Raw Rock Star Interviews, Open Source Polymer Engineering, USU COVID-19 Oral History Archive, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 11, 2023


Northeastern Global News: Rare rock star interviews ‘raw, complete and unedited’ in new Northeastern digital archive . “Now, for the first time, [Larry] Katz’s interviews with some of the most famous musicians and other cultural figures in history—many of them now deceased—are available for the public to peruse. Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Miles Davis, Lou Reed, Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono all spoke to Katz during his career, and all of their interviews are now a part of Northeastern University Library’s digital archive of what’s known as the Katz Tapes.”

Tokyo Institute of Technology: Towards Polymer Informatics: Open-source Library for Creating Polymer Property Databases. “This software automates the simulation and calculation of several relevant properties for a given list of polymers. In turn, this greatly accelerates the generation of large amounts of data to be used in the search for new compounds via materials informatics.”

Utah State University: USU COVID-19 Oral History Digital Collection Now Live. “The last time USU faced a pandemic was more than a hundred years ago, in fall 1918. Evidence, especially firsthand accounts, of that period in USU’s history is limited in the archives. The University’s Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives sought to ensure that generations of future historians would be able to understand the institutional effects of COVID-19 on USU by collecting oral histories of USU administrators, faculty, staff and students as they experienced the effects of a global pandemic.”


NBC News: Twitter blocks hashtags used to promote child sex abuse material after NBC News review. “NBC News found that a series of hashtags on the platform related to the file-sharing service Mega served as rallying points for users seeking to trade or sell CSAM. NBC News observed the hashtags over a period of several weeks, and counted dozens of users who collectively published hundreds of tweets daily.”

TechCrunch: Twitter makes algorithmic timeline default on iOS. “Twitter is making the algorithmic timeline named “For You” the default feed on iOS. If you are getting a sense of déjà vu, you are not dreaming. The company has tried to pull this stunt previously only to give the option to switch back to a chronological timeline after a lot of backlashes. So what’s different this time?”


Washington Post: Twitter bans account for D.C.-area bus system without explanation. “Metro officials said they weren’t told why the social media company suspended the account, @metrobusinfo. Before the suspension, Metro officials said, the account had not posted anything other than standard content, which includes route scheduling information, delay and detour updates, customer-service-related tips, and replies to customer complaints or concerns.”


Politico: The legal threat coming for venture capital. “After being battered by rising interest rates and choppy markets, the venture capital industry is sweating new regulations that could expose fund managers to legal risks. The SEC is putting the final touches on a rule that would make it easier for investors to sue VCs for bad behavior, negligence or recklessness.”

Chicago Tribune: As Chicago police prepare to relaunch ‘gang database,’ concerns remain the tool could unfairly sweep up many. “Critics remain concerned by the Chicago Police Department’s impending relaunch of its much-criticized ‘gang database,’ a tool intended to identify people with connections to street gangs, even after the process to revamp it was paused last fall at the behest of the city’s new police oversight committee.”


United Nations: ‘Urgent need’ for more accountability from social media giants to curb hate speech: UN experts. “In a detailed statement, more than two dozen UN-appointed independent human rights experts – including representatives from three different working groups and multiple Special Rapporteurs – called out chief executives by name, saying that the companies they lead ‘must urgently address posts and activities that advocate hatred, and constitute incitement to discrimination, in line with international standards for freedom of expression.'”

Wall Street Journal: Keep ISIS Off Twitter. “For all its faults, Twitter has managed in recent years to keep ISIS, al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas and other terrorist groups off its platform. But jihadists still want to tweet and won’t stop trying to sneak back onto Twitter. As Elon Musk restores many accounts that had been shut down, he should make sure he doesn’t give back access to jihadists who would kill and maim innocent people the in name of militant fundamentalist Islam.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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