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Political Cartoons, Brazil Museum Fire, Flashcards, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, September 4, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Library of Congress: Exploring Late 1800s Political Cartoons through Interactive Data Visualizations. “Over the course of my three month internship with the LC Labs team, I developed a website/interactive data visualization which allows users to explore the late 1800s through political cartoons contained in the Cartoon Drawings collection. The main feature of the website is an interactive timeline that displays the number of cartoons in this collection, graphed by year. Users can select specific topics like ‘Grover Cleveland’ or ‘Caricatures’, then the timeline will update to show how these topics are represented over time.” How cool is this?

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

BBC: Brazil museum fire: Funding sought to rebuild collection. “Brazilian President Michel Temer says the government is seeking funding from companies and banks to help rebuild the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro after it was destroyed by fire. Education Minister Rossieli Soares said international help was also being sought and talks with the UN’s cultural body, Unesco, were under way. Museum officials say almost 90% of the collection has been destroyed.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: 8 Awesome Sites for Making Flashcards Online. “Pre-made flashcards are usually seen in elementary schools, not so much in high schools or colleges. So, many students turn to creating their own flashcards. If this is you or someone you know, check out this great list of eight sites to make flashcards online.”

Bellingcat: How to Identify Burnt Villages by Satellite Imagery  — Case-Studies from California, Nigeria and Myanmar. “As satellite imagery becomes more available and technology permits for more access, we are seeing overhead mapping play more of an integral role in media and human rights bodies to identify a chronological story of an area. For some areas, this may be through infrastructure expansions, military operations, or what new equipment has just landed on the tarmac. For other parts, satellite imagery can reveal signs of chemical attacks or villages that have been burnt to the ground.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

New York Times: Tech Giants Now Share Details on Political Ads. What Does That Mean For You?. “We tried out new tools from Facebook, Google and Twitter that let you look up campaign ads. Here’s what the databases can — and cannot — do.”

Reuters: In India, Google races to parry the rise of Facebook. “Google retains only a slight lead over Facebook in the competition for digital ad dollars in the crucial India market, sources familiar with the figures say, even though the search giant has been in the country far longer and has avoided the controversies that have dogged its rival.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

CNN: Exclusive: Government transparency site revealed Social Security numbers, other personal info. “A federal government transparency website made public dozens, if not hundreds, of Social Security numbers and other personal information in a design error during a system upgrade. The error, on a Freedom of Information Act request portal, was fixed after CNN alerted the government to the situation. For weeks prior, however, individuals’ sensitive personal information was available on the public-facing database unbeknownst to them or the government.”

TechCrunch: ‘Five Eyes’ governments call on tech giants to build encryption backdoors — or else . “A pact of five nation states dedicated to a global ‘collect it all’ surveillance mission has issued a memo calling on their governments to demand tech companies build backdoor access to their users’ encrypted data — or face measures to force companies to comply.”

TorrentFreak: Yandex Refuses to Remove Pirate Content: Blocking Imminent, Despite Appeal (Updated). “The video portal of Russian search giant Yandex will be blocked today on the orders of the Moscow City Court after the company refused to remove links to pirated content. Yandex says the order is unlawful and will launch an appeal but the local telecoms watchdog is already warning of potential over-blocking that could affect all of Yandex’s services.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Quartz: Deep-learning algorithms are being used to detect lithium-ion batteries in airport luggage. “I’ve had the distinct displeasure of boarding a flight, and then being called by name to deplane. This happened three years ago on a flight in India from Kochi to Mumbai, and my crime was leaving a lithium-ion battery in my checked-in luggage.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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