Military Veterans, Twitter, Facebook, More: Wednesday Buzz, August 22, 2018


The Press-Enterprise: Why UC Riverside, local students are writing life stories of veterans buried at Riverside National Cemetery . “The names on the gravestones at Riverside National Cemetery represent not just service people and spouses who have died. They represent vibrant lives, said Allison Hedge Coke, a UC Riverside distinguished professor of creative writing. And their stories deserve to be told, she said. Some will be told, thanks to the work of more than 1,000 students from several Inland schools.”


BBC: Facebook and Twitter remove accounts linked to Russia and Iran campaigns. “Facebook and Twitter say they have suspended or removed accounts linked to Iran and Russia over ‘inauthentic’ or ‘manipulating’ behaviour. More than 650 Facebook pages and groups were said to have been identified as ‘misleading’, according to founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.”

CNET: Facebook apologizes for removing conservative PragerU videos. “Facebook is again being accused of blocking conservative voices. The social network apologized Friday to conservative group PragerU, saying it ‘mistakenly’ removed several videos from the nonprofit’s Facebook page.”

Libraries and Archives Canada: Researching early census records. “Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the launch of an expanded version of one of our most popular research guides: Finding Aid 300: Other census and related documents (1640 to 1945). This tool is a comprehensive guide to early census and related records found at LAC, with references mainly dating from 1640 to the 1800s. There are also some records from the 1900s, including Newfoundland and Labrador from 1921 to 1945.”


MakeUseOf: How to Trace Emails Back to Their Source IP Address. “The first thing you do when you hear that email notification is check the sender, right? It is the quickest way to figure out who the email is from, as well as the likely content. But did you know each email comes with a lot more information than what appears in most email clients? There’s a host of information about the sender included in the email header—information you can use to trace the email back to the source. Here’s how to trace that email back to where it came from, and why you might want to.”


British Library: Seeking researchers to work on an ambitious data science and digital humanities project. “In its early stages of development, the project, called Living with Machines, brings together national-scale digital collections and data, advanced data science techniques, and fundamental humanities questions. It will look at the social and cultural impact of mechanisation across the long nineteenth century, using data science methods both to track the application of technology to our social and economic lives and the human response to their introduction. The project will initially work with digitised newspaper collections, but will look to include a variety of sources and formats held by the British Library and other institutions.”

AP: Project documents hidden history of LGBTQ life in the South. “A new project is documenting a once-hidden history of LGBTQ people in the Deep South, with donors providing troves of information and items on gay life, systemic oppression and activism. Historian and archivist Joshua Burford said the goal of the Invisible Histories Project is to create a uniquely Southern collection that will ‘give Southern history back to queer Southerners.'”

TechCrunch: Say ‘Aloha’: A closer look at Facebook’s voice ambitions. “Facebook has been a bit slow to adopt the voice computing revolution. It has no voice assistant, its smart speaker is still in development, and some apps like Instagram aren’t fully equipped for audio communication. But much of that is set to change judging by experiments discovered in Facebook’s code, plus new patent filings.”


Ars Technica: Microsoft shuts down phishing sites, accuses Russia of new election meddling. “Russia has denied any knowledge of a spear phishing attempt that allegedly mimicked the domains of the US Senate and two US-based think tanks. Russia’s denial came after Microsoft said it detected and shut down the campaign.”


University of Southern California: Virtual reality tool designed at USC corrects errors in brain scan data. “In recent years, virtual reality technology has begun proving its worth outside the world of gaming, with applications in education, health care, military training and beyond. Now researchers at the Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute at the Keck School of Medicine of USC are exploring a new frontier: VR as a tool for processing brain scan data.”

EurekAlert: NYU researchers awarded $6.3 million NIH grant to create video data library of infants and mothers at play . “The National Institutes of Health announced a $6,341,419 grant to support the Play and Learning Across a Year (PLAY) project–a collaborative research initiative by 65 researchers from 45 universities across the United States and Canada. PLAY will focus on the behaviors of infants and mothers during natural activity in their homes, providing an unprecedented corpus of data, and using an innovative, transparent approach to science… This first-of-its-kind corpus will be shareable and searchable with data spanning domains from language to locomotion, gender to gesture, and object play to emotion.”

Monday Note: Facebook’s Flawed DNA Makes It Unable to Fight Misinformation. “When it comes to fighting misinformation, Facebook doesn’t have a technical problem. It has a problem of will and resolve, which is deep-rooted in the questionable set of values the company is built upon. The good news: it can be reversed. The bad news: not with the current management of the company.” Good morning, Internet…

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