DC Photography, Indigenous Peoples, 2017 Eclipse, More: Tuesday Buzz, August 29, 2017


DCist: Transportation Department Publishes Thousands Of Historic Photographs. “When Kathleen Crabb first started working at the District Department of Transportation’s library, she realized that the institution was sitting on a trove of historic images. But first they needed to be excavated, after decades of being thrown in boxes with little regard for organization, preservation, or reference. For the past two years, Crabb has been physically sorting through the materials and getting them online. The result, unveiled last week, is a new digital archive called DDOT Back In Time.” It’s still in progress.

Indigenous Digital Archive: Talks and Demos of the Indigenous Digital Archive this Fall. “The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and Museum of New Mexico Foundation, in collaboration with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the State Library Tribal Libraries Program, is creating a free online resource of interest to students, families, researchers, and communities. The Indigenous Digital Archive (IDA) is funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board, and the Knight Foundation. Please join us at one of these public events. Or contact to inquire about scheduling a mini-workshop for your group.”


CNET: Google’s solar ‘Eclipse Megamovie’ is ready for viewing. “Before the total solar eclipse crossed the US on Aug. 21, Google asked amateur scientists from all over the country to submit photographs they took of the sun and its atmosphere during the eclipse. The tech giant assembled more than 34,000 images submitted of the rare event into a nearly 3-minute movie it released Monday called the ‘Eclipse Magamovie.'” I think “Magamovie” is a typo.

Engadget: YouTube begins isolating offensive videos this week. “In June, Google announced that it would begin isolating YouTube videos that weren’t directly in violation of its standards but contained ‘controversial religious or supremacist content.’ And starting this week, those efforts will begin to take effect.”


Lifehacker: Plug The Security Holes In Your Two-Factor Authentication. “On Tuesday, Techcrunch writer John Biggs had his phone number stolen by a hacker who gained control of Biggs’ T-Mobile SIM card, granting him access to Biggs’ phone number used to verify his identity. Biggs correctly employed SMS-based two-factor authentication on his accounts, but forgot to add extra security layers to his wireless carrier account. His attacker proceeded to lock him out of his accounts and attempt to demand ransom in bitcoin.”

Tony Vincent: Build Labeling Games with Quizlet Diagrams. “Quizlet has been around since 2005, and the study tool continues to add new features. In 2016 Quizlet introduced Quizlet Live, a team-based way for students to study terms and definitions. Now Quizlet has added Diagrams. Diagrams are helpful for studying content that requires maps, charts, or images. You can find and study interactive diagrams on a variety of topics at and in the Quizlet app. ”


Bloomberg: Venezuela Eyes Censoring Social Media After Public Shaming Wave. “Venezuela is considering banning messages that promote ‘hate’ and ‘intolerance’ on social media and messenger services, according to Delcy Rodriguez, the president of the country’s all-powerful constituent assembly. Rodriguez told reporters on Monday that the South American nation is looking to limit messages that fuel bigotry and confrontation between Venezuelans in a so-called anti-hate law, which is currently being debated by the legislative super body, known as the constituyente.”

ABC News (Australia): Meet the digital librarians saving social media posts to protect human rights. “When 18-year-old African-American Michael Brown was shot six times by police in Ferguson, Missouri, Ed Summers and his colleagues quickly began collecting tweets. The controversial 2014 killing of Brown had became a focal point of the Black Lives Matter campaign: Mr Summers’ team were looking to use the social media platform as a new tool for documenting abuse. Within two weeks, more than 13 million tweets had been collected, and the experience had given birth to a new archiving initiative: Documenting the Now, a specifically Twitter-related human rights project.”

Business Insider: Snapchat is finally cozying up to internet celebrities and giving them special perks. “Earlier this year, Cyrene Quiamco received a surprise invitation to visit Snap Inc.’s headquarters in Venice Beach, California. With more than 100,000 followers, Quiamco is part of a small group of Snapchat power users who have built sizeable audiences and made thousands of dollars promoting brands on their accounts.”

Ubergizmo: Snapchat May Launch Scripted Original Content This Year. “Snapchat is reportedly going to improve its video offering by launching its own scripted original content. According to a new report, Snapchat has already worked with many creators to develop shows for its platform. Partnerships have included tie-ins for broadcast behemoths like The Voice and The Bachelor. So it would make sense for the company to branch into this space on its own.”


Ars Technica: One of 1st-known Android DDoS malware infects phones in 100 countries. “Last year, a series of record-setting attacks hitting sites including KrebsOnSecurity and a French Web host underscored a new threat that had previously gone overlooked: millions of Internet-connected digital video recorders and similar devices that could easily be wrangled into botnets that challenged the resources of even large security services. Now, for one of the first times, researchers are reporting a new platform recently used to wage powerful denial-of-service attacks that were distributed among hundreds of thousands of poorly secured devices: Google’s Android operating system for phones and tablets.”

CNBC: Facebook shuts down 1 million accounts per day but can’t stop all ‘threat actors,’ security chief says. “Facebook turns off more than 1 million accounts a day as it struggles to keep spam, fraud and hate speech off its platform, its chief security officer says. Still, the sheer number of interactions among its 2 billion global users means it can’t catch all ‘threat actors,’ and it sometimes removes text posts and videos that it later finds didn’t break Facebook rules, says Alex Stamos.” Good morning, Internet…

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