Relational Reconstruction Toolkit, Oregon Transportation-Related Injuries, Telegram, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 18, 2023


Library of Congress: Relational Reconstruction Toolkit Now Available. “The intention with the toolkit is to offer a method for deepening one’s connection to a space that’s meaningful for their own story, with a special focus on communities of color. Though sourced maps, photographs and oral accounts, reconstructions of erased historic spaces are intentionally imaginative as well as authentic. The toolkit is organized into a series of chapters that describe stages of the work to consider.”

KTVZ: OHA’s new transportation data dashboard finds motorcycle, cyclist, pedestrian fatalities on the rise. “Oregon Health Authority has unveiled another interactive data dashboard to help people more easily track state, county and demographic trends in deaths and hospital visits related to a range of transportation-related injuries.”


TechCrunch: Telegram CEO, a criticised but cited source of Hamas videos, says app will continue to host ‘war-related content’. “As social platforms like X (formerly Twitter), Meta and TikTok face off with regulators and the theater of public opinion for how they are handling incendiary and graphic content, disinformation, writing and other media related to Hamas and Israel, Pavel Durov, the CEO of Telegram, has controversially come out to defend how his messaging app is not taking down some of the more sensitive war-related coverage that can be found there, claiming that it can prove to be an important channel for information.”


Mashable: 7 creative ways to organize your mobile apps. “With thousands of apps at our fingertips, they can quickly overcrowd our screens. Apps are designed to improve our lives and make us more efficient, but trying to find them in a mishmash collection of colorful icons can be time consuming. Solve this problem by taking 15 minutes to clean out the jumble of app clutter, and find a homescreen organizational structure that works for you. After all, no one wants to be an app hoarder. Here are seven creative ways to arrange your smartphone apps.”


WIRED: A ‘Green’ Search Engine Sees Danger—and Opportunity—in the Generative AI Revolution. “Berlin-based Ecosia carved out a niche as a carbon-negative search engine. To adapt to the ChatGPT era, it’s moving closer to Google and exploring how AI could help users cut carbon emissions.”

BBC: Royal Albert Hall archive preserved in £1m project. “The Royal Albert Hall’s archive has been saved from flooding and preserved in a £1m rescue operation. The South Kensington venue’s collection includes a trumpet from the opening ceremony 152 years ago and a programme designed by Pablo Picasso. The archive spans the venue’s history since its inception in the 1850s and consists of tens of thousands of items.”


Wall Street Journal: How Ads on Your Phone Can Aid Government Surveillance. “A recent U.S. intelligence-community report said the data collected by consumer technologies expose sensitive information on everyone ‘in a way that far fewer Americans seem to understand, and even fewer of them can avoid.’ The Wall Street Journal identified a network of brokers and advertising exchanges whose data was flowing from apps to Defense Department and intelligence agencies through a company called Near Intelligence NIR.”

Punch (Nigeria): Social media regulation: We are engaging Google, TikTok, says NBC. “The National Broadcasting Commission has said that it is engaging with major social media platforms to curb the excesses of their users. Director, Broadcast Monitoring of the NBC, Francisca Aiyetan, stated this on Friday while speaking with Daily Trust on the plan of the commission to regulate social media. She said if social media is not regulated, young people could be misguided.”


Michigan Daily: Kwebbelkop AI and the now-unavoidable AI conversation. “The sentiment that we must adjust to AI is a perplexing one; time and time again, influential voices online will cite how terrifying AI is, yet to prove this point, they keep using it. It keeps getting brought into the public sphere as some inevitable fate when it doesn’t have to be. We don’t have to treat it as a legitimate threat if we stop paying attention to it, yet thought leaders sabotage these human-driven values in favor of using AI to save money.”

PsyPost: Screen time addiction linked to borderline personality traits and psychological distress . “Adults who spend too much time in front of screens are more likely to experience psychological distress and symptoms associated with borderline personality disorder, according to new research published in the Annals of Human and Social Sciences.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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