Korean Demilitarized Zone, Ireland Folk Music, Pope Pius XII, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, February 23, 2023


Korea JoongAng Daily: Experience Korea’s DMZ virtually in latest Google Arts & Culture project. “The project scale is massive: Divided into three sections — history, art and nature, the ‘DMZ’ project includes 60 online exhibitions and 5,000 historical records and stories related to the war and the zone. Highlights make up a big portion of the history and nature sections. The former essentially tells people’s stories, of the young soldiers who participated in the war and the refugees who fled to Busan, which acted as the provisional capital during the war.”

RTÉ: New archive of traditional song from County Wexford released. “Produced by folklorist Michael Fortune, The County Wexford Traditional Singers Archive features 876 tracks recorded by John O’Byrne and Phil Berry from The County Wexford Traditional Singers, over a period covering January 1991 to February 1996.”

Vatican News: Secretariat of State publishes full “Jews” series of historical archive online. “The Vatican Secretariat of State has completed its virtual reproduction of a collection of 170 volumes preserving the requests for help addressed to Pope Pius XII by Jews from all over Europe after the beginning of Nazi-Fascist persecution.”


Fast Company: Twitter’s transparency reporting has tanked under Elon Musk. “Twitter has quietly gone silent about how it enforces its rules and responds to government demands about its users. The company has not posted a transparency report since Elon Musk’s purchase of it in October, ending a 10-year streak of keeping the world apprised of governmental user information requests.”

How-To Geek: Contacts Are Getting Better in Gmail. “The Google Contacts sidebar in Gmail, which you can find to the right of your window alongside apps like Google Tasks and Google Keep, currently lets you see contacts. A new change is rolling out that will let you add new contacts and edit existing ones.”

TechCrunch: Twitter will send a notification when a tweet you replied to or retweeted gets a Community Note . “Blindingly amplifying views or posts on social media is one of the key reasons for the rapid spread of misinformation. Over the years, prominent figures have posted or retweeted false information on Twitter. The social network is now giving a chance to withdraw a retweet for such instances through a new Community Notes — its crowdsourced fact-checking program — feature.”


Lifehacker: The Best Authenticator Apps for iPhone and Android. “2FA fills in the security gaps—but not all 2FA is created equal. For most people, authenticator apps offer the best mix of convenience and security. But which one is best for you?”


WIRED: Meet the Superusers Behind IMDb, the Internet’s Favorite Movie Site. “In an era when many have become pessimistic about the state of the internet, Wikipedia is often held up as a rare miracle of collaborative, crowdsourced knowledge-gathering for the public good—a lonely holdout for the early web’s utopian ideals. But IMDb has been doing much the same for five years longer than Wikipedia.”

The Guardian: RT videos still spreading Ukraine disinformation on YouTube, report finds. “Hundreds of videos produced by the Russia-controlled publication RT have found their way on to YouTube in the past year, despite the platform’s ban of such media last year.”


Ars Technica: Reddit should have to identify users who discussed piracy, film studios tell court . “Film studios that filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against a cable Internet provider are trying to force Reddit to identify users who posted comments about piracy.”


Binghamton University: A pixelated world: Research considers the effect of digital media on perception . “So much of modern life is spent on screens: Zoom meetings and websites, smartphones and videogames, televisions and social media. How are all those pixels and rectangles affecting how we see?”


Middlebury Institute of International Studies: Middlebury Institute Launches New “Subtitling for Streaming” Online Course with More Courses to Come. “Online video production is skyrocketing and it’s driving demand for people who are trained to create high-quality subtitles. That’s why the Middlebury Institute of International Studies has launched a new self-paced, short course titled Subtitling for Streaming.” Good morning, Internet…

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