Wired: Jack Dorsey’s Twitter Failed African Countries

Wired: Jack Dorsey’s Twitter Failed African Countries. “To the West, Twitter under Dorsey’s reign from 2015 to 2021 often looked like an acidic, hate-fuelled, raging dumpster fire. But what westerners got was Twitter’s platinum version. It’s the version made by people who take their civic problems seriously because those problems are theirs too. Misinformation, hate speech, and manipulation on the platform is much worse in my corner of the world and Dorsey’s legacy in Africa is even more neglectful and hypocritical than his legacy in the Western world.”

NiemanLab: How researchers used decades of Wall Street Journal articles to predict stock market returns

NiemanLab: How researchers used decades of Wall Street Journal articles to predict stock market returns . “Financial news articles can be a good short-term indicator of why the U.S. stock market is doing well or poorly, finds a new working paper, ‘Business News and Business Cycles,’ from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Based on a full-text analysis of 763,887 Wall Street Journal articles published from 1984 to 2017, the authors find that news coverage of particular topics, like signs of a looming recession, predicts 25% of average fluctuations in stock market returns.”

Phys .org: New website evaluates the effectiveness of science communication activities

Phys .org: New website evaluates the effectiveness of science communication activities. “Scientists regularly appear in the media. They participate in science cafés, write a popular-science book or visit school classes. In that way, they want to convey their knowledge and enthusiasm to society. But do they succeed? To answer that question, a new website is launched, with a toolbox full of instruments to evaluate the effect of science communication activities.” This resource is in Research & Opinion instead of New Resources because it is currently only available in Dutch. An English version is planned.

Mashable: How I fixed my toxic relationship with Twitter

Mashable: How I fixed my toxic relationship with Twitter . “As a woman online who writes primarily about music and fandom, I have experienced the ire of passionate fan bases. Sadly, it comes with the job. There have been times when those criticisms can lead to real, constructive discourse. But as Twitter becomes increasingly weaponized by stans, those instances have become few and far between. After all, it’s hard to search through hundreds of instances of threats and abuse to find the people who want to give you helpful feedback. Even engaging with those tweets results in more harassment. It just became too much. And it made me too sad amid a pandemic that had already destroyed my confidence and self-worth.”

Morning Consult: Could the Facebook Papers Close the Deal on Privacy Legislation?

Morning Consult: Could the Facebook Papers Close the Deal on Privacy Legislation?. “The disclosures from the Facebook Papers have led to a flurry of legislative proposals on Capitol Hill to address data use, kids’ online safety and malicious content. The single most effective step Congress can take is to enact comprehensive privacy legislation to address the explosion of digital information that is presently not covered by existing, narrower privacy laws.”

Stony Brook University: Study Suggests New Strategy to Detect Social Bots

Stony Brook University: Study Suggests New Strategy to Detect Social Bots. “The study looked at more than 3 million tweets authored by 3,000 bot accounts and an equal number of genuine accounts. Based only on the language from these tweets, the researchers estimated 17 features for each account: age, gender, five personality traits (openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism), eight emotions (such as joy, anger and fear), and positive/negative sentiment.”

Johns Hopkins University: Piecing Together Hard History

Johns Hopkins University: Piecing Together Hard History. “Friday’s forum, organized by the university’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Hopkins Retrospective, explored the complexities of archival research and scholarship around the institution of slavery and its legacies at universities. The virtual event featured panels on research methodologies, how racism and slavery continue to affect institutions, and the future of such research. Panelists included several historians from Johns Hopkins and elsewhere who are engaged in this work.”

Stanford University: Stanford physicists help create time crystals with quantum computers

Stanford University: Stanford physicists help create time crystals with quantum computers. “Just as a crystal’s structure repeats in space, a time crystal repeats in time and, importantly, does so infinitely and without any further input of energy – like a clock that runs forever without any batteries. The quest to realize this phase of matter has been a longstanding challenge in theory and experiment – one that has now finally come to fruition.”

Techdirt: Twitter Is Just The Beginning Of Jack Dorsey’s Speech Revolution

Techdirt: Twitter Is Just The Beginning Of Jack Dorsey’s Speech Revolution. “Jack Dorsey has left Twitter, which he co-founded and ran for more than a decade. Many on the American political right frequently accused Dorsey and other prominent social media CEOs of censoring conservative content. Yet Dorsey doesn’t easily fit within partisan molds. Although Twitter is often lumped together with Facebook and YouTube, its founder’s approach to free speech and interest in decentralized initiatives such as BlueSky make Dorsey one of the more interesting online speech leaders of recent years. If you want to know what the future of social media might be, keep an eye on Dorsey.”

Auburn University: Building Science, Architecture faculty digitally preserving Alabama’s disappearing Rosenwald Schools

Auburn University: Building Science, Architecture faculty digitally preserving Alabama’s disappearing Rosenwald Schools. “In the early decades of the 1900s when racial segregation was the norm, almost 400 schools were built in rural Alabama to serve as educational facilities for African American children. These were known as the Rosenwald Schools and, between 1912-32, they made it possible for African American children to obtain a formal education in a time when doing so would otherwise be nearly an impossibility.”

University of Texas at Austin: First Digital Platform to Track and Prevent Drug Overdoses in Texas Launches

University of Texas at Austin: First Digital Platform to Track and Prevent Drug Overdoses in Texas Launches. “The rate of opioid and other drug overdoses is on the rise in Texas, but there has been no statewide system to collect overdose data—until now. An interdisciplinary team of developers, designers, clinical partners and researchers led by Dell Medical School and the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin has created a digital reporting and surveillance system to track drug overdoses statewide.”

NIST: NIST Recommends Steps to Boost Resilience of U.S. Timekeeping

NIST: NIST Recommends Steps to Boost Resilience of U.S. Timekeeping. “The nation should bolster research and development of systems that distribute accurate time via fiber-optic cable and radio as part of the effort to back up GPS and enhance the resilience of critical infrastructure that depends on it, according to a new report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).”

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya: Twitter, the social network most resistant to conspiracy theory beliefs

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya: Twitter, the social network most resistant to conspiracy theory beliefs. “A recent study, published in the open access journal New Media & Society and authored by a researcher from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) working with 19 other universities, has examined the role that social media play in the dissemination of conspiracy theories, and the relationship between how these platforms are used and their users’ belief in this type of misinformation.”