Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence, New York Law Enforcement, Academy for Creative Aging, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, October 4, 2022


Washington Post: A White House fence’s Black Lives Matter art has been saved for history. “The new online archive is the most comprehensive look yet at the ways the Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence became an art gallery of resistance, representing the outpouring of grief and anger among thousands of people in D.C. protesting racism and police brutality.”

Gothamist: New Yorkers can now look up the records of police they encounter. “Law Enforcement Look Up — shared exclusively with Gothamist ahead of its public launch Monday — allows users to search through thousands of records obtained by the public defender organization over the years. The records include civil lawsuits filed against police officers, documents from NYPD internal investigations, Civilian Complaint Review Board allegations and a trove of district attorney letters regarding officers’ credibility — some obtained by Gothamist.”

Government of Pennsylvania: PA Council On The Arts Unveils Free, Innovative Digital Platform For Teaching Artists And Older Adults. “Today, Karl Blischke, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), announced the launch of the Academy for Creative Aging, a free, digital platform that offers a certificate of completion for teaching artists and on-demand video lessons for older adults.” I tried accessing a couple of the on-demand lessons and they worked fine, so I don’t think this is restricted to Pennsylvania.


The Verge: How to watch the Google Pixel launch event. “Last May, at Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O 2022, there were hints about the company’s upcoming Pixel 7 and 7 Pro phones. Now, five months later, at Google’s Pixel launch event this coming Thursday, we are finally going to be introduced to them.”


TechCrunch: Twitter’s edit button is rolling out to Blue subscribers in Canada, Australia and New Zealand . “Twitter is rolling out the ability to edit tweets to Twitter Blue subscribers in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the social network announced on Monday. The company says the edit button will roll out to Blue subscribers in the U.S. soon, but didn’t provide a specific launch date.”

WIRED: Success on Twitch No Longer Comes on Twitch. “Burnout is inseparable from the platform’s identity. Streamers toil for the approval of audience and algorithm. Even Pokimane, one of the site’s famous faces, has had to take extended time off. Smaller streamers burn out too, anonymously: only an extraordinary few earn enough to make a living. Of the 6 million people who create content on the platform, more than 90 percent stream to fewer than six viewers; 25 percent of the top 10,000 highest-paid streamers make less than minimum wage.”


Mashable: Smash texting scams: How to avoid smishing attacks. “If you’ve recently received a bunch of suspicious texts from unknown numbers claiming to be USPS, your bank, or another major company asking you to resolve some sort of urgent issue, you’re not alone. Hopefully these bizarre missives tripped your shadiness alarms and you kept your link-clicking fingers at bay, because those texts aren’t legit…. But since even the savviest among us have off days or unfocused moments when a smishing scam could slip by undetected, we’ve put together a primer on how to spot and avoid them.”

Search Engine Journal: How to Use Reverse Video Search (& Why It’s Useful). “Have you ever stumbled across an exciting video and wondered where it came from? If so, you’ll be pleased to know that there are many ways to find a video source through reverse video searches. This guide teaches how to conduct a reverse video search and why it’s useful.”


University of Connecticut: Sorting Through the Noise of Mental Health Apps. “Currently, there are more than 10,000 mental health and wellness apps available in the app store. And that number just keeps on growing. But these apps are largely unregulated, making it difficult for consumers to know what might offer them the greatest benefit. Sherry Pagoto, a clinical psychologist from the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, sheds light on the differences between apps, what people should look for before they download, and when it’s time to seek professional help.”


CBS News: Zelle faces surge in fraud and scams, Senate report finds. “Incidents of fraud and scams are occurring more often on the popular peer-to-peer payment service Zelle, according to a report issued Monday by the office of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, giving the public its first glimpse into the growing problems at Zelle.”

CNN: Supreme Court to hear cases that could decide future of internet speech and social media. “The Supreme Court will hear two pivotal cases later this term about online speech that could significantly shape the future of social media, the court announced on Monday.”


Tech Xplore: Creepy apps cause emotional stress: The normalization of affective discomfort in app use. “We know that apps collect all sorts of data about us, and that makes us feel uncomfortable. In a new study researchers from the University of Copenhagen have measured how uncomfortable and ‘creeped out’ using apps can make us feel. Industry and policy initiatives are called for.” Good morning, Internet…

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