Cleveland .com: See and hear how people remember May 4, 1970

Cleveland .com: See and hear how people remember May 4, 1970. “A new website developed by two Kent State University professors maps out the events that lead to the campus shooting on Monday, May 4, 1970 and its aftermath. MappingMay4 features remembrances from students, faculty and staff, Kent residents and National Guardsmen from the May 4 Collection at the Kent State Special Collection and Archives.”

PR Newswire: Database of Mass Shooters Compiled by Hamline Students Released for Public Use

PR Newswire: Database of Mass Shooters Compiled by Hamline Students Released for Public Use (PRESS RELEASE). “On November 19, 2019, The Violence Project, a nonpartisan think tank, will publicly release the largest, most comprehensive database of mass shooters in the United States. This new database, funded by the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, was developed by professors Jillian Peterson and James Densley and a team of students at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. It includes 171 mass shooters from 1966 to 2019, each coded on 100 pieces of life history information.”

StarTribune: Hamline, Metro State professors create a database to shed light on mass shooters

StarTribune: Hamline, Metro State professors create a database to shed light on mass shooters. “A shooter opens fire at a school or in an office, unleashing grief — and difficult questions. Soon after the hail of bullets comes a barrage of theories about what caused the killings and what could have been done to prevent them. Now a group of Minnesota researchers is introducing new data for the discourse with the creation of a ‘Mass Shooter Database’ bolstered by $300,000 in federal funding.”resea

CNET: White House meets with social media giants on predicting mass shootings

CNET: White House meets with social media giants on predicting mass shootings. “The White House met with tech giants Friday to discuss how tools might be developed to scan social media posts and predict mass shootings, according to a report by The Washington Post. The meeting, which followed two such shootings last weekend that have left 31 people dead, included Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Amazon, all of which were asked to make suggestions in the next few weeks, the Post said.”

Digital Trends: Can social media predict mass shootings before they happen?

Digital Trends: Can social media predict mass shootings before they happen?. “Companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon already use algorithms to predict your interests, your behaviors, and crucially, what you like to buy. Sometimes, an algorithm can get your personality right – like when Spotify somehow manages to put together a playlist full of new music you love. In theory, companies could use the same technology to flag potential shooters…. But preventing mass shootings before they happen raises some thorny legal questions: how do you determine if someone is just angry online rather than someone who could actually carry out a shooting? Can you arrest someone if a computer thinks they’ll eventually become a shooter?”

New York Times: 8chan Is a Megaphone for Gunmen. ‘Shut the Site Down,’ Says Its Creator.

New York Times: 8chan Is a Megaphone for Gunmen. ‘Shut the Site Down,’ Says Its Creator.. “Mr. [Fredrick] Brennan started the online message board 8chan in 2013, as a spinoff of 4chan, the better-known message board. In its early years, the site was known as an unmoderated free-for-all site populated by anonymous posters, where shocking and offensive humor reigned. Now, 8chan is known as something else: a megaphone for mass shooters, and a recruiting platform for violent white nationalists.”

People: Parkland Dad Gathers ‘Incomplete’ Items Left Behind by Victims to Show Devastation of Gun Violence

People: Parkland Dad Gathers ‘Incomplete’ Items Left Behind by Victims to Show Devastation of Gun Violence. “The sneaker is the starting point for the story Manny Oliver wants to tell about the joyous, interrupted life of his 17-year-old son, and the lives of too many others that were abruptly ended by gun violence.”

Pacific Standard: Archiving Grief Five Years After The Isla Vista Attacks

Pacific Standard: Archiving Grief Five Years After The Isla Vista Attacks. “Five years ago, a man’s trajectory into misogynistic beliefs and extremist Web forums culminated with him killing six people and wounding 13 others in a murderous rampage near the University of California–Santa Barbara. In the hours after uploading a despairing and hateful YouTube video announcing his attack, he stabbed three of his roommates to death, unsuccessfully attempted to gain entry to a sorority house, and shot numerous bystanders as he drove around Isla Vista, California, before taking his own life.”

The Atlantic: Social Media Are a Mass Shooter’s Best Friend

The Atlantic: Social Media Are a Mass Shooter’s Best Friend. “A terrorist attack in New Zealand cast new blame on how technology platforms police content. But global internet services were designed to work this way, and there might be no escape from their grip.”

Education Week: To Stop School Shootings, Fla. Will Merge Government Data, Social Media Posts

Education Week: To Stop School Shootings, Fla. Will Merge Government Data, Social Media Posts. “As part of their efforts to prevent school shootings, Florida lawmakers mandated the creation of a centralized database that will combine individual-level records from the state’s law-enforcement and social-services agencies with information from people’s personal social media accounts. The provision, tucked within the 105-page law passed in March following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, marks a potentially dramatic increase in the state’s collection and sharing of data on individuals. While the new database could have big consequences for individual privacy and civil liberties, proponents described it as necessary to ensure public safety.”

A Grim Task: Preserving Mementos From the Florida Shooting (US News and World Report)

US News and World Report: A Grim Task: Preserving Mementos From the Florida Shooting. “Under the unforgiving Florida sun, the stuffed animals along the makeshift memorial are beginning to fade. The prayer candles have melted, and the roses have withered. Now it’s time to collect, archive and preserve the mementos that honor the 17 students and faculty who were killed Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The grim assignment falls to Parkland city historian Jeff Schwartz, who has already heard from people associated with other mass shootings, telling him to collect the items with ‘some degree of speed.'”

US News & World Report: School Shooting Videos Could Scar Kids _ or Galvanize Them

US News & World Report: School Shooting Videos Could Scar Kids _ or Galvanize Them. “The tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High appears to be the first major school shooting of the social media age in which students shared the shocking images in near-real time with young people elsewhere. Experts say the images have the potential to scar kids watching from afar, potentially triggering post-traumatic stress and perhaps numbing them to the violence and causing them to fall into apathy. But the scenes might also galvanize a generation and lead young people to press for change on the political level.”

Russian-linked bots join gun debate on Twitter following Parkland shooting: report (Salon)

Salon: Russian-linked bots join gun debate on Twitter following Parkland shooting: report. “In the aftermath of the shooting on Feb. 14 that claimed 17 lives at a Florida high school, automated bots reportedly jumped on Twitter—some reportedly Russian-linked— to steer the conversation, according to two watchdog organizations. While it’s unclear who the accounts were, and the context of the messages they were promoting, the bots reportedly used the tragic event as an opportunity to join the gun control reform debate on the social media platform.”

KDWN: Officials To Build Database To Aid Las Vegas Shooting Victims

KDWN: Officials To Build Database To Aid Las Vegas Shooting Victims. “Clark County officials say they are working to create a database of everyone who attended, worked or responded to the county music festival on the Las Vegas Strip where a mass shooting killed 58 people and left hundreds injured.”

Seattle Times: Minnesota researchers create mass shooting database

Seattle Times: Minnesota researchers create mass shooting database. “Two Twin Cities researchers are building a database of mass shooters with the goal of better understanding why mass shootings happen and identifying ways to prevent them. Jillian Peterson, a Hamline University assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, and James Densley, an associate professor of criminal justice at Metropolitan State University, are working on the project, Minnesota Public Radio reported .”