Yale Archives, George Orwell, Jewish Guide to the Internet, More: Friday Buzz, September 21, 2018


Yale News: Online search tool ‘lifting a veil’ on Yale’s collections. “Archives at Yale, a new software tool launched in early September, allows students, faculty, and other researchers to search more precisely across and within more than 5,000 collections held by 10 Yale libraries and museums. The new tool is based on a widely used open-source web application — which means that Yale’s investment in developing it will benefit other libraries and museums around the world. ”


The Guardian: George Orwell archives added to Unesco Memory of the World register. “The personal archives of George Orwell, containing the author and journalist’s first phrasing of the sinister slogan from Nineteen Eighty-Four, ‘War is Peace. Ignorance is strength. Freedom is slavery’, have been added to Unesco’s register of the world’s most significant documents.”

Diane Romm dropped me a note to let me know she’s updated The Jewish Guide to the Internet. In addition to Jewish-related resources sorted by category, the site also has an area described as “A free online library of resources on Jewish and secular subjects for yeshivas and day schools.”

DigitalNC: Over 400 more issues of the Charlotte Post Now Available on DigitalNC. “More issues of the Charlotte Post, from January 1980 to December 1987, are now online at DigitalNC, courtesy of Johnson C. Smith University. This new batch of over 420 issues joins an additional 400 issues of the Charlotte Post that stretches from 1971 into 1996. Founded in 1878 as a weekly publication, it is still published today and services the residents of Charlotte as ‘The Voice of the Black Community.'”


MakeUseOf: How to Manage Multiple Browsing Sessions in Google Chrome. “The browser is a magical gateway to so many worlds. It is where you chat with your friends, collaborate on a presentation with your colleagues, and more, all at the same time. Therefore, it is unfair that browsers today don’t allow concurrent multiple sessions for the same website. Fortunately, third-party plugins do.”

Quick tips from research rock star Mary Ellen Bates: Tapping into LinkedIn’s brain. “As a researcher who looks a different industry or market every week, I’ve often tapped into LinkedIn’s advanced search options to find an expert or, better yet, a librarian who can point me in the right direction. (Pro tip: You can identify librarians by including ‘Libraries’ as an industry filter.) And I’ve mined job listings to glean insight into the strategic direction of an organization.”


Inverse: Why Museums Need to Digitize Fossils to Understand Past Mysteries . “For paleontologists, biologists, and anthropologists, museums are like the historians’ archives. And like most archives — think of those housed in the Vatican or in the Library of Congress — each museum typically holds many unique specimens, the only data we have on the species they represent.”

France24: Turkey fines Google over competition infringements. “Turkey’s Competition Authority has fined US tech giant Google around $15 million for violating competition rules in sales of mobile software. The Competition Authority (RK) said it was fining Google just over 93 million Turkish lira ($14.93 million).”


TechCrunch: Hackers stole customer credit cards in Newegg data breach . “Newegg is clearing up its website after a month-long data breach. Hackers injected 15 lines of card skimming code on the online retailer’s payments page which remained for more than a month between August 14 and September 18, Yonathan Klijnsma, a threat researcher at RiskIQ, told TechCrunch. The code siphoned off credit card data from unsuspecting customers to a server controlled by the hackers with a similar domain name — likely to avoid detection. The server even used an HTTPS certificate to blend in.”

ZDNet: Canadian retailer’s servers storing 15 years of user data sold on Craigslist. “A security researcher has found customer and employee data belonging to one of Canada’s biggest PC hardware retailers on servers put up for sale on Craigslist. The data, believed to go back as far as 15 years, belongs to NCIX, a PC retailer that filed for bankruptcy and closed shop in December 2017. The massive privacy breach appears to have taken place after the retailer closed its stores last year and retired old servers and employee workstations.”


Washington Post: Who spread disinformation about the MH17 crash? We followed the Twitter trail.. “We know some of the top-down regime tactics and strategies, but far less about who actually spreads digital disinformation and who counters it. To understand who spreads disinformation on social media, we looked at the MH17 debate on Twitter. In our research (with Mareike Hartmann), just published in International Affairs, we find that citizens and civil society groups play a crucial role in both spreading and combating online disinformation. In fact, citizens outperform both mainstream media and state actors in some cases.”

Northeastern: New research shows that, post net neutrality, internet providers are slowing down your streaming. “New net neutrality rules, born in 2015 and struck down two years later, were conceived to protect consumers’ ability to access all online information equally. During this short lifespan, [Dave] Choffnes and two Northeastern students developed an app that could track violations of net neutrality. Apple originally blocked the app, now called Wehe, from its App Store. But after ensuing media coverage caused a sharp increase in the number of Wehe users, Choffnes found himself with a wealth of data.” Good morning, Internet…

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