Zoom (TV Show), Women at MIT, Apple, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 28, 2022


NPR: 50 years ago, ‘Zoom’ spoke to children about their real lives. “For pre-teens watching TV in the early 1970s, the opening to Zoom was captivating with seven, charismatic, barefoot kids in rugby shirts running, jumping, dancing and singing on a bare stage. They beckoned young viewers with the lyrics, ‘Come on and zoom, zoom, zoom-a zoom. You gotta zoom, zoom, zoom-a zoom.’… To celebrate Zoom’s 50th anniversary, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting has made more than 100 episodes available to stream online for the first time.”

MIT News: Immersive video game explores the history of women at MIT. “A new video game, ‘A Lab of One’s Own,’ creates an immersive environment in which players discover archival materials that tell the stories of women from MIT’s history. Created by multimedia artists Mariana Roa Oliva and Maya Bjornson with collections from MIT Libraries’ Women@MIT archival initiative, the project aims to create a multi-sensory, choose-your-own-adventure-style experience that challenges the idea that the past is behind us.”


The Verge: Apple creates personal safety guide as AirTag concerns mount. “On Tuesday, Apple quietly launched a Personal Safety User Guide to help ‘anyone who is concerned about or experience technology-enabled abuse, stalking or harassment.’ The guide is a resource hub to help people figure out what their options are if they wish to remove someone’s access to shared information, as well as personal safety features available across the Apple ecosystem. Most notably, it includes a ‘Stay safe with AirTag and other Find My accessories’ page at a time when an increasing number of people have come forward about being stalked with the devices.”

Tubefilter: Substack Is Launching Native Video. “Subscription newsletter platform Substack is testing native video in a private beta. The feature enables users to upload or record videos directly into Substack posts, and then make those videos available to everyone or exclusively to paid subscribers, the company said.”


Johns Hopkins University: Project will digitize colonial records pertaining to enslaved and free Black people in Louisiana. “Johns Hopkins University historian Jessica Marie Johnson has received a $120,000 planning gra'”Kinship and Longing: Keywords for Black Louisiana’ project. The grant will support a collaboration of scholars and graduate students toward developing a digital, open-source, searchable edition of some 200,000 French and Spanish colonial records documenting enslaved and free people of African descent in Louisiana between 1714 and 1803.”


Route Fifty: More States Enacting Potentially Conflicting Data Privacy Laws. “In recent years, there has been growing interest in establishing a national data protection law that would apply to a wide range of organizations and go beyond the nation’s many sectoral laws, according to a report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. But in the absence of comprehensive federal legislation, many states, including California, Colorado and Virginia, have passed or are enacting data privacy legislation, the report says.”

CNET: A lot more people reported being scammed on social media in 2021, FTC says. “2021 was a big year for scammers on social media, the Federal Trade Commission reported on Thursday. The 95,000 consumers who reported being scammed on social media was more than twice the number from 2020. The $770 million those consumers reported represented about one quarter of all reported fraud losses from 2021.”


The Conversation: Artificial intelligence can discriminate on the basis of race and gender, and also age. “AI is often assumed to be more objective than humans. In reality, however, AI algorithms make decisions based on human-annotated data, which can be biased and exclusionary. Current research on bias in AI focuses mainly on gender and race. But what about age-related bias — can AI be ageist?”

Yale News: Travel log: A new digital afterlife for museum exhibitions. “The Yale University Library, the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), and Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG) have partnered with Edinburgh University, Oxford University’s E-Research Center, and Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in compiling a digital project that will use advanced computational techniques — such as text mining and machine learning — to capture all sorts of exhibition data and allow museums to make it easily accessible and shareable to scholars and the public.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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