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David Douglas Duncan, Mozilla Common Voice, New York University, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, June 11, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Ransom Center Magazine: Remembering photojournalist David Douglas Duncan, 1916–2018. “The internationally-renowned American photojournalist David Douglas Duncan has died at age 102 in France. As Harry Ransom Center Curator of photography Jessica S. McDonald wrote in a recent tribute, ‘For decades, Americans at home and abroad learned of world events as they unfolded before Duncan’s camera, first during his service as a combat photographer with the United States Marine Corps during World War II, and then through his coverage of the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and conflicts in the Middle East for Life magazine. Delivered to millions of households each week through the illustrated press, Duncan’s photographs have played a profound role in informing the public and shaping history.'” This article links to a gallery of over 600+ of Mr. Duncan’s pictures.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Mozilla: More Common Voices. “Today we are excited to announce that Common Voice, Mozilla’s initiative to crowdsource a large dataset of human voices for use in speech technology, is going multilingual! Thanks to the tremendous efforts from Mozilla’s communities and our deeply engaged language partners you can now donate your voice in German, French and Welsh, and we are working to launch 40+ more as we speak. But this is just the beginning. We want Common Voice to be a tool for any community to make speech technology available in their own language.”

Gulf News: New York University gets $500,000 for Arabic digital library. “New York University Libraries received a grant of $500,000 (Dh1.83 million) from the philanthropic foundation Carnegie Corporation of New York to support Arabic Collections Online (ACO), a major project to create a publicly available, digital library of public-domain Arabic language content, it was announced on Sunday.”

USEFUL STUFF

Lifehacker: To Make Websites Load Faster, Browse the Web Like a European. “We now live in a GDPR world. GDPR, in case you didn’t know, stands for the European Union’s ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ privacy law, which kicked into effect May 25 and caused every service you’ve ever used to blow up your inbox over the last month…. Curiously enough, GDPR might also improve your browsing speeds—at least, according to a few sources who have performed some hands-on testing across a number of sites. “

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Atlantic: How Instagram Threads Became the WikiHow for Gen Z. “When Sophie, a 13-year-old in Arizona, began eighth grade last year, she wanted to start things off on the right foot. Instead of picking up the latest issue of Teen Vogue or googling around for advice, she reached for her phone and followed a slew of ‘thread’ accounts on Instagram.”

Mountain XPress: UNC Asheville students and faculty seek out Cherokee history. “Sometimes you’re asked to help plan a reunion. Rarely, if ever, does it result in a $50,000 grant. But this was the case for Trey Adcock, UNC Asheville assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies and director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies program. An enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, Adcock was approached last year by Eastern Band members from the community of Snowbird. As former students of the now defunct Snowbird Day School, the group hoped Adcock might assist with organizing and reaching out to fellow former classmates. Since the school’s closing in 1965, no such reunion had ever taken place…. In late February, UNCA announced that Adcock was one of seven national recipients of the White Public Engagement Fellowship. With the $50,000 grant, he and a team of students and colleagues began work on a project that they believe will take a minimum of two years to complete. The undertaking involves collecting, preserving and digitizing the stories of the Snowbird Day School through oral histories and archival research.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Motherboard: Some Signal Disappearing Messages Are Not Disappearing. “Journalists and sources may try to secure their communications not just with encryption, but also with automatically disappearing messages. But Signal has a nasty bug that can retain some messages.”

University at Buffalo: Your reaction to pics of Leonardo DiCaprio, animals could unlock your next smartphone . “To overcome password fatigue, many smartphones include facial recognition, fingerprint scans and other biometric systems. The trouble with these easy-to-use tools is that once compromised — yes, they can be hacked — you can’t reset them.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Fast Company Design: Bye, Chrome: Why I’m switching to Firefox and you should too. “While the amount of data about me may not have caused harm in my life yet–as far as I know–I don’t want to be the victim of monopolistic internet oligarchs as they continue to cash in on surveillance-based business models. What’s a concerned citizen of the internet to do? Here’s one no-brainer: Stop using Chrome and switch to Firefox.”

The Next Web: Religion isn’t the opiate of the masses — AI is. “Overall leisure time has increased by over an hour per day in the past ten years. How are we spending these extra 365 hours per year? Not playing with our kids, working on passion projects, exercising, or any other wholesome activity you may have guessed — we’re spending it in front of screens.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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