Daisy Bates, UK Suffragettes, Global Military Spending, More: Tuesday Buzz, June 12, 2018


The National Library of Australia: has a new Daisy Bates collection online (this links to a Facebook post.) “The controversial ethnographer Daisy Bates recorded many Aboriginal languages in the early 20th century, which would otherwise be lost today. Now her papers have been digitised and are available through the new platform Bates Online.”

Google Blog: The Suffragettes and the Road to Equality on Google Arts & Culture. “Following decades of organized campaigning led by charismatic and brilliant women from around the UK, in 1918, women of all classes, ages and professions came together in the triumph for voting rights for many women. Ten years later, this right was extended to all women over 21, giving women the vote on the same terms as men. The Road to Equality has continued over the last century, with many brave women and men campaigning on a broad range of equal rights issues. In June this year, as a wave of Processions celebrating women and their long struggle for political and social equality comes to the UK, Google Arts & Culture has collaborated with more than 20 partners to bring online archival collections, video footage, and in-depth, visual stories of those who have helped shape history.”


CSS Blog Network: Global Military Spending Remains High at $1.7 Trillion. “Total world military expenditure rose to $1739 billion in 2017, a marginal increase of 1.1 per cent in real terms from 2016, according to new figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). China’s military expenditure rose again in 2017, continuing an upward trend in spending that has lasted for more than two decades. Russia’s military spending fell for the first time since 1998, while spending by the United States remained constant for the second successive year. The comprehensive annual update of the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database is accessible from today…”

American Archive of Public Broadcasting: Five New Special Collections Now Available in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting! . “Happy International Archives Day! The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is celebrating by launching five NEW Special Collections that feature raw interviews from American Experience’s Freedom Riders, The Murder of Emmett Till, John Brown’s Holy War, and Jubilee Singers, as well as the Peabody award-winning documentary Africans in America! ”

FBC: ITaukei affairs ministry completes cultural mapping exercise. “The Ministry of iTaukei Affairs has completed its cultural mapping exercise in thirteen of the fourteen provinces around the country.”


MakeUseOf: 25 Useful iPhone Productivity Apps That’ll Help You Get Things Done. “Your iPhone is one of the best tools for becoming more productive. But there are thousands of productivity apps out there—how do you know which ones to use? We’ve ranked the 25 best iPhone productivity apps for you here. Which app will take the spot? Keep reading to find out.”


CNET: Facebook responds in writing to Congress’ questions from Zuckerberg’s testimony. “When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress in April, he answered a lot of questions. But over the course of the 10-hour grilling, there were several instances when he said he’d have his team follow up in writing. On Monday, Congress released the social network’s written responses to those questions. Facebook said it received more than 2,000 questions altogether, including questions from before the hearing.”

Slate: Day 1 of a Worse Internet. “Monday, June 11, is the first day of the post–net neutrality internet. In December, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the Obama-era rules that prohibit internet companies from slowing down or speeding up access to certain websites, but it took about six months for the repeal to get a signoff from the Office of Management and Budget and for the new rules to be published in the federal register. Beginning, well, now, your internet access could—emphasis on could—feel dramatically different than it did yesterday.”

Recode: The podcast business is still teeny tiny. Which is great news for podcasts.. “Do you like podcasts? Me too. It’s sort of nuts to imagine a time before podcasts, right? Podcasts are the future. Podcasts podcasts podcasts. You know who’s not sold on podcasts? At all? Advertisers. They’re spending close to nothing on podcasts.”


Middle East Monitor: Egypt targets bloggers, social media users in new draft law. “Social media users, blogs and personal website which have more than 5,000 followers will be governed in the same way media outlets are in Egypt, if a new draft law is brought into effect. The Egyptian Parliament has approved draft laws which regulate the work of media outlets, journalists and the Higher Council for Media Regulation yesterday, El-Shorouk news site reported, and referred the laws to the State Council for legal review before they are submitted to the president for ratification.”


Reuters: U.S. says internet use rises as more low income people go online. “Among Americans living in households with family incomes below $25,000 per year, the survey found internet use increased to 62 percent in 2017 from 57 percent in 2015, while households earning $100,000 or more showed no change at 86 percent.”

Geospatial World: Copenhagen to use Google Street View to keep pollution in check. “With an aim to measure the air pollution of Copenhagen, the Danish capital’s municipality revealed that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Google. The air quality measuring equipment will be mounted on Google Street View cars which will help to measure the actual pollution levels throughout the city.” Good morning, Internet…

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