South Africa History, Inclusive Stock Photos, Google, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, October 1, 2023


Polity: New online SA archive aims to better empower citizens. “Hundreds of historical grassroots democracy documents from the past 29 years have been made public in a bid to empower South Africans and assist them, alongside activists, to hold government to account. The online archive is supported by the European Union-funded Enhancing Accountability programme, which came about following an agreement between the European Union and the South African Government, signed in 2020.”

University of Kentucky: UK HDI celebrates disability representation with stock photo project. “Having meetings. Studying for class. Enjoying the outdoors. All are common interactions often depicted in stock photos featured on websites, social media, news releases and more. A team of staff at the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute (HDI) has created a photo library that represents Kentuckians of all kinds. The Photo Library Fund for Excellence Project had one main goal: to create an accurate and diverse collection of stock photos that highlight disability representation.”


Search Engine Journal: Google Launches “SEO Made Easy” YouTube Series. “Google has released the first video in a new YouTube series called ‘SEO Made Easy’ to teach people how to improve their website’s performance in search results. In the inaugural episode, Martin Splitt from Google’s Search Relations team explains how sites can customize the way their brand name appears in Google’s search engine results pages (SERPs).”

WIRED: Six Months Ago Elon Musk Called for a Pause on AI. Instead Development Sped Up. “SIX MONTHS AGO this week, many prominent AI researchers, engineers, and entrepreneurs signed an open letter calling for a six-month pause on development of AI systems more capable than OpenAI’s latest GPT-4 language generator. It argued that AI is advancing so quickly and unpredictably that it could eliminate countless jobs, flood us with disinformation, and—as a wave of panicky headlines reported—destroy humanity. Whoops!”

Techdirt: Elon Fires Half Of ExTwitter’s Election Integrity Team, Because A Manager Liked A Tweet Calling Him A Fucking Dipshit. “Earlier this week it was reported that exTwitter had disabled the feature that let users “report” election misinformation as part of its reporting tools. That already got some people worried about how a Musk-run exTwitter would handle many upcoming elections. As if to confirm this was absolutely intentional, that same day, the Information revealed that Elon fired half of the remaining ‘Election Integrity Team’ at exTwitter. This is despite him recently promising to expand that effort. Rolling Stone has way more info on all of this, including details about what likely happened here and it’s dumber than you could have imagined.”


Leadership (Nigeria): 1,000 Publications, Rare & Vulnerable Resources In NLN Lagos Strong Room Digitised – National Librarian . “Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of the National Library of Nigeria (NLN), Professor Chinwe Anunobi has said about a thousand of the library’s publications, including rare and vulnerable resources in its Lagos branch ‘strong room’ have been digitized. Anunobi disclosed this during a media briefing to mark her second year in office, whilst highlighting the library’s achievements and challenges.”

8List: Maggie Wilson Is Single-Handedly Exposing a Network of Online Trolls. “If you didn’t believe in online trolls before, what’s currently happening to former beauty queen Maggie Wilson will change your mind. The 34-year-old model and businesswoman is single-handedly exposing content creators who were allegedly paid to join an online smear campaign against her and her lifestyle company, Acasa Manila. Wilson posted a slew of Instagram stories proving how a group of ‘influencers’ were hired to create negative videos about her.”


New York Times: China Uses ‘Deceptive’ Methods to Sow Disinformation, U.S. Says. “The State Department accused China on Thursday of using ‘deceptive and coercive methods’ to shape the global information environment, by acquiring stakes in foreign newspapers and television networks, using major social media platforms to promote its views and exerting pressure on international organizations and media outlets to silence critics of Beijing.”

Washington Post: Got an idea for protecting kids online? You can now take action. “If you have concerns about kids and teens on social media or ideas for keeping them healthy and safe now you can submit those directly to the federal government. The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) sent out a request for public comment on Thursday calling for parents, educators and other interested parties to write in and share their concerns and ‘best practices’ around internet usage of kids and teens.”

Perkins Coie: New York Bans Employers From Requiring Disclosure of Personal Social Media Login Credentials. “New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law bill A836 on September 14, 2023, prohibiting employers from requesting or requiring employees or job applicants to disclose the login credentials for their personal social media accounts, or from retaliating against employees or job applicants who refuse to do so.”


William & Mary News: Smart cars and privacy concerns: Navigating the data highway with W&M’s Rajiv Kohli. “Connected smart cars, equipped with an array of sensors and communication systems, have the potential to revolutionize our driving experience. However, as these vehicles gather and transmit vast amounts of data, it raises important questions about individual privacy, security and the need for regulatory oversight. To shed some light on the multifaceted dimensions of this intricate discourse, the Raymond A. Mason School of Business marketing department conversed with Rajiv Kohli, the John N. Dalton Professor of Business.”

University of Chicago: UChicago computer scientists design compact backpack that creates feeling of jumping, landing . “Alongside Assoc. Prof. Pedro Lopes and a team of students, third-year Ph.D. student Romain Nith has designed a haptic device called JumpMod that uses vertical force-feedback to mimic the full-body feeling of gravity. The technology lives within a compact, wearable backpack and modifies the user’s perceived jump through five different effects: the feeling of jumping higher, landing harder or softer, and being pulled higher or lower.” Good morning, Internet…

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