VeloNews, Missouri Agriculture, Bob Marley, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 12, 2022


VeloNews: Introducing the VeloNews Archive – 50 years of our magazines online. “VeloNews photo director Brad Kaminski worked for more than a year on this project, which we are happy to share with you today on the eve of the 50th anniversary of VeloNews. Our first issue was published March 13, 1972. The magazine began as Northeast Bicycle News, then later became Cyclenews, Velo-news, and finally VeloNews.” Requires an access membership, but it’s not onerous.

KY3: New website makes finding farmers markets easier for consumers. “Missouri Grown is part of the Missouri Department of Agriculture and works to connect farmers with customers and promote Missouri agribusiness. The map was created to make it easier to locate farmers’ markets but you can also locate many other agritourism hot spots.”

Google Blog: Explore Bob Marley’s most extensive archive ever. “My father, Bob Marley, is one of the most known people in the world. I mean, some people feel as if they know him personally, that’s how much history is out there, yet there is so much that is unknown. Bob Marley still holds mystery. We all are still learning new things about him, and some people may just be discovering him. In this mission we are happy to be partners with Google Arts & Culture to compile and exhibit in one online location the most extensive collection of Bob Marley artifacts.”


The Verge: Google Takeout will get more ways to securely transfer files across different services. “In 2018, Google, Facebook / Meta, Microsoft, and Twitter teamed up to announce the Data Transfer Project, which worked on tools to help users ‘transfer data directly from one service to another, without needing to download and re-upload it.’… This week, Google provided an update on its participation, pledging $3 million in funding and ‘hundreds’ of hours of work from engineers over the next five years to work on the open-source libraries that keep the project going.”


BuzzFeed News: Inside Project Texas, TikTok’s Big Answer To US Lawmakers’ China Fears. “Over the past year, thousands of TikTok employees have scrambled to move the company’s stores of information about its US users to data centers inside the US, and to restrict access to that data abroad. The effort, which is ongoing, is known internally as ‘Project Texas.’ According to seven current and former TikTok employees, it represents the company’s response to concerns from regulators that the Chinese government could use the app, owned by the Chinese corporation ByteDance, to access sensitive information about US citizens.”

Politico: The woman behind the Gender Pay Gap Bot. “The Twitter bot uses data on the pay gap that British companies are required to disclose by a regulation that went into effect in 2017. When the budget airline Ryanair sent out its International Women’s Day tweet, an image in the style of a movie poster with photos of women employees under the words ‘THE FLIGHT SQUAD,’ the Pay Gap Bot shot out a typically straightforward, cutting quote-tweet: ‘In this organisation, women’s median hourly pay is 68.6% lower than men’s.'”


City AM: Google settles libel lawsuit with Tory MP over defamatory ‘paedophile’ advert. “Google has settled a libel lawsuit brought forward by Conservative party MP Lee Anderson, after the tech company displayed adverts falsely accusing Anderson of protecting peadophiles. Google Ireland issued an apology to Anderson and settled the case out of court, after it hosted a political advert from campaign group ‘Keeping Kids Safe’ on political news website Guido Fawkes.”

Washington Post: Va. seeks records law change to require victim notification before releasing crime files. “The Virginia General Assembly is preparing to change the state’s open records laws again, removing a recent provision that required police and prosecutors to release closed files to any requester. The changes would also require crime victims to be notified whenever law enforcement is inclined to release a report in open or closed criminal cases.”


Times of Israel: ADL develops algorithm to track antisemitism on social media. “When it comes to antisemitism on social media, the algorithms governing the major platforms shoulder some of the blame for their reach. But the Anti-Defamation League hopes to fight the spread — by creating an algorithm of its own. The Jewish civil rights group announced Tuesday that it has built a system called the Online Hate Index, describing it as the first tool ever developed to measure antisemitism on social media platforms. The program can sift through millions of posts quickly to detect antisemitic comments and aid in their removal.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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