Online Veterans Memorial, Tracking Terrorism Cases, The Hockey News, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, November 6, 2023


Stars and Stripes: ‘My radio to heaven’: Online VA memorial adds the names and stories of millions of veterans, service members. “The names and legacies of nearly 5 million veterans and service members have been added to an online database operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, doubling the number of individuals whose military records and contributions are commemorated, the agency announced Thursday.”

International Centre for Counter-Terrorism: Now Live: The Interlinkages Database. “The newly launched Interlinkages Database serves as a unique interactive repository of cases where alleged terrorists have been and are being prosecuted cumulatively for terrorism offences and core international crimes.”

The Hockey News: Introducing The Hockey News Archive – 76 Years of History. “The Archive has 2,640 issues and counting, about 156,000 articles for individual reading, and more than 103,000 historical pages scanned manually, so there’s a treasure trove of exclusive content at your fingertips.”


Engadget: YouTube is cracking down on ad blockers globally. “YouTube is no longer preventing just a small subset of its userbase from accessing its videos if they have an ad blocker. The platform has gone all out in its fight against the use of add-ons, extensions and programs that prevent it from serving ads to viewers around the world, it confirmed to Engadget.”


MSNBC: Big Tech whistleblowers worry their warnings aren’t being heard. “Anika Collier Navaroli testified to the House Jan. 6 committee about Twitter’s role in fueling the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol, while Frances Haugen testified before Congress in October 2021 about Facebook’s ability to manipulate users and keep them addicted. They both just wrote op-eds for The Hill that highlight what little has been done since.”

Gothamist: Beloved NYC design store seeks new home for its extensive archive. “[KIOSK] was a place where you could find simple items from around the world, curated and arranged so that customers understood who made the objects and why they mattered. Now, the beloved emporium is looking for a new home for its archive of more than 1,500 objects – with a deadline of Thanksgiving to vacate from its current space.”

Airways: Pan Am Group to Donate Entire Film Archive to SFO Museum . “The Pan Am Historical Foundation has revealed its plans to donate its entire film archive to the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Museum for preservation. Pan American World Airways accumulated an extensive film collection, consisting of over 700 titles and hundreds of hours of footage spanning more than 60 years from its establishment in 1927 until its dissolution in 1991.”


Governing: New Jersey Becomes First State to Require K-12 Media Literacy. “Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill on Wednesday, Nov. 1, that will require public schools across the state to teach media literacy as a way to combat misinformation. The law goes into effect immediately.”

MediaPost: Amazon Flooded Search Results With Irrelevant Sponsored Ads, FTC Alleges. “Amazon founder/owner Jeff Bezos instructed executives to flood the giant ecommerce company’s search results with irrelevant ads to pump up its profits, The Federal Trade Commission charges in newly unredacted documents from its antitrust lawsuit against Amazon.”


The Canberra Times: Frog call database hopping towards million milestone. “Citizen scientists have been called on to help Australian researchers make the leap past a million frog croak recordings. FrogID is a one-of-a-kind portable project developed by scientist Jodi Rowley and Australian Museum director Kim McKay in 2017.”

Channel News Asia: IN FOCUS: How fake news on Israel-Hamas stokes outrage, hatred and ‘potential for violence’ on Southeast Asian TikTok. “A week-long CNA experiment, on top of reports from TikTok users and misinformation experts in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, has identified a steady stream of inaccurate content on the Israel-Hamas war spreading on the platform. While the proliferation of fake news online during geopolitical tensions is not new – an issue which also surfaced during the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war – analysts said the Israel-Hamas conflict takes on a different, perhaps more pernicious dimension in Southeast Asia.”

The Atlantic: The Great Social Media–News Collapse. “It would be wrong to suggest that news—and especially commentary about the news— will vanish. But the future might very well look like slivers of the present, where individual influencers command large audiences, and social networking and text-based media take a back seat to video platforms with recommendation-forward algorithms, like TikTok’s. This seems likely to coincide with news organizations’ continued loss of cultural power and influence.” Good morning, Internet…

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