Claude Monet, Belarus Newspapers, Creative Review, More: Thursday Afternoon Buzz, April 5, 2018


Google Blog: Monet was here: Masterpieces and inspirations come to Google Arts & Culture. “Art lovers and historians know that sometimes to comprehend the magnitude of an artwork, you need to see the world through the eyes of the artist and understand what inspired them. This is especially true of an artist as talented and beloved as Claude Monet, whose work many of us know but may not have considered in depth. To reveal these insights, the National Gallery London is opening a new exhibition entitled The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Monet and Architecture…. to mark the opening of the physical exhibition in London, you can now explore a selection of these works from the National Gallery, and see a stirring retrospective of Monet’s paintings from 17 more museums around the world, online on Google Arts & Culture.”

National Library of Belarus: Zvyazda 100-Year Digital Archive Is Being Created. “In 2018 – the Year of Native Land in Belarus – the National Library of Belarus looks forward to gathering digital copies of the newspaper Zvyazda for 100 years…. The newspaper is unique as it was one of the first periodicals to cover the most significant historical events of our Motherland: the proclamation of the BSSR, the annexation of Western Belarus to the BSSR, the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, the liberation of Belarus from fascism, etc. During the Great Patriotic War, the newspaper was published underground.”

Creative Review: It’s the CR archive: 448 print issues, from 1980 to 2018. “The first issue of Creative Review came out in May 1980. The cover (above) featured Terence Conran, posing proudly behind a packaging range for now defunct supermarket International, and stills from commercials for Renault, a COI seatbelt campaign, Richard Shops and Barclaycard, in which Dudley Moore played a rather middle-aged punk.” The archive is not free but is available as part of a subscription package. Student rates are also available.


TechCrunch: Google’s latest undersea cable project will connect Japan to Australia . “When you’re a company as large as Google, you need to make build versus buy decisions every day, whether that’s buying a company or building the software or renting time on an undersea cable or building your own. Today, the company announced that it’s decided to build another undersea cable. This one will run from Japan to Guam and from Guam to Australia.”


Poynter: With money from Facebook, this Brazilian fact-checker created a Messenger bot for the election. “Six months ahead of the Brazilian election, one fact-checker is using support from Facebook to better reach its readers. The project, called ‘Projeto Lupe!’, allows people to ask for verified information on everything from candidate statements to viral fake news stories — all by sending Agência Lupa a message on Facebook, which has about 125 million monthly users in Brazil.”

NPR: The Paris Lawyer Who Gives Google Nightmares. “Dan Shefet is an unlikely tech revolutionary. He’s not a young math geek who builds driverless cars, nor does he promise to make a tech product for the masses. His crusade is different. The 63-year-old year old Shefet has staged an astonishingly effective campaign in Europe to thwart the torrent of fake news and damaging personal attacks that course through the Internet by taking on the tech giants.


Chicago Tribune: Illinois courts clash: Does limiting juvenile offenders’ social media use step on free speech?. “When it came time to sentence the teen convicted in a South Side armed robbery, a Cook County juvenile court judge imposed what has become a common restriction in the digital age. The 17-year-old, whom the Tribune is not naming because he was charged as a juvenile, was given three years of probation — but also was told to wipe his Facebook feed and any other social media accounts clean of references to ‘gangs, guns and drugs’ and refrain from posting on those topics while on probation.”

Techdirt: Court Says Scraping Websites And Creating Fake Profiles Can Be Protected By The First Amendment. “It’s no secret that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is a mess. Originally written by a confused and panicked Congress in the wake of the 1980s movie War Games, it was supposed to be an ‘anti-hacking’ law, but was written so broadly that it has been used over and over again against any sort of ‘things that happen on a computer.’ It has been (not so jokingly) referred to as ‘the law that sticks,’ because when someone has done something “icky” using a computer, if no other law is found to be broken, someone can almost always find some weird way to interpret the CFAA to claim it’s been violated. The two most problematic parts of the CFAA are the fact that it applies to ‘unauthorized access’ or to ‘exceeding authorized access’ on any ‘computer… which is used in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce or communications.’ In 1986 that may have seemed limited. But, today, that means any computer on the internet. Which means basically any computer.”


University of Cambridge: Online tool can measure individuals’ likelihood to fall for internet scams. “The psychometric tool, developed by researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Helsinki, asks participants to answer a range of questions in order to measure how likely they are to respond to persuasive techniques. The test, called Susceptibility to Persuasion II (StP-II) is freely available and consists of the StP-II scale and several other questions to understand persuadability better. A brief, automated, interpretation of the results is displayed at the end of the questionnaire.” The language in the interpretation is fairly academic. I’m not sure how useful this would be to the layperson.

NLM In Focus: NLM Community Mapping—Creating & Supporting Citizen Scientists, Communities. “What if there were a low-cost way for the public to provide accurate scientific data about what’s happening in their community regarding environmental health challenges? There is, and NLM is helping to lead the way in this growing field. ‘Through the Community Health Maps initiative, our goal is to help communities collect and visualize information to support planning and decision making,’ said Colette Hochstein, DMD, MLS, of NLM’s Specialized Information Services.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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