Carrie Chapman Catt, Microsoft Windows, IFTTT, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, March 24, 2019


Library of Congress: Archival Materials of Suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt Now Online. “The papers of suffragist and political strategist Carrie Chapman Catt, including her time as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress. The collection includes about 9,500 items dating primarily from 1890 to 1920 as Catt helped lead the fight for a federal suffrage amendment. ”


Neowin: Windows Virtual Desktop is now in public preview. “At its Ignite 2018 conference last year, Microsoft announced Windows Virtual Desktop. It’s been in private preview since later on in the year, and today the company announced the public preview. The service offers a multi-user experience that’s optimized for Office 365 ProPlus.”

Engadget: IFTTT loses some Gmail triggers on March 31st . “Google’s push to tighten third-party API access is already going to cost the world Google+, but a change that more of you might notice is coming to IFTTT. The service sent out emails alerting users that their “recipe” scripts involving Gmail triggers and an action that could create a draft will go away as of March 31st. According to Google, the shift is a result of the Project Strobe sweep it announced last October.”

NiemanLab: The New York Times has released an open-source tool to let you manage all your internal knowledge more easily. “The means for creating (and maintaining) a documentation site — or a style guide, or a knowledge base, or any other set of information frequently used as a reference — have shifted back and forth over time. Blogging software! Wikis! Flat files! Database-driven! Google Docs! GitHub Pages! Dropbox Paper! Notion! The number of options — and the degree to which their selection sometimes come down to one person’s aesthetic choice or workflow preference — has left the job of keeping updated documentation a bit of a mess. Into this muddle steps The New York Times, which faced the same set of questions and built an internal tool called Library to address them. ”

Poynter: 19 fact-checkers are teaming up to fight misinformation about the EU elections. “A big development in fact-checking this week came in Europe, where 19 news organizations are collaborating on a project called FactCheckEU. They’ll fact-check politicians’ rhetoric and misinformation ahead of the May parliamentary elections.”


Bellingcat: Bellingcat’s Invitation Is Waiting For Your Response: An Investigative Guide To LinkedIn. “Whether you’re investigating a company purporting to have damning information on Robert Mueller or conducting research on anti-Islamic State foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria, LinkedIn can serve as a useful resource for online researchers across a wide variety of subjects. This guide aims to provide helpful tools and techniques for identifying LinkedIn profiles and for extracting information that will then allow you to pivot to other social media profiles belonging to the target.”


Connecticut Magazine: The Connecticut Historical Society is Digitizing Historical Footage on the Brink of Being Lost to History. “Tasha Caswell was walking between the shelves containing the film collection of the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford three years ago when she got a strong whiff of vinegar. Caswell, who is CHS’s research and collections associate, with a background in films and photography, knew immediately what that odor meant: vinegar syndrome.”

SF Weekly: We Are Here, We Have Always Been Here . “California has one the largest populations of Iranians outside Iran, but without a clear distinction by the U.S. Census — Iranians are among many left with either ‘White’ or ‘Some Other Race’ — it’s hard to tell exactly how many. [Persis] Karim estimates that the state has closer to 1.5 million people of Iranian descent, of which the Bay Area is home to more than 100,000, but much attention is paid to wealthy residents of Los Angeles…. Karim is building a digital archive about the Bay Area’s Iranian American community through a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.”

Mother Jones: Anti-Muslim Hate Has Been Rampant on Reddit Since the New Zealand Shooting. “Days after the tragic shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Reddit remains a home for the exact type of white supremacist and Islamaphobic hate that the killer used to rationalize his massacre.”


Ars Technica: Critical flaw lets hackers control lifesaving devices implanted inside patients. “The federal government on Thursday warned of a serious flaw in Medtronic cardio defibrillators that allows attackers to use radio communications to surreptitiously take full control of the lifesaving devices after they are implanted in a patient.”


Washington Post: When bad actors twist history, historians take to Twitter. That’s a good thing.. “Online media sites like Twitter allow scholars to reach thousands of people they may never have reached in an accessible way. Academic engagement on Twitter has been called ‘shallow scholarship,’ but precisely the opposite is true; the very medium requires concision, structure and clarity. We are forced to address historical abuses directly, simply and publicly — not always our strong suit — but the form does not simplify the content or the message, only its delivery. Our history threads are time-consuming to write and research, but they string together multiple tweets in a narrative form that includes references and is easily digestible.”

CNET: Facebook doesn’t waste time, it wastes attention spans. That’s worse. “It’s a chilly winter night in Munich, Germany. I’m alone in an empty hostel dorm, basking in the warmth of the heater and the hostel’s surprising hygiene, trying to watch Mad Men on my MacBook. I say ‘trying’ because this is proving to be a peculiarly difficult task. ” Good morning, Internet…

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