Digital Snaphot | 27.06.2019
Including... Our new digital services offer, a DCMS update on the progress of 'Culture is Digital' and the astonishing integration of WeChat into almost all aspects of life in China.
Welcome back to The Digital Snapshot, a fortnightly round-up of all the news, innovation and interesting ideas in the world of digital, as relevant to the arts, culture, museums and heritage sectors. The eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that we skipped an issue so this one is jam packed with news, projects and ideas. We also now have an archive of previous Digital Snapshots up on The Audience Agency website, so if you've missed any recently, find them here.
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News & Updates
- Let's begin with this neat graphic illustrating the most popular social networks from 2002-2019.
- Facebook has launched a 'research' app that will pay users for sharing their data. What could possibly go wrong?
- Lots of new features on LinkedIn.
- A very interesting experiment by the BBC to explore the ownership of personal data. Essentially the user stores their data and grants access to organisations like the BBC who can use it to suggest "...what sort of cultural activities they might enjoy".
Useful & Bookmarkable
- In case you missed it, DCMS released their Culture is Digital progress report, which contains updates on the policy commitments from the original report.
- A new report about digital skills in the charity sector, including "...how charities are tackling topical digital issues such as GDPR, digital skills on boards and emerging technology".
- Mary Meeker's annual trends report has been a must read in the tech industry for many years, at 300+ slides it's a weighty read but here's a useful summary.
- To bookmark: a list of 55 free SEO tools.
- Last week, I attended Camp Digital in Manchester, it was excellent and a particular highlight was Janet Hughes, who talked about the stages of digital transformation within an organisation. She references her work within .gov but her takeaways are relevant to all organisations and you might find her 6 user-centered practices particularly useful.
- Tricky to know where to put this and not a digital 'thing' per se but notable that tools like Google docs can be used to shine a light on salary transparency (and disparity) within the arts world. (hat tip to Nick Clarey via the Museums Computer Group list).
Inspiration, Ideas, Entertainment
- Kudos to the inimitable Emma Balch for this interesting work taking a live performance to "immersive audiobook".
- Kickstarter has launched a campaign to 'Break Kickstarter'. It strikes me that this is so ripe for intrinsically creative (ie many cultural) organisations.
- Not sure this is the right peg to hang this story on but crikey we are on a fast path with tech, as AI researchers turn one photo into a talking head 'deepfake' video, "When the researchers asked 66 people to watch 24 videos – 12 are real, and 12 deepfakes – people could only label them as real or fake correctly about 52 per cent of the time"
- An incredible, jaw-dropping read about how WeChat is integrated into pretty much all aspects of life in China. Is this where we're headed? A #mustread.
- You may well have seen this, since it's had lots of mainstream media attention but if not, do read this article about what it's like to be a moderator for Facebook. It's a follow up to Casey Newton's original article on this topic, which was published back in February. Horribly shocking.
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