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Black Women in Politics, Toronto Public Library, GPO Access Act, More: Monday Buzz, June 11, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Inequality: BlackHer – A New Online Platform Raises the Voices of Black Women Politically and Economically. “With only 19 African-American women in Congress – representing a paltry 3.5 percent of both chambers – this year, Black women are ready to see a return on their investment. Taking matters into their own hands, Black women are ramping up their efforts to increase their political representation. Pushing forward with this movement is BlackHer, an online platform with the mission to provide resources and important information that highlights the visible and loud chorus of African American women that can shift elections, shape consumerism, and reinvent America’s broken systems.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Toronto Public Library: TPL’s Digital Archive collaborates with Sidewalk Labs. “Close to 4,000 images from the Toronto Public Library’s Digital Archive have been added to the #OldTO website… Earlier this year, Sidewalk Labs collaborated with the City of Toronto Archives and used their image data to create a clickable map of Toronto to highlight digital images from their collections. ”

District Dispatch: Happy birthday, GPO Access Act: 25 years of online government info. “June 8, 2018, is a significant anniversary for public access to government information: it’s 25 years since the enactment of the Government Printing Office (GPO) Electronic Information Access Enhancement Act of 1993, or the GPO Access Act for short. While it’s not a household name, it was a foundational law in driving government use of the internet to provide access to information.”

USEFUL STUFF

Hongkiat: How to Zoom This Close Into Google Maps. “It is almost impossible to imagine doing day-trips or traveling to a new place without checking it out on Google Maps. Unfortunately, it restricts to zoom in after a certain level. However, there is a trick to bypass that restriction, i.e., zoom in almost indefinitely into Google Maps. And that is what I am going to share in this post.”

MakeUseOf: No More Photoshop: 5 No-Signup Image Editors on the Web. “It is a pain to fire up Photoshop, Pixelmator, or GIMP for a simple task like resizing some photos or blurring sensitive information in an image. Well, you don’t need to. Use these websites to do your job in a jiffy. I’m a big fan of doing common web tasks without signing up. Apart from the convenience, it’s also a big step in protecting your privacy online, especially when you realize how much information websites store about you.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Independent: Mundaneum: The Belgian Archive That Anticipated The Internet. “Down a narrow cobbled street in Mons, a small medieval town in south Belgium, there is an archive that claims to hold all the world’s knowledge – on paper. At least, that was the original premise of the Mundaneum, also known as the paper Google, the proto-Wikipedia and even the precursor to the internet itself.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Quartz: Facebook content is convenient evidence for prosecutors, but not for defendants. “When prosecutors want to get a Facebook user’s private posts or direct messages as evidence, they have to request it from the company through a warrant or subpoena. In most cases, Facebook will grant the information. But this sort of access is not given to criminal defendants.”

BBC News: Copyright law could put end to net memes. “The Copyright Directive is an attempt to reshape copyright for the internet, in particular rebalancing the relationship between copyright holders and online platforms. Article 13 states that platform providers should ‘take measures to ensure the functioning of agreements concluded with rights-holders for the use of their works’. Critics say this will, in effect, require all internet platforms to filter all content put online by users, which many believe would be an excessive restriction on free speech.”

Krebs on Security: Further Down the Trello Rabbit Hole. “Last month’s story about organizations exposing passwords and other sensitive data via collaborative online spaces at Trello.com only scratched the surface of the problem. A deeper dive suggests a large number of government agencies, marketing firms, healthcare organizations and IT support companies are publishing credentials via public Trello boards that quickly get indexed by the major search engines.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Open Access Government: Technology and social media: An ethical focus. “In this opinion article, President of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Chris Rees reveals why he thinks that technology, including social media, must be ethical.”

Digital Content Next: Facebook’s political ad disclosures are a train wreck in progress. “So far… the disclosure rules at Facebook are not just a work in progress, but more of a train wreck in progress, as flaws with Facebook’s new rules are already emerging. The social giant was supposed to archive all political ads publicly but missed some, and critics have complained that they aren’t giving enough information about how the ads are targeted. And some many publishers are getting caught up in the rules and can’t boost their own political stories on Facebook without jumping through hoops. An effort by the News Media Alliance to get publishers whitelisted has started, but so far Facebook doesn’t have plans to do that. It’s clear that more overarching, consistent rules across social media and the web — not just from Facebook and other tech giants — are needed to monitor political ads on the internet.”

XinhuaNet: Chinese scientists establish database to improve radiotherapy. “Chinese scientists have established an online database to help improve radiotherapy efficacy and clinical treatment of cancer. The Cancer Radiosensitivity Regulation Factors Database was jointly developed by Hefei Institute of Physical Science under the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Anhui University. It provides information on genes, drugs, as well as other regulators that affect the radiosensitivity of each specific cancer.” Good morning, Internet…

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