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Daniel K. Inouye, Southwestern US, Wisconsin Food, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, August 30, 2017

NEW RESOURCES

University of Hawaii: Sen. Inouye’s congressional papers available to the public. “The congressional archival papers of the late Daniel K. Inouye, who served 53 years in Congress, 50 in the U.S. Senate, are now available to the public via the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library Congressional Papers Collection. The library is cataloging and digitizing 1,400 boxes of materials it received in 2014. Inouye died in December 2012 at the age of 88.”

University of Arizona: Digital Archaeology Project to Use Big Data. “”To help provide researchers, scholars and the general public with a ‘deep history’ understanding of some of the grand challenges facing society, [Barbara] Mills and fellow UA researcher Sudha Ram are leading an interdisciplinary National Science Foundation-funded project to build an online system that pulls together and synthesizes archaeological data spanning several centuries of U.S history. The project, called cyberSW, focuses specifically on pre-Hispanic archaeological data from the American Southwest — Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado — from A.D. 800 to the 1500s, shortly after the arrival of the Spanish in the region.”

Public News Service: New Digital Roadmap to Wisconsin Local Food. “Whether you’re looking for locally grown organic food, a restaurant that serves locally grown food or a farmer’s market, a new website puts the information just a click away. The REAP Food Group in Madison has launched [a new web site] which features more than 800 listings for sources of locally grown food all over Wisconsin. Hannah Wente, communications director for the REAP Food Group, said the site connects people all over the state with fresh local food.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Search Engine Journal: Google Introduces Video to Google Maps Listings . “Searchers will soon start seeing videos on Google Maps listings, as the company is giving Local Guides the ability to upload video with an Android device. Videos on Google Maps can be viewed by users on iOS, Android, or desktop – but for the time being they can only be uploaded on Android.”

BetaNews: Verified accounts are coming to WhatsApp. “On various social media platforms, attaining a verified account is a major goal for users. It’s something that’s been available on Facebook for a while, and Twitter users from all walks of life are able to apply for verification. Soon to be added to this list is WhatsApp.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Cambodia Daily: Another Arrest Made Over Facebook Criticism of Hun Sen. “In the latest arrest of a Facebook critic of Prime Minister Hun Sen, a woman in Poipet City has been taken to court for calling the premier ‘a traitor’ in response to a post on the social network by government mouthpiece Fresh News, officials said. Mao Linda, 31, was arrested at her house in the Banteay Meanchey provincial border town after making the comment on Friday, according to Sith Luos, deputy provincial police chief.”

MIT: New milestones for open access policies at MIT. “MIT has reached a new open access milestone: 46 percent of faculty members’ articles published since the OA policy passed in 2009 are now being shared in the Open Access Articles Collection of DSpace@MIT. (Last year, the number was 44 percent.)”

New York Times: Google Critic Ousted From Think Tank Funded by the Tech Giant. “In the hours after European antitrust regulators levied a record $2.7 billion fine against Google in late June, an influential Washington think tank learned what can happen when a tech giant that shapes public policy debates with its enormous wealth is criticized.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

SANS Infosec: Second Google Chrome Extension Banker Malware in Two Weeks. “It seems that Google Chrome extensions have become quite the tool for banking malware fraudsters. Two weeks ago, an offender phoned a victim and asked him to install a supposedly new bank security module that, instead, was a malicious extension hosted at the Google Chrome app store aimed to steal victim’s banking credentials [1]. This week I received a report about a targeted email phishing campaign against another company with a suspicious attachment. The attachments, after the analysis detailed in today’s diary, revealed itself to be another Google Chrome extension prepared to steal banking credentials, credit card, CVV numbers and fraud ‘compensation tickets’ (a popular and particular Brazilian payment method; we call it ‘boleto’) to divert payments.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Guardian: We need to nationalise Google, Facebook and Amazon. Here’s why. “Network effects generate momentum that not only helps these platforms survive controversy, but makes it incredibly difficult for insurgents to replace them. As a result, we have witnessed the rise of increasingly formidable platform monopolies. Google, Facebook and Amazon are the most important in the west. (China has its own tech ecosystem.) Google controls search, Facebook rules social media, and Amazon leads in e-commerce. And they are now exerting their power over non-platform companies – a tension likely to be exacerbated in the coming decades.” Please note that just because I put something here doesn’t mean I necessarily agree with it. I’m trying to reflect concerns and issues that are being raised. Good morning, Internet…

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