India Tribes, Arkansas Agriculture, LGBTQ Rights, More: Wednesday Evening Buzz, August 9, 2017

I apologize for this being late! With my job walked back I’ve re-prioritizing my time and spending one day a week with my grandmother. And I just flat forgot to schedule this issue before I left the house. Whatta goober. Anyway, regular schedule tomorrow.


India Times: The ministry of tribal affairs to create an online database on Tribes of India . To make it clear these are citizens of India, not Native Americans. “The ministry of tribal affairs to create an online database on Tribes of India, which would document their evolution, place in history, contribution in India’s freedom struggle, changes in lifestyle, eating habits, architecture of huts or semi-pucca houses, education level, mortality rate, traditional art, folk dances and other anthropological details.”

University of Arkansas: University Libraries Complete Largest Digital Collection to Date. “University Libraries has digitized over 34,000 pages of content for its latest digital collection, the Arkansas Extension Circulars. An award from Project CERES, whose name honors the ancient goddess of agriculture and also evokes the term ‘series,’ provided funding for the project.”

University of Southern California: New Digital Collection of Political Graphics from the LGBTQ Civil Rights Struggles. “With generous support from the Council on Library and Information Resources, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries is embarking on a project to create a new digital collection of political posters and signs from protests and pride celebrations dating to the origins of LGBTQ civil rights movements in the 1950s and 1960s. Upon completion of the two-year project, which is made possible by a grant under CLIR’s Digitizing Hidden Collections program, 4,200 political graphics from ONE’s unparalleled collections will be accessible via the USC Digital Library and the Digital Public Library of America.”


The Drum: Google warns a thousand brands over bad ads. “Google is to take direct action against approximately 1,000 online publishers which it has identified as being responsible for the use of ‘highly annoying, misleading or harmful’ ads as it steps up efforts to protect its reputation.”


BuzzFeed: Inside The Partisan Fight For Your News Feed. “The most comprehensive study to date of the growing universe of partisan websites and Facebook pages about US politics reveals that in 2016 alone at least 187 new websites launched, and that the candidacy and election of Donald Trump has unleashed a golden age of aggressive, divisive political content that reaches a massive amount of people on Facebook.”

US News & World Report: Congo Orders Internet Slowdown to Restrict Social Media: Telecoms Source. “Congolese authorities ordered internet capacity be slowed down so that it cannot be used to transmit images via social media, a senior telecoms official based in Kinshasa said. The move comes as opposition is growing to President Joseph Kabila, who refused to step down when his mandate expires in December, with nationwide strikes planned for Tuesday and Wednesday.” This is Congo-Kinshasa, not Congo-Brazzaville.


The Hacker News: Microsoft Issues Security Patches for 25 Critical Vulnerabilities. “As part of its August Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has today released a large batch of 48 security updates for all supported versions Windows systems and other products. The latest security update addresses a range of vulnerabilities including 25 critical, 21 important and 2 moderate in severity.”


USA Today: I invested early in Google and Facebook and regret it. I helped create a monster.. “I invested in Google and Facebook years before their first revenue and profited enormously. I was an early adviser to Facebook’s team, but I am terrified by the damage being done by these Internet monopolies.” If he’s profited enormously sounds like he’s got some $$$. Wonder how much he’s doing to support open source, open access, etc?

NetImperative: Google and Facebook account for over a quarter of UK internet time. “Google and Facebook recently announced quarterly income totalling £27 billion and their dominance is highlighted by the fact they account for one in every three and a half minutes of the time Britons’ spend online, according to new research.”

MIT Technology Review: First Evidence That Social Bots Play a Major Role in Spreading Fake News. “Fake news and the way it spreads on social media is emerging as one of the great threats to modern society. In recent times, fake news has been used to manipulate stock markets, make people choose dangerous health-care options, and manipulate elections, including last year’s presidential election in the U.S. Clearly, there is an urgent need for a way to limit the diffusion of fake news. And that raises an important question: how does fake news spread in the first place?” Good evening, Internet…

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