Buddhist Literature, Commodore 64 Emulation, Endangered Archives, More: Tuesday Buzz, October 9, 2018


Internet Archive: World’s largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature now available on the Internet Archive. “The Buddhist Digital Resource Center (BDRC) and Internet Archive (IA) announced today that they are making a large corpus of Buddhist literature available via the Internet Archive. This collection represents the most complete record of the words of the Buddha available in any language, plus many millions of pages of related commentaries, teachings and works such as medicine, history, and philosophy.”


Fast Company: The Internet Archive wants to help you play your favorite Commodore 64 games. “The nonprofit digital library said it is in the process of adding in-browser emulation support for Commodore 64, aka the best-selling computer in history. The busy bees over at the Internet Archive have already tested over 10,500 programs and are adding more.”

Pacific Standard Magazine: Has Hurricane Florence Destroyed Records Of America’s Slave Trade?. “North Carolina’s archivists are worried that fragile collections of documents, covering centuries of history, could have been destroyed by Hurricane Florence. Forecasters have predicted that the storm could cost up to $60 billion in economic damage, as people lost their homes, cars, and possessions to rainfall and flood water when the hurricane hit the eastern coast of the United States. But it’s harder to place a dollar value on the loss of North Carolina’s historic archives, which trace, among other things, the history of the slave trade and, later, Southern systems of racial segregation.”


Digital Trends: The best website builders. “We’ve put together a regularly updated list of our favorite website builders to walk you through finding the right one. Keep in mind nearly every free website builder on our list also offers a set of premium packages, many of which include expanded storage and bandwidth, as well as features often lacking from their freemium counterparts. The premium plans also remove unwanted ads on your page and the subdomain housed in your website URL, which is a must if you’re breaking into a professional field.”


MENAFN: Project aims to build database of Jordan’s archaeological objects. “A four-year project aims to document and share the current collection of objects at the Jordan Archaeological Museum (JAM), which represent a mirror of the country’s history worth displaying, said a German expert.”

Washington Post: Google CEO quietly met with military leaders at the Pentagon, seeking to smooth tensions over drone AI. “Google chief executive Sundar Pichai quietly paid the Pentagon a visit during his trip to Washington last week, seeking to smooth over tensions roughly four months after employee outrage prompted the tech giant to sever a defense contract to analyze drone video, according to two people familiar with the meeting.”

Quartz: Indian politicians are now flocking to an unlikely “no English” social network. “India’s online political battles are increasingly being fought in its many native languages—not English. As the country prepares for the 2019 general election, a number of key politicians and political parties are getting on ShareChat, a fast-growing, indigenous social network that caters to new internet users in small-town India.”

New York Times: Tech Workers Now Want to Know: What Are We Building This For?. “Across the technology industry, rank-and-file employees are demanding greater insight into how their companies are deploying the technology that they built. At Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Salesforce, as well as at tech start-ups, engineers and technologists are increasingly asking whether the products they are working on are being used for surveillance in places like China or for military projects in the United States or elsewhere.”


Newsweek: Facebook Friend Request ‘Scams’ Are Back, Should You Change Your Password?. “It’s that time of the year again. No, not pumpkin spice lattes or offensive Halloween costumes, it’s freakout time for Facebook scams. If your Facebook timeline is like many, it’s inundated with people clamoring on about not accepting strange Facebook friend requests, getting hacked and more.”


University of Alabama at Birmingham: Real-world career experience provided through social media ecosystem. “Research indicates that undergraduate students spend more than six hours per day on average using social media, defined in previous studies as ‘a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0 and that allow the creation and exchange of User Generated Content,’ primarily through mobile devices. Abney also estimates at least 90 percent of companies nationwide now review social media profiles as part of the hiring process for new employees. It is crucial students develop an understanding of how to use social media platforms professionally and to enhance their personal brands. Students often do not get a second chance to make a first impression, especially in the social media universe.”

The Next Web: The free internet makes us the product — we need to stop it. “Only now, are we realizing how impactful it is to us when our personal data is sold to people and organizations who don’t have our best interests in mind. As long as we’re enjoying the fruits of a free internet that’s fundamentally being paid for by advertising, products like Facebook, Twitter, and other ‘free’ sites are going to continue to do things that don’t always align with our interests. The question is, what are we going to do about it?”

TIME: One of the World’s 7,000 Languages Dies Every Three Months. Can Apps Help Save Them?. “Like his ancestors, 65-year-old Clayton Long spent his childhood immersed in Navajo culture, greeting fellow clan members with old, breathful Navajo words like ‘Yá’át’ééh.’ Then he was sent to an English-only boarding school where his native language, also known as Diné, was banned. “I went into a silent resistance,” Long says from his home in Blanding, Utah. He vowed that he would help to preserve it after he left, work he has done for about three decades as a teacher. This week, he’s entering new territory on that mission: the app store.” Good morning, Internet…

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