King Charles III Web Archive, Cleaning Dirty Data, Twitter, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 8, 2023


British Library: Regal Reflections: Exploring a New UK Web Archive Collection on King Charles III. “As we bear witness to a new era of the British monarchy and reflect on its role within the UK, the UK Web Archive is recording and preserving this momentous occasion by capturing websites in a special collection about King Charles III. Work started in earnest on this collection on 8th September 2022 when the late Queen, Elizabeth II, passed away and Charles became King, however, it also forms part of a larger series of collections about the British monarchy in the early 21st Century, curated by staff in the UK Legal Deposit Libraries.”


Online Journalism Blog: What is dirty data and how do I clean it? A great big guide for data journalists. “If you’re working with data as a journalist it won’t be long before you come across the phrases ‘dirty data’ or ‘cleaning data’. The phrases cover a wide range of problems, and a variety of techniques for tackling them, so in this post I’m going to break down exactly what it is that makes data ‘dirty’, and the different cleaning strategies that a journalist might adopt in tackling them.”

WIRED: Your Twitter Feed Sucks Now. These Free Add-Ons Can Help . “A few simple tools can help filter out most Twitter Blue users (but still see the ones you like).”

MakeUseOf: The 5 Best Websites for Copyright-Free Fonts You Can Use Commercially. “…finding fonts that you can use commercially and without fear of copyright can be difficult, especially if you don’t know where to look. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of different websites out there that feature copyright-free fonts that you can use commercially. Here are five of the best for your consideration.”


TechCrunch: Vint Cerf on the ‘exhilarating mix’ of thrill and hazard at the frontiers of tech. “Vint Cerf has been a near-constant influence on the internet since the days when he was helping create it in the first place. Today he wears many hats, among them VP and chief internet evangelist at Google. He is to be awarded the IEEE’s Medal of Honor at a gala in Atlanta, and ahead of the occasion he spoke with TechCrunch in a wide-ranging interview touching on his work, AI, accessibility and interplanetary internet.”

NiemanLab: How archivists are working to capture not just tapes of old TV and radio but the experience of tuning in together. “Even today, more Americans use standard AM/FM radio broadcasting than TikTok. At a time when most Americans get their news from local TV stations and broadcast television networks, and radio remains pervasive, it might seem frivolous to express concern about preserving technologies so deeply embedded in daily life. Yet a media evolution is occurring, as paid subscription video streaming and audio services climb in popularity, and fewer Americans are consistently tuning in to broadcast media.”


The Verge: OpenAI’s regulatory troubles are only just beginning. “OpenAI managed to appease Italian data authorities and lift the country’s effective ban on ChatGPT last week, but its fight against European regulators is far from over.”

New York Times: Judge Dismisses F.T.C. Lawsuit Against a Location Data Broker. “A federal judge in Idaho on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit against Kochava, a major location data broker, brought last year by the Federal Trade Commission. In a ruling, the judge wrote that regulators had not provided sufficient evidence to back up their claims that the company was unfairly selling information on the precise locations of millions of people’s mobile phones.”


Le Monde: May Day demonstrations: Why fewer fake AI-generated images were spread. “On March 19, on the sidelines of the fourth day of demonstrations against the French pension reform, fake photos of Emmanuel Macron in the streets of Paris circulated on the internet. On March 29, the day after another round of protests marked by clashes with the police, a fake image of an old man with a face swollen by a beating went viral. But despite a protest movement on a scale not seen for 20 years and scenes of urban chaos, no AI-generated image has yet appeared on social media from the protests on International Workers’ Day, on May 1.”

PsyPost: Scientific analysis of massive Twitter datasets links preferred pronouns in bios to left-wing politics. “More and more users have been including preferred gender pronouns in their Twitter bios over time, according to new research published in the Journal of Quantitative Description: Digital Media. The research also provides evidence that words and phrases related to left-wing politics are more likely to be used alongside pronoun lists.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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