Seattle Freeway Revolt, Hurricane Harvey Recovery, Tacoma Parks, More: Thursday Buzz, March 1, 2018


Seattle Times: New online archive lets you explore Seattle’s 50-year-old ‘Freeway Revolt’. “What do University of Washington students, Montlake homeowners, the League of Women Voters and the Black Panther Party have in common? Their coalition resisted a Seattle plan in the late 1960s for freeways through the Central Area, Rainier Valley, South Lake Union and Lake City, during the golden age of automobile travel and three years after new Interstate 5.”

KBTX: New tool tracks Hurricane Harvey recovery progress. “On the site you can navigate where funds are going related to the state’s recovery from the hurricane. The Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas is working with the Texas A&M University System to get that information to the public.”


Metro Parks Tacoma: Vintage postcards of Tacoma’s historic parks added to online archive. “Metro Parks Tacoma has added more than 500 new images to its online catalog: vintage park postcards acquired from collector Eric Swanson in 2010. These are unique views of seven of Tacoma’s historic parks, dating back to the 1890s. Some include notes written by past park visitors. The online postcard catalog provides images and detailed descriptions of each card.”


FamilySearch: Use Google Photos to Create a “Best of” Photo Album on FamilySearch. “I love Google Photos. I bet you do too. Did you know that you can import photos directly from Google Photos to FamilySearch to create a ‘best of’ photo album? This is a great way to preserve and share a curated collection of classic photos that span a person’s lifetime or center on one important event. Sound interesting? Here’s how to do it.”


ABC News (Australia): National Film and Sound Archive needs your help to identify 1930s aspiring actors. “The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) is appealing for public help in identifying photographs of hundreds of would-be actors hoping for a break in the 1930s. The portraits, mainly of young women, were submitted in response to a talent callout by Stuart Doyle and Ken G Hall, the founders of Australian film company Cinesound.”

Washington Post: Trump’s Facebook advertising advantage, explained. “Brad Parscale is, at his core, a digital marketer. Over the course of 2016, his client was Donald Trump, and Parscale’s management of Trump’s online advertising efforts were no small part of the presidential candidate’s unexpected victory. On Tuesday, Parscale was reportedly named the campaign manager for Trump’s 2020 reelection bid — in no small part a reflection of Trump’s confidence in Parscale’s work during 2016. Since the 2016 campaign ended, Parscale has been investing a lot of his digital marketing energy in another client: himself.” Because of information from Facebook and other resources that doesn’t seem to all mesh, the explanation is more murky than I’d prefer. I’m sure we’re going to hear more about this.


Washington Post: He had been outing suspected drug dealers on Facebook Live. Then a gunman entered the frame.. “Prentis Robinson rarely went a day without using Facebook Live — his favorite way of broadcasting his music, his personal vendettas and, authorities said, his suspicions about who in the town was dealing drugs. On Monday, he was live-streaming video on Facebook as usual, recording himself with a selfie stick, wearing one of the straw cowboy hats he often donned in videos. He talked about how his phone was stolen as he walked around Wingate, N.C., the town southeast of Charlotte where he lived. He stopped by police headquarters to check in with Chief Donnie Gay.”

Bloomberg: Facebook Can’t Avoid Privacy Suit Over Biometric Face Prints. “Facebook Inc. failed again to get out of a lawsuit alleging its photo scanning technology flouts users’ privacy rights. A federal judge in San Francisco ruled Monday that the world’s largest social network must face claims that it violated the privacy of millions of users by gathering and storing biometric data without their consent. Alphabet Inc.’s Google is fighting similar claims in federal court in Chicago.”


Knight Foundation: How Black Twitter and other social media communities interact with mainstream news. “The issues and voices of people of color and women have attracted much attention from professional journalists over the past few years. Yet many such individuals have criticized journalists’ portrayals and coverage of issues that are important to them. In response, some participants have assumed the role of news creators and distributors, focusing on their communities’ particular concerns. Understanding these emerging social subcultures will allow more accurate portrayals of diverse communities and yield insights for better journalistic engagement in the digital age.”

New York Times: How Companies Scour Our Digital Lives for Clues to Our Health. “Your digital footprint — how often you post on social media, how quickly you scroll through your contacts, how frequently you check your phone late at night — could hold clues to your physical and mental health. That at least is the theory behind an emerging field, digital phenotyping, that is trying to assess people’s well-being based on their interactions with digital devices. ”

This is from January, but so unusual I’m allowing it: In Canada, researchers use database to tell where people have lived by analyzing their hair. “With a likable partner who had a talent for persuading strangers to part with a snip of hair, Michelle Chartrand traveled around Canada in rental cars for four years, putting on enough miles to circle the world. From the Atlantic coast to Fort St. John on the Alaska Highway, the former University of Ottawa researcher and her assistant Jonathan Mayo gathered more than 500 samples. With them, they created a hair map of Canada to help detectives find out more about unknown murder victims and other mystery bodies that turn up on the landscape.” Good morning, Internet…

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