Distaff Newspaper, Canadian Film Makers, Burma Manuscripts, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, May 24, 2017


A 1970s feminist newspaper from New Orleans has been digitized and put online. From the collection’s home page: “Distaff was the first and only feminist newspaper published in New Orleans. Founded in 1972 by Mary Gehman and Donna Swanson, Distaff served as a forum for women’s voices in politics, activism, and the arts. One of the few newspapers published by and for women in the Gulf South, Distaff covered a wide range of topics and issues, including reproductive rights, pay equity and women’s rights in the workplace, lesbian activism, the Equal Rights Amendment, literature and the arts, and women in politics. Issues were edited and produced by a coalition of New Orleans women known for their activism in political spheres. A preview issue was published in 1973 and the newspaper continued to be published until 1982. There was a hiatus in publication from 1976-1978.”

Now available: a database of female Canadian filmmakers. “The professional development initiative Women in the Directors Chair (WIDC) launched today (May 23) an online directory of Canadian women directors who have attended WIDC programs since starting in 1997.” The amount of information available varies a lot, from nothing to a picture to a decent biography.

British Library: 33 Burmese manuscripts now digitised. “Since 2013 the British Library has digitised some of the finest Burmese manuscripts in its collection, supported by the Henry D. Ginsburg Legacy. To date 33 manuscripts have been fully digitised, covering a wide range of genres and subjects. All these manuscripts are now accessible through the Digitised Manuscripts website. A new webpage, Digital Access to Burmese Manuscripts, also lists all the Burmese manuscripts digitised so far, with hyperlinks to the images and to blog posts featuring the manuscripts. Future digitised manuscripts will be also be listed on this page. ”


Los Angeles Times: Instagram launches location and hashtag stories. “The photo and video sharing app on Tuesday launched location and hashtag stories, allowing users to search for a location, such as Santa Monica, or a hashtag, such as #dimsum, and view a related collection of publicly shared videos that Instagram users have recorded over the last 24 hours.”

CNET: Google adds family sharing to YouTube and other apps. “The search giant on Tuesday announced new ways for people to share things with up to six family members, including on Google apps such as YouTube and note-taking service Keep.”


Wired: How Instagram Explore Became the Realest Place on the Web. “EVERYBODY KNOWS INSTAGRAM is where you present your best self. There’s no better place for the perfect ‘candid’ photo that required four hours and two umbrella lights. Everyone knows brunch always looks two Michelin stars tastier with a Hefe filter. Instagram isn’t real life; it’s where everyone’s a reality star. Just one tab over from your feed, though, lies Explore, the most honest place on the internet.”

Washington Post: Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff. “Google will begin using data from billions of credit and debit card transactions — including card numbers, purchase amounts and time stamps — to solve the advertising juggernaut’s long-standing quest to prove that online ads prompt consumers to make purchases in brick-and-mortar stores, the company said on Tuesday.”


eWeek: Check Point Discovers Media Subtitle Vulnerability Impacting Millions. “Security firm Check Point Software Technologies publicly disclosed a new threat vector today in media player subtitles, that could have potentially exposed millions of users to security risks. Simply by running a media file that downloads embedded malicious subtitles, Check Point alleges that end-user systems could have been taken over by attackers.”

RESEARCH & OPINION Flickr study gives snapshot of coral reefs’ value. “Computer-led analysis of tourist snaps has estimated that coral reefs contribute $36 billion per year to the global tourist economy. Scientists used big data computing techniques to study 20 million images uploaded to image hosting website Flickr.”

The Telegraph: MPs targeted with thousands of abusive tweets, study shows. “The think tank Demos and IT group the BCS studied 188,000 negative tweets sent to MPs over three months including last year’s EU referendum. It found that one in 20 tweets directed at them featured abuse, and the most targeted politicians were attacked in one in 10 messages.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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