California Agriculture, Murdered Journalists, Dropbox, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, November 7, 2018


UC Food Observer: A California Archive Project Provides Access To Historic Ag & Community Records. “Imagine more than 100 years of research and crop reports, records and photographs documenting the development of California agriculture and the state’s communities. What might researchers be able to learn about how to respond to current and future challenges from the historical record? The possibilities seem endless.”

UNESCO: UNESCO launches Observatory of Killed Journalists, tracking actions taken to punish crimes against media practitioners. “On International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, 2 November, UNESCO launched the Observatory of Killed Journalists. The Observatory is an online database providing information on the status of judicial enquiries into each killing of a journalist or media worker recorded by UNESCO since 1993, based on information provided by the country in which the killing took place.”


BetaNews: Dropbox Extensions let you edit your cloud-based files online. “Dropbox has just announced a new feature that makes it possible to edit your files online without the need to download them first. Dropbox Extensions give you the ability to edit a number of file types without the need to ever navigate away from Dropbox.”

CNET: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg under pressure to attend international hearing. “The growing call — which now includes politicians from Australia, Argentina, Ireland, Canada and the UK — is led by Damian Collins, chair of the UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee. Collins tweeted the latest letter in response to the social network’s rejection early Wednesday.”


The State Press: ASU Library’s High Density Collection: where books go to outlive you. “Like something out of a sci-fi novel, Arizona State University’s High Density Collection holds within its bunkers 1.6 million books. To call it a labyrinth, like the door factory in Monsters Inc. or a football field full of books, doesn’t completely capture this ice-cold collection facility. Rather, it’s as if the Room of Requirement in Harry Potter was made to hold 6 million books, meticulously sorted into fastidious shelves.”

Mandatory: Interview | ‘The American Meme’ Exposes the Cost of Social Media Fame . “Award-winning filmmaker Bert Marcus‘ highly-anticipated social media documentary film The American Meme exposes the realities of social media fame and how the lines between reality and fiction are often blurred. The film sheds light on the highs and lows of social media and the effect it has on these ‘influencers,’ exploring the pressure behind the spotlight, and how followers, likes, and on-going attention affects their jobs, health, relationships, and more.” It’ll be on Netflix soon.


Complete Music Update: Following Yandex stand-off, Russian watchdog to launch new anti-piracy database. “Russia’s internet watchdog Roskomnadzor is establishing a database of copyright infringing webpages and content. It will then encourage net companies in the country to connect to, with a view to them speedily removing links to offending sites from their search engines while also deleting any listed material from their user-upload platforms.”

Google Blog: Protecting what we love about the internet: our efforts to stop online piracy. “The internet has enabled people worldwide to connect, create and distribute new works of art like never before. A key part of preserving this creative economy is ensuring creators and artists have a way to share and make money from their content—and preventing the flow of money to those who seek to pirate that content. Today, we’re releasing our latest update on those efforts.. Our 2018 ‘How Google Fights Piracy’ report explains the programs, policies, and technology we put in place to combat piracy online and ensure continued opportunities for creators around the world.”


EurekAlert: Can social media lead to labor market discrimination? . “A new Journal of Economics & Management Strategy study investigates whether social media may be used as a source of information for recruiters to discriminate against job applicants. For the study, researchers set up an experiment that involved sending more than 800 applications from two fictitious applicants who differed in their cities of origin, a typical French town (Brives-la-Gaillarde) or Marrakesh, Morocco. This information is available only on their Facebook profiles, not on the resumes or the cover letters sent to recruiters. The investigators selected job openings published in over several months in mid-2012 on the French public agency for employment website Pôle emploi.”

New York Times: Why the Google Walkout Was a Watershed Moment in Tech. “For two years, regulators, lawmakers, academics and the media have pushed Silicon Valley to alter its world-swallowing ways. But outsiders have few points of leverage in tech; there are few laws governing the industry’s practices, and lawmakers have struggled to get up to speed on tech’s implications for society. Protests by workers are an important new avenue for pressure; the very people who make these companies work can change what they do in the world.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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