Museum Finance Academy, Coachella, Google Shopping, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, April 12, 2022


BusinessWire: Museum of American Finance to Bring Museum Finance Academy Certificate Program for High School Students to National Audience (PRESS RELEASE). “The Museum of American Finance announced it will bring its popular Museum Finance Academy (MFA) course for high school students to a national audience for the Spring 2022 semester with the addition of a second section of the afterschool program to accommodate the schedules of students in different time zones…. Currently offered virtually via Zoom, MFA is a free five-session personal finance certificate course for 11th and 12th graders with the goal of teaching students to aspire to financial independence through developing an appreciation for savings, establishing financial goals and learning to avoid scams. This course requires no prior knowledge of finance, business or economics.”


CNET: YouTube Will Livestream Coachella 2022. How to Watch the Concert. “Don’t want to miss out on Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and The Weeknd performing at Coachella? Well, there’s no need to purchase a ticket to the festival in the California desert when you can watch at home. For the 10th year, YouTube will livestream the two-weekend music festival, the company said Monday.”

Search Engine Roundtable: Google Trusted Store Badge Now Live. “A couple of weeks ago, Google announced the new Google Shopping trusted store badge. Well, now it seems to be fully live, as of just a few days ago. Also, when you click on the trusted store badge, it tells you what makes that specific store ‘trusted’.”


CNN: ‘Birtherism’ to the ‘Big Lie’: Inside Obama’s fight to counter disinformation. “Former President Barack Obama is urgently throwing himself into the fight against disinformation, taking a yearslong private fascination into the open as he makes addressing the issue a key pillar of his post-presidency.”

Artnet News: Artist Derrick Adams Wins $1.25 Million From the Mellon Foundation to Start a Database Documenting the Black Culture of Baltimore. “This week, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced that it will award $1.25 million to the Black Baltimore Digital Database, a new archive cataloguing important cultural contributions by Black Baltimoreans.”

Business Review (Romania): Stickr, a new social media app born in Romania, ready to scale up “Stickr, an app developed in Romania, is a new social media platform with a unique code that only allows users to post owned content, automatically certifying the location and timing of the photos or videos posted by using satellite geolocation and placing all posts on a 3D map of the world.”


Mashable: John Oliver proves how easy it is to buy people’s data, does it to D.C. politicians. “Think your data is relatively safe while you’re browsing the internet? Think again! As John Oliver breaks down during the latest Last Week Tonight episode, pretty much everything we do online is being tracked by somebody, with data brokers constantly making money collating our cookie-acquired data, bundling it up into neat little packages and selling it on to third parties.”

Reuters: Google Sues Alleged Puppy Scammer After Tip From AARP. “Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday sued an alleged puppy scammer who used its services to sell fake pets, the first of what the company said would be a growing number of lawsuits targeting apparent misuse by its users.”


Cornell Chronicle: Russian trolls tried to distract voters with music tweets in 2016. “In a finding that has implications for the 2022 midterm elections, Cornell researchers found Russia tried to distract liberal voters during the 2016 presidential campaign with a seemingly innocent weapon – tweets about music and videos – taking a page from its domestic disinformation playbook. The strategy resembles techniques used by autocratic governments that control their national media, such as Russia and China, which ‘flood’ social media with entertainment content to distract their citizens from domestic events like protests that they don’t want covered.”

WIRED: The Census Is Broken. Can AI Fix It?. “The once-a-decade endeavor informs the distribution of federal tax dollars and apportions members of the House of Representatives for each state, potentially redrawing the political map. According to emails obtained through a records request, Trump administration officials interfered in the population count to produce outcomes beneficial to Republicans, but problems with the census go back much further.”

Axios: Gmail filters more likely to weed out GOP emails. “New research shows Gmail was substantially more likely to mark Republican fundraising emails as spam during the heat of the 2020 campaign, while Yahoo and Outlook disproportionately flagged Democratic ones.”


Ars Technica: Researchers home in on possible “day zero” for Antikythera mechanism. “The mysterious Antikythera mechanism—an ancient device believed to have been used for tracking the heavens—has fascinated scientists and the public alike since it was first recovered from a shipwreck over a century ago. Much progress has been made in recent years to reconstruct the surviving fragments and learn more about how the mechanism might have been used. And now, members of a team of Greek researchers believe they have pinpointed the start date for the Antikythera mechanism, according to a preprint posted to the physics arXiv. Knowing that ‘day zero’ is critical to ensuring the accuracy of the device.” Good morning, Internet…

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