1950s China, Social Media Mergers, Ultrashort Video, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 7, 2022


George Mason University: Mason students build digital archive for victims of China’s Anti-‘Rightist’ Campaign. “Predating China’s Cultural Revolution, the Anti-‘Rightist’ Campaign was launched by Chairman Mao Zedong to purge ‘Rightists’ from the Chinese Communist Party and the entire country. Beginning in 1957 and lasting for about two years, the campaign may have affected between 500,000 and 2 million individuals. Targeted individuals were reeducated, humiliated, relocated, or executed. The main focus was on ‘intellectuals,’ which tended to mean professors, artists teachers, writers and doctors.”


CNBC: Deal partner for Trump’s Truth Social fails to get backing for SPAC extension: Reuters, citing sources. “The blank-check acquisition firm that agreed to merge with Donald Trump’s social media company failed to secure enough shareholder support for a one-year extension to complete the deal, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.”


Social Media Examiner: How to Easily Batch Videos for Reels, Shorts, and TikTok. “Do you want to use more short-form video in your marketing? Looking for an efficient cross-channel workflow? In this article, you’ll discover an easy method to turn a single short-form video into something you can use across all of the major social platforms.”

Duke University Libraries: Election Data. “You’re probably aware that voting in the United States is managed in a very decentralized manner compared to most other countries. There are limited sources that comprehensively compile local-level results or geographic data showing local voting precincts. We’ll discuss several selected projects have come about to try to pull all this data together to provide one-stop repositories, as well as state and local sources for election data. Some of these are free resources, and some are licensed by us for the use of Duke affiliates.”


Washington Post: Encrypted app Signal just hired one of Big Tech’s sharpest critics. “Signal has hired Meredith Whittaker, a former Google manager who has been outspoken about the harms of Big Tech, as its first president, adding to the roster of tech critics leading the encrypted messaging app.”

Federal News Network: NARA looks to double down on email records approach with texts, other messages. “The National Archives and Records Administration is looking to expand a successful approach for managing email records to text messages and other digital communications as part of a bid to help agencies with an ever increasing deluge of electronic records.”


Ars Technica: Chrome extensions with 1.4M installs covertly track visits and inject code. “Google has removed browser extensions with more than 1.4 million downloads from the Chrome Web Store after third-party researchers reported they were surreptitiously tracking users’ browsing history and inserting tracking code into specific ecommerce sites they visited.”

Associated Press: Tech tool offers police ‘mass surveillance on a budget’. “Local law enforcement agencies from suburban Southern California to rural North Carolina have been using an obscure cellphone tracking tool, at times without search warrants, that gives them the power to follow people’s movements months back in time, according to public records and internal emails obtained by The Associated Press.”


News-Medical: ParAqua develops an interactive database to fill the gap in knowledge about zoosporic parasites. “ParAqua COST Action, which gathers researchers, innovators, and producers of microalgae across Europe and beyond, have started the development of an interactive database on zoosporic algae parasites. In addition to the interactive database, the network is currently preparing a booklet that will serve as a guideline for methods of early detection and monitoring of zoosporic parasites.”

Creative Commons: Press Release: New Four-Year, $4 Million Open Climate Campaign Will Open Knowledge to Solve Challenges in Climate and Biodiversity. “Creative Commons, SPARC and EIFL today announce a new 4-year, $4-million (USD) grant from Arcadia Fund, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, to fund the Open Climate Campaign. This grant, which builds on $450,000 (USD) in planning funds from the Open Society Foundations, will fund a four-year campaign to accelerate progress towards solving the climate crisis and preserving global biodiversity by promoting open access to research.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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