Wake Forest University Art Collections, Domain Transfers, Streaming Services, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, August 20, 2023


Wake Forest University: Wake Forest launches a new digital guide to art collections, exhibitions. “In addition to the University’s permanent collection of contemporary art, the app showcases the University’s recent donations and new acquisitions and provides a self-guided tour of Wake Forest’s public art collection. Current student-curated exhibitions are also available. A section on integrating art into curricular and co-curricular activities to enhance teaching and learning is also included on the site.”


WordPress: The People Have Spoken (About Our Free Domain Transfers). “Since launching our domain transfer offer to Google Domains customers just over two weeks ago, we’ve been overwhelmed and heartened by the response of those who’ve made the switch.”

Techdirt: The Enshittification Of Streaming Accelerates With Price Hikes, More Password Sharing Crackdowns . “As the streaming market saturates and competition grows, enshittification has come to the streaming video sector in a big way. Products once heralded for low cost convenience now see relentless price hikes at the same time there’s been an erosion in quality and convenience. All to a backdrop of striking workers, many of whom say they were never paid a living wage during the sector’s heyday.”


NBC News: An alarming pattern: Climate disasters hit, and Spanish-language misinformation spreads. “News about extreme weather events, as well as media coverage of government policies around climate change, often serve as opportunities for social media accounts that spread false information to become more active online, Cristina López G., a senior analyst at the social media analytics firm Graphika who has long researched misinformation and disinformation in Latino communities, told NBC News.”

The Verge: The fight over what’s real (and what’s not) on dissociative identity disorder TikTok. “DID, or dissociative identity disorder, is a mental health condition that was previously known as multiple personality disorder. It is thought to be an extremely rare response to prolonged abuse experienced in childhood, often at the hands of a caregiver, and causes people to experience several distinct and separate states of consciousness as if they are multiple different people sharing the same body and mind. Its existence has been debated by academics for years. Robinson’s lecture, however, was not about the existence of DID. Instead, it was about a new challenge for the clinicians like him that treat it: TikTok.”

The Messenger: Associated Press Issues Landmark Guidance for Use of AI in Its Journalism. “The newswire service says it will treat any piece of content produced by generative AI as unvetted source material, and it advised its journalists to apply their editorial judgment and source vetting standards before publishing.”


NPR: Threats, slurs and menace: Far-right websites target Fulton County grand jurors. “Before many people had a chance to fully read through the Fulton County, Ga., indictment against former President Donald Trump and 18 co-defendants, malicious online actors had already done their work. On a far-right website, where the QAnon conspiracy theory originated, an anonymous user on Tuesday shared a list of the 23 grand jurors with their supposed full names, ages and addresses. Amid a torrent of other posts speculating on the race and religion of the jurors, and rife with derogatory slurs, the implication was clear: This was a target list.”

Associated Press: Georgia jail fails to let out inmates who are due for release and met bail, citing crashed database. “The jail in a suburban Atlanta county held inmates for days who were due for release because a state database had crashed, preventing jailers from being able to check whether a person was wanted in another jurisdiction.”

Ars Technica: ISPs complain that listing every fee is too hard, urge FCC to scrap new rule . “The US broadband industry is united in opposition to a requirement that Internet service providers list all of their monthly fees. Five lobby groups representing cable companies, fiber and DSL providers, and mobile operators have repeatedly urged the Federal Communications Commission to eliminate the requirement before new broadband labeling rules take effect.”


Cornell University: Throwing shade: Model maps NYC street trees’ cooling benefits. “Cornell researchers’ ‘leaf-level’ visualization of every tree in New York City – and how much shade each provides – could inform new strategies for mitigating extreme heat there, and in other cities coping with record-breaking temperatures. Tree Folio NYC creates a ‘digital twin’ of New York’s urban canopy.”

North Carolina State University: Self-Driving Cars Can Make Traffic Slower. “A new study finds that “connected” vehicles, which share data with each other wirelessly, significantly improve travel time through intersections – but automated vehicles can actually slow down travel time through intersections if they are not connected to each other. The culprit? Safety.” “Culprit”?

Stanford University: To improve EV batteries, study them on the road. “New research shows adding real-world driving data to battery management software and computer models of battery pack performance can lead to longer-lasting, more reliable batteries.” Good morning, Internet…

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