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1960s Magazines, Indiana Transparency, Genealogy Wikis, More: Friday Buzz, June 29, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

AIGA Eye on Design: Lubalin’s Radical ’60s Magazines Are Giving Us A Lesson in Archiving on the Web. “Around 2013, Mindy Seu was in San Francisco, browsing through Adobe Books in the Mission District, when she stumbled upon the iconic fifth volume of Avant Garde magazine, the short-lived 1960s publication by Ralph Ginzburg and Herb Lubalin that to this day retains something of a cult status among designers. She snatched up the copy and started buying more rare issues where she could find them—in used bookstores, flea markets, and on eBay. By time she amassed the complete collection, she’d also formed a plan to digitize the issues and make them publicly accessible online.”

WTHI: Indiana Auditor Unveils New Government Transparency Website. “A new online tool can help Indiana residents keep track of government spending. State Auditor Tera Klutz unveiled a revamped Indiana Transparency Portal website on Tuesday.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Genea-Musings: Ancestry.com Family History Wiki Lands on RootsWeb.com. “Ancestry.com hid the Family History Wiki several years ago, and then made it disappear several months ago. I wondered where the Ancestry.com Family History Wiki was, and now I know – I saw a DearMYRTLE post on Facebook about it.”

Engadget: The EFF wants to make email servers more secure. “The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) launched HTTPS-encryption initiative Let’s Encrypt two years ago with Mozilla and Cisco. Now it’s turning its attention to email servers with a new project called STARTTLS Everywhere, which aims to help server admins run STARTTLS emails servers properly. Because according to the EFF, most aren’t.”

CNET: You can now lock up your Twitter login with a physical security key. “Worried that your Twitter account isn’t safe with a password alone? Now you can lock it up with a physical security key.”

USEFUL STUFF

How-To Geek: The Best Free Video Editing Apps for Windows. “With smartphone cameras becoming better every day, the gear you use to make videos is becoming less important. Video editing apps used to cost an arm and a leg, but not anymore. Today, there are many free apps out there that you can use to create professional quality videos. Here are the best free video editing apps for Windows.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

UGA Today: UGA Libraries to preserve local public broadcasts. “Some 4,000 hours of programming produced by public radio and television stations between 1941 and 1999 will be digitized and made available to the public, thanks to a federal grant for the Brown Media Archives at the University of Georgia Libraries.”

eWeek: IBM Addresses AI Bias with Massive Image Archive. “IBM revealed that it will soon make available to the global research community a dataset of 1 million images to improve facial analysis system training; plus a dataset of 36,000 facial images that algorithm designers can use to evaluate bias in their own facial analysis systems.”

University of North Carolina: Grant to Libraries Will Provide Access to Rare Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan Dramas. “The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries has received a grant of $12,100 from the Pine Tree Foundation of New York. The grant will help the Library catalog and digitize a vast collection of rare Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan dramas. The collection is particularly significant because it contains approximately 2,000 ‘comedias sueltas,’ according to Elizabeth Ott, Frank Borden Hanes Curator of Rare Books at the Wilson Special Collections Library. Comedias sueltas are pamphlet-length plays printed between 1674 and 1834, Spain’s golden age of drama.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

New York Times: Genealogists Turn to Cousins’ DNA and Family Trees to Crack Five More Cold Cases. “When the Golden State Killer case was cracked in April with the help of a genealogist and an open-source ancestry site, many wondered if this was the new frontier of criminal investigations. This week all signs point to yes.”

WordFence: Arbitrary File Deletion Flaw Present in WordPress Core. “The security community has been abuzz this week following the disclosure of a vulnerability present in all current versions of WordPress. The flaw, published in a detailed report by RIPS Technologies, allows any logged-in user with an Author role or higher to delete files on the server.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Japan Times: Facebook, Google ‘manipulate’ users to share data despite EU law: study. “Facebook and Google are pushing users to share private information by offering ‘invasive’ and limited default options despite new EU data protection laws aimed at giving users more control and choice, a government study said Wednesday.” Good morning, Internet…

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