Environmental History, Mississippi Law Enforcement, Mark Zuckerberg, More: Monday Buzz, July 9, 2018


Niche Canada: The Syllabus Project. “Has anyone else noticed how often environmental history syllabi largely omit women and scholars of colour? A colleague’s initial Twitter query about good sources for an environmental syllabus was followed by dozens of excellent suggestions—but none of those suggested sources were written by women and few were by scholars of colour. Dolly Jørgensen commented on this lack of diversity, and a lively Twitter discussion ensued about the structural reasons for underrepresentation. A discussion on the Women’s Environmental History Network (WEHN) email list occurred simultaneously, while the #WomenAlsoKnowHistory hashtag and website were in development.”

Daily Journal: Civil seizure database now active. “An online database is now available listing properties seized by law enforcement agencies across the state through a procedure called asset forfeiture. This database was ordered by a state law that took force last year…. At present, the database only includes a few entries, detailing forfeiture actions undertaken by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.”


Neowin: Mark Zuckerberg becomes the third-richest person alive as Facebook stock hits all-time high . “Zuckerberg’s net worth is now $81.6 billion, around $373 million more than Buffett. The Facebook CEO’s worth has risen by around $19 billion in a little over three months, after a steady downfall in the wake of the data privacy scandal, days before the comeback. This is also the first time that the three wealthiest people on the ranking list have made their wealth from technology, with Buffet’s industrial sector being listed as ‘Diversified’.”

The Verge: Strict new internet laws in Tanzania are driving bloggers and content creators offline. “In May, Tanzanian bloggers lost an appeal that had temporarily suspended a new set of regulations granting the country’s Communication Regulatory Authority discretionary powers to censor online content. Officially dubbed the Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations, 2018, the statute, which the Tanzanian government is counting among its efforts to curb hate speech and fake news, requires online content creators — traditional media websites, online TV and radio channels, but also individual bloggers and podcasters — to pay roughly two million Tanzanian shillings (930 US dollars) in registration and licensing fees.”

WordPress 4.9.7 is now available. “WordPress versions 4.9.6 and earlier are affected by a media issue that could potentially allow a user with certain capabilities to attempt to delete files outside the uploads directory.”

Eye on the Arctic: Alaskan Inuit dialect added to Facebook’s Translate app. “Facebook added Inupiaq, an Alaskan Inuit dialect, as a language option thanks to a grassroots project started by an Alaskan man. Myles Creed is from the Inupiaq community of Kotzebue, Alaska. He’s a PhD student studying linguistics at the University of Victoria and is involved with Inupiaq language revitalization in Alaska.”


Kottke: Locate modern addresses on Earth 240 million years ago. “Ian Webster built a tool to plot modern addresses on a map of the Earth from up to 750 million years ago. Just input an address and it’ll find where that spot of land was on the Earth at a given time.”


Washington Post: The disappearing story of the black homesteaders who pioneered the West. “The physical vestiges of these communities are gradually disappearing. No buildings or markers indicate that black homesteaders once lived at Empire in Wyoming or the Sully County Colored Colony in South Dakota. DeWitty, Blackdom and Dearfield have historical markers, nothing more. A project that I head at the University of Nebraska, working with the Homestead National Monument of America (part of the national park system), is dedicated to creating a digital archive to preserve the memory of the black homesteading movement. But there is an urgent need to save the actual places where so many black people, in the decades after the Civil War, toiled to live and prosper in freedom.”

The National: New UAE national database to track hazardous and non-hazardous waste. “A new national waste database has been launched by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. The bilingual system will compile and analyse data on waste generated across the country and track hazardous and non-hazardous waste levels. It will also create monthly and yearly reports on the amount of waste generated, treatment methods used and the percentage of treated waste in each emirate. It also will compare the output with national targets and global waste competitiveness indicators.”


Techdirt: Malaysian Government Decides To Dump Its Terrible Anti-Fake News Law. “Malaysia’s government seized upon the term ‘fake news’ as a way to silence coverage of internal corruption. The new law gave the government a way to steer narratives and control negative coverage, going beyond its already-tight control of local media. It would have worked out well for Prime Minister Najib Razak, who was facing a lot of negative coverage over the sudden and unexplained appearance of $700 million in his bank account. Razak is no longer Prime Minister.”

Tubefilter: YouTube Guitarist Claims He Got A Copyright Strike For Infringing Upon His Own Song. “Dutch guitarist Paul Davids has been on YouTube for roughly four years, but late last month he experienced an interesting conundrum: Davids received a notification from the platform that one of his videos had committed copyright infringement — though he claims it turned out to be his own video that he had infringed upon.”


Music Business Worldwide: The Music Business Just Got Spanked By Google. Surely It’s Now Time To Speak With One Voice.. “Yesterday was a bit of an odd one in the land of MBW’s inbox. The usual slew of music industry notifications we receive from the USA was quietened, due to the Independence Day break. This meant that the biggest news of the day – the music industry’s devastating defeat in a crucial European Parliament vote – dominated our emails. How these notifications kept coming. And coming.” Good morning, Internet…

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