Museums + Heritage Advisor: Does culture matter? New research offers lockdown lessons for museums and cultural attractions

Museums + Heritage Advisor: Does culture matter? New research offers lockdown lessons for museums and cultural attractions. “The study, conducted by marketing firm Crystallised, involved weekly surveys between 23rd March and 20th July, with one third of respondents having traditionally been classified as ‘not culturally engaged’ – not that this designation uniformly aligned to the research results. Perhaps unsurprisingly, people were found to have been far more open to trying new cultural experiences during lockdown. 61% of those surveyed tried a new culture sector offer in the four months of research and 16% participated in multiple online museum tours.”

Mashable: Doctors use algorithms that aren’t designed to treat all patients equally

Mashable: Doctors use algorithms that aren’t designed to treat all patients equally. “The battle over algorithms in healthcare has come into full view since last fall. The debate only intensified in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which has disproportionately devastated Black and Latino communities. In October, Science published a study that found one hospital unintentionally directed more white patients than Black patients to a high-risk care management program because it used an algorithm to predict the patients’ future healthcare costs as a key indicator of personal health. Optum, the company that sells the software product, told Mashable that the hospital used the tool incorrectly.”

Politico: HHS ad blitz sputters as celebrities back away

Politico: HHS ad blitz sputters as celebrities back away. “The health department’s $300 million-plus, taxpayer-funded vehicle to boost confidence in President Donald Trump’s response to the pandemic is sputtering. Celebrities are refusing to participate, and staff are arraying against it. Some complain of the unstated aim of helping Trump’s re-election. Others point to an ill-prepared video team and a 22-year-old political appointee who has repeatedly asserted control despite having no public health expertise, according to six people with close knowledge of the campaign and documents related to its operations.”

7 San Diego: COVID-19 Survivors Find Emotional, Therapeutic Outlet Through Social Media

7 San Diego: COVID-19 Survivors Find Emotional, Therapeutic Outlet Through Social Media. “COVID-19 survivors are finding newfound comfort by sharing their personal stories on social media platforms and are hopeful their experiences can educate and comfort others. ‘I want my story to be able to help people know they’re not alone — and what they’re going through, they can make it through,’ said Taylor Brune of Carlsbad.”

Reuters: U.S. expected to sue Google next week as DOJ seeks support from states

Reuters: U.S. expected to sue Google next week as DOJ seeks support from states. “The U.S. Justice Department is expected to sue Alphabet’s Google as soon as next week, and is currently urging state attorneys general to sign onto the lawsuit, according to three sources familiar with the process.”

Stanford Cyber Policy Center: Who Are the President of Guinea’s Facebook Trolls? The Blurry Line Between Modern Campaigning and Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior

Stanford Cyber Policy Center: Who Are the President of Guinea’s Facebook Trolls? The Blurry Line Between Modern Campaigning and Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior. “The West African country of Guinea will hold a crucial presidential election in October 2020 that will determine whether President Alpha Condé will extend his rule into a second decade, or whether Guinea will undergo its first-ever democratic transition of power. The election also has significant economic implications for Guinea’s international investors. In the runup to this election, we identified a network of 94 Facebook Pages that exhibited coordinated behavior in support of Condé and his party.”

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Amid ‘caution fatigue,’ a new social media-inspired mask campaign is heading to South Florida

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Amid ‘caution fatigue,’ a new social media-inspired mask campaign is heading to South Florida. “Across the Miami area, some of the most original tweets are popping up on billboards, sidewalks and other high-profile spots as part of the social media giant’s campaign to encourage mask wearing in a time when ‘caution fatigue’ around coronavirus is starting to set in.”

WRAL: NCSU, ECU using furloughs, pay cuts to offset lost revenue during pandemic

WRAL: NCSU, ECU using furloughs, pay cuts to offset lost revenue during pandemic. “North Carolina State University has started furloughing some employees and reducing the pay and hours of others to cut costs during the continuing coronavirus pandemic, Chancellor Randy Woodson said Thursday.”

Times of India: Egmore museum to start digitisation drive in October

Times of India: Egmore museum to start digitisation drive in October. “The move will also help India’s second oldest museum in updating its official portal with pictures of its rich collection. The digitisation drive will cover the accession register, a record that contains details of each artefact. According to museum sources, the project will take about six months.”

California Department of Technology: New Cannabis Search Tool Unveiled

California Department of Technology: New Cannabis Search Tool Unveiled . “The California Department of Technology (CDT) collaborated with the cannabis licensing authorities and others to launch a search tool that allows the public to find cannabis license information in one place. The new unified search tool has information from all three of states cannabis licensing authorities – the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and The California Department of Public Health (CDPH).”

Exclusive: World Bank seeks board approval for $12 billion coronavirus vaccine financing plan (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: World Bank seeks board approval for $12 billion coronavirus vaccine financing plan. “World Bank President David Malpass said on Tuesday he is seeking board approval for a $12 billion coronavirus vaccine financing plan to help poor and developing countries secure a sufficient share of vaccine doses when they become available in the coming months.”

SIM swap fraud: How to prevent your phone number from being stolen (CNET)

CNET: SIM swap fraud: How to prevent your phone number from being stolen. “In January, a published study revealed how incredibly easy it to do, potentially leading to thousands of dollars in fraud — that’s your money on the line. The practice of SIM swapping is becoming increasingly common, and despite carriers putting safeguards in place, researchers were able to demonstrate taking over your phone number quickly and with ease.”

BBC: Extra facility opened for planes grounded by Covid-19

BBC: Extra facility opened for planes grounded by Covid-19. “An aircraft storage facility in Central Australia is now so full that its owners have had to seek out more space. Many carriers haven’t had enough passengers to justify flying during the pandemic, and have opted to store their planes. Asia Pacific Airline Storage is storing 94 planes at Alice Springs, and will store more in Southeast Queensland.”