Proceedings of the ACM on Networking, Open and Engaged Conference, Earthly Podcast, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, September 7, 2023


EurekAlert: ACM publishes new journal of Proceedings of the ACM On Networking. “ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has announced the publication of the first issue of Proceedings of the ACM on Networking (PACMNET), a new peer-reviewed journal. Issued quarterly, PACMNET publishes original research papers on new technologies, novel experimentation, creative use of networking technologies, and new insights into network management. The journal features articles on system design and performance evaluations of computer networks, experience learned from deployments, traffic engineering, and network programmability from academic experts as well as practitioners working in public or private settings.”


British Library Digital Scholarship Blog: Open and Engaged 2023: Community over Commercialisation. “The British Library is delighted to host its annual Open and Engaged Conference on Monday 30 October, in-person and online, as part of International Open Access Week. In line with this year’s #OAWeek theme: Open and Engaged 2023: Community over Commercialisation will address approaches and practices to open scholarship that prioritise the best interests of the public and the research community.”


Clemson News: New Clemson University podcast aims to explain the natural world. “Clemson University has launched a new science podcast titled Earthly that will explain the science behind some of world’s most pressing issues in agriculture, natural resources, wildlife, and the earth sciences.”

Politico: Trump social media startup wins more time to go public. “Investors on Tuesday granted a last-minute lifeline to the company looking to take former President Donald Trump’s social media venture public, handing executives another year to finish the transaction ahead of a do-or-die deadline this week.”

Search Engine Land: Google will allow NFT gaming ads under updated cryptocurrency ad policy. “Google will allow NFT gaming ads, provided they don’t promote gambling content, from next month. This change will take place on September 15 when Google issues its updated advertising policy for cryptocurrencies and blockchain-based games.”


Tuscon Sentinel: Tucson’s Molly Holzschlag, known as ‘the fairy godmother of the web,’ dead at 60. “Molly Holzschlag, whose pioneering work in online design standards led to her being dubbed ‘the fairy godmother of the web,’ has died at age 60. Holzschlag, a longtime Tucson resident, dealt with a series of illnesses over the past decade, including being diagnosed with aplastic anemia. She was found dead Tuesday at her home, family said.”

CBC: That feeling when your grandma becomes a social media star. “In one of her recent posts, Joan MacDonald twirls on a beach and smiles radiantly into the camera. In another, the 77-year-old exhales heavily as she squats under a weighted bar in a gym. Among the so-called ‘granfluencers’ on social media, the Cobourg, Ont., native is something of a heavy weight who says she’s still getting used to flexing her social media muscles and notes that ‘not in 1,000 years’ did she see herself becoming an influencer in her 70s.”

Gizmodo: Want to See How Bad Twitter’s Bot Problem Is? Ask for Crypto Help.. “For the past year, Don Marti has been tweeting requests for help with ‘MetaMask support.’ MetaMask is one of the more popular wallet services for people to store their cryptocurrency and NFTs. Its users are the subject of widespread and relentless scamming attempts. Fortunately, there are countless robots patrolling Twitter promising to help. Marti, an executive at an ad tech company, tweets about it every couple of weeks. Without fail, dozens of scam bots always come calling. Some even pretend to be beautiful women, and lately, the robots have even started getting poetic in their responses.”


New York Times: Google Turns to a Steady Old Hand to Fight Antitrust Charges. “Google and its parent company, Alphabet, are facing their most significant legal challenge. They are preparing to face off next week in federal court against the Justice Department and a collection of states, which claim the tech giant illegally abused its monopoly power to keep its search engine on top. The Justice Department has argued that Google illegally used agreements with phone makers like Apple and Samsung, as well as internet browsers like Mozilla, to be the default search engine for their users, preventing smaller rivals from getting access to that business.”

Reuters: Google reaches tentative settlement in US Play Store lawsuit. “Alphabet’s Google (GOOG) (GOOGL) on Tuesday tentatively settled a class action suit alleging that its U.S. Play Store had violated U.S. federal antitrust rules by overcharging customers, according to a court filing. Details of the settlement were not disclosed.”


Daily Beast: Enough! Advertisers and Governments Must Dump Elon Musk.. “You can, as you have demonstrated, flush billions of dollars down the toilet on a whim. But the rest of us still have some clout left, too, and you have made it clear that it is time to mobilize our influence and utilize the mechanisms at our disposal to stop you before you do even greater harm. It is time for the United States and other like-minded governments to stop subsidizing your ventures. It is time for advertisers to recognize that every dollar they give you to support the site formerly known as Twitter goes to amplify the views of hate-mongers, racists, and despots.”

Bloomberg: UK Back in EU’s Horizon Science Program After Brexit Freeze. “Prime Minister Rishi Sunak gave the go-ahead for the UK to rejoin the European Union’s €95.5 billion ($103 billion) Horizon science program, allowing closer ties between Europe’s top research hubs following a two-year gap because of post-Brexit political wrangling.” Good morning, Internet…

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