Night Train to Nashville, Sydney Ferry Rides, Twitter, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 18, 2023


Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: Online Exhibit: Night Train To Nashville. “The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum was recently awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create an online version of its award-winning 2004–2005 exhibition, Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945–1970. The online exhibit will revive, update, and preserve the significant story of Nashville’s pioneering R&B scene and its role in building the city into a world-renowned music center.”

Transport for New South Wales (Australia): Famous Sydney ferry views now accessible to the world on Google Street View. “‘Virtual visitors can look inside and outside the ferry, docked at Circular Quay – and also take a trip on two of Sydney’s most celebrated ferry routes, Circular Quay to Manly and Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo. These experiences are available on Google Street View from today.'”


NBC News: Top Twitter influencers say platform is getting worse under Musk. “Six Twitter users with follower counts from over 100,000 to several millions said they had experienced new kinds of technical glitches since Musk laid off about half of the company’s staff. Other issues they identified after Musk’s controversial moves include a perceived uptick in anti-transgender speech and sporadic loss of followers.”


Search Engine Land: Google ranking signals: A complete breakdown of all confirmed, rumored and false factors. “In this article, we’ll analyze all of the known, confirmed, rumored, and absolute myth-level Google ranking factors in an easy-to-read, highly condensed way.”


BBC: Nigeria elections 2023: How influencers are secretly paid by political parties. “A BBC investigation has discovered that political parties in Nigeria are secretly paying social media influencers to spread disinformation about their opponents ahead of general elections in February.”

CNBC: JPMorgan shutters website it paid $175 million for, accuses founder of inventing millions of accounts. “JPMorgan Chase on Thursday shut down the website for a college financial aid platform it bought for $175 million after alleging the company’s founder created nearly 4 million fake customer accounts.”


The Verge: Getty Images is suing the creators of AI art tool Stable Diffusion for scraping its content. “Getty Images is suing Stability AI, creators of popular AI art tool Stable Diffusion, over alleged copyright violation. In a press statement shared with The Verge, the stock photo company said it believes that Stability AI ‘unlawfully copied and processed millions of images protected by copyright’ to train its software and that Getty Images has ‘commenced legal proceedings in the High Court of Justice in London’ against the firm.”

Associated Press: US spies lag rivals in seizing on data hiding in plain sight. “As alarms began to go off globally about a novel coronavirus spreading in China, officials in Washington turned to the intelligence agencies for insights about the threat the virus posed to America. But the most useful early warnings came not from spies or intercepts, according to a recent congressional review of classified reports from December 2019 and January 2020. Officials were instead relying on public reporting, diplomatic cables and analysis from medical experts — some examples of so-called open source intelligence, or OSINT.”


Washington State University: Fear can inspire remote workers to protect IT resources. “Fear of what could go wrong is the greatest motivator when it comes to getting remote workers to protect their employer’s information technology security, according to a recent study in Computers & Security. But it tends to work best when employees also have a solid understanding of the severity of potential security threats, including the knowledge of what to do when the worst happens.”

The Conversation: Twitter: how to remove Elon Musk and reinvent the company (the author is a Professor of International Business at the University of Manchester.) “What follows is a proposal that would make Twitter more financially sustainable and move it back towards open speech, within limits. It would remove many of the problems related to anonymous and bot accounts while allowing Musk to recoup at least a substantial amount of his investment.” Good afternoon, Internet..

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