Family Airline Seating, Royal Astronomical Society, Twitter, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, March 7, 2023


CBS: DOT tool shows which airlines let families sit together for free. “The Transportation Department on Monday debuted a new dashboard that shows families which airlines guarantee they can sit together without paying extra fees, as the Biden Administration takes steps to crack down on so-called ‘junk fees.'”


Royal Astronomical Society: Royal Astronomical Society announces all journals to publish as open access from 2024. “The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) has today announced that all journals published by the Society will be Open Access (OA) from January 2024. This move will enable everyone in the global community to have free, immediate, and unrestricted access to the high-quality research published in the portfolio of RAS journals.”

BBC: Twitter insiders: We can’t protect users from trolling under Musk. “Twitter insiders have told the BBC that the company is no longer able to protect users from trolling, state-co-ordinated disinformation and child sexual exploitation, following lay-offs and changes under owner Elon Musk.”


Craig Silverman / Digital Investigations: Getting the most out of the Wayback Machine. “Roughly a year ago, the Wayback Machine Chrome extension got a major update. The new version has useful customization features and the ability to connect it to your personal Wayback Machine account, making it an even more essential tool for journalists and investigators.”

MIT Technology Review: How to log off. “In search of ways to cut down on aimless time online, I went to talk to some experts about how to forge a healthier, happier relationship with my devices and the internet. Here’s my mini-guide on how to log off.”


Associated Press: Thousands of pro-Trump bots are attacking DeSantis, Haley. “Over the past 11 months, someone created thousands of fake, automated Twitter accounts — perhaps hundreds of thousands of them — to offer a stream of praise for Donald Trump.”

CNN: Twitter hit with one of the biggest outages since Elon Musk took over. “Twitter’s website was inaccessible for many users on Monday while others reported issues seeing photos and clicking through links in the app, marking one of the most wide-ranging service disruptions to date under new owner Elon Musk.”


The Markup: Forget Milk and Eggs: Supermarkets Are Having a Fire Sale on Data About You. “When you use supermarket discount cards, you are sharing much more than what is in your cart—and grocery chains like Kroger are reaping huge profits selling this data to brands and advertisers.”

Times of India: Government has new guidelines for social media influencers influencers and celebrity brand ambassadors. “As per the guidelines, the endorsements must be made in simple and clear language. The guidelines also say that individuals must not endorse any product or service that they have not personally used or experienced.”

CT News Junkie: Towns Try Again to Shift Legal Notices to Their Websites. “Municipal leaders in Connecticut resumed on Friday a near-annual push to repeal a long-standing requirement that they publish legal notices in local newspapers and instead allow such notifications to be made on municipal websites.”


The Conversation: More than just risk: LGBTQIA+ young people use social media to sustain and make sense of family relationships. “Social media offers new opportunities to be visible, and many people have shared their celebrations of Pride during this time. However, not everyone. Our new research shows that LGBTQIA+ young people are deciding what to post on social media sites with their families in mind, to foster and maintain ties with them.”

Garbage Day: I Gave Into The New Twitter Algorithm And I Went Way Too Viral. “I would put out links to Garbage Day, they would get like 5-10 retweets (if that), and I had sort of accepted that my time using the site regularly was over. But as I was lurking on the app, my very sick and compulsive content-making brain started to turn on and I began to slowly get how the site worked now. So I finally decided to put my theory to the test and it worked both times.” Laughing a little at him getting “only” 5-10 retweets. Good morning, Internet…

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