Pompeii Graffiti, Africa Fashion, Vintage Source Code, More: Friday Buzz, June 8, 2018


Arizona State University: Recent Barrett grad Alexa Rose’s database of Pompeii’s graffiti documents life in the ancient city. “Recent Barrett Honors College graduate Alexa Rose compiled a database on the ancient graffiti in Pompeii as her honors thesis project that has gained widespread attention. Her database is now in the Digital Archaeological Record, an online resource used by researchers worldwide. She has been contacted by researchers interested in specific ancient Roman ideas expressed through graffiti. And, the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix has asked for her help with a Pompeii exhibit.”

Okayafrica: Industrie Africa Is the New Platform To Discover Top African Designers. “Named the ‘Wikipedia of African Fashion’ by Vogue, Industrie Africa is a new digital showroom featuring African designers. The website was launched on June 1 by Nisha Kanabar and Georgia Bobley who wanted to create an online platform that reflected the growing diversity of designers across the continent. The platform currently has over 80 designers from 24 different countries.”

Devdiscourse: UNESCO and Inria will open universal library of computer programme source codes. “The Softwareheritage initiative aims to preserve and share the source codes of all software programmes that have been giving life to computers since the middle of last century. Over 4 billion unique source code files, including their successive iterations and more than 83 million software projects in all fields are already available from the online archive. UNESCO encourages universal access to information and the preservation of knowledge. The Charter on the Preservation of Digital Heritage, adopted in 2003, states that digital documents include, among a wide range of electronic formats, texts, databases, images, audio-documents and Web pages.”


MIT Technology Review: The White House promises to release government data to fuel the AI boom. “Donald Trump’s chief technology advisor, Michael Kratsios, said today that the US government would release any data that might help fuel AI research in the United States, although he didn’t specify immediately what kind of data would be released or who would be eligible to receive the information.”

BetaNews: Keep track of the World Cup with Google. “A range of Google services — Search, News, Assistant, Trends and more — have been updated with World Cup-specific bits and pieces to help enhance your enjoyment of the tournament. From match streams and detailed reports to behind-the-scenes footage and tips about where you can watch games, there’s something for every fan here.”

Forbes: Google Pulls Washington Election Ads, Says It can’t Comply With New Rules. “Google has pulled all state and local election ads in Washington state, saying its systems can’t cope with new disclosure rules. The state Public Disclosure Commission recently approved new transparency rules which come into effect today. It requires platforms like Google to release details of political ads including the geographical locations and types of audience being targeted, as well as the number of views the ads receive.”

Variety: Facebook Steps Up Battle With Twitch, Adding New Features for Video-Game Streamers. “Facebook wants to entice more video-game broadcasters — and their fans — to use its platform, rolling out several features that will ratchet up competition with category pioneer Twitch.”


Lifehacker: How to Train Your Own Neural Network. “Artificial intelligence (AI) seems poised to run most of the world these days: it’s detecting skin cancer, looking for hate speech on Facebook, and even flagging possible lies in police reports in Spain. But AIs aren’t all run by mega-corporations and governments; you can download some algorithms and play with them yourself, with often hilarious results.”


Yahoo News: African nations crack down on social media with new laws, taxes. “Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda have passed sweeping regulations on social media to bolster cybersecurity and prevent the spread of false information. But activists say the laws hurt freedom of speech. CBS News foreign correspondent Debora Patta takes CBSN through the latest.” This is a video.

CNET: Congress calls out Google over ties with Huawei. “Facebook isn’t the only company in the hot seat for its relationship with Chinese tech firms. On Thursday, Alphabet, Google’s parent, came under scrutiny for having ties with those firms, too. In an open letter to Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Sen. Mark Warner expressed concern about the company’s dealings with Huawei and Xiaomi, two big Chinese device makers. The Virginia Democrat also raised concerns about Alphabet’s relationship with Tencent, a Chinese platform company.”


Bloomberg: Maybe It’s Time for Google to Find a Spine. Whoa! “Michael R. Bloomberg, the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg L.P., said it is the job of senior management at any company to ‘do the right thing, even if it provokes criticism.’ Alphabet’s leaders failed, he argues, by caving rather than pursuing a project that could help U.S. national security and limit civilian casualties . ” Two things: 1) This is part of a Bloomberg “roundup” type article and b) This section is for interesting and provoking editorials, not necessarily ones I agree with.

The Quint: Negative social media experiences linked to depression. “Negative experiences on social media carry more weight than positive interactions when it comes to the likelihood of young adults reporting depressive symptoms, according to a new study. The findings, published in the journal Depression and Anxiety, suggests that negative experiences on social media were associated with depressive symptoms.” Good morning, Internet…


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