Booker Prize, Minnesota State University Newspapers, Kenya Extremism, More: Monday Buzz, September 10, 2018


The Guardian: ‘Over my dead body’: Booker prize archives reveal unknown judging battles. “British Library puts archive online, ranging from the coin-toss that won David Storey 1976’s award to Joanna Lumley’s disdain for The Bone People.”

MSU Reporter: MSU completes archive digitalization for the Reporter. “As the one hundred-fiftieth anniversary of MSU’s founding approaches, university librarians have completed a remarkably ambitious project that took five years to complete. Over ninety years of the student newspaper’s history have been made available to the public online, free of charge, according to Professor Heidi Southworth, a digital archivist at Minnesota State University.”

Institute of Development Studies: New online hub focuses on countering violent extremism in Kenya. “Launched today in Nairobi, a new online hub focusing on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in Kenya hopes to connect researchers, practitioners and policymakers. The Countering Violent Extremism Research Hub, a collaboration between the Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies (CHRIPS) and the Institute of Development Studies, will collect CVE resources in an online library to support high-quality research, exchange of ideas and a multi-sector network.”


The Verge: Google’s Touring Bird is a travel tool to help vacationers find free activities in new cities. “Google’s incubator Area 120 is at it again with a new tool to help you find vacation activities. The tool, called Touring Bird, is a website designed for mobile that lists tours, attractions, and activities to do in popular travel destinations. You can filter by price from zero to over $500, time of day, duration, and even by cancellation policies, which sounds convenient.” The site has limited coverage for now.

Institute of Museum and Library Services: The Power Of Digital: New Initiative To Expand Museums’ Capacity To Share Their Collections With K-12 Educators. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the launch of a new special initiative focused on building the museum field’s capacity to connect with teachers and students. Museums for Digital Learning is a two-year cooperative agreement that enables museums to broadly share their digitized collections and other resources with K-12 schools across the country.”

Advertising Age: Now That Tim Armstrong Is Leaving Oath, Where Will He Land Next?. “Tim Armstrong, CEO of Verizon’s Oath, is in talks to leave the company as early as October, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Oath includes AOL and Yahoo, two former internet stalwarts that Verizon recently purchased for a combined $9 billion. Armstrong was initially tasked with using parts from each company to create an advertising platform that would rival the so-called duopoly of Google and Facebook.” That was his mandate? If I were him I’d head over to King Augeas and ask if he had any stables that need spiffying up. That task would be a walk in the park in comparison.


Tree Hugger: Where to find free campsites in Canada and the U.S.. “Camping is the best way to see the world for the least amount of money, particularly if you’re sleeping in a tent and have no need for electrical and water hookups. But, as any camper will tell you, the costs still accumulate…. A frugal alternative is to seek out free (or greatly reduced) campgrounds. These exist throughout the United States and Canada, and they tend to be off the beaten track, which is appealing to travellers who may find conventional campgrounds to be overcrowded. The Internet makes it fairly easy to locate these spots, and by doing a bit of research in advance, you’ll be able to save a chunk of money, while exploring new parts of the country. Check out the following resources if you’re interested in free camping.” This looks weird in RB, but the article is kind of a compendium of databases/collections of info about free camping spots.


Slate: Why Is It So Hard to Find Old National Enquirer Stories?. “At the end of Jim Rutenberg and Maggie Haberman’s recent New York Times story about President Trump’s alleged plan to buy the National Enquirer’s Trump files, the reporters noted a curious thing. Anonymous sources at the National Enquirer’s parent company, American Media, describe the files as containing ‘older National Enquirer stories about Mr. Trump’s marital woes and lawsuits; related story notes and lists of sensitive sources; some tips about alleged affairs; and minutia, like allegations of unscrupulous golfing.’ (Classic.) Reportedly, American Media CEO David Pecker, a Trump friend, kept them in a safe. But wait. How could older National Enquirer stories be so valuable?”

Bloomberg Quint: Facebook and Google Feel Chill From Once-Friendly Washington. “Washington officials once dazzled by the swashbuckling entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley are now openly questioning the freedom they’ve bestowed on Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Google. Emboldened by a president who’s openly contemptuous of the companies — despite his own reliance on Twitter — and intelligence reports linking popular online sites to election interference, lawmakers from both parties grilled top tech executives this week about whether, and how, Washington should rein them in.”

NPR: Keepers Of The Underground: The Hiphop Archive At Harvard. “Over a decade ago, students of Dr. Marcyliena Morgan, then a Professor of Linguistics at UCLA, started dropping by her office, imploring her to listen to hip-hop. ‘I taught urban speech communities,’ Professor Morgan says. ‘Students said, “We want to do work on hip-hop.” I said, “That’s performance but it’s not a speech community.” They said, “We’ll be back.”‘”


ZDNet: Bill that would have the White House create a database of APT groups passes House vote. “The US House of Representatives passed a bill this week that would have the White House create and maintain a database containing all the names of individuals and cyber-threat groups associated with foreign cyber-espionage operations active against the US.” I think in this case APT stands for Advanced Persistent Threat.

CNET: Facebook ex-security chief says creating election chaos is ‘totally doable’. “Alex Stamos paints a bleak picture for future elections. Society’s lenient response to foreign interference during the 2016 US presidential election has made it easy for attackers to do it again in upcoming elections, he says.” Good morning, Internet…

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