PsyPost: Analysis of 31,500 social media photos finds a connection between nature and happiness. “The researchers used artificial intelligence to gather 31,534 photographs from 185 countries that had been uploaded to the website Flickr and automatically detect their content. They found that photographs tagged as #fun, #vacations and #honeymoons were more likely to contain elements of nature such as plants, water and natural landscape compared to photographs tagged #daily or #routines.”
PR Newswire: MeWe Launches Social Media’s First Dual-Camera Videos: “MeWe’s® “ (PRESS RELEASE). “As people across the globe are staying indoors, self-quarantined due to Coronavirus, MeWe, the rapidly growing Facebook competitor, launches MeWe’s® – the first dual-camera videos available on any social network. MeWe’s are the perfect way for people to stay virtually connected in a fun and safe way with their friends and family.”
Stanford News: People’s uncertainty about the novel coronavirus can lead them to believe misinformation, says Stanford scholar. “As people increasingly social distance themselves to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, social media is an appealing way to stay in contact with friends, family and colleagues. But it can also be a source of misinformation and bad advice – some of it even dangerously wrong.”
EurekAlert: Using social media to understand the vaccine debate in China. “Vaccine acceptance is a crucial public health issue, which has been exacerbated by the use of social media to spread content expressing vaccine hesitancy. Studies have shown that social media can provide new information regarding the dynamics of vaccine communication online, potentially affecting real-world vaccine behaviors. A team of United States-based researchers observed an example of this in 2018 related to the Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology vaccine incident in China.”
The Next Web: After nearly 6 months, Kashmir’s internet opens up – but only to 300 sites. “After enduring the longest internet shutdown in a democracy, people in Kashmir are being allowed back online, but with major restrictions. On January 15, the state authorities allowed limited 2G access and broadband access to select institutes in a few areas. Over the weekend, it issued orders to restore 2G internet access to 301 sites across the region of Jammu and Kashmir, including a handful of news outlets. Just 301.”
Techdirt: Germany Wants To Limit Memes And Mashups Derived From Press Publishers’ Material To 128-by-128 Pixels In Resolution, And Three Seconds In Length. “Last month, Mike wrote about France’s awful proposals for implementing the EU Copyright Directive’s upload filter (originally known as Article 13, but Article 17 in the final version). Just as France was the most vocal proponent of this dangerous development, so Germany was the main driving force behind the ancillary copyright requirement, also known as the snippet or link tax. And like France, Germany has managed to make its proposed national implementation (original in German) of what was Article 11, now Article 15, even worse than the general framework handed down by the EU.” THIS NEVER WORKS!
UC Santa Barbara: Take It or Leave It. “Of California’s 23 federal offshore platforms, many are nearing the end of their lives, and regulators need to decide what to do with the underwater superstructures. Some advocate removing the platforms in their entirety, while others propose leaving their support structures in place to continue acting as human-made reefs. In an effort to inform this discussion, a group of researchers led by scientists at UC Santa Barbara has produced 11 studies in a dedicated issue of the Bulletin of Marine Science outlining the ecology of the state’s oil platforms. They’ve also compiled a searchable database of studies on platform ecology carried out worldwide.”
Undark: 3D Printing and the Murky Ethics of Replicating Bones . “TEN YEARS AGO, it wasn’t possible for most people to use 3D technology to print authentic copies of human bones. Today, using a 3D printer and digital scans of actual bones, it is possible to create unlimited numbers of replica bones — each curve and break and tiny imperfection intact — relatively inexpensively. The technology is increasingly allowing researchers to build repositories of bone data, which they can use to improve medical procedures, map how humans have evolved, and even help show a courtroom how someone died. But the proliferation of faux bones also poses an ethical dilemma — and one that, prior to the advent of accessible 3D printing, was mostly limited to museum collections containing skeletons of dubious provenance.”
National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition: National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition Announces Ten-year Strategic Plan And Receives $10m Grant. “The new plan consists of four strategic pillars focusing the organization’s work in global advocacy, healing values and practices, organizational infrastructure and education; a number of positive outcomes are expected for each. These include establishing a national truth and healing center, developing curriculum, producing a documentary series, creating a national digital archive and issuing policy statements that support the work of tribes and other agencies related to boarding schools.”
TechCrunch: Twitter offers more support to researchers — to ‘keep us accountable’. “Twitter has kicked off the New Year by taking the wraps off a new hub for academic researchers to more easily access information and support around its APIs — saying the move is in response to feedback from the research community.”
City AM: Google workers exposed to chemical that causes birth defects. “Google has admitted that some of its employees have been exposed to harmful chemicals than can cause birth defects. Factory workers making Google products, but hired by an outside supplier, have been exposed to N-Methylpyrrolidone, which can cause birth defects and serious skin and respiratory irritation.”
Museums Association: Sector looks to digital future. “Among a flurry of announcements in the few weeks before the election date was announced came the news that the UK government is providing £19m for a programme that could see ‘museum exhibits viewed in people’s homes, libraries and schools’.”
The Register: AWS has new tool for those leaky S3 buckets so, yeah, you might need to reconfigure a few things . “At its re:Invent event under way in Las Vegas, Amazon Web Services (AWS) dropped the veil on a new tool to help customers to avoid spewing data stored on its S3 (Simple Storage) service to world+dog.”
Poynter: A graphic guide to the 2020 U.S. census. “Carmen Nobel, program director of Journalist’s Resource, inspired us to share this graphic presentation of the upcoming census. She writes, ‘Nonfiction cartoonist Josh Neufeld guides us through several issues to watch for as the 2020 census gets underway — including the risk of undercounts, the potential ramifications of an inaccurate count, the threat of misinformation and disinformation campaigns, and important dates on the census calendar.'” The graphic is available with a CC license and its PDF prints nicely on seven sheets of paper.
MakeUseOf: Google’s ReCAPTCHAs Also Capture Your Private Information. “Interesting fact: you actually rarely encounter an original CAPTCHA. They’ve largely been supplanted by reCAPTCHAs, a system owned by search engine giant, Google. And in an effort to stop spambots, reCAPTCHAs have evolved so much, they’re now a threat to your privacy.”