Africa Muslims, Ireland Women, UK Taxation, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, October 30, 2018


Charleston Chronicle: Spiritual Wayfarers: New Lowcountry Digital History Initiative Exhibit Spotlights Lowcountry African Muslims. “The oft-overlooked experiences of the Lowcountry’s African Muslims are the subject of a new digital exhibit now freely available online. The exhibit—formally styled Enslaved and Freed African Muslims: Spiritual Wayfarers in the South and Lowcountry—documents more than three centuries of West African Muslims, from those forcibly brought to the Americas before the War of Independence to adherents of Islam in the Lowcountry today.”

Irish News: ‘Forgotten’ women achievements told in new historical website. “REMARKABLE women from the north and their ‘unforgotten’ stories of achievement in the last century are told in a new website launched today. A Century of Women… showcases more than 60 women and their work in the causes of equal and workers’ rights, justice, and Irish nationalism.”


Bloomberg: How Big Tech Will Be Hit by U.K.’s New Digital Tax. “The U.K. has announced a tax targeting the likes of Alphabet Inc. and Facebook Inc. in response to a growing chorus of criticism of cash-rich tech giants. The levy is the first major move by a government to turn disaffection against big tech into policy.”

BuzzFeed News: Google Engineers Are Organizing A Walkout To Protest The Company’s Protection Of An Alleged Sexual Harasser. “A group of more than 200 engineers at Google are organizing a companywide ‘women’s walk’ walkout for later this week to protest recent revelations about the search giant’s protection of employees that had allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct, according to four people familiar with the situation inside Google.”


New York Times: On Social Media, No Answers for Hate. “Over the last 10 years, Silicon Valley’s social media companies have expanded their reach and influence to the furthest corners of the world. But it has become glaringly apparent that the companies never quite understood the negative consequences of that influence nor what to do about it — and that they cannot put the genie back in the bottle.”

The National: UAE issues guidelines for sponsored social media posts. “New regulations banning the use of terms such as ‘hops’ and ‘grapes’ in promotional content are among a host of guidelines issued by the National Media Council on Monday, governing all types of advertising. For the first time, the guidelines also include paid-for content on social media, along with conventional print and online advertising.”


Politico: Rosenstein announces new hate crimes reporting website. “The website is a ‘one-stop portal’ with information for law enforcement, prosecutors and the general public to learn about all the resources available to report hate crimes, [Rod] Rosenstein said. The site is part of an ongoing effort within the Department of Justice to expand protections against hate crimes and to bridge gaps in hate crime reporting.”

Ars Technica: Researchers can now legally restore “abandoned” online game servers. “Among a wide range of new DMCA exemptions recently approved by the Librarian of Congress (LoC) is a limited legal right for video game preservationists to restore online games that have been ‘abandoned’ by their creators to a playable form. But the new rules come with a number of caveats that could require some significant hoop-jumping from affected research institutions.”

Boston 25 News: Red Sox fan’s $650 World Series ticket stolen by scammer on Instagram. “A simple social media post ended up costing one Red Sox fan a big amount of money. Robbie Johnson, a 28-year-old after school instructor from Wellesley got tickets for Game 2 of the World Series and, as most people are inclined to do, posted a picture on Instagram. When he arrived at Fenway Park with his sister, the $650 ticket his family bought for him did not work.”


Reuters: Google seeks to grant $25 million to AI for ‘good’ projects. “Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google announced on Monday that it would grant about $25 million globally next year to humanitarian and environmental projects seeking to use artificial intelligence (AI) to speed up and grow their efforts.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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