Leaked Russian Documents, LGBTQ Public Domain, Washington Landslides, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 28, 2019


New York Times: Huge Trove of Leaked Russian Documents Is Published by Transparency Advocates. “A group of transparency advocates on Friday posted a mammoth collection of hacked and leaked documents from inside Russia, a release widely viewed as a sort of symbolic counterstrike against Russia’s dissemination of hacked emails to influence the American presidential election in 2016.”

Internet Archive: Queer.Archive.Work 2, 1923 Internet Archive Edition. “I’m really grateful to the Internet Archive for inviting me to help shape their effort to present newly available material in the public domain. During my residency here, for the last 3 weeks, I’ve been searching for forgotten material — in particular, evidence of African-American culture, Native American culture, early LGBTQ voices, and other artifacts from 1923 that in the past would have been forgotten or actively left out of celebrations of open access culture. If something seemed to be missing, I tried to find it elsewhere and upload it to ”

Washington State DNR: DNR Publishes Inventory of King County Landslides. “The Washington Geological Survey, a division of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, published a new inventory of known landslides in the western two-thirds of King County today. The Geological Survey inventoried 2,838 landslides throughout King County using new lidar data, raising awareness of a relatively common geologic hazard.”


Hongkiat: Complete Guide to Using WebP Image Format. “WebP, or unofficially pronounced as weppy, is an image format introduced by Google Developers around 5 years ago. if you are a web designer, or a developer who strives to reduce and optimize your image file size, what WebP is capable of should put a smile on your face.”


Poynter: A glitch in Facebook’s fact-checking system isn’t notifying some users who share false posts. “If it weren’t for a glitch in Facebook’s fact-checking partnership, one of this week’s biggest viral hoaxes might not have reached as many people. In Brazil, a false meme posted Jan. 14 that claimed a federal judge ordered prisons to remove power outlets got nearly 200,000 engagements on Facebook. That’s in spite of two debunks published days later by fact-checkers at Aos Fatos and Agência Lupa, which both partner with Facebook to find, debunk and decrease the reach of misinformation on the platform.”

Ars Technica: Linux Mint 19.1: A sneaky popular distro skips upheaval, offers small upgrades. “While Ubuntu and Red Hat grabbed most of the Linux headlines last year, Linux Mint, once the darling of the tech press, had a relatively quiet year. Perhaps that’s understandable with IBM buying Red Hat and Canonical moving back to the GNOME desktop. For the most part Linux Mint and its developers seemed to keep their heads down, working away while others enjoyed the limelight. Still, the Linux Mint team did churn out version 19, which brought the distro up to the Ubuntu 18.04 base.”

Techdirt: Cameroon Military Arresting, Trying, And Jailing Journalists On ‘Fake News’ Charges. “Here in the United States, the term ‘fake news’ is used (most prominently by the President) to declaim news stories the reader doesn’t like. It has little to do with whether or not the content is untruthful and almost everything to do with swinging public opinion against the press outlet and its reporting. The term has become a handy tool for autocrats and authoritarians seeking to punish journalists and others who publish content they don’t like.”


Zawya: U.S. citizen leaks data on thousands in Singapore with HIV, govt says. “An HIV-positive American has leaked online the names of 14,200 Singaporeans and foreigners also diagnosed in the city-state with the human immunodeficiency virus, the Health Ministry said on Monday.” This article acknowledges that there are many unanswered questions.

EurekAlert: The hidden treasure of digital piracy? Can boost bottom line for manufacturers, retailers. “Research analysis by faculty in Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and two other schools found that a moderate level of piracy can have a positive impact on the bottom line for both the manufacturer and the retailer — and not at the expense of consumers.”


Not quite in the wheelhouse, but I love it, I write fanfiction, and I have a close family member who’s an aspie. So, from UCI News: UCI-led study finds Harry Potter fan fiction challenges cultural stereotypes of autism. “Online publishing platforms and digital media can provide opportunities for nonmainstream groups to push back against and offer alternatives to the simplistic stereotypes presented in literature and popular culture. A study led by the University of California, Irvine focused on Harry Potter fan fiction and discovered that autistic people, family members, teachers and advocates cast autistic characters in their stories in diverse ways that challenge typical representations.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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