Youth Activism, WWI Soldiers, Europe Archaeology, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, March 12, 2018


Harvard: To Protest or Not to Protest. “Educators from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Teaching Systems Lab, and the instructional design firm Fresh Cognate have created Youth in Front, a new hub of learning-oriented resources and multimedia assets for young activists and the educators and adult allies interested making their voices heard — particularly those who are stepping into activism for the first time, and for the educators who are responding to action in their schools and communities.”

BT: First World War hospital admissions data goes online. “Families will be able to find out about their wounded relatives’ treatment during the First World War through a hospital admissions archive which has gone online. Historical records featuring the admissions registers of soldiers cared for by veterans’ charity Erskine from 1916 to 1936 have now been fully digitised.”

European Commission: Global digital archive provides accessible link to the past. “The ARIADNE project has created a registry of archaeological repositories and a portal to search and access them. At present, about 2 million records are retrievable. Users can filter their search by time period (e.g. the first century BC), place (e.g. Western Mediterranean), object (e.g. amphorae) and access a list of potentially relevant documents in several languages.” The link is via “Project website” at the very very bottom of the page.


Mashable: Google quietly announces plans to make over the internet as we know it. “In a blog post that was conspicuously not an official Google communique, the heads of Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project shared that the company is going to try to convince web standards organizations to recommend that the whole mobile web function like a non-Google proprietary version of AMP. No biggie!”


How-To Geek: How to Use Google Keep for Frustration-Free Note-Taking. “Keep is a free-form note-taking app. When Keep was first announced back in 2013, there were a lot of conversations on whether or not we needed another note-taking app. People made comparisons to Evernote and other similar services. But in the end, Keep is its own thing. It’s simple where it matters, but Keep still offers enough features to make it powerful.”


Techdirt: Wikimedia’s Transparency Report: Guys, We’re A Wiki, Don’t Demand We Take Stuff Down. “Wikimedia, like many other internet platform these days releases a transparency report that discusses various efforts to takedown content or identify users. We’re now all quite used to what such transparency reports look like. However, Wikimedia’s latest is worth reading as a reminder that Wikipedia is a different sort of beast. Not surprisingly, it gets a lot fewer demands, but it also abides by very few of those demands. My favorite is the fact that people demand Wikimedia edit or remove content. It’s a wiki. Anyone can edit it. But if your edits suck, you’re going to be in trouble. And yet, Wikimedia still receives hundreds of demands. And doesn’t comply with any of them. Including ones from governments. Instead, Wikimedia explains to them just how Wikipedia works.”

Open Secrets: Low transparency, low regulation online political ads skyrocket. “In 2014, digital ads made up less than 1 percent — or $71 million — of political ad spending, according to a recent report by Borrell Associates, an advertising research group. In the 2018 midterms, spending on digital ads is expected to make up around 22 percent — or $1.9 billion — of overall political advertising.”


BBC News: Trump told to mute Twitter critics, not block them, by New York judge. “A judge has advised US President Donald Trump to mute rather than block his Twitter critics after users of the service filed a lawsuit against him. Seven people sued Mr Trump after he blocked them from seeing his tweets, arguing that it was unconstitutional. But District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald suggested the president mute the accounts he does not want to see.”


University of Washington: Is there a glass ceiling in academic publishing?. “Five years ago, Nature — one of the most prestigious research journals in science — published an editorial pledging to improve on the low number of women editors and authors in its pages…. In the time since that editorial, however, not much has changed, according to a new University of Washington study published online and cited in a letter printed March 7 in Nature.”

New York Times: YouTube, the Great Radicalizer. “At one point during the 2016 presidential election campaign, I watched a bunch of videos of Donald Trump rallies on YouTube. I was writing an article about his appeal to his voter base and wanted to confirm a few quotations. Soon I noticed something peculiar. YouTube started to recommend and ‘autoplay’ videos for me that featured white supremacist rants, Holocaust denials and other disturbing content.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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