Cincinnati Activism, TikTok, Google Street View, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 25, 2022

Well, I didn’t get the Bellingcat Tech Fellowship. I’m going to keep my eye out for other opportunities that don’t require any academic standing. Thank you for your encouragement.


Cincinnati Public Library: 50 Years of Protest Posters, Photos, and Flyers Scanned for the Library’s Digital Collection. “The images, part of the upcoming Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) exhibit, Artist Run Spaces, include protest posters, photos, slides, and flyers from fifty years of organizing work by the community organization Over-the-Rhine People’s Movement. The images are now available for high resolution viewing on the Library’s Digital Library, opens a new window.”


The Verge: TikTok’s launching Twitch-like subscriptions in beta on Thursday. “TikTok has announced a program that lets viewers pay to subscribe to specific live streamers they want to support. Dubbed Live Subscription, it gives fans access to perks like a subscriber-only chat, creator-specific emotes, and badges that differentiate them from non-subscribers (via TechCrunch).”

Google Blog: Street View turns 15 with a new camera and fresh features. “Today, we’re unveiling Street View’s newest camera, giving you more ways to explore historical imagery, and taking a closer look at how Street View is powering the future of Google Maps.”


Mashable: The 21 best binge-worthy podcasts that tell one hell of a story. “With definitive beginnings, middles, and ends, the limited-series podcast as we define it is a contained story told over five or more episodes. Many of those on our list have other seasons tackling different subject matters. But we’re highlighting the best of the best.”


Brown University: Brown University Library Awarded Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to Create New Frameworks to Preserve and Publish Born-Digital Art. “Brown University Library has been approved for a $20,000 Grants for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts to support ‘New Frameworks to Preserve and Publish Born-Digital Art.’ This project will develop new frameworks for the long-term preservation and presentation of born-digital art.”

The Mainichi: Tokyo’s only wooden traditional vaudeville theater seeks funds to survive pandemic . “The Shinjuku Suehirotei theater is likely to go bankrupt if the revenue decline it has suffered from the pandemic continues. The theater in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward with its classic atmosphere is a precious venue where top-notch masters of the Showa era (1926-1989) vied with each other. It recently also became the model for the Uchikutei theater featured in the popular manga series ‘Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju.'”


Engadget: New Jersey Attorney General also investigating Discord and Twitch after Buffalo shooting. “New Jersey’s Acting Attorney General has launched a probe into Twitch and Discord to see if the platforms broke laws on hateful and extremist content following a recent mass shooting in Buffalo. In an announcement published Monday, New Jersey’s Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin wrote that the purpose of the investigation was to find out if policy or moderation failures allowed the platforms to become vectors for spreading extremist content, especially among young people.”

Associated Press: California parents could soon sue for social media addiction. “California could soon hold social media companies responsible for harming children who have become addicted to their products, permitting parents to sue platforms like Instagram and TikTok for up to $25,000 per violation under a bill that passed the state Assembly on Monday.”


KNDO: Washington launches new website to track recovery efforts for orca population. “The Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office created a new website to track recovery efforts for endangered Southern Resident orcas. The website has information on putting in places the recommendations made by the governor’s Southern Resident Killer Whale Task Force, general information about the whales and suggestions for how people can help save the orcas and resources for school curriculum.”

New York Times: Selfies Further Endanger Rare Phallic Plant, Conservationists Fear. “In Cambodia, video of women suggestively joking around with a protected carnivorous specimen prompted a government admonition: Hands off, people.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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