California Child Care, MassDOT, Google Cookies, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 12, 2022


PR Newswire: California Child Care Resource & Referral Network Launches to Help Families Find Child Care (PRESS RELEASE). “Using the site’s search tool, parents and families are able to learn what child care providers are in their neighborhood, which have space and availability, their approaches to care, languages spoken, experience in meeting medical and special needs, and more. Data is collected through state records and by local child care specialists, meaning the information on the site is reliable, unbiased, and free to use for both parents and providers.”

WWLP: MassDOT launches new website to track projects. “A new website launched on Tuesday allowing Massachusetts residents to see where government funds are being spent on infrastructure projects.”


Search Engine Land: Google to offer publisher first-party cookie support. “Google has just announced its plans to launch a number of features aimed at helping publishers monetize their websites and increase their emphasis on first-party data relationships. The features include support for ads personalization with publisher first-party cookies in Google Ad Manager and AdSense.”

The Verge: Google is going to test its 3D video chat booth with more companies. “Google is bringing Project Starline, its next-gen 3D video chat booth, to more companies starting later this year. As part of an early access program, ‘enterprise partners,’ including Salesforce and T-Mobile, will begin using Starline, with Google deploying units of the booth in ‘select partner offices’ for testing, according to a blog post.”


Cairo Scene: The Arab Kissing Archive Reclaims On-screen Intimacy In Arab Film. “The Instagram account acts as a digital archive, posting snippets of kissing scenes from films made all over the Arab world, documenting titles, actors and filmmakers in the process. The project began in January 2022, with the anonymous founders amassing a dedicated Instagram following and a feed of Arab cinema’s remarkable pecks and smooches while reclaiming a cinematic narrative that is often forgotten.”

De Montfort University: Researcher working with environmental TV network to make archive available digitally. “A researcher from De Montfort University, Leicester (DMU) is set to digitise decades of environmental journalism and films to bring them to a wider audience. Dr Hiu Man Chan, Lecturer in Creative and Cultural Industries at DMU, is working with charity Television for the Environment (tve) to help make its archive available as a teaching and learning resource for a new generation of sustainable activists.”


New York Times: Under New Order, Europeans Can Complain to U.S. About Data Collection. “President Biden on Friday signed an executive order giving Europeans the ability to protest when they believe their personal information has been caught in America’s online surveillance dragnet, a key step toward reaching a broader agreement over the flow of digital data.”

Bleeping Computer: 2K Games warns users their stolen data is now up for sale online. “Video game publisher 2K emailed users on Thursday to warn that some of their personal info was stolen and put up for sale online following a September 19 security breach. 2K confirmed on September 20 that its help desk platform was hacked and used by the attackers to target customers using fake support tickets that pushed Redline Stealer malware via embedded links.”


Royal College of Physicians: Addressing colonial and exploitative histories in the RCP Archive, Heritage Library and Museum collections. “October is Black History Month. In this blog the Archive, Heritage Library and Museum Services (AMS) team reflect on the racism, colonialism and other exploitative histories present in the collections, and how we are beginning to address these legacies. This post contains potentially distressing discussion of enslavement and historic medical experimentation.”


Penn State: Computer games may be a key to ecological learning, study says. “Computer games are an effective way to teach ecological issues and build pro-environment policy support, according to published research by an interdisciplinary group of Penn State scholars.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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