Atomic Bomb Survivors, IMLS Grants, NCIX Privacy, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, September 24, 2018


The Mainichi:Digital archive launched to share stories of A-bomb survivors living across Japan . “A non-profit organization has launched a digital archive of the experiences of atomic-bomb survivors no longer living in Hiroshima and Nagasaki prefectures.”


Institute of Museum and Library Services: $4.8 Million In Grants Go To “Save America’s Treasures”. “The National Park Service, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts, today announced (link is external) $4.8 million in Save America’s Treasures grants (link is external) to help fund 16 projects in 12 states. The funds will support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections throughout the country.”

Vancouver Sun: Richmond Mounties seize database servers allegedly being sold on Craigslist and containing private data. “Police in Richmond are investigating allegations that database servers containing sensitive and unencrypted customer data from the bankrupt tech retailer NCIX are being sold online.” This is about the NCIX privacy breach.

CNET: Google CEO Sundar Pichai pens memo warning employees against bias . “Google’s CEO sent a memo to employees Friday saying the company doesn’t engineer its services to privilege any political view and warning staff that anyone violating that policy will be taken to task, according to various media reports.”


MakeUseOf: 9 Extensions That Turn Google Chrome Into a Multitasking Machine . “The browser has gone from being just another app on your computer to being your workflow’s centerpiece. For some of us like me, it is the workflow. But at the end of the day, browsers are apps too. And it can get a tad messy when you’re trying to do everything on one app. Here are some useful Google Chrome extensions for a better multitasking experience.”


Wired: For Museums, Augmented Reality Is the Next Frontier . “Mae Jemison, the first black woman to go into space, stood in the center of the room and prepared to become digital. Around her, 106 cameras captured her image in 3-D, which would later render her as a life-sized hologram when viewed through a HoloLens headset. Jemison was recording what would become the introduction for a new exhibit at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, which opens tomorrow as part of the Smithsonian’s annual Museum Day.”

Search Engine Land: Augmented reality artist creates sculptures using Bing search. “Using the Bing Search API and a proprietary AR platform, an artist created sculptures composed entirely of dynamic search images customized in real time.”


Neowin: Reddit swings the ban hammer on several subreddits promoting piracy . “Policing user-submitted content on sites with forums is a tough job, and not only because it involves maintaining constructive discussions, but because it also requires preventing the spread of pirated content. One such website is Reddit, also known as ‘the front page of the internet’, which solely relies on content submitted by its tens of millions of users. After warning its communities against sharing copyright-infringing content a few months ago, Reddit has now started banning them for continued violation of its rules.”


NPR: Russia’s Divisive Twitter Campaign Took A Rare Consistent Stance: Pro-Gun. “Russia’s influence campaign on Twitter pushed pro-gun and pro-National Rifle Association messages during the 2016 election and beyond — a rare example of consistency in a scheme that mostly sought to play up extremes on the left and right. On every issue, from race to health care, women’s rights to police brutality, gay marriage to global warming, accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency sought to amplify controversy by playing up conflict. Except when it came to guns and the NRA.”

South China Morning Post: Hong Kong courts must open up about their work, and this means joining social media. “Cliff Buddle says judges have been attacked for recent rulings, but scant attention is given to the reasoning behind judgments. To educate the public, the judiciary should get on social media platforms and even consider a bold move Britain has made – allowing filming in courts.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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