Native American History, Science Fiction, Foreign Lobbying, More: Saturday Buzz, August 11, 2018


Pasatiempo: Digital footprints of the past: An online archive of Native history . “What if you could view a vast archive of your family’s history and your cultural records from your living room? What if you could talk back to that archive and correct its spellings, annotate its histories? What if you could share your research, write your own histories, and upload these documents and photos to a shared living narrative? All these futuristic promises are being delivered with the ongoing rollout of the Indigenous Digital Archive, a project of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Known as IDA, the online archive allows viewers to easily access what amounts to roughly 270,000 pages (150 linear feet) of records on the Santa Fe Indian School and other Native boarding schools in New Mexico, as well as land- and water-rights use claims.” I mentioned this site a couple of times in 2017 when it was still under development.

The Digital Fix: Forbidden Planet open up their archives and share previously unseen photos from their in-store signings.. “Forbidden Planet have made available for the first time a treasure trove of images from their instore events – including photos of some of their most famous guests. You can now find full details, including photographs, flyers and posters, from all of our events from 1978 to 1989, including signings with Mark Hamill and Dave Prowse, James Doohan, Nick Rhodes, Jon Pertwee, Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, Anne McCaffrey and many, many more.” More content will be available in the fall.

Open Secrets: Foreign interests have spent over $530 million influencing US policy, public opinion since 2017. “Foreign lobbyists and agents acting on behalf of foreign interests have reported hundreds of millions of dollars in payments since January 2017, an analysis of OpenSecrets’ exclusive new Foreign Lobby Watch data reveals. Today we’re making available, for the first time, a searchable database of foreign interests spending on lobbying and influence in the United States.”


CNET: Facebook adds requirements for page managers amid concern over fakers. “Facebook page managers will need to clear some extra hurdles to prove they aren’t fraudsters, the company announced Friday.”

State Archives of North Carolina: New Additions to African American Education Digital Collection, part 1. “As an ongoing project new items will be added to the African American Education Digital Collection on North Carolina Digital Collections site. These materials will be taken from the Division of Negro Education of the Department of Public Instruction record group. The selection of materials will include Speeches and Articles by Nathan Carter Newbold, the Director of the Division of Negro Education from 1920 to 1957; Division of Negro Education: Special Subject File from 1898 to 1961; and General Correspondence of the Director from 1907 to 1960.”


Backblaze: Protecting Your Data From Camera to Archive. “On occasion, data corruption happens in camera, but more often than not, the file gets corrupted during the transfer from the media to the computer or hard drive. These kinds of problems aren’t entirely avoidable and are inherent risks users take when working with digital media. However, as with all risks, you can take proper steps to assure that your data is safe. If a problem arises, there are techniques you can use to work around it. We’ve summarized our best suggestions for protecting your data from camera to archive in the following sections. We hope you find them useful.” This was a guest post from the folks at and I waffled about including it, but it’s a deep dive with a lot of info, especially you do plenty of photography.

Poynter: How to be a better fact-checker in 8 videos. “Ask any fact-checker and they’ll tell you: Finding the truth is hard. It’s time-consuming, money is tight and the potential blowback can be severe. And with hundreds of digital tools and how-tos out there, it can be difficult to figure out which ones are actually helpful. So over the past year, the International Fact-Checking Network has been producing videos that focus on tips, tricks and tools that can help improve people’s fact-checking skills. Each video is about two minutes long and features interviews and demonstrations with journalists and developers who debunk fake news for a living.”


Washington Secretary of State: Washington State Library awarded $280,000 to digitize historic newspapers. “With a new $280,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant, the Office of Secretary of State Kim Wyman will break fresh ground in its nationally-recognized project of digitizing historic newspapers. The grant, announced this morning, will enable the Washington State Library’s Washington Digital Newspaper Project to add 100,000 pages of culturally and historically significant newspapers from Asian-American, African-American, and World War II-era publications to its free public archives.”

TechCrunch: Workona helps web workers finally close all those tabs . “A new startup, Workona, this week launched software designed for those who primarily do their work in a browser. The company’s goal is to become the OS for web work – and to also save web workers from the hell that is a million open tabs. To accomplish this, Workona offers smart browser windows you set up as workspaces, allowing you a place to save your open tabs, as well as collaborate with team members, search across your tabs, and even sync your workspace to different devices.”

Mongabay: Indonesia’s ‘one-map’ database blasted for excluding indigenous lands. “International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was marked on Aug. 9 in Jakarta by musical performances and traditional cuisine. But the festive mood was tempered by news that a much-anticipated government database meant to unify all the disparate land-use maps in Indonesia would not include customary land maps, at least initially.”


The Register: Oh, fore putt’s sake: Golf org PGA bunkered up by ransomware attack just days before tournament. “The Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) was hit by ransomware just before one of the sport’s biggest pro events, which teed off on Thursday. Scrambled files on its infected computers include “creative materials” for this week’s PGA Championship as well as next month’s Ryder Cup, Golf Week reported.”


Nieman Lab: An analysis of 16,000 stories, across 100 U.S. communities, finds very little actual local news. “We know that local journalism is suffering. We talk about news deserts and shuttering newspapers. Research has tended to focus on individual communities, or more broadly on certain types of journalism outlets and the coverage of certain types of topics. But what do the problems for local news look like on a broader level? Researchers from the News Measures Research Project at Duke analyzed more than 16,000 news stories across 100 U.S. communities with populations ranging from 20,000 to 300,000 people. (U.S. Census data identifies 493 such communities; the researchers chose a random sample of 100.) What they found isn’t promising.” Good morning, Internet…

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