBS Student Report Labs (SRL) and other journalism organizations on programs designed to strengthen media literacy for students, educators and the public.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Mashable: How to file a claim for a piece of TikTok’s $92 million class action lawsuit . “Attention U.S.-based TikTok users — you may be entitled to a part of the $92 million class-action lawsuit settlement against the app. If you used either TikTok or its sister app Musical.ly before Sept. 30, you are eligible to file a claim for yourself or (for parents) minors who have used the app.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

MoMA Magazine: Modern Dream: How Refik Anadol Is Using Machine Learning and NFTs to Interpret MoMA’s Collection. “This week, on the new-media platform Feral File, artist Refik Anadol presents Unsupervised, an exhibition of works created by training an artificial intelligence model with the public metadata of The Museum of Modern Art’s collection. Spanning more than 200 years of art, from paintings to photography to cars to video games, the Museum’s collection represents a unique data set for an artist who has worked with many different public archives. The AI-based abstract images and shapes in Unsupervised are interpretations of the Museum’s wide-ranging collection, weighted toward the exhibition of new artworks at MoMA this fall.”

Arizona State University: Jane Goodall Institute chimpanzee archive coming to ASU. “The physical archive of over 60 years of observations of wild chimpanzees in Gombe National Park, initiated by Jane Goodall — founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and U.N. messenger of peace — and comprising hundreds of thousands of handwritten notes by hundreds of researchers, will find a new home at Arizona State University’s newest, state-of-the-art research building, Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 7 (ISTB7).” Good afternoon, Internet…

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  1. The only thing remotely disappointing about this edition: when I got the notification about its having been posted, I misread the headline. “Central Goldfish Art Gallery” would have made my week!

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