Junkipedia, Lloyd Mackey, Deepfake Videos, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 21, 2023


Global Investigative Journalism Network: New Investigative Tools for Monitoring Social Media Platforms. “Originally designed to monitor disinformation and ‘junk news,’ Junkipedia has developed to the point where the tool will change its name this year, to reflect its new global, all-purpose digging role. Junkipedia was designed by, and for, investigative journalists and researchers — and it’s free.”

Trinity Western University: TWU celebrates the legacy of BC Christian media pioneer Lloyd Mackey with new online archival collection. “Journalist, author, and educator Dr. Lloyd Mackey has close to half a century of experience in community, faith-based and leadership journalism, including 15 years working out of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery in Ottawa. In honour of Dr. Mackey’s lifetime of service to Canada and to Canadian Christian communities, Trinity Western University is pleased to unveil a new digital collection of his works in the TWU Archives, the Lloyd Mackey fonds.”


The Daily Beast: People are Already Making Deepfake Videos of Trump’s Arrest. “Newswatchers don’t have to wait for real images of Donald Trump in handcuffs—deepfakes are already flooding social media thanks to artificial intelligence technology that lets any hoaxer pose as a breaking news photographer.”


Social Media Examiner: How to Repurpose Video for Maximum Social Media Impact. “Looking for ways to save time and still maintain a strong social media presence? Wondering how to make video content repurposing part of your strategy? In this article, you’ll discover 10 ways to repurpose your videos for top social media platforms.”


CNN: Google was beloved as an employer for years. Then it laid off thousands by email. “Google (GOOGL), which for years ranked as the top company to work for in the United States, laid off thousands of workers by e-mail. And not just any employees: Decades-long veterans of the company, at least one employee on health leave, and even an employee in labor with her second child were all cut, with little explanation.”

Press Information Bureau (India): Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) has launched an ambitious project to digitize the research material in its possession. “Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) has launched an ambitious project to digitize the research material in its possession. Under this project, the goal is to ensure the conversion of the entire India House Collection of the Library consisting of 40,000 books, reports, periodicals (containing around 70,00,000 pages), 55,00,000 pages of archival documents, and of 30,000 microfilms and 57,000 microfiches (consisting of approximately 2.5 crore images) to digital form.” If you’re not from India and confused by the commas in the numbers, this will enlighten you.


Techdirt: Italy Decides That Leonardo da Vinci’s 500 Year Old Works Are Not In The Public Domain. “The Communia blog has another example of something that is unequivocally in the public domain and yet cannot be used for any purpose, in this case a commercial one. The public domain art is the famous Vitruvian Man drawn by Leonardo da Vinci over 500 years ago.”

Media Matters: Elon Musk has boosted a QAnon influencer at least two dozen times since he took over Twitter and reinstated the account . “CEO Elon Musk has repeatedly boosted a QAnon influencer on Twitter, doing so at least two dozen times since he took over the platform and reinstated the influencer’s account, a Media Matters analysis has found.”


Ars Technica: HDDs aren’t as durable as they used to be, study of 2,007 damaged drives suggests. “An analysis of 2,007 damaged or defective hard disk drives (HDDs) has led a data recovery firm to conclude that ‘in general, old drives seem more durable and resilient than new drives.'”

Michigan Daily: A case for keeping your relationship off of social media. “I certainly don’t love the idea of any of my followers gossiping about what I’m posting, and I’m sure you don’t either. Yet, isn’t that inevitable? By putting even just small pieces of our lives on social media, don’t we invite people to speculate about it all, including our relationships?” Good afternoon, Internet…

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