Digital Health Literacy, Fold3, Twitter, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, August 2, 2023


RMIT University: Australian made tool puts health and digital literacy on the map. “The Global Atlas of Literacies for Health (GALH) is one of the first online tools displaying interactive data visualising levels of health literacy and digital health literacy from evidence-based studies conducted with citizens, patients and health professionals across the globe.”


Fold3: New Military Records from the United Kingdom!. “Do you have ancestors that served in the British military? We are pleased to announce that we’ve added nearly half a million new military records from the United Kingdom.”

WIRED: This Is the Era of Zombie Twitter. “THE BIRD IS dead, but zombie Twitter is not. Since Elon Musk bought Twitter, the platform has survived rate-limiting, massive staff cuts, suspensions of journalists, hemorrhaging ad dollars, exorbitant API price hikes, and a frenzy of new competitors. This week it survived becoming not Twitter, as the site suddenly rebranded to X.”


Hongkiat: How to Activate Text-to-Speech on iPhone and iPad (2023). “Have you ever wished that your iPhone or iPad could read out text to you? With the ‘Text-to-Speech’ feature iOS (and iPadOS), it can! This feature lets your device read aloud things like news articles or reports. It’s like having a personal reader right in your pocket!”


Montana Public Radio: How to spot misinformation in your community. “Montana Public Radio’s Maxine Speier spoke to a Missoula-based expert on viral misinformation on how to stop the spread of online rumors. Madison Dapcevich is a reporter and fact checker with Lead Stories and Snopes who researches and documents falsehoods online. They start the conversation talking about misinformation that recently went viral in Missoula.”

CBR: How Tik Tok & Social Media Changed The Anime Industry. “While it was once considered an acquired taste for a very selective fanbase, the anime industry has recently started to become much more mainstream. Before the internet age, anime was a niche subculture enjoyed by just a handful of fans, who were labeled as socially awkward and/or geeky. However, due to technological advancement, social media has paved the way for the anime (and by extension the manga) industry to flourish. As a result, anime is capturing the eyes of curious spectators and gaining a larger community of fans.”

GeekWire: Paul Allen estate donates thousands of rare music, film and sci-fi artifacts to Seattle’s MoPOP. “Thousands of one-of-a-kind artifacts from Paul Allen’s collection, spanning decades of cultural relevance, are headed to Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture, the institution he helped found 23 years ago. The bequest by the estate of the late Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist comes just under five years since his death in October 2018 at the age of 65.”

Daily Beast: Inside the Battle to Be the Trumpiest Streaming Channel. “As Donald Trump faces mounting legal problems, the former president has consistently turned to one of his favorite YouTube channels, the fiercely pro-MAGA ‘Right Side Broadcasting Network,’ to spin the news in his favor. And yet, RSBN—as it’s colloquially known—is facing criticism for not being Trump-y enough from an unlikely source: current and former staffers.”


Variety: Twitter/X Sues Hate-Speech Research Group Over Claims That Hateful, Racist Content Has Proliferated Under Elon Musk’s Ownership. “Elon Musk has taken legal aim at the Center for Countering Digital Hate, an independent nonprofit research group, over the organization’s findings that since the multibillionaire acquired Twitter (now called X) hate, racism and disinformation on the social platform has substantially increased.”

The Next Web: Microsoft’s Teams and Office bundling may breach EU competition rules. “On Thursday, the European Commission opened an antitrust investigation into Microsoft’s bundling of its Teams app with its Office suite, which includes Word, Excel, and Outlook. The EU is concerned that this practice may be in breach of the bloc’s competition rules.”

Reuters: Italian watchdog OKs Google’s commitments to end data case. “Italy’s AGCM competition watchdog said on Monday it had accepted commitments proposed by Google to end a case over the tech giant’s alleged abuse of its dominant position in the user data portability market.”


Georgia Tech: Researchers Highlight Ethical Issues for Developing Future AI Assistants. “Next-generation smart assistants aren’t on the market yet, but the research necessary to create them is underway now. This includes efforts to develop smart assistants that are proactive —that is, the system could anticipate the user’s wants and needs, and even assist and mediate social interactions between users and their support networks. But with the design of systems that seek to enhance the abilities of older adults as they experience cognitive decline, a broad range of ethical issues arises.” Good morning, Internet…

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