Hebrew Manuscripts, Indonesia, Magnetotelluric Data, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, December 30, 2018


British Library: Download Hebrew Manuscripts for free, in partnership with BL Labs. “We are delighted to announce that five more downloadable datasets containing a total of 139 digitised Hebrew Manuscripts have just been published online here, bringing the total number of Hebrew datasets to 22, and 723 manuscripts. These manuscripts were digitised as part of The Polonsky Foundation Catalogue of Digitised Hebrew Manuscripts (2013-2016), and we are able to provide them to download and reuse as part of the British Library Labs project (BL Labs).”


TechCrunch: Indonesia unblocks Tumblr following its ban on adult content . “Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest country by population, has unblocked Tumblr nine months after it blocked the social networking site over pornographic content.”

EOS: Taking Magnetotelluric Data out of the Drawer. “Magnetic and electric field measurements at Earth’s surface provide information on Earth’s interior and on space weather. An open-source central repository of these data has received a major update.”

Quartz: Sudan has blocked Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to counter anti-govt protests. “Data collected by digital advocacy group NetBlocks on Dec. 21 shows varying attempts to block platforms including Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram on mobile networks. The internet was blocked on key telecom companies including MTN Sudan, Zain Sudan, Kanartel, and Sudatel. The interruption to these four services is expected to cost the economy over $7.5 million per day, according to estimates calculated through NetBlocks Cost of Shutdown Tool (COST).”


Thanks Jonathan B. for tipping me off this one from the ABA Journal: Web 100: Get informed, be entertained and maybe even transform your practice with tech . “How so, exactly? For the first time, the ABA Journal’s extensive favorites list has added a web tools category that includes apps, subscription services and other digital solutions to help lawyers with their daily grind—or help provide greater access to justice. The 2018 Web 100 comprises our 20 favorite web tools, joined with 35 timely and thoughtful blogs, 20 entertaining and informative podcasts, and 25 fun and useful Twitter accounts.” Click on the titles of the tool listings (like “Best law blogs of 2018”) to get to the annotated lists.


The Atlantic: Instagram’s Christmas Crackdown. “Gabe Kenworthy, a 22-year-old freelance content manager for some of Instagram’s most notorious meme pages, was up at 2 o’clock on Christmas morning. He was sitting on his parents’ couch searching for heartwarming holiday content to post when he realized something was wrong.”

New York Times: Inside Facebook’s Secret Rulebook for Global Political Speech. “In a glass conference room at its California headquarters, Facebook is taking on the bonfires of hate and misinformation it has helped fuel across the world, one post at a time. The social network has drawn criticism for undermining democracy and for provoking bloodshed in societies small and large. But for Facebook, it’s also a business problem.”

Tubefilter: Ninja To Stream ‘Fortnite’ For 12 Hours On New Year’s Eve In Times Square. “Ninja is capping off his busy year with an overnight New Year’s Eve stream. He’ll be playing Fortnite — the massively popular battle royale game that’s netted him a following of nearly 13 million people on Twitch — live in Times Square starting at 4 p.m. EST on Dec. 31 and running through 4 a.m. EST New Year’s Day.”

Vice: Inside an Early 1900s Attempt to Catalogue all of the Information on Earth. “A short train ride from Brussels, in the sleepy university town of Mons, Belgium, is an inconspicuous white building that houses a relatively obscure testament to humanity’s thirst for knowledge. Called the Mundaneum, the building houses an early-1900s attempt at collecting and cataloging the entirety of the world’s information, nearly a century before sites like Google and Wikipedia made access to such repositories easily accessible from anywhere with a Wi-Fi signal.”


Search Marketing Daily: Google Presses Court To Throw Out ‘Vanity Searchers’ Privacy Suit. “Google is pressing the Supreme Court to rule that ‘vanity searchers’ — people who enter their own names into the search query box — can’t sue the company for allegedly leaking the names to outside sites. Google argues in papers filed late last week that people who sued the company over the alleged data leaks ‘cannot plausibly demonstrate concrete harm.'”


Bay Area Reporter: Seeing in the Dark: Debunking digital inclusion. “As a blind man, I often get asked by strangers, “Do blind people enjoy videos?” And my answer is always, ‘Hell yes!’ Whether it’s listening to stand up on YouTube, or binging on my latest guilty pleasure on Netflix, TV shows and movies are a big part of my life. Of course, before I can even enjoy a show, the digital platform needs to be accessible to my software, and videos need to offer descriptive audio for the blind — a feature that narrates the non-spoken parts of a video. Then, and only then, can I enjoy TV shows and films.”

New Zealand Herald: How AI and tidy Kiwis are cleaning up our beaches. “A new artificial intelligence tool is aiming to tackle the problem of litter spoiling New Zealand’s beaches. The project is a partnership between Hamilton tech firm Enlighten Designs, Microsoft New Zealand, and charity Sustainable Coastlines.” Good morning, Internet…

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