University of Edinburgh: Digital archive captures health websites

University of Edinburgh: Digital archive captures health websites. “The project will preserve 10,000 official and unofficial websites relating to health to create available to researchers and the public. The initiative called ‘The Archive of Tomorrow: Health Information and Misinformation in the UK Web Archive’ has been launched by the National Library of Scotland and is funded by the Wellcome Trust…. The initiative will examine how websites and other online information about health is archived.”

Current: New nonprofit will expand digital health and education offerings through datacasting

Current: New nonprofit will expand digital health and education offerings through datacasting. “The Information Equity Initiative, announced Wednesday, builds on the work CEO Erik Langner began in his former role as president of the Signal Infrastructure Group. In partnership with three Pennsylvania PBS stations, led by WITF in the Harrisburg market, SIG announced what was then called the Public Media Educational Platform earlier this year. That platform provides the backbone for a system to transmit interactive programming and text to students in households that lack sufficient broadband access — a number Langner estimates may be as high as one in four students nationwide.”

HuffPost: Trump Insiders Are Quietly Paying Teen Memers For Posts

HuffPost: Trump Insiders Are Quietly Paying Teen Memers For Posts. “In the fever swamps of Instagram, a network of right-wing meme accounts run by teenage boys and young men has erupted into an advertising powerhouse reaching millions. These memers — who regularly post far-right conspiracy theories, anti-vaccine propaganda and other incendiary clickbait — first caught the attention of obscure brands selling cheap MAGA merch, who started paying them to display ads to their rapidly growing conservative audiences. The money wasn’t great, as a few memers told HuffPost last summer, but it still felt like a big deal to watch their Instagram pages blossom into mini businesses. Little did they know, members of Donald Trump’s inner circle would soon come knocking.”

Wired: In Kenya, Influencers Are Hired to Spread Disinformation

Wired: In Kenya, Influencers Are Hired to Spread Disinformation. “ON MAY 18 of this year, the insidious hashtag #AnarchistJudges appeared on Kenyan Twitter timelines. Apparently driven by a number of faceless bots, and retweeted by a series of sock puppet accounts, the deluge of tweets cast suspicion on both the competence and integrity of senior High Court of Kenya judges that had just shot down the Constitutional Amendments Bill of 2021. Many falsely claimed the judges were involved in narcotics dealings, bribery, and political partisanship. It quickly became one of the country’s top trending topics. Such malicious, coordinated disinformation attacks are rapidly growing in Kenya, my Mozilla Foundation colleague Brian Obilo and I have found in a new investigation.”

Wall Street Journal: Facebook Tried to Make Its Platform a Healthier Place. It Got Angrier Instead.

Wall Street Journal: Facebook Tried to Make Its Platform a Healthier Place. It Got Angrier Instead.. “Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, said the aim of the algorithm change was to strengthen bonds between users and to improve their well-being…. Within the company, though, staffers warned the change was having the opposite effect, the documents show. It was making Facebook’s platform an angrier place. Company researchers discovered that publishers and political parties were reorienting their posts toward outrage and sensationalism. That tactic produced high levels of comments and reactions that translated into success on Facebook.”

Atlas Obscura: How to Buy Pink Pineapples and Fruitcake Off Etsy

Atlas Obscura: How to Buy Pink Pineapples and Fruitcake Off Etsy. “Both social media and e-commerce sites, from Etsy to Instagram, host vibrant communities of food vendors and cooks-for-hire. Sure, you can buy a 40-pack of gummy bears on Amazon, or schedule a Whole Foods delivery. But can you buy fresh ice-cream beans shipped from the tropical fruit paradise that is Florida? Can you buy cornmeal cookies and juniper ash from a Native American company in Arizona? A wide world of hyper-local food exists online, sandwiched between advertisements and yard-sale listings.”

Associated Press: Missouri cave with ancient Native American drawings sold

Associated Press: Missouri cave with ancient Native American drawings sold. “Bryan Laughlin, director of Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers, the St. Louis-based firm handling the auction, said the winning bidder declined to be named. A St. Louis family that’s owned the land since 1953 has mainly used it for hunting. The cave was the site of sacred rituals and burying of the dead. It also has more than 290 prehistoric glyphs, or hieroglyphic symbols used to represent sounds or meanings, ‘making it the largest collection of indigenous people’s polychrome paintings in Missouri,’ according to the auction website.”

The Pitch: KCPL’s new Wikipedian in Residence gives us the tools to edit our own stories

The Pitch: KCPL’s new Wikipedian in Residence gives us the tools to edit our own stories. “In June 2021, the Kansas City Public Library announced a new staff position that reimagines the ‘traditional’ librarian role with a digital twist: the Wikipedian in Residence. Miranda Pratt, who graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2019, is filling the post for the inaugural year-long tenure.”

Brown University: With new federal grant, Brown to host training institute based on digital scholarship expertise

Brown University: With new federal grant, Brown to host training institute based on digital scholarship expertise . “The institute, called Born-Digital Scholarly Publishing: Resources and Road Maps, will train 15 under-resourced scholars from a variety of institutions, disciplines and backgrounds, equipping them with the skills they need to develop digital scholarship intended for publication by a university press. Over three weeks of virtual and in-person sessions, the scholars will learn, among other things, how to use open-source tools and platforms, how to manage large-scale projects, and how and when to reach out to top-level publishing industry contacts.”

CNET: Facebook’s own research shows Instagram is harmful to teens, report says

CNET: Facebook’s own research shows Instagram is harmful to teens, report says. “In studies conducted over the past three years, Facebook researchers have found that Instagram is ‘harmful for a sizable percentage’ of young users, particularly teenage girls, reported The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. Research presented in 2019 reportedly found that Instagram makes body image issue worse for one in three teen girls. In focus group and online surveys done by the company, teens also apparently said Instagram increased rates of anxiety and depression, reported the Journal.”

Florida State University: FSU English professor earns prestigious NEH grant to digitize novelist Gloria Naylor’s work and develop literary archival model

Florida State University: FSU English professor earns prestigious NEH grant to digitize novelist Gloria Naylor’s work and develop literary archival model. “A faculty member in Florida State University’s Department of English has received a collaborative research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize the work of award-winning American novelist Gloria Naylor and develop a model for engaging Black women’s literary archives.”

Second annual Search Engine Land Award for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Search Marketing: Nominations open (Search Engine Land)

Search Engine Land: Second annual Search Engine Land Award for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Search Marketing: Nominations open. “Search marketing has a diversity problem. Older data from the American Marketing Association shows that most marketing leadership is still majority white, hetero, and male. Meanwhile, the audiences we’re marketing to are more diverse and inclusive than ever. It’s a topic we’ve covered multiple times at Search Engine Land.”