New Internationalist, D-Lib Magazine, Canadian Soldiers, More: Saturday Buzz, July 15, 2017

Apologies for the late post, I have not been feeling great this past week. Posts may be late for the next few days as I try to get my feet under me.


InPublishing: New Internationalist announces launch of digital archive. “The newly launched archive displays the magazine’s history as an easy-to-use searchable database, so that over 500 issues of the publication are instantly available to subscribers across web, iOS and Android platforms. Every issue is displayed as it would have been printed originally, and enhanced with page links and search to allow readers, researchers and writers to easily access all the content throughout the archive.” As you might expect this is not a free resource.


D-Lib Magazine is shutting down. “D-Lib Magazine will cease routine publication with this, our 265th issue. This was not an easy decision to reach and it has been made with some sadness but also a fair amount of pride. The first issue, under the guidance of Bill Arms and Amy Friedlander, was made available on the Internet in July 1995, over 20 years ago. It was online-only, a somewhat radical move at the time. Over the intervening years more than 1,000 articles and a large number of shorter pieces, calls, and notices have graced its virtual pages, each and every issue always coming out on schedule.”

Library and Archives Canada Blog: Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files – Update of July 2017. “As of today, 461,575 of 640,000 files are available online in our Personnel Records of the First World War database. Please visit the Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Service Files page for more details on the digitization project.”

TechCrunch: Facebook’s new “Explore Feed” makes its way to the app’s main navigation. “Earlier this year, Facebook was spotted testing a new type of News Feed – one that designed to help you discover content across the social network, beyond posts from friends and Pages you already follow. During tests, the feed was available through the Facebook app underneath a ‘rocket ship’ icon – something that seemed to confuse users, who didn’t understand the feed’s purpose.”


CNET has a walkthrough on how to use Google’s new Backup and Sync software. “Google’s new Backup and Sync app replaces both the company’s Drive and Photos desktop apps for Windows PCs and Macs. You can use the app to back up the contents of your entire computer — or just selected folders.”


Daily Pakistan: Facebook Turns Down Pakistan Request to Link New Accounts With Phone Numbers. “Facebook has refused to comply with Pakistan’s request to link new Facebook accounts with phone numbers citing issue of users’ rights, according to reports in US media. Voice of America (VOA) reported on Saturday that Pakistan had made the request when Facebook Vice President Joel Kaplan met with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan last week. The purpose of the request was to curb the usage of fake profiles to post blasphemous content and make it easy for authorities to trace users.”


Vox: The White House just posted the emails of critics — without censoring sensitive personal information. “Last month, the White House’s ‘election integrity’ commission sent out requests to every state asking for all voters’ names, party IDs, addresses, and even the last four digits of their Social Security numbers, among other information. The White House then said this information would be made available to the public. A lot of people did not like the idea, fearing that their personal information could be made public. So some sent emails to the White House, demanding that it rescind the request. This week, the White House decided to make those emails from concerned citizens public through the commission’s new website. But the administration made a big mistake: It didn’t censor any of the personal information — such as names, email addresses, actual addresses, and phone numbers — included in those emails.”


JSTOR: Browser Tab Clutter Is the New Hoarding . ” Instead of a physical pile of diaries and scrapbooks, I have Facebook and Instagram. Instead of stocking up on craft supplies, I can order what I need when I need it—confident of next-day delivery. Actually, scratch that: with 3D printers getting cheaper and cheaper, I’m supposed to print what I need. It hasn’t worked out that way, however.”

Library of Congress: Emoji, Texting and Social Media: How Do They Impact Language?. “I’m here with Dame Wendy Hall, Kluge Chair in Technology and Society, Regius Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton and early pioneer in web protocols; with Alexandre Loktionov, AHRC Fellow at the Kluge Center and an expert on hieroglyphic and cuneiform legal texts; and with Jessica Lingel, Kluge Fellow, assistant professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and an expert on social media. We ventured into talking about emoji and social media during a hallway conversation and thought it would be fun to pursue this further via blog.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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