The Prodigy, Hayti, Gonzalez v. Google, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 13, 2023


We Rave You: New website launches with live and rare unreleased music from The Prodigy. “… a new website has been published that documents the group’s career while presenting a massive collection of audio and information for consumption. The new website, The Prodigy: All Souvenirs Are Here! site is an encyclopedia of sorts that offers a deep dive into the electronic group from England.”

New-to-me, via the Daily Tar Heel: Hayti. It’s an app. From the front page: “Cary Wheelous is a tech entrepreneur that launched Hayti to aggregate news and information from black voices that need to be heard on a global scale.” According to the Daily Tar Heel article, a podcast section is being planned as well.


Brookings Institution: Gonzalez v. Google and the fate of Section 230. “Join Governance Studies at Brookings on February 14 for an expert panel discussion on Gonzalez and Taamneh. To what extent do, and should, platforms bear legal responsibility for the content that appears on their systems? Is it possible to carve out an exception in Section 230’s protections for algorithmic recommendations without upending the modern internet?”


Gizmodo: Here’s All the Cool Stuff You Can Do With Google Earth . “Google Earth feels like a mixture between a mapping application and an educational tool, letting you pull off some really neat things with a render of the globe. What can you do with Google’s 3D world exploration tool, I hear you ask? Well, let’s explain.”


UC San Diego: UC San Diego Library Receives Grant to Digitize Archive for New Poetry Collection. “Audiovisual items within the UC San Diego Library’s Archive for New Poetry (ANP) collection will be digitized and preserved thanks to a $250,000 grant awarded to the organization by the Mellon Foundation. Through this project, the team plans to digitize approximately 2,500 sound recordings and 200 films and videos in the ANP.”

WIRED: News Publishers Are Wary of the Bing Chatbot’s Media Diet. “When WIRED asked the Bing chatbot about the best dog beds according to The New York Times product review site Wirecutter, which is behind a metered paywall, it quickly reeled off the publication’s top three picks, with brief descriptions for each. ‘This bed is cozy, durable, easy to wash, and comes in various sizes and colors,’ it said of one. Citations at the end of the bot’s response credited Wirecutter’s reviews but also a series of websites that appeared to use Wirecutter’s name to attract searches and cash in on affiliate links.”


New York Times: This Tool Could Protect Artists From A.I.-Generated Art That Steals Their Style. “Say, for example, that [artist Karla] Ortiz wants to post new work online, but doesn’t want it fed to A.I. to steal it. She can upload a digital version of her work to Glaze and choose an art type different from her own, say abstract. The tool then makes changes to Ms. Ortiz’s art at the pixel-level that Stable Diffusion would associate with, for example, the splattered paint blobs of Jackson Pollock.”

The Register: Japan joins ranks of nations plotting smackdown for Apple, Google. “Japan’s competition regulator has recommended big changes to local laws to reform the ‘oligopoly’ it’s assessed Google and Apple enjoy in the markets for mobile operating systems and the apps that run on them.”


Illinois News Bureau: Geography, language dictate social media and popular website usage, study finds. “In a new study, College of Media professors Margaret Yee Man Ng and Harsh Taneja show that many of the same social media platforms and websites are popular around the world, but how people use them remains vastly different based on their languages and geography.”

University of Texas at Austin: Algorithms That Adjust for Worker Race, Gender Still Show Biases. “Even after algorithms are adjusted for overt hiring discrimination, they may show a subtler kind: preferring workers who mirror dominant groups, according to a new study from researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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