WWII Ukraine, Twitter, Government Transparency, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 8, 2022


University of North Carolina Greensboro: Museum Studies Program Creates Ukraine History Exhibit For Schools. “Growing up, Dr. Anne Parsons was told that her Jewish family members from Ukraine died in a fire during the Holocaust. It wasn’t until she started researching the Nazi’s genocide of Jews of Ukraine that she learned her family was part of one small village’s show of resistance. Together with graduate students in UNC Greensboro’s Master’s in History and Museum Studies Program, the associate professor and director of public history envisioned a Holocaust exhibit specifically focused on the events in Tuchyn, Ukraine during World War II.”


Reuters: Twitter says it removes over 1 million spam accounts each day. “Twitter removes more than 1 million spam accounts each day, executives told reporters in a briefing on Thursday, providing new insight into efforts to reduce harmful automated bots as billionaire Elon Musk has demanded more details from the social media company.”

The Verge: Twitter starts testing new CoTweets feature that lets two accounts co-author a tweet . “Twitter has started testing a new CoTweets feature this week with users of the social network. The CoTweets feature allows two accounts to co-author a tweet and both be tagged in a single tweet.”


MakeUseOf: 9 Sites That Bring the Natural World to Your Computer or Phone. “We’ve rounded up the best websites that bring the natural world to your computer, tablet, or phone. We’ve got photos, documentaries, live cameras, and even GIFs of animals and natural wonders. These free sites aren’t a true replacement for experiencing nature first-hand, but they can help a bit.”


NiemanLab: City Bureau gets $10 million to make public meetings more public. “As local news withers, one oft-heard concern is that its decline means that public meetings — and developments that affect residents — will go uncovered, since there will be no reporters to cover them. Since 2017, City Bureau’s Documenters program has aimed to help solve that problem by training citizens to attend and document public meetings.”

BBC: How TikTok is fuelling dreams of wealth in the Arab world. “Mohamed Ghadour spends four hours every day on his mobile creating new TikTok videos. He says the return is very rewarding, earning him a monthly income between $1,000 (£840) and $3,000 (£2,520). Although TikTok is not his only source of money, it is an essential one. He says a lot of people he knows are generating up to $10,000 from the video sharing app.”


Eurasianet: Armenia moves to restrict internet. “Armenia’s General Prosecutor has proposed a law allowing the state to block certain internet content, citing Russia as a positive example of how such a practice might work. In a July 4 letter addressed to the government, General Prosecutor Artur Davtyan suggested that the country should adopt legal regulations allowing the government to block material on the internet it deems harmful.”

ProPublica: Federal Patient Privacy Law Does Not Cover Most Period-Tracking Apps. “Following the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade, advocates for privacy and reproductive health have expressed fears that data from period-tracking apps could be used to find people who’ve had abortions. They have a point. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the federal patient privacy law known as HIPAA, does not apply to most apps that track menstrual cycles, just as it doesn’t apply to many health care apps and at-home test kits.”


National Science Foundation: Citizen science project analyzes data to model treetop snowpack and predict melt. “Thousands of volunteers categorized 13,600 images from remote U.S. locations into images that showed snow on tree branches, images that didn’t, and images that were inconclusive. In the future, the dataset could be used to train machine learning in analyzing the images.”

Tubefilter: Here’s how much TikTok paid the entire music industry in 2021 (Report). “In the latest episode of Music Business Worldwide’s MBW Podcast, the outlet’s founder, Tim Ingham, broke down Goldman Sachs’ report (along with other previously reported data plus info from anonymous industry sources) and found that TikTok likely paid around $179 million to the entire music industry in 2021.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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