CNN: Teens, screams and celebrity YouTubers: This is VidCon 2019. “ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen’ blared over the speakers when the Vlog Squad, a group of former Vine stars who do pranks and make funny videos on YouTube, came out on stage for a question and answer session. But you could barely hear the music over the deafening screams from a standing-room only crowd of mostly tweens, teens and twenty-somethings. Screams were not uncommon at last week’s VidCon, an annual conference in Anaheim, California for famous and aspiring social media stars, their fans, and the brands that love them.”
OpenDemocracy: Ukraine’s Soviet archives are opening up – and changing memory politics. “With new laws opening up access to state security archives, Ukrainian citizens are discovering what really happened to their family members under Stalin.”
Muckrock: Social Security Death Master File. “We are interested in obtaining publishing the ‘open access’ Social Security Death Master File (aka Death Index) — i.e. the one not covering people who died w/in the last 3 years. It is extremely useful for genealogical and medical research, preventing fraud, etc.” This is a crowdfunding effort to pay for the Death Index; if it succeeds Muckrock will make the database publicly available for free. The effort is trying to raise just under $6000.
HoustonPress: Tracking Folk Punk’s New Wave With Its Archivist. “The folk punk genre has its share of skeptics. Type the words into your Google search engine and plenty of derisive tropes and snarky memes will populate. But, maybe now more than ever, you’ll also find a broad and acclaimed array of music from diverse artists whose blend of folk music’s activism and punk’s urgency is just right for the times.”
Government Technology: Subscription Service Offers Government High-Res Aerial Pics. “At a time when short-range drones and satellite birds-eye views are commonplace, one Colorado-based company, Vexcel Imaging, is putting its proprietary cameras on airplanes to capture ultra-high-resolution data of the United States for sale by subscription to state and local governments.”
New York Times: Facebook Dodged a Bullet From the F.T.C. It Faces Many More.. “Facebook escaped largely unscathed from the Federal Trade Commission’s decision on Friday week to fine it around $5 billion for privacy violations: The settlement neither bruised its bottom line nor severely restricted its ability to collect people’s data. Yet even as the Silicon Valley company dodged that bullet, its pain was just beginning.”
Tubefilter: TikTok Is A Mostly Untapped Space For Western Ecommerce — But Chinese Companies Are Using It To Make Millions. “With its billion-plus downloads and steadily-growing user base of more than 500 million, there’s no doubt: TikTok is a thing. And whenever a new social media app becomes a thing, it’s inevitable that brands want to find out how they can utilize it to draw eyeballs to their products.”