Brooklyn Pirate Radio, YouTube, FCC (Again), More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, July 13, 2018


Radio Survivor: The Brooklyn Pirate Radio Sound Map Is Now Online. “Brooklyn, NY has one of the densest populations of unlicensed pirate radio stations in the U.S. As he explained on episode #133 of our radio show, journalist David Goren has been tracking and recording these stations for two decades. Now you can sample his archive of pirate airchecks with the interactive Brooklyn Pirate Radio Map, which just went online.”


TechCrunch: YouTube launches new tool for finding and removing unauthorized re-uploads. “Re-uploading videos on YouTube is a favorite of scammy channels that try to profit from other people’s work. Copyright owners already have a number of ways to protect their content, but today, the service is introducing a new tool that automatically scans every newly uploaded video to check if it’s a re-upload of an existing one or ‘very similar’ to a video that’s already on the site.”

CNET: No, the FCC won’t charge you $225 to complain about robocalls. “The Federal Communications Chairman says it will not charge consumers $225 to hear their complaints about their phone providers. During the commission’s monthly meeting Thursday, Chairman Ajit Pai tried to clear up what he says is a misunderstanding over changes to the agency’s complaint process. The agency voted 3-1 to finalize a proposal that will “streamline and consolidate” rules for lodging complaints against phone companies. The revised rules consolidate rules that had been adopted over the past several decades and apply common deadlines for answering formal complaints and apply a shot clock to complaints about pole attachments.” I am including this for completion but I also feel I must add this disclaimer: I believe nothing the FCC says. If it announced that humans usually have two eyes I would go to a mirror and check.

Institute of Museum and Library Services: IMLS Awards $2.2 Million For African American History And Culture Museums. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced 26 grants to museums in 18 states totaling $2,231,000 through the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (AAHC) program. Forty organizations requested grants totaling $3,742,061. The list of AAHC awardees provides descriptions of funded projects. IMLS made awards in 18 states: Alabama (3), California, District of Columbia, Florida (4), Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New York (2), North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee (3), Texas, and Washington.”


GuideStar: 10 Best and (Almost) Free Tools to Create Mind Maps for Your Nonprofit. “A mind map is a visual representation of keynote thoughts centered around the main idea. It helps us stay organized in the informational chaos. Mind maps look like trees. Or spiders. Or octopuses. It’s just like anything that has a center (a core idea or problem) and branches (essential points to work through). Where applicable, each branch has own, smaller offshoots. And so on until you iron out all the details. Psychologists claim that mind mapping can make us smarter and more creative. That’s all well and fine, but what about its use in practice for your nonprofit organization?”

MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Educational Apps for Kids on Every School Subject. “Most parents know that kids shouldn’t spend too much time in front of a smartphone or tablet. Indeed, several studies have linked excessive screen time with expressive speech problems. That’s why you need to limit your child’s screen time, and when they do have screen time, make sure they spend it in the best possible way. So rather than playing purely entertaining games for hours on end, why not help your kid’s development by engaging them with some of these educational apps for kids instead?”


FedScoop: Library of Congress is spending $1.5M on a public Congressional Research Service reports website. Is it worth it?. “When President Donald Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 into law, he put a legislative mandate behind a decades-old transparency initiative. Buried in the bill’s 2,232 pages is a section that directs the Library of Congress to build and maintain a new website — a public-facing home for the taxpayer-funded reports written by the Congressional Research Service. In response, the library has crafted a plan for development, a schedule for deployment and an estimated price tag for the build. Fans of the CRS’s work, however, are wondering whether it’s all worth it.”

NPR: Russian Influence Campaign Sought To Exploit Americans’ Trust In Local News. “Russia’s information attack against the United States during the 2016 election cycle sought to take advantage of the greater trust that Americans tend to place in local news. The information operatives who worked out of the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg did not stop at posing as American social media users or spreading false information from purported news sources, according to new details. They also created a number of Twitter accounts that posed as sources for Americans’ hometown headlines.”

Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project: Introducing the Hartford Chronicle Family of African American Newspapers. “The Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project is soon to digitize historical state African American weeklies from the World World II era. On March 26, 1949, Editor Ernie Durham and President George W. Goodman of the Hartford-based New England Bulletin, an African-American newspaper, declared that their new weekly would uphold ‘the crusade tradition’ of its predecessors. The Hartford Chronicle and the Connecticut Chronicle, they said, had contributed to six critical World War II-era civil rights victories for the African American community in Connecticut.”

The Inquirer: How the Hoagie Historian is fighting to save Philly’s beleaguered History Museum. “Howard [Robboy] lives in Delray Beach, Fla., now. He’s a regular at the only Philly bar within miles — the Hurricane, where on Sundays he watches Eagles games with his soft pretzels. Last week, he fired up his computer and dashed off a passionate email to Mayor Kenney: Howard’s beloved museum was shuttering, perhaps indefinitely, and someone had to stick up for it. Howard decided this job fell squarely on his 73-year-old shoulders. Besides being the place’s biggest booster, a letter from him packs a certain amount of clout. He has made a career out of chronicling our city’s ephemera. He’s published multiple papers on the history of the hoagie. Sample title: ‘The sociocultural context of an Italian American dietary item.'” Good afternoon, Internet…

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