ArtsHub: Digital art guide to beat coronavirus closures. “The world may be in lockdown, but self-isolation doesn’t mean we have to stop experiencing art. Despite COVID-19 closures, Australian art is finding new ways to go viral. Artists, museums, galleries, institutions, and more are exploring innovative ways to reach audiences, spreading some timely comfort and unity. Below is our ever-growing list of Australian art ready for you to discover.” Decent-sized list, good annotation.
Man of Many: NSW Police are Using a Smash Mouth Banger to Explain Social Distancing. “Mastering a new skill is never easy. Whether it’s taking on a second language, trying your hand at a musical instrument, or picking up the paintbrush for the first time, not everyone’s noggin is hardwired for learning. One of the easiest ways to circumnavigate the brain drain is by turning new instructions into a tune. Yep, just like Mary Poppins told us, the best way to remember something is to put it into song. So when the NSW Police Service wanted to warn us of the dire implications of not abiding by social distancing measures, they turned to a modern miracle of musical excellence. That’s right, All-Star by Smashmouth.”
The Age (Australia): Melbourne brothel owner sues Google over bad reviews. “A South Melbourne brothel owner is taking legal action to force Google to reveal who wrote its bad online reviews, some of which direct customers to a nearby competitor. The Boardroom of Melbourne, which bills itself as one of the city’s top brothels, wants the Federal Court to force Google to hand over the IP addresses linked with the negative reviews after the search engine giant refused to reveal the identities behind them and take them down.”
ZDNet: Data science vs social media disinformation: the case of climate change and the Australian bushfires . “Today, [World Weather Attribution] just released an analysis on the recent Australian bushfires, and ZDNet connected with WWA to learn more about it. At the same time, another analysis by the Brown university verifies what previous studies suggested: climate disinformation on social media abounds. The battle between bots and (data) science is raging.”
AFP: Australia’s newswire axed amid pressure from digital giants. “Australia’s only national newswire will be shuttered after 85 years of operation, with around 180 staff told Tuesday their jobs will end in June. Staff gathered on the newsroom floor at Australian Associated Press’ headquarters in Sydney were told a drop-off in subscribers in the face of free online content meant the company was ‘no longer viable.'”
ABC News (Australia): Fears private details of Defence Force members compromised in database hack . “A highly sensitive military database containing the personal details of tens of thousands of Australian Defence Force (ADF) members was shut down for 10 days due to fears it had been hacked.”
UNSW Sydney: New index ranks Australian states and territories on social performance. “A new index to measure the quality of life for people across Australia was launched today by leading research organisation the Centre for Social Impact (CSI), which is based at UNSW Business School. The Australian Social Progress Index (SPI) ranks states and territories on their social progress, providing the first-ever holistic measure of Australia’s social performance that is independent of economic factors.”