Gibraltar, Samuel Beckett, Twitter, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, September 11, 2017


IT Business Net: Gibraltar National Archives chooses Preservica to safeguard its rich heritage. “In 2014, the GNA rebranded, created a website, and upgraded into a 21st century archive repository, housing a combination of physical, digital and born digital records. Its next challenge was to select a system that could be used to permanently preserve and protect the archive’s valuable long term digital records as they transitioned from a traditional, paper records archive. The digital archive includes thousands of World War II evacuation records, images of the great seal of Gibraltar of 1502, several famous paintings and an important cartographic collection. The GNAs hold 1.5 Km of linear storage for a territory only 10 square kilometres.”

The Guardian: ‘Angry boredom’: early responses to Waiting for Godot showcased online. “Today, Waiting for Godot is the most celebrated of Samuel Beckett’s plays, but newly digitised material from the depths of the British Library shows how its first audiences responded in horror to its ‘lavatory references’, while some anticipated that ‘this ugly little jet of marsh-gas’ from ‘the late James Joyce’s secretary’ would soon be forgotten.”


BetaNews: Twitter is testing a tweetstorm feature to allow for longer tweets . “There are two features that Twitter users constantly ask for — the ability to edit tweets, and the ability to send tweets that are longer than 140 characters. Tweet editing is not likely to come any time soon, and longer tweets are also an uncertainty, but Twitter could be about to make tweetstorming much easier.”


Futurism: How the CIA is Using Artificial Intelligence to Collect Social Media Data. “According to information revealed by Dawn Meyerriecks, the deputy director for technology development with the CIA, the agency currently has 137 different AI projects underway. A large portion of these ventures are collaborative efforts between researchers at the agency and developers in Silicon Valley. But emerging and developing capabilities in AI aren’t just allowing the CIA more access to data and a greater ability to sift through it. These AI programs have taken to social media, combing through countless public records (i.e. what you post online). In fact, a massive percentage of the data collected and used by the agency comes from social media.” If this all seems a bit too woo for you, Foreign Policy has a very similar story..

Digital Trends: Facebook Original Programming May Be Coming Soon, According To A New Report. “Following on the heels of Apple’s recent announcement that they also plan to invest as much as $1 billion in original programming, it’s unclear whether Facebook wants to develop actual scripted series or rely on their video-creation ecosystem. The Facebook Watch feature, with hundreds of shows ranging from scripted dramas to reality-TV offerings, is oriented towards community involvement, with Facebook and the content creators splitting the proceeds.”


CBR: Android users warned of security risk to versions older than Oreo. “Android users running on an operating system version older than Oreo have been warned of an attack capable taking control of devices if patching is not carried out soon. This threat is an overlay attack, and it works by cloaking itself beneath a fake screen to trick the user into activating the malicious process being carried out.”

The Register: Surprising nobody, lawyers line up to sue the crap out of Equifax. “Less than 24 hours after credit monitors Equifax revealed it had lost the personal data of more than 130 million Americans, two class action suits have been filed. The suits, separately filed in the Portland, Oregon and North Georgia US District Courts, accuse the credit reporting company of negligence and violations of the US Fair Credit Reporting Act.”

The Next Web: Spain slaps Facebook with €1.2 million fine for breaking privacy laws. “Spain’s data protection watchdog has fined Facebook €1.2 million euros (roughly $1.44 million), after it found three instances when it collected personal data on its Spanish users without informing them of how it was to be used.”

The Telegraph: Google launches fightback against record £2.2bn Brussels fine. “Google will launch a fightback against Brussels this week when the company lodges an appeal against its record monopoly abuse fine. The internet giant is expected to file the response to the European Commission’s €2.4bn (£2.2bn) penalty on Monday, the deadline for submitting an appeal.”


The Verge: MIT is using social media to map flooding from Hurricane Irma in real time. “The system uses a chatbot that users can message directly through any of the three social media sites, which sends users a link that will allow them to upload their location, the depth of the water, a description, and a picture, which is then displayed on a map. Users can then share their report on social media.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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