GW Hatchet: Thousands use GW Libraries’ social media archive tool six years after debut

GW Hatchet: Thousands use GW Libraries’ social media archive tool six years after debut. “More than 3,000 users have taken advantage of a tool GW Libraries officials created to help researchers archive and analyze social media posts over the past six years. Developed in 2013 by a group of software developers, archivists and librarians, the Social Feed Manager collects data from Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr and Sina Weibo – a Chinese blogging website – and exports and organizes the data for researcher use.”

Federal News Network: Census Bureau stands up ‘fusion center’ to combat misinformation during 2020 count

Federal News Network: Census Bureau stands up ‘fusion center’ to combat misinformation during 2020 count. “The Census Bureau has stood up a ‘fusion center’ to monitor social media for misinformation during the 2020 count and has doubled down on its resilience planning in the final months of preparation.”

Boolean search for social media monitoring: What to track, how to track, and why (Search Engine Watch)

Search Engine Watch: Boolean search for social media monitoring: What to track, how to track, and why. If you have any experience with social media monitoring platforms, you know that getting precise results may be tricky at times: Apps can show a lot of noise for brands with common names or, quite the contrary, miss some valuable data behind due to the restrictive filters. That’s when Boolean search fits in perfectly.”

Gizmodo: In Troubling Experiment, UK University To Monitor Students’ Social Media To Prevent Suicide

Gizmodo: In Troubling Experiment, UK University To Monitor Students’ Social Media To Prevent Suicide. “A university in the UK announced that it will surveil student social media posts, among other data, to try and determine whether they are suicidal. The project is part of a pilot program and will reportedly be deployed across all British institutions if it works as intended.”

Techdirt: The DHS’s Social Media Monitoring Is Causing Collateral Damage, But Doesn’t Seem To Be Making The Nation Safer

Techdirt: The DHS’s Social Media Monitoring Is Causing Collateral Damage, But Doesn’t Seem To Be Making The Nation Safer. “While DHS components have stepped up the intrusiveness of their border screenings, they haven’t been able to show all these manhours and infringed rights are actually doing anything to keep the country safer. More and more information is being gathered, but it’s either of little to no use, or the agencies engaging in these searches can’t be bothered to tally up the wins and losses of the border security game. The Brennan Center, however, has compiled a report on the DHS’s screening programs and their various enhancements.”

Meduza: Russia issues new state contract to monitor and categorize social media and news reports

Meduza: Russia issues new state contract to monitor and categorize social media and news reports . “Russia’s Presidential Affairs Department is soliciting bids on a new government contract to monitor social media and the news media. According to the Internet freedom movement Roskomsvoboda, which reported the story first, the Kremlin is also paying for the monitoring of Telegram channels, even though Telegram is technically blocked in Russia.”