Flemish Art Scholarship, Twitter, Google Maps, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 19, 2023


CODART: Documents, Videos, and Aftermovie of CODART 24 Now Online. “From 12 to 14 March 2023, the CODART 24 congress took place in Antwerp. The theme of CODART 24 was Flemish Art: Local and Global. In partnership with the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA), CODART organized two congress days that addressed the impact of Flemish art on museums worldwide. In addition, excursions and in-depth study visits in and around Antwerp were an important part of the program. A list of participants, the complete congress folder, the network document, and the slides of the CODART slide show are now available for downloading on our website.”


Jetpack Blog: The End of Twitter Auto-Sharing. “It took a few weeks, but Twitter finally shut off our API access. Though we were in limbo for a bit, we can now confirm that our services have been disconnected and Twitter is no longer part of Jetpack Social.”

Evening Standard: Google Maps makes wheelchair accessibility information visible to everyone. “Google Maps provides wheelchair accessibility information for more than 40 million places worldwide, including public transport, pubs and restaurants…. However, this wealth of information was previously locked behind filters and opt-in settings. Google is changing that today by making it visible to everyone by default.”

Associated Press: False claims of a stolen election thrive unchecked on Twitter even as Musk promises otherwise. “In an interview this week, Twitter owner Elon Musk said users making false claims of stolen elections ‘will be corrected’ on the platform.”


PC Magazine: The Best Mastodon Apps for 2023. “Mastodon looks and feels like Twitter but is a beast all its own, and the death of third-party Twitter apps has driven some of those developers to the decentralized, open-source Mastodon. There are now dozens of Mastodon apps to try across numerous platforms. For this article, we tested 18 different Mastodon client applications across mobile, web, and desktop.”

Universität Zürich: Johanna Spyri and Heidi archives included in the Memory of the World Register of UNESCO. “The Johanna Spyri and Heidi archives in Zurich have been added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World International Register. The decision by the Executive Board of UNESCO acknowledges the collections’ universal importance. The University of Zurich will be working with both institutions to promote the academic study of the collections.”


Bloomberg Law: Supreme Court Spares Social Media Liability Shield in Google Win. “The US Supreme Court left in place a broad liability shield for social media companies for content posted by users, insulating Twitter Inc., Facebook Inc. and Google LLC from claims that they provided assistance to Islamic State terrorists.”

Ars Technica: Malware turns home routers into proxies for Chinese state-sponsored hackers. “Researchers on Tuesday unveiled a major discovery—malicious firmware that can wrangle a wide range of residential and small office routers into a network that stealthily relays traffic to command-and-control servers maintained by Chinese state-sponsored hackers.”


Science Daily: Joyful music could be a game changer for virtual reality headaches. “Cybersickness — a type of motion sickness from virtual reality experiences such as computer games — significantly reduces when joyful music is part of the immersive experience, the study found. The intensity of the nausea-related symptoms of cybersickness was also found to substantially decrease with both joyful and calming music.”

Texas A&M: Could Online Gaming Social Networks Have A Positive Impact On Mental Health?. “Informal social networks like those found in online gaming could play a key role in a person’s mental wellbeing, helping them cope with various stressors and seek formal help for conditions such as anxiety or depression.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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