Centro Unión Israelita Museum, Utah Theater, Google Maps, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, February 27, 2022


South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Argentina launches new virtual Jewish museum. “Launched last month by the Centro Unión Israelita — which consists of the synagogue and a separate cultural organization — the virtual ‘museum’ includes a timeline of Córdoba’s Jewish history; a 360-degree panoramic tour of the synagogue; explainers on Jewish rituals and holidays; a global map about the places where Córdoba’s Jewish immigrants came from; testimony from a local Holocaust survivor; and an interactive map of the Jewish sites in Córdoba city (Córdoba is the name of both a province of over a million people and its largest city), which include an outdoor Israel Square and a monument to Anne Frank…”


Salt Lake Tribune: In plot twist, preservationists sue Salt Lake City to save the Utah Theater. “Historic preservationists, film buffs and other residents allege city officials failed to comply with Utah law requiring a more thorough study and reports to state officials before they sold the disused property at 144 S. Main to developer Hines last year.”

9to5 Google: Google Maps usage in Ukraine triples as Docs use declines over the past two days. “Since 2010, Google has published Transparency Reports to demonstrate ‘how the policies and actions of governments and corporations affect privacy, security, and access to information online.’ One such report shows the impact the war in Ukraine is having on how people use Google products, including Maps.”


Bleeping Computer: Free Android app lets users detect Apple AirTag tracking. “A small team of researchers at the Darmstadt University in Germany have published a report illustrating how their AirGuard app for Android provides better protection from stealthy AirTag stalking than other apps.”


France24: Russia’s anti-war lobby goes online. “Several thousand Russians demonstrated against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but the police reaction was the usual one when it comes to Kremlin critics: hundreds of arrests. So the anti-war movement has moved online, where it is beginning to make itself heard and to garner support, some of it high-profile. Ukrainian flags adorn profile pictures and teary-eyed emojis are scattered liberally among the online statements. The hashtag #NoToTheWar was trending on Twitter on Saturday.”

CNET: How Misleading Videos About Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Spread on Twitter. “During times of crisis, the viral potential of misleading videos, like the one posted by @AndreyZhukovv, underscores the challenge Twitter and other social media platforms face in tamping down on unintentional misinformation and deliberate disinformation. Posts spread quickly before platforms can go through the process of reviewing them for removal.”

Daily Beast: Deleted Tweets Reveal a Progressive Group’s Ukraine Meltdown. “A self-styled ‘institution of progressive popular education’ founded by a former U.S. senator and backed by top left-of-center intellectuals and leaders spent the days and weeks ahead of the bloody Russian assault on Ukraine pumping out misinformation, experts say. Now it is desperately attempting to backtrack, in part by deleting tweets.”


Arab News: Iran arrests prominent blogger over critical tweets. “Iranian authorities arrested prominent blogger Seyed Hossein Ronaghi Maleki on Wednesday at his home after he posted several tweets critical of a controversial bill passed and ratified by the regime.”

The Verge: The US Copyright Office says an AI can’t copyright its art. “The US Copyright Office has rejected a request to let an AI copyright a work of art. Last week, a three-person board reviewed a 2019 ruling against Steven Thaler, who tried to copyright a picture on behalf of an algorithm he dubbed Creativity Machine. The board found that Thaler’s AI-created image didn’t include an element of ‘human authorship’ — a necessary standard, it said, for protection.”


WIRED: How to Get Mental Health Support—on Social Media. “Some groups, like the one I first joined, cater to individuals who need space to vent, fret, even panic. That kind of support is important when validation is missing in real life. But for someone seeking to recover, with or without professional help, inundation with those types of posts can trigger incremental worries. I’ve become more selective with the groups I frequent. Currently, I’m part of a new private Facebook group created by Anna Christie, owner of an emetophobia website and a licensed therapist specializing in the disorder. Her group is for people focused on recovery.”

Duke University Libraries: Code Repository vs Archival Repository. You need both.. “…there are many types of repositories, both digital and analog: repositories of bones, insects, plants, books, digital data, etc. Even among the subset of digital repositories there are many types. Some digital repositories keep your data safe for posterity and replication. Some help you manage the distribution of analysis and code. Knowing about these differences will affect not only the ease of your computational workflow, but also the legacy of your published works.”


Korea Times: Cultural artifact-inspired merchandise gets makeover . “Traditional souvenirs filling the shelves of Korean museum shops have long been stereotyped as items that lack practicality and that often fail to go well with interior decor, due to their faithful yet outdated designs. Once purchased or gifted, it isn’t unusual for these products to be tucked away in a corner of a room, slowly forgotten as they gather dust. However, a recent string of makeovers of state-run museums’ relic-inspired merchandise have added a feeling of freshness to the shop’s vitrines.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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