British Library Endangered Archives, Twitter, National Library of the Philippines, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, March 5, 2023


British Library Endangered Archives Blog: New online – February 2023. “This month we would like to highlight five new collections that can be accessed via the EAP website. Two of these are from India, with the others from Mali, Mongolia, and Brazil.”


Reuters: Twitter’s revenue, adjusted earnings drop about 40% in December – WSJ. ” Twitter Inc reported a drop of about 40% year-over-year in both revenue and adjusted earnings for the month of December, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday citing people familiar with the matter.”

CNN: Twitter rolls out updated, ‘zero tolerance’ policy on violent speech. “Twitter has unveiled a new policy on violent speech that expands restrictions on some types of threats uttered on its platform, including new prohibitions on using coded language to incite violence indirectly as well as a ban on wishing harm on others and on making direct threats against physical infrastructure.”


National Library of the Philippines: NHCP’s National Memory Project (NMP). “The National Library of the Philippines joins the National Historical Commission of the Philippines in democratizing public access to three of the former’s important special collections, namely the Philippine Revolutionary Records, the Historical Data Papers, and the Jose Rizal Collection. These collections will be made available online for free via NHCP’s National Memory Project (NMP).”

Variety: John Mellencamp to Donate Archives to Indiana University. “Singer-songwriter John Mellencamp, the proudest Hoosier in rock, plans to donate his archives to Indiana University, the institution announced Friday during a Mellencamp Symposium being held on campus.”

Associated Press: Betting on social media as a news destination for the young. “If young people are spending so much time on social media, it stands to reason that’s a good place to reach them with news. Operators of the News Movement are betting their business on that hunch. The company, which has been operating for more than a year, hopes to succeed despite journalism being littered with years of unsuccessful attempts to entice people in their 20s to become news consumers.”


Reuters: Civil rights audit at Google proposes better tackling of hate speech, misinformation. “Google on Friday released an audit that examined how its policies and services impacted civil rights, and recommended the tech giant take steps to tackle misinformation and hate speech, following pressure by advocates to hold such a review.”

WIRED: This Hacker Tool Can Pinpoint a DJI Drone Operator’s Exact Location. “Every DJI quadcopter broadcasts its operator’s position via radio—unencrypted. Now, a group of researchers has learned to decode those coordinates.”

Irish Times: State accused of ‘stonewalling’ and ‘hiding evidence’ over Magdalene laundries. “The Government has been accused of stonewalling requests for access to the archives chronicling the State’s involvement in Magdalene laundries, despite a 2020 finding by the Information Commissioner that it is covered by Freedom of Information (FOI).”


Harvard Gazette: Using AI to target Alzheimer’s. “Although investigators have made strides in detecting signs of Alzheimer’s disease using high-quality brain imaging tests collected as part of research studies, a team at Massachusetts General Hospital recently developed an accurate method that relies on routinely collected clinical brain images. The advance could lead to more accurate diagnoses.”

Newswise: Scientists find that people use emojis to hide, as well as show, their feelings. “As more social interaction goes online, scientists are investigating how emojis are used to reflect our emotions in different contexts. Are there display rules that apply to emojis, and how do those affect people’s wellbeing?”

Brigham Young University: What type of GIF user are you?. “BYU communications professor Scott Church said even though people don’t think much about their GIF usage, understanding them and how we use them can help us better understand ourselves and how we communicate in today’s media environment. According to a new study by Church and a team of BYU coauthors, GIF users fall into one of three categories.” Good morning, Internet…

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