Poynter: Who needs deepfakes when bogus crowd photos get thousands of shares on Facebook?. “In Indonesia, where people are paid to spread deliberately false information about presidential candidates on social media, fact-checkers have been busy debunking similar hoaxes in the lead-up to next week’s election. France 24 reported this week that misinformation has exacerbated religious rifts in Indonesian society. At the same time, a lot of the hoaxes that journalists are going after have to do with crowd size. In the past week, two of the most engaging articles from Liputan 6’s fact-checking team debunked photos that were taken out of context, according to audience metrics tool BuzzSumo.”
EurekAlert: New computer model automatically, aesthetically crops photos. “Computers can now automatically crop photos to capture the most interesting part in an aesthetically pleasing manner, thanks to researchers at Penn State.”
The ChronicleHerald: Dal student to launch interactive archive of Chris Hadfield’s photos. “Over the past year, Caitlin Cunningham has looked at every one of the 13,199 photos taken by Chris Hadfield during his stint on the International Space Station in 2012-13. Out of that massive collection, she’s culled about 250 photos for a public interactive digital archive.”
CNET: Over half of vacationers pick locales based on ‘Insta-worthiness,’ study finds. “More than half of US travelers chose their vacation destination based on how good the photos would look on Instagram, according to eDreams. US travelers come in third, however, after 58% of Italian travelers and 55% of Spanish travelers.”
Mid Day: Tracing the India that existed before Instagram!. “By uploading the archives of the Photo Division of India on an Instagram account, Sarkari Shots, writer Alexander Keefe is doing what the sarkar should be doing.”
CBC: Picture this: thousands of Edmonton historical photos online. “Last October the City of Edmonton Archives launched a new website and began transferring selected black and while images from its massive collection onto the new system. So far, [Tim] O’Grady and the team have managed to upload more than half of their target of 50,000 photos.”
SCV News: Budman Donates Vast Signal Photo Archive to Historical Society. “The owner of the Santa Clarita Valley Signal newspaper has donated the entire Signal Photo Archive – an estimated 1 million individual negatives, prints and digital images documenting the goings-on in the SCV from at least the 1960s to the early 2000s – to the nonprofit Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society.” So nice to read about an archive ending up somewhere besides destroyed or in a dumpster.