India Prisoners of War, HBCUs, LSE Press, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, May 21, 2018


Tribune India: 100 years later, voices from WWI. “Ten years ago, voice of Mal Singh, a prisoner of war from the First World War, came to India. Held captive at the Half Moon Camp in Germany, the man was batting for hope, remembering the good times in India — the butter he would eat and the milk he would drink…. He was desperate to return home, but doubted if he ever would.” Some of these testimonies are now on YouTube.

Digital Library of Georgia: New Collections Document Atlanta’s Interdenominational Theological Center and Morehouse, Morris Brown, and Spelman Colleges.. “As part of the CLIR-funded, ‘Our Story’ project, Atlanta University Center, Spelman College, and the DLG are happy to announce additional content documenting the largest consortium of African American private institutions of higher education.” This blog post lists ELEVEN collections so I can’t summarize them here.

London School of Economics and Political Science: Announcing LSE Press – a new open access publishing platform for the social sciences. “Today marks the official launch of LSE Press, the School’s new open access publishing platform. LSE Press will provide a platform for high-quality research in the social sciences, and – in line with LSE’s aim to lead in international, interdisciplinary, issue-oriented social science – will support the launch and development of academic-led publications that are innovative in their format, content, and reach. The Press platform is provided in partnership with Ubiquity Press.”

Thanks to Esther S. for the heads-up on the Steve Jobs Archives. Yes, that Steve Jobs. From the home page: “My name is Art Matsak and on this website, I have collected the best Steve Jobs videos and arranged them according to the chapters of the famous biography by Walter Isaacson. Steve Jobs Archive is a perfect companion to the bio that lets you watch the historical moments as they unfold in the book.”


TechCrunch: EU parliament pushes for Zuckerberg hearing to be live-streamed. “There’s confusion about whether a meeting between Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the European Union’s parliament — which is due to take place next Tuesday — will go ahead as planned or not. The meeting was confirmed by the EU parliament’s president this week, and is the latest stop on Zuckerberg’s contrition tour, following the Cambridge Analytics data misuse story that blew up into a major public scandal in mid March.”


theday: Vintage mania: The race to buy vintage clothing on Instagram . “It hadn’t been more than five minutes since Kaye Chapman had posted a photo of a vintage ’70s maxi dress to sell over her Instagram when she heard a response back. ‘How much? I need it,’ she read in her inbox. After responding with the price, another minute later, the client replied, ‘I’ll take it.’ And just like that, the dress was sold.”

British Library: Endangered Urdu Periodicals. “EAP839 produced digital images of rare Urdu periodicals from the 19th to the first half of the 20th century in order to preserve and make them available to researchers. During this period the project team has successfully produced 3,832 issues. Urdu journals played a significant role in the development of Urdu literature, especially fiction, religion, history, poetry and culture of the South Asian region as a whole, particularly in Pakistan and India.” The material is not yet available online, but should be later this year.


CBR: Flurry of New Tools Aims to Improve Open Source Software Security . “With the projected revenue of open source services set to double in the next few years, coupled with the emergence of open source software registries, such as NPM (Node Package Manager) and Nuget, developers are downloading packages from increasingly variegated sources, sometimes with a host of security vulnerabilities. Yet the developer community is taking positive steps to solve this issue.”

The Verge: Google’s Selfish Ledger ideas can also be found in its patent applications. “I trust by now we’ve all seen and been at least a little disturbed by The Selfish Ledger, the nearly 9-minute-long concept video from inside Google’s ‘moonshot factory’ X labs. In the wake of it becoming public this week, Google quickly disavowed the video, claiming it was just a thought experiment ‘not related to any current or future products.’ And yet, the company’s patent applications exhibit a mode of thinking that runs at least in parallel, if not on the exact same tracks, as The Selfish Ledger’s total data collection proposal.”


Poynter: Fact-check the fact-checkers. Just don’t vilify them.. “Online misinformation and political polarization are infecting democratic discourse across the globe. In Brazil, the intensity of the latter might get in the way of solutions to the former.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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