Garry Shandling, Minonk Newspapers, Jeremy Corbyn, More: Saturday Evening Buzz, August 25, 2018

It’s a rare Saturday twofer as I try to catch up.


Hollywood Reporter: New Garry Shandling Website Chronicles Late Comedian’s Personal Journals, Notes on Stand-Up Craft. “The estate of comedian Garry Shandling, who died in 2016 at his home in Los Angeles, has launched a website to house the stand-up’s many writings, notes and journal entries. [The site] went live Thursday morning and features copies of handwritten journal entires by Shandling on his comedic process, old set lists, photos from his club days, various videos from his decades-long career and a number of other personal material for fans and aspiring comics alike to peruse.” More materials will be added over time.

JournalStar: Nick in the AM: Minonk library’s local newspaper collection enters digital age. “The library recently completed an effort to digitize its microfilmed collection of Minonk newspapers. The collection ranges from 1873 to 2014 and includes most but not all of the editions of the Minonk News-Dispatch, the Minonk Register and the Woodford County Journal, among other titles.” Minonk is in Illinois.


The Guardian: Corbyn proposes ‘public Facebook’ as part of media overhaul. “Jeremy Corbyn has proposed establishing a British digital corporation that would commission online TV, offer easy access to archive material held by public sector institutions and operate a social networking arm that could play a role in direct democracy.”


Wired: This Browser Extension Is Like An Antivirus For Fake Photos. “Doctored images are the scourge of the web-wide fight against fake news. Tech companies and researchers can analyze the behavior of a typical bot in order to sniff out new ones. They can limit the reach of news outlets that perpetually share stories flagged as false. They can see when accounts are coordinating their activity and wipe out whole networks at once. But determining whether a photo that’s been meme-ified and screenshotted a thousand times over depicts something real requires a different level of forensic analysis. Researchers are beginning to develop software that can detect altered images, but they’re locked in an arms race with increasingly skillful creators of fake images.”


ABC13: Janice Rubin, renowned photographer impacted by Harvey, donates collection to UH. “A famed photojournalist just gave the University of Houston the gift of a lifetime. Janice Rubin donated 15,000 pieces to the UH Libraries Special Collections. The images date back to 1976, showcasing iconic Houston leaders and ordinary life.”

Technical. ly: Media Mobilizing Project wants to create a digital archive of its activism history. “The latest project out of activism nonprofit Media Mobilizing Project is an online repository of its digital history. With the Philadelphia Social Movement Archive, the West Philly organization looks to digitize hundreds of video tapes and establish sturdy backups of around 30 terabytes of documentation from its 13-year history, making it searchable and accessible to other groups working on similar causes.”


ZDNet: Iranian hackers target 70 universities worldwide to steal research. “Threat actors from Iran have been targeting universities and educational institutions across 14 countries in a bid to steal intellectual property.”

MIT Technology Review: The simple but ingenious system Taiwan uses to crowdsource its laws. “It was late in 2015, and things were at an impasse. Some four years earlier, Taiwan’s finance ministry had decided to legalize online sales of alcohol. To help it shape the new rules, the ministry had kicked off talks with alcohol merchants, e-commerce platforms, and social groups worried that online sales would make it easy for children to buy liquor. But since then they had all been talking past each other. The regulation had gotten nowhere. That was when a group of government officials and activists decided to take the question to a new online discussion platform called vTaiwan.”

TechCrunch: Weak passwords let a hacker access internal Sprint staff portal . “It’s not been a great week for cell carriers. EE was hit with two security bugs and T-Mobile admitted a data breach. Now, Sprint is the latest phone giant to admit a security lapse, TechCrunch has learned.” Good evening, Internet…

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