Tufts University, Archives Unbound, Chrome Alternatives, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, February 25, 2022


Tuft’s Daily: Tufts Digital Collections and Archives unveils 124 years of student media at Tufts through new collection. “Tufts Digital Collections and Archives launched Newspapers @ Tufts, a digital collection of thousands of issues of the Tufts Weekly, the Tufts Observer and the Tufts Daily, in January 2022. The collection documents 124 years of university history through the lens of student media.”


JSTOR Daily: Introducing “Archives Unbound” . “In her new column, Dorothy Berry offers an inside look at the work of the digital archivist, while highlighting forgotten figures in Black print culture and public life.”

WIRED: Australia’s Standoff Against Google and Facebook Worked—Sort Of. “Australia might have created the blueprint for forcing Big Tech to pay for news, but it hasn’t actually applied it. Only tech companies that are named, or ‘designated,’ under the code by Australia’s treasurer can be forced into the arbitration process with news organizations. But no tech site has ever been designated. Instead, Google and Facebook have been rushing to strike deals with news organizations in private, to avoid the arbitration process, which could end up being more costly.”


Gizmodo: Try These Google Chrome Alternatives if You Feel the Need for Speed. “There are plenty of great Google Chrome alternatives out there which you might want to consider, given that the Google-owned browser is a total system resources hog and is slow compared to the competition. Here are some Google Chrome alternatives that you should try out. It costs you nothing to try these and you might even prefer the features that some of these browsers offer.” Waterfox looks intriguing…


The Verge: Twitter and Google blocked ads from a medical journal about health and racism. “The medical journal Health Affairs spent years planning its special issue on health and racism, which it published at the beginning of February. The journal wanted to reach new readers by promoting the issue through targeted advertisements on Twitter and YouTube. That’s why it was so frustrating when Twitter and Google blocked its ads before they could go up, says Patti Sweet, the director of digital strategy at Health Affairs.”

Screen Rant: What Is Spam App? How To Use The New Social Media App. “At its core, Spam App is a social networking app for users to share photos with each other. Unlike other social media apps, though, Spam App has made a conscious effort to keep the experience as laidback as possible.”

New York Times: How the Internet Has Left Its Mark on Terroir. “Growers and producers who might once have been isolated can now be a part of community efforts, perhaps adding to our understanding of terroir and a sense of place. These communities can share thoughts and ideas, ask questions and discuss solutions regardless of how far apart they might be physically.”


Politico: Social media platforms on the defensive as Russian-based disinformation about Ukraine spreads. “Russia-backed media reports falsely claiming that the Ukrainian government is conducting genocide of civilians ran unchecked and unchallenged on Twitter and on Facebook. Videos from the Russian government — including speeches from Vladimir Putin — on YouTube received dollars from Western advertisers. Unverified TikTok videos of alleged real-time battles were instead historical footage, including doctored conflict-zone images and sounds.”

BNN Bloomberg: Google faces sanctions dilemma with pro-Russia YouTube channels. “With sanctions on Russia ramping up following its invasion of Ukraine, Google’s YouTube is under pressure to remove or cut commercial ties with some of its most prolific pro-Russian channels.”


Inside Higher Ed: Shining a Light on Rural Colleges. “Two new mapping projects aim to expand understanding of rural colleges and the challenges they face. One focuses on where rural college are located, the other on colleges serving rural populations.”

Ars Technica: Study finds 90 percent of medieval chivalric and heroic manuscripts have been lost. “Teasing out how much of a cultural domain may have been lost is a considerable challenge. The field of ecology might be able to help. According to a new paper published in the journal Science, an international team of researchers has adapted an ecological ‘unseen species’ model to estimate how many medieval European stories in the chivalric romance or heroic tradition survived and how much has been lost.” Good morning, Internet…

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