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Fighting the Infodemic: The #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance

Poynter – “Led by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the Poynter Institute, the #CoronaVirusFacts / #DatosCoronaVirus Alliance unites more than 100 fact-checkers around the world in publishing, sharing and translating facts surrounding the new coronavirus. The Alliance was launched in January when the spread of the virus was restricted to China but already causing rampant misinformation globally. The World Health Organization now classifies this issue as an infodemic — and the Alliance is on the front lines in the fight against it…The CoronavirusFacts database is updated daily. Members use simple tools to collaborate on this massive crowdsourcing project: a shared spreadsheet and instant messaging apps. This international collaboration has allowed our members to respond faster and reach larger audiences…”

Inside NYC’s dueling Van Gogh exhibits: Here’s which one’s the original

NY Post – “Vincent van Gogh fans are lost in the starry internet night of ticket sellers as two competing exhibits about the famed Dutch painter head to NYC.  There’s the large-scale animated projection exhibit “Immersive Van Gogh” and then there’s “Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience.” And the Better Business Bureau is warning New Yorkers… Continue Reading

Data Leverage: A Framework for Empowering the Public in its Relationship with Technology Companies

arXiv – 17 February 2021 – Association for Computing Machiner – Data Leverage: A Framework for Empowering the Public in its Relationship with Technology Companies – “Many powerful computing technologies rely on implicit and explicit data contributions from the public. This dependency suggests a potential source of leverage for the public in its relationship with… Continue Reading

The Era of Audio Creators Has Arrived

The New York Times – The Era of Audio Creators Has Arrived: “Audio creators are a new kind of influencer, born of the meteoric rise of the audio-only chat app Clubhouse. Together, they are pulling in millions of weekly listeners and building online followings. Now, with Clubhouse booming and other social apps, like Twitter, taking… Continue Reading

This is Our House!” A Preliminary Assessment of the Capitol Hill Siege Participant

George Washington University Program on Extremism / Top Level Findings – “We released a new report coauthored jointly by our staff, titled “This is Our House!” A Preliminary Assessment of the Capitol Hill Siege Participants.” The report offers new details about the individuals alleged to have stormed the nation’s Capitol, as well as a number… Continue Reading

How to Make Your Hashtags More Reader-Friendly

Lifehacker: “Communicating in the language of hashtags is an annoyingly universal aspect of social media. But if you’re using hashtags on your Instagram posts, tweets, or Facebook status updates, you should make sure they’re readable for people with visual and cognitive disabilities.Hashtags weren’t designed to be easily read. They’re basically a tool for cataloguing content… Continue Reading

Are all your productivity tools making you feel…unproductive?

Fortune – “Here’s how to manage the deluge…Before COVID-19, the average knowledge worker in the U.S. used 10 apps at least 25 times per workday, according to a study by Asana, which helps teams track and organize their work. Now, with a record number of Americans working from home, the number of apps has ballooned… Continue Reading

Study: Digital capabilities to manage information are still lacking

Tech Republic – Most knowledge workers would welcome more digital tools to improve information handling and collaboration with their peers. Even though the COVID-19 pandemic sent them home in droves over a year ago, most knowledge workers report they still do not have the digital capabilities they need. According to a new study released Thursday by iManage… Continue Reading

The most engaging political news on Facebook? Far-right misinformation.

Protocol/Medium -“A new study shows that before and after the election, far-right misinformation pages drew more engagement than all other partisan news. In the months before and after the 2020 election, far-right pages that are known to spread misinformation consistently garnered more engagement on Facebook than any other partisan news, according to a New York… Continue Reading

Persistent Identifiers and the Next Generation of Legal Scholarship

Retteen, Aaron and Hall, Malikah, Persistent Identifiers and the Next Generation of Legal Scholarship (February 22, 2021). Available at SSRN: or “The world of scholarly communications has seen distinct growth regarding the use of persistent identifiers in the effort to preserve, disseminate, analyze, and help locate academic content. A persistent identifier is a… Continue Reading

Meta-Research: Citation needed? Wikipedia and the COVID-19 pandemic

bioRxiv preprint – Meta-Research: Citation needed? Wikipedia and the COVID-19 pandemic, Omer Benjakob, Rona Aviram, and Jonathan Sobel. “With the COVID-19 pandemic’s outbreak at the beginning of2020, millions across the world flocked to Wikipedia to read about the virus. Our study offers an in-depth analysis of the scientific backbone supporting Wikipedia’s COVID-19 articles.Using references as… Continue Reading