Australian Photographers, Mali’s Cultural History, TikTok, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, March 12, 2022


The Guardian: Showcasing Australian female and non-binary photographers – in pictures. “On International Women’s Day, Australian Women in Photography has launched AUSWIP, an online database of established professional Australia-based female and non-binary photographers.”

BBC: Timbuktu manuscripts: Mali’s ancient documents captured online. “A virtual gallery to showcase Mali’s cultural history has been launched, featuring tens of thousands of Timbuktu’s ancient manuscripts. The manuscripts were smuggled to safety from Timbuktu after Islamist militant groups took control of the city in northern Mali in 2012. They contain centuries of African knowledge and scholarship on topics ranging from maths to astrological charts.”


CNET: TikTok Launches New Music Distribution System: SoundOn. “TikTok on Wednesday launched its own in-house music distribution and marketing platform, called SoundOn. Artists can upload their music directly onto the TikTok app, in addition to massive global platforms like Apple Music, Spotify and Pandora. Distribution is free, and TikTok is waiving transaction fees for the first year. It will take a 10% cut starting in year two.”

Mashable: Twitter makes it easy to swipe away from its annoying algorithm-fueled timeline. “On Thursday, Twitter announced that all iOS users now have the option to quickly switch between the Latest and Home timelines with a quick swipe. Twitter had prioritized the Home timeline as far back as 2016, but gave users the option to opt out via a nebulous sparkle icon starting in 2018.”


Make Tech Easier: 4 Free Online Tools to Add a Censor Bleep to Your YouTube Videos. “There are several free online tools that you can now use to censor parts of your YouTube videos. Whether it’s accidental swearing on your live stream or a minor slip in editing, these online tools will help you conceal these bluffs.” I am noticing a lot of YouTube videos doing more bleeping and self-censorship. I was watching Ukraine/Russia memes yesterday and puzzling over the continued references to “OVID” until I realized it was actually “covid” and the audio had been altered to dodge an AI moderator.

Analytics India: Top Twitter bots you should follow in 2022 . “A Twitter bot is a type of bot software that controls a Twitter account via the Twitter API, and while the platform is plagued with ‘bad bots’, Twitter recently announced an update that classifies the ‘good bots’. ‘Bots actually come in all shapes and sizes, and chances are, you’re already following one that you like,’ says Twitter. The past few years have seen utmost creativity by programmers who have created self-help, reminder oriented, dissent oriented, hilarious, helpful, artistic and even poetic bots. Analytics India Magazine has identified some of the best bots to follow in 2022. ” Interesting selection and good annotation.


Washington Post: Smithsonian to give back its collection of Benin bronzes. “The repatriation of the 39 priceless artworks is the cornerstone of an agreement that could be signed as early as next month, the head of Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments told The Washington Post. It includes provisions for long-term loans, shared exhibitions and education programs in Nigeria. The deal reflects a fundamental change in the Smithsonian’s collecting practices.”

Texas State University: Wittliff Collections acquires Stevie Ray Vaughan music archive. “The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University has acquired a significant archive of the late, legendary blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. The SRV archive, obtained from a private collector, is a major addition to the Texas Music Collection at The Wittliff, which already boasts archives from Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Marcia Ball, Cindy Walker and Asleep at the Wheel. The Wittliff is home to more than 500 historic literary, photographic, film and music collections, including one of the largest known collections of Tejano music materials and memorabilia in existence.”


Reuters: EU, British antitrust authorities launch probes into Google and Facebook ‘Jedi Blue’ ad deal. “European Union and British antitrust authorities launched parallel investigations on Friday into a 2018 online display advertising deal between Google and Facebook, adding to a long list of regulatory challenges facing the U.S. tech giants.”


PsyPost: Misleading videos about ADHD are being widely disseminated on TikTok, study finds. “A new study published in The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry has uncovered a high prevalence of misinformation about ADHD in TikTok videos. The scientists behind the research warn that the misleading information could potentially result in an increased risk for overdiagnosis or misdiagnosis.”

United Nations News: Break the link between illicit drugs and social media: UN-backed report . “The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), an independent, UN-backed body, is calling on governments to do more to regulate social media platforms that glamourize drug-related negative behaviour and boost sales of controlled substances.”


CBC: ‘A collection of odds and ends’: Windsor library publishes first zine. “Poems, short stories, even collages: the Windsor Public Library’s (WPL) first-ever zine is giving some Windsor residents the opportunity to see their work in print for the first time. The zine — essentially a small-circulation, self-published literary magazine — is titled Pagination, and includes work from about 30 people. Most of them are from Windsor, but other submissions came from as far as Vancouver, Mexico, and the United Kingdom, said library employee David Konstantino.” Good morning, Internet…

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