Catholic News Agency: The ‘Random Catholic Dude’ behind the website chronicling the Catholic hierarchy

Catholic News Agency: The ‘Random Catholic Dude’ behind the website chronicling the Catholic hierarchy. “He works a full-time computer support job, loves to travel, opens emails with ‘howdy,’ and belongs to the Church of the Holy Cross in Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City, Kansas. [David M.] Cheney is also the person behind the longest-running online database for information about the bishops and dioceses of the global Catholic Church.”

Analytics India: Meet the Woman Behind India’s Major Political Narratives on Social Media

Analytics India: Meet the Woman Behind India’s Major Political Narratives on Social Media. “Political campaigns in India are evolving quickly; political parties are utilising new technology, data analytics, and artificial intelligence in a variety of ways. However, one aspect of political campaigns that has not changed is the use of social media for narrative building. To understand the inner workings of such undertakings in depth, Analytics India Magazine got in touch with political campaign manager Sukriti Sharma.”

Teen Vogue: John Fetterman and Social Media: How His Campaign Built a Winning Strategy

Teen Vogue: John Fetterman and Social Media: How His Campaign Built a Winning Strategy. “If you’ve been entertained by Senator-elect John Fetterman’s social media presence and trolling of his Trump-backed opponent Dr. Mehmet Oz, you partly have Sophie Ota to thank. At 26, Ota serves as the digital director of Fetterman for PA, a campaign that has harnessed the power of humor and authenticity to set a new standard for the use of social media in politics — and managed to flip a Senate seat in purple Pennsylvania.”

University of Sussex: Launch of online oral history collection reveals untold story of the BBC

University of Sussex: Launch of online oral history collection reveals untold story of the BBC . “David Attenborough, Esther Rantzen and Harold Wilson are just some of the prominent figures who appear in over 600 hours of recorded interviews from across the BBC, as part of a new project led by academics at the University of Sussex. The online catalogue, made available today, reveals a hidden history of the Corporation from its earliest years and has been unveiled as part of the BBC’s centenary celebrations. The unique new collection gives free public access to over 470 hours of audio and 159 hours of video interviews.”

Boing Boing: Creating an AI-generated comic book in Midjourney

Boing Boing: Creating an AI-generated comic book in Midjourney. “I really enjoyed watching filmmaker Elvis Deane talk about his experience in creating a comic book using the Midjourney AI art program. I love some of the analogies he uses—that working with a current AI is kind of like trying to communicate with your dog, or like having an infinite number of monkey artists who aren’t giving you exactly what you want, but sort of.”

Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure: Why Does a Librarian Own a Social Media Site That’s Been Around for Longer Than Facebook?

Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure: Why Does a Librarian Own a Social Media Site That’s Been Around for Longer Than Facebook?. “Jessamyn West is not just one of the web’s favorite librarians, but the new owner of Metafilter, an incredibly long-running social network that dates back to a very different Internet. In the first part of our interview with Jessamyn, she tells us just how Metafilter has kept going and stayed healthy since 1999.” Podcast with full transcript.

Every: The Internet Encyclopedia of Memes

Every: The Internet Encyclopedia of Memes. “For the past 15 years, Know Your Meme has documented internet culture from across the web—from 4chan and Reddit to Twitter and TikTok. For nearly 12 of those years—or what he describes as ‘an eternity in internet years’—Don Caldwell has been at the forefront at Know Your Meme, most recently as the Editor-in-Chief. He’s made nearly 100,000 contributions to the site, slowed only by moving into a managerial role at the company.”

WIRED: Volodymyr Zelensky on War, Technology, and the Future of Ukraine

WIRED: Volodymyr Zelensky on War, Technology, and the Future of Ukraine. “In this wide-ranging interview, which has been condensed and lightly edited for clarity, Zelensky called on Big Tech to do more to pull out of Russia, praised Elon Musk’s Starlink, and explained why modern leaders have to appeal to the distracted social media generation. ‘We just live in another time, no longer the time of postmen,’ he said.”

BuzzFeed News: TikTok Star Charles Gross Doesn’t Want To Be Messy For The Content Anymore

BuzzFeed News: TikTok Star Charles Gross Doesn’t Want To Be Messy For The Content Anymore. “Charles Gross may have built his entire social media persona around luxury fashion, but he wanted to lunch at a chain restaurant you’d find in an airport. From the videos he posts to his 1 million TikTok followers, I’d expected he’d choose the kind of hydrangea-filled French café that makes you pay for water and air, rather than Le Pain Quotidien (the harder-to-pronounce version of Panera Bread).”

Current Affairs: Why This Computer Scientist Says All Cryptocurrency Should “Die in a Fire”

Current Affairs: Why This Computer Scientist Says All Cryptocurrency Should “Die in a Fire”. “One of cryptocurrency’s most vocal skeptics is Nicholas Weaver, senior staff researcher at the International Computer Science Institute and lecturer in the computer science department at UC Berkeley. Weaver has studied cryptocurrencies for years. Speaking with Current Affairs editor-in-chief Nathan J. Robinson, Prof. Weaver explains why he views the much-hyped technology with such antipathy. He argues that cryptocurrency is useless and destructive, and should ‘die in a fire.’ The interview transcript has been lightly edited for grammar and clarity. “

Television Academy Foundation: Foundation Announces National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to Preserve The Interviews

Television Academy Foundation: Foundation Announces National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to Preserve The Interviews. “The Television Academy Foundation today announced it has been awarded a $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the preservation of its online archive The Interviews: An Oral History of Television…. Under the direction of Television Academy Foundation Chair Cris Abrego and Vice Chair of the Foundation and Chair of The Interviews committee Jonathan Murray, the Foundation is focused on additional fundraising to secure the core collection for the next 100 years, prioritizing inclusive representation for future interviews, and making The Interviews more accessible with captioning and language translation.”

Stanford Law School: Facebook’s Oversight Board’s Work – And Other Free Speech Challenges

Stanford Law School: Facebook’s Oversight Board’s Work – And Other Free Speech Challenges. “Michael McConnell is the Richard and Frances Mallery Professor at Stanford Law School, where he also directs the Constitutional Law Center. The former Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit also is a co-chair of Facebook’s Oversight Board. That body is charged with helping the social media platform deal with difficult questions about freedom of expression online. In this conversation with Lindsay Lloyd, the Bradford M. Freeman Director of the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, and William McKenzie, Senior Editorial Advisor at the Bush Institute, McConnell explains the work of the Oversight Board.”