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Purdue University Newspapers, Clinical Trial Recruitment, Galt Museum, More: Tuesday Buzz, October 16, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Purdue University Northwest Pioneer: Library digitizes archive of student newspapers. “The PNW library unveiled a digital archive of PNW, Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central university newspapers dating back to 1953. Joseph Coates, university archivist, said the digitization compiled 1,030 papers and 38 volumes of articles, from the Hammond Campus and Westville Campus respectively.”

Outsourcing Pharma: Researchers target clinical trial recruitment challenges with online database. “Researchers recently published a report in the journal Clinical Trials discussing the Recruitment Research in Clinical triAls (ORRCA) project, which provides a searchable, online database of research relevant to clinical trial recruitment.”

Lethbridge Herald: Galt Museum goes digital with online database. “It’s a winning combination: Archival items covering more than 100 years, and the latest in digital access. That’s the story at the Galt Museum and Archives, home to more than 20,000 historic objects and more than 900,000 archival documents and photos. And now, they’ve available online anywhere in the world.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

The Bogota Post: Facebook scores football: Social media giant to offer free online streaming of next year’s Copa Libertadores. “Facebook has inked a new four-year deal to stream Latin America’s coveted Copa Libertadores. The deal, which gives them the rights to live broadcasts of the football matches between Latin America’s best clubs, will begin next year and extend towards the season of 2022.”

California Digital Library: HathtiTrust Turns 10!. “October 13 marks the 10th anniversary of the HathiTrust Digital Library. Ten years ago, HathiTrust was launched jointly by the 12-university consortium known as the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the 10 university libraries of University of California system. The University of Michigan served as the primary host organization for HathiTrust, and CDL served to coordinate UC participation. HathiTrust was established to create a digital preservation repository and access platform to share digitized collections.”

The Verge: MIT is investing $1 billion in an AI college. “Ever since the beginning of the AI boom in the early 2010s, there’s been a corresponding drought in talented AI developers and researchers. The way to fix this is to educate more of them, and today, MIT announced a $1 billion initiative to do exactly that: it will establish a new college of computing to train the next generation of machine learning mavens.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Guardian: What next for photography in the age of Instagram?. “In our image-propelled social media era, some photographers fear for the future of the art, while others are galvanised by it. As technology increasingly shapes how we see and share the world, how is photography changing in response?” Very thoughtful.

G9IJA: WhatsApp fights fake news in India using actors who role-play in public. “On a hot morning in India’s tourist mecca of Jaipur, an open truck painted in the signature lime-green colors of Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service pulls into a dusty lane, where five men spill out and begin to perform a skit. The event is part of a major grassroots effort by WhatsApp to battle fake news, which has triggered numerous lynchings in a country where 200 million people use the service, more than anywhere else in the world.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The National Interest: Why Cyberattacks on America’s Elections and Infrastructure Are Here to Stay. “Nations have been in the business of interfering in other nations’ elections since the beginning of recorded history. Since cyber-meddling in other countries’ electoral processes is also now well established, and there appear to be a variety of means and incentives to engage in cyber-meddling, what, if anything, can be done to discourage it? Imposing sanctions on Russia has not proven to be particularly effective, illustrating the relative powerlessness countries have to keep other countries from engaging in cyber-election meddling. Doing so could be rendered somewhat less effective by seeking to reduce or counter its influence on electoral debates by swiftly exposing and/or ignoring them. That is largely what occurred during the 2017 French election.”

Mashable: Popular e-card site has a bug that lets anyone access user photos. “Card Factory, a popular UK-based greeting card business, stores some of its customers’ data in an insecure way, letting anyone access their photos with an incredibly simple URL trick. The site was notified about the issue on October 8 and hasn’t fixed it or alerted its customers about it in a week, Mashable has learned.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Bellingcat: From Memes to Infowars: How 75 Fascist Activists Were “Red-Pilled”. “The vast majority of domestic terror attacks in the U.S. are carried out by white supremacist organizations. Atomwaffen, a neo-Nazi death squad with five killings to their name, is probably the deadliest fascist group to have arisen since 2016. One member of Atomwaffen, Vasillios Pistolis, was an active duty U.S. marine when he marched at the first Unite the Right rally. Pistolis also posted regularly on a series of fascist and white supremacist Discord servers, prior to and after joining Atomwaffen. The media collective Unicorn Riot has archived hundreds of thousands of posts from these Discord servers. Their database includes dozens of conversations where fascists discuss how they were converted to their extremist beliefs. In an effort to understand that process, Bellingcat collected ‘red-pilling’ stories from seventy-five fascist activists. The analysis is below, details on the activists we studied can be found here.” Disturbing content, to say the least.

NiemanLab: Two-thirds of Americans have heard of bots, but many fewer think they can recognize them on social media. “Two-thirds of Americans have heard of social media bots. (Good!) Eighty percent of those say bots are mostly used with bad intentions, compared to 17 percent saying they’re used for good, according to a Pew Research Center survey out today. (Meh.) The survey was conducted among 4,581 respondents in the end of July and August, after those bot Tweets blew up.” Good morning, Internet…

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