Karl Hermann Frank Trial, ActivityPub for WordPress, Google, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, March 20, 2023


Radio Prague International: Czech Radio digitises full archive of trial with key figure in Lidice massacre. “On the occasion of the anniversary of the Nazi occupation of Bohemia and Moravia on March 15, 1939, Czech Radio’s archive has decided to publish the digitised recordings of the trial with Karl Hermann Frank. One of the highest ranking Nazis in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, who played a key role in the infamous Lidice massacre, was sentenced to death in 1946.”


WordPress Blog: Making the Social Web a Better Place: ActivityPub for WordPress Joins the Automattic Family. “We’re excited to announce that Automattic, the parent company of, has acquired the popular WordPress plugin ActivityPub. This innovative plugin brings a whole new level of social networking to your website by integrating it with the wider federated social web. When installed, the plugin allows you to easily share your content and interact with users on Mastodon and other platforms that also support the ActivityPub protocol.

South China Morning Post: National anthem blunders: correct Google search results for Hong Kong have improved after optimisation effort, technology minister says. “Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry Sun Dong on Sunday said official web pages with the Chinese national anthem correctly listed for searches about Hong Kong had risen in Google rankings after modifications were made to government websites.”


Mashable: Online resources make International Read to Me Day fun and meaningful for families. “Digital resources can help bridge gaps in access and support families and educators alike in building a strong literacy foundation for readers at all levels. Mashable’s rounded up several online resources to help foster enthusiasm for reading through interactive reading opportunities and comprehension skills, including free read-along videos, at-home lessons, and other ways to read aloud with your child.”


IEEE Spectrum: Decentralized Social Media Rises as Twitter Melts Down Mastodon is just the start—here comes the Fediverse . “Is the future of social media decentralized? That question might’ve felt absurd a few years ago, but the Fediverse is challenging long-held assumptions about how social media should work.”

Wired: In Bulgaria, Russian Trolls Are Winning the Information War. “Pro-Russia groups are gaming Facebook’s review process, and moderators are stuck in the middle.”

The Guardian: My mother, the troll: ‘I think she lost sight of the McCanns’ humanity’. “When Ben Leyland’s mum said she was in trouble, he had no idea she was about to be exposed for sending hundreds of abusive tweets about Madeleine McCann’s parents – or of the tragic end to her story.” Intense story. I feel very bad for Mr. Leyland.


The Register: Shareholders sue Google, claim it hid anticompetitive ad practices. “Google parent Alphabet is facing a proposed class action lawsuit from investors unhappy that the company’s alleged advertising monopoly, and the subsequent DoJ investigation into this, led to ‘significant losses and damages.'”

CNBC: Google stacks its legal team with former DOJ employees as it faces antitrust cases. “Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has stacked its legal team with former Department of Justice employees as it fights two separate antitrust lawsuits from the agency, public profiles show.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Google review author who defamed surgeon revealed as former student . “A decorated surgeon has won a defamation action against a former student who was unmasked as the author of an online patient review on Google that was posted under a pseudonym and falsely claimed the surgeon had ripped off patients.”


Stanford University: Was this written by a human or AI? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. “AI-generated text is increasingly making its way into our daily lives. Auto-complete in emails and ChatGPT-generated content are becoming mainstream, leaving humans vulnerable to deception and misinformation. Even in contexts where we expect to be conversing with another human – like online dating – the use of AI-generated text is growing. A survey from McAfee indicates that 31% of adults plan to or are already using AI in their dating profiles.”

University of Michigan: New study shows social media content opens new frontiers for sustainability science researchers. “With more than half of the world’s population active on social media networks, user-generated data has proved to be fertile ground for social scientists who study attitudes about the environment and sustainability.” Good morning, Internet…

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