Margraten American Cemetery, Japanese-American Internment, Twitter, More: Thursday Afternoon Buzz, May 17, 2018


Syracuse: Strangers tended an Elbridge soldier’s grave for 70 years: Now they know his face. “John Crotty was 21 years old when he died helping liberate the Dutch from the Nazis during World War II. For 73 years, the Elbridge man’s grave, in Margraten American Cemetery in the Netherlands, has been tended to by a succession of strangers who made young soldier a part of their family. But they had never been able to put a face to his name — until recently.”

Northeastern Illinois University Independent: NEIU’s Ronald Williams Library released a digital collection of the Japanese American Redress documents. “NEIU’s Ronald Williams Library released a digital collection of the Japanese American Redress documents that focused on the the Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) hearings. The CWRIC hearings took place on NEIU’s main campus on September 22-23, 1981.”


The Verge: Twitter is going to make third-party apps worse starting in August. “Twitter has long had a strange disdain for third-party Twitter apps, but it’s allowed many of them to pass under the radar for the last several years. That’s starting to change this summer, when Twitter will revoke a key piece of access that developers currently have to the service, replacing it with a new access system that limits what they can do. The changes aren’t going to make third-party Twitter clients useless, but they are going to make the apps somewhat worse.” WHAT? Twitter treating third-party developers like crap? Say it ain’t so. Or, more accurately, say we’ve seen this movie before.

FedScoop: Got a constituent question? This congressman wants a text . “If you live in Arkansas’s 1st District, you can now text your member of Congress. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., is the first elected official on Capitol Hill to test a prototype of a new tool built by the OpenGov Foundation — Article One-txt.”

CNET: Google rolls back Chrome update breaking web games. “Google said Tuesday it’s updated its Chrome browser to temporarily remove a recent change that broke the audio on several web-based games. By automatically pausing Web Audio objects when a webpage is launched, the update earlier this month was intended to help silence ads that seemingly begin barking at you when you visit some sites. But the feature reportedly also silenced the audio in web-based games.”


The Art Newspaper: Instagram deletes photographer Dragana Jurisic’s account and Facebook censors her work. “The Dublin-based photographer Dragana Jurisic has had her Instagram account shut down and her images removed from Facebook after she posted one of her works on the social media platforms. The photograph shows a naked model whose breasts have been ‘self-censored with a leaf’ for the purpose of going online, Jurisic says.” As usual, Instagram has reinstated the account after public outcry with apologies for the inconvenience, but the artist says she still cannot access the account and older images are missing.

BBC: IS propaganda ‘hidden on Internet Archive’. “Supporters of the Islamic State group are using the Internet Archive to frustrate efforts to delete their online propaganda, a study suggests. The report analysed hundreds of thousands of links posted to two hidden forums used by the extremist group. links were found to be the most common type on both of the forums for the past two years.”

BuzzFeed: A DC Think Tank Uses Fake Twitter Accounts And A Shady Expert To Reach The NSA, FBI, And White House. “Earlier this year, leaders from the Marine Corps, the Department of Homeland Security, NASA, the NSA, the White House, and the FBI gathered at a Ritz-Carlton in Virginia to discuss the latest in cybersecurity and information warfare…. The day’s closing session featured James Scott, ICIT’s senior fellow and cofounder, discussing Russian cyberinfluence operations and his new book about information warfare. What audience members from intelligence and law enforcement agencies didn’t know is that Scott and ICIT have been running their own deceptive information operation.”


The Reykjavik Grapevine: New Website Tells Icelandic Women Of Genetic Mutation Linked To Cancer. “Icelandic research centre deCODE Genetics will open a website today where women will be able to find out whether or not their body is affected by a genetic mutation that increases the risk of breast cancer, RÚV reports.”

University of Queensland: Social network models provide new tool for ecology studies. “Social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook have inspired a new method of describing how other species interact with one another. University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science researcher Dr Nicholas Clark said the models used to show people’s social interactions offered an exciting way to address a gap in scientific knowledge.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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