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Australia Crime, Internet Culture, The Militant, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, June 19, 2017

NEW RESOURCES

The Australian Institute of Criminology has launched a new Web site with statistics on crime in Australia. From the press release: “This is an Australian first, providing a one-stop-shop for current and trend data on Australian crime and justice datasets including, victims of crime, offenders, corrections, courts, and recent statistical findings from the AIC’s Monitoring Program series….The website will continually evolve to include a broader range of datasets including Drug Use Monitoring in Australia, the National Deaths in Custody Program, and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program.”

Library of Congress: Remix, Slang and Memes: A New Collection Documents Web Culture. “The Library of Congress just announced the release of the Web Cultures Web Archive Collection, a representative sampling of websites documenting the creation and sharing of emergent cultural traditions on the web…. Archived from the web starting in 2014, the new—and growing—collection of collaborative cultural creation includes reaction GIFs (animated images, often bodies in motion, used online as responses or reactions to previous posts in a communication thread); image macros (photographic images on which a funny caption is superimposed); and memes (in this context, internet phenomena).”

Ballot Access News: All Issues of The Militant, Weekly Newspaper of the Socialist Workers Party, Since 1946, Now Available On-Line. “The Militant, weekly newspaper of the Socialist Workers Party, can now be seen on-line for all issues 1946 through the present…. In the near future, the issues from 1928 through 1945 will also be posted.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Reuters: Google tightens measures to remove extremist content on YouTube. “Google said it would take a tougher position on videos containing supremacist or inflammatory religious content by issuing a warning and not monetizing or recommending them for user endorsements, even if they do not clearly violate its policies.”

Google Blog: Remembering Stonewall, 1969. “Google was founded on the idea that bringing more information to more people improves lives on a vast scale. The preservation of history is an essential way to make sure information lives on and reaches everyone. The Stonewall Riots were important to the ongoing road to civil rights for LGBT communities around the world — and their message is as resonant and necessary today as it was back then. To help preserve and amplify the story of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, Google.org is giving a $1 million grant to the LGBT Community Center of New York City.”

USEFUL STUFF

BetaNews: OutWiker is a versatile personal wiki. “OutWiker is a free personal wiki for organizing text notes into a tree structure. The program uses wiki-type notation and its own commands to set up lists, tables, headings and assorted formatting options, insert images and more.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Guardian: Social media and the great recipe explosion: does more mean better?. “Recipes are amazing things, somewhere between magic potions and passports to a different way of living. They take dishes that belong to one cook and teleport them to another. It used to be that dishes moved at the same pace as human beings themselves – very slowly, as populations migrated from one place to another. When printed cookbooks became common, recipes were able to travel more widely. But it’s only now that recipe sharing has gone fully global.” The headline makes the topic seem a bit thin, but the article is interesting and pithy.

Engadget: Twitter blocks a slew of Venezuela government accounts. “Venezuela has been accused of censoring Twitter as part of its bid to silence dissent, but it’s not so happy now that the shoe is on the other foot. The country’s leadership says that Twitter has suspended 180 accounts linked to the government, including radio and TV outlets in the presidential palace. While it’s not clear what prompted the move, officials are furious — President Maduro claims that Twitter blocked accounts ‘simply for being Chavistas,’ or supporters of his late predecessor Hugo Chavez.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Ars Technica: Google Play is fighting an uphill battle against Android adware. “Google’s official Play marketplace is waging an uphill battle against Android apps that display an unending stream of popup ads even when users try to force them to stop, researchers said Friday. The researchers, from UK-based SophosLabs, said they have found a total of 47 apps in the past week that collectively have racked up as many as 6 million downloads.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

PR Newswire: Facebook Emerges As Leading News Source According To Annual Global Ogilvy Media Influence Survey (PRESS RELEASE). “Survey findings released today from Ogilvy Media Influence’s annual global survey of over 250 reporters and editors identified Facebook as the number one gatekeeper for news, edging out legacy traditional media sources and significantly outpacing other social networks/digital platforms like Google and Twitter.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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