Women in Zambia, American Shantyboats, Reddit, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, March 11, 2019


New-to-me, from Quartz: The Museum of Women’s History in Zambia is changing how a whole country sees itself. “The Museum of Women’s History in Zambia has no physical space and yet it is already changing the narrative of the role of women in Zambia. Since 2016, its founders Samba Yonga and Mulenga Kapwepwe have been collecting artefacts that will eventually form part of the permanent exhibition that will be housed on the second floor of the Lusaka National Museum. Their collection already includes a digital archive of 5,000 pieces of audio from the colonial and post-colonial period and quilts sewn in the 1940s that record the entry of Europeans into southern Zambia.” Unfortunately the site has not quite launched, but you can sign up for notification.

Atlas Obscura: An Artist, a Shantyboat, and the Lost History of American River Communities. “THE RIVERS OF THE UNITED States have a certain lore and mystique within American culture. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these roaring waterways were home to thousands. Entire communities existed on or near the water in self-made houseboats. The history of these communities has been explored briefly in river memoirs such as Harlan Hubbard’s Shantyboat Journal, but hasn’t been thoroughly examined in a present-day context. That is, until a modern shantyboat came bobbing down the Mississippi in the summer of 2014.”


Social Media Examiner: How to Market on Reddit: A Guide for Businesses. “Are you looking to expand your marketing outside the traditional social platforms? Have you considered Reddit? In this article, you’ll learn how to market your business on Reddit.” Some things in the article are specific to Reddit, but a lot of it is just “how to market and do outreach on a community site without being a complete putz.”

Hackaday: 3D Printing Photos Is Slow But Awesome. “Historically speaking, lithophanes are images made in porcelain with an etching or moulding process, in which an image is visible when backlit due to the varying thickness of the material. Porcelain isn’t the easiest thing to work with, but thankfully for those of us in the present, 3D printers are here to make everything better. ”


Lifehacker: How Kids Are Using Google Docs to Bully Each Other. “As a parent, you might walk past your child’s room and see her happily typing away on a Google Docs page. ‘Lovely!’ you think. ‘She’s probably working on her science report or finishing up her essay on the rise of RBG.’ Or, she could be in a secret chat room.”

Worldcrunch: Facebook For Felons? New Apps Are A Digital Lifeline For Inmates. “Pigeonly is one of at least three apps — all launched by ex-cons— that are revolutionizing communications between prisoners and their loved ones. Even as the outside world has embraced texting, video chats and social media, U.S. prisons have largely remained technological dead zones, where inmates typically wait in line and pay to use antiquated computers running stripped-down email services. The trio of apps are slowly but surely disrupting a prison communications industry dominated by a handful of companies with little incentive to cut prices or boost services for the 2.3 million people behind bars.”


The Verge: Amy Klobuchar suggests taxing companies making money off user data. “Minnesota senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has floated the idea of taxing tech companies when they exploit user data. Platforms like Facebook ‘use us, and we’re their commodity, and we’re not getting anything out of it,’ Klobuchar said today during a SXSW interview with Recode co-founder Kara Swisher. ‘When they sell our data to someone else, well, maybe they’re going to have to tell us so we can put some kind of a tax on it.'”

Krebs on Security: Bypasses Credit Freeze PIN. “Most people who have frozen their credit files with Equifax have been issued a numeric Personal Identification Number (PIN) which is supposed to be required before a freeze can be lifted or thawed. Unfortunately, if you don’t already have an account at the credit bureau’s new myEquifax portal, it may be simple for identity thieves to lift an existing credit freeze at Equifax and bypass the PIN armed with little more than your, name, Social Security number and birthday.”


GAO: FEES, FINES, AND PENALTIES:Better Reporting of Government-wide Data Would Increase Transparency and Facilitate Oversight. “Federal agencies collect hundreds of billions of dollars annually in fees, fines, and penalties, such as national park entry fees and penalties for violations of federal telemarketing law. Government-wide data could help Congress identify trends in collections and significant changes that could be an indication of an agency’s performance. Currently, there is no comprehensive, government-wide report that identifies specific fees, fines, and penalties. We made 4 recommendations to enhance the Office of Management and Budget’s current reporting on these collections, such as making more specific data publically available.”

Kottke: My Favorite Secret Social Network. “If, for some reason, you join Peach, and you find my handle there, and you add me as a friend — maybe we’re IRL friends, or friends from other social network, or we used to work together, or you know me from here or someplace else — don’t be surprised if I don’t reciprocate your friendship right away.” Good evening, Internet…

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