Index On Censorship, Steve Vai’s Guitars, Brett Kavanaugh, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, February 25, 2019


Index: This week at Index: 45 years of Index magazine archive now free. “Index on Censorship is pleased to announce that the online archive of 45 years of publications of Index on Censorship magazine, published by SAGE Publishing, will be free to read globally. Since its establishment in 1972, Index on Censorship magazine has published some of the greatest names in literature including Samuel Beckett, Nadine Gordimer, Mario Vargas Llosa, Hilary Mantel and Kurt Vonnegut. It also has published some of the greatest campaigning writers of our age from Vaclav Havel to Amartya Sen and Ariel Dorfman plus journalism from Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, China, India, Turkey and more.”

Guitar World: Steve Vai Has Launched An Online Library Cataloging His Massive Guitar Collection. “Steve Vai has unveiled a comprehensive library of every guitar he has ever owned… The instruments, which number in the hundreds, are categorized by type, in categories such as ‘Ibanez Jem,’ ‘Pre-Jem,’ ‘Strats,’ ‘SG’s,’ ‘Fan-Built,’ ‘Multi Necks,’ ‘Sold or Gifted,’ and so on. Each is featured in an entry that includes a photo and background information on the guitar, as well as trivia and other facts when available.”

EPIC: EPIC FOIA: National Archives Releases New Batch of Kavanaugh Records. “In response to EPIC’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the National Archives has just released thousands of records about Justice Kavanaugh work in the White House Counsel’s office after 9-11. The records include e-mails from 2002-2003, briefings, meeting memos, and correspondence, and office files about anti-terrorism legislation and access to presidential records.”

ABC News: Nurse builds database of women murdered at the hands of men. ” In February 2017, a school nurse in this Dallas suburb began counting women murdered by men. Seated at her desk, beside shelves of cookbooks, novels and books on violence against women, Dawn Wilcox, 55, scours the internet for news stories of women killed by men in the U.S. For dozens of hours each week, she digs through online news reports and obituaries to tell the stories of women killed by lovers, strangers, fathers, sons and stepbrothers, neighbors and tenants.”


New York Times: New York Times Access Now Available for Free in All California Public Libraries. “The New York Times and California State Library today announced that all of the nearly 1,200 public libraries across the state will offer their patrons free access.”

The Verge: Twitter is launching a public test of its redesigned replies. “In October, Twitter said it is redesigning conversations on the platform in an effort to encourage friendlier and more useful discussions. Now the company is ready to test the redesign with a wider group of users, and will take applications from anyone who wants to try it out.”

Yahoo Finance: Chinese search giant Baidu beats on ad sales but streaming costs surge. ” Chinese search engine operator Baidu Inc beat market estimates for fourth-quarter revenue and profit on Thursday, as its core online marketing business stayed resilient and revenue surged in its Netflix-like streaming service iQiyi.”


Lifehacker: Create Your Own Dank Memes With These Meme Template Accounts. “Angel Olson once sang ‘they made a meme out of my legacy darling,’ but I have never found a meme that fully encompassed my lasting effect on the world. Luckily, I can now (easily) make my own bespoke memes, with a little help from template accounts on Instagram.”


Teen Vogue: The BTS ARMY Can Help Write Their ARMYPEDIA — Here’s How. “Right now, there’s probably no fandom that is bigger or more ready to hype up their faves than BTS’s fanbase, the BTS ARMY. Since the group formed in 2013 and burst onto the scene in a major way, the ARMY has been devoted to streaming their music, following their every move on social media, unpacking clues about their new albums and music videos, seeing them at live shows and events, and basically making sure the whole world knows about all things BTS. Now, it looks like the ARMY can actually put all of their knowledge of and love for BTS in one place: the ARMYPEDIA, a Wikipedia-like site dedicated to BTS.”


Miami Herald: Bill seeks to prohibit using DNA databases to solve crime. “After police used a new technique to arrest a man suspected of being the Golden State Killer, a Maryland legislator proposed a law that would prohibit use of a familial DNA database for the purpose of crime-solving.”

Which-50: Uni Researchers Found A Way To Identify Individual Census Responses And Reconstruct The Entire Database. “Macquarie University researchers found a way to identify individuals and their census responses, Which-50 has learned. The vulnerability means a large-scale attack could be used to reconstruct the entire census database. The ABS claims that the flaw has subsequently been addressed, but it’s not entirely clear that the measures taken are enough Data collected in the 2016 census was vulnerable to hackers through the exploitation of the Australian Bureau of Statistics data visualisation tool, according to a new study from Macquarie University.”

Ars Technica: Many websites threatened by highly critical code-execution bug in Drupal. “Sites that run the Drupal content management system run the risk of being hijacked until they’re patched against a vulnerability that allows hackers to remotely execute malicious code, managers of the open source project warned Wednesday.” Good morning, Internet…

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