Delaware Black History, Google, Twitter, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, April 30, 2023


Cape Gazette: DHS releases African American history resource guide. “The Delaware Historical Society announced the release of a new tool to direct researchers, teachers and interested parties toward resources surrounding African American history in the state and region.”


Search Engine Roundtable: Google Tests Displaying Follower Counts In Search Result Snippets. “Google is testing showing the number of followers a specific social media account has in the mobile search results. You usually see this information in the snippet itself, but Google is testing showing the count also directly below the site name, in place of where the URL would be.”

Engadget: Elon Musk says Twitter will introduce per-article charging in May. “According to company chief Elon Musk, Twitter will allow media publishers to charge users for access to individual articles they post on the website as as soon as next month.”

CNBC: The pandemic drove Clubhouse to a $4 billion valuation that never looked sustainable. “Social audio platform Clubhouse announced Thursday that it was laying off half its staff in order to ‘reset’ the company. It shouldn’t come as a surprise. If there was a posterchild for the tech industry’s irrational exuberance during the Covid pandemic, it was Clubhouse.”


New York Times: Will a Chatbot Write the Next ‘Succession’?. “As labor contract negotiations heat up in Hollywood, unions representing writers and actors seek limits on artificial intelligence.”

University of Wisconsin-Madison: NEH grant largest federal grant in Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research’s history . “The grant will fund digitization of 863 original videotapes recorded in 13 different formats and produced by [Wendy] Clarke for a series of 15 video projects from the 1980s and 1990s— including the Love Tapes—that explored themes of love, community, culture, and self-reflection across multiple underrepresented communities.”

Honolulu Magazine: Heather Haunani Giugni Honored for Preserving Hawaiian Films. “Filmmaker Heather Haunani Giugni can’t wait to share her latest projects exploring Hawai‘i’s unique culture, food and arts. That storyteller’s passion helps to explain how she also founded the state’s film and video archives.”


The Root: NAACP Accuses Minneapolis of Lurking on Black Folks’ Social Media. “The Minneapolis branch of the NAACP filed a lawsuit accusing the Minneapolis Police Department of discriminatory practices against Black leaders by targeting them with undercover social media accounts, per CBS News.”

Washington Post: Chinese hackers will ‘probably’ breach protected government networks within 5 years, leaked document says. “China’s government is testing capabilities to get around a cybersecurity model that the federal government has embraced — and that testing, combined with ‘advanced infiltration techniques,’ will ‘probably’ allow Chinese access to some government networks protected by the model within the next five years, according to a leaked classified document that hasn’t previously been reported.”


JAMA Network: Comparison Between ChatGPT and Google Search as Sources of Postoperative Patient Instructions. “Findings suggest that ChatGPT provides instructions that are helpful for patients with a fifth-grade reading level or different health literacy levels. However, ChatGPT-generated instructions scored lower in understandability, actionability, and procedure-specific content than Google Search– and institution-specific instructions. Despite these findings, ChatGPT may be beneficial for patients and clinicians, especially when alternative resources are limited.”

Rutgers: Google Search Predictions Increased Pandemic Fears, Anxiety for Spanish Speakers. “Research by Rutgers public health and information science experts found that during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Google search autocompletes – what the technology company calls ‘predictions’ – returned different results in Spanish than in English. In many cases, the suggested Spanish search terms were more fear- and stress-inducing than the English equivalent.”

Wall Street Journal: I Cloned Myself With AI. She Fooled My Bank and My Family.. “The good news about AI Joanna: She never loses her voice, she has outstanding posture and not even a convertible driving 120 mph through a tornado could mess up her hair. The bad news: She can fool my family and trick my bank.” Good morning, Internet…

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