Covert Operations, Wales Portraits, Snap, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, June 29, 2018


Unredacted: New Digital National Security Archive Document Collection Highlights CIA Covert Operations from 1961-1974. “Explore important historical events, like the epic Bay of Pigs disaster, through the lens of little-known or under-explored covert activities in the National Security Archive’s latest digital collection, CIA Covert Operations, Part III – From Kennedy to Nixon. This Digital National Security Archive (DNSA) collection, the most comprehensive of its kind, is the third of five installments concerning the bread and butter of U.S. intelligence operations – covert operations.” Not free, as you might imagine. A product of ProQuest.


National Library of Wales: 4800 Welsh portraits added to Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata. “Over the last 4 years the National Library of Wales has worked with Wikimedia to provide open access to more than 10,000 public domain images. These include the Welsh Landscape Collection, photographs, maps and manuscripts…. Now the Library is pleased to announce that nearly 5000 portrait prints, photographs and paintings have been placed in the public domain on Wikimedia Commons.”

TechCrunch: Snap is reportedly about to launch its own gaming platform . “Snap is seeking to explore new ground as it tries to outrun Instagram’s efforts to copy its features. Its newest effort may be building out a bona fide hub for gaming inside Snapchat, according to a new report from The Information. The platform will launch later this year, the report says, and Snap is already signing on game publishers to participate in its efforts.”

Bloomberg Quint: Google’s New Policy Boss Will Tackle Everything From AI Anxiety to Antitrust. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google announced Thursday it tapped General Electric Co. global affairs chief Karan Bhatia to become its next head of policy. Google wants Bhatia to craft the search giant’s public policy strategy on a wide range of issues including artificial intelligence and job creation. His first focus will be dealing with a regulatory backlash that includes antitrust investigations and new digital-privacy rules.”


Make Tech Easier: 4 of the Best Websites to Download Royalty-Free Music for Your Next Project. “If you’re a filmmaker or YouTube vlogger, you know that the right music can really take your projects to the next level. Unfortunately, not everyone is a talented musician. Luckily, there are a number of websites that allow you to download royalty-free music to use in your projects.”


American Booksellers Association: Facebook’s New Political Ad Policy Ends Up Censoring Bookstore’s Author Event Ads. “In early June, A Room of One’s Own Bookstore in Madison, Wisconsin, encountered a problem when trying to advertise author events on Facebook. The bookstore’s events coordinator, Gretchen Treu, requested to boost Facebook posts to promote two author events only to find that they were rejected on the basis of what Facebook characterized as their ‘political nature.'”

Gizmodo: A Twitter Bot Has Joined the Immigration Battle to Fight ICE With Facts. “A bot on Twitter is sharing images of all 212 immigration detention centers along with the address and demographic information of each location, tossing cold, hard facts into the heated online debate over immigration in America.”

The Verge: Mexico Struggles To Weed Out Fake News Ahead Of Its Biggest Election Ever. “With Mexico’s election on the horizon, weeding out fake news in the country of 127 million has never been more pressing. Mexicans have long distrusted the press and for good reason. For decades, the national news media here consisted of two television networks and a handful of newspapers, all propped up financially by the controlling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Coverage of the government was favorable, and negative stories were buried.”


CNET: Exactis said to have exposed 340 million records, more than Equifax breach. “If you’re a US citizen, your personal information — your phone number, home address, email address, even how many children you have — may have just become easily available to hackers in an alleged massive data leak.”


The Register: Potato, potato. Toma6to, I’m going to kill you… How a typo can turn an AI translator against us. “Neural-network-based language translators can be tricked into deleting words from sentences or dramatically changing the meaning of a phrase, by strategically inserting typos and numbers. Just like twiddling pixels in a photo, or placing a specially crafted sticker near an object, can make image-recognition systems mistake bananas for toasters, it is possible to alter the translation of a sentence by tweaking the input.” Good morning, Internet…

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