WWII “Comfort Women”, Fiji Laws, Philadelphia Finance, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, March 31, 2019


Korea JoongAng Daily: Sex slave documents detailed in a full catalogue. “The four-volume publication lists all the documents compiled by the [Northeast History Foundation] since it was launched in 2006 through the end of last year from Japan, the Allied Powers during World War II, China, Taiwan and Thailand. The catalogue can be used as a comprehensive reference of documents on the Imperial Japanese Army’s forceful recruitment of girls and young women into sexual slavery before and during World War II. It also includes records that have yet to be revealed to the Korean public gathered from the Second Historical Archives of China and the National Archives of Thailand.” The material will be put into an online database in April.

Fiji Sun: Launch Of Website Allows Access Of Fiji Laws Online. “The Laws of Fiji website was launched by the Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum with outgoing Chief Justice Anthony Gates at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday.”

Billy Penn: Philadelphia just published its $4 billion checkbook for all to see. “Remember the ‘missing $33 million’ that had Philly taxpayers up in arms last year? And how the figure then dropped to $23 million, then $2 million, until all but $528,000 was accounted for as of January? Next time that happens, you should be able to do some of the math yourself.”


Search Engine Journal: Google Makes Podcasts Searchable by Automatically Transcribing Them. “Google Podcasts is making it possible to search for episodes based on what was discussed in a show. According to Android Police, Google Podcasts is automatically transcribing dialogue and using it as metadata.”

TechCrunch: Sidewalk Labs launches an app to crowdsource public space surveys . “Alphabet’s urban planning subsidiary announced today the launch of CommonSpace. The new app was created to give park operators and community members a place to enter and organize observations about parks and other public spaces.”

Mashable: Instagram may finally let users rewind and fast forward through videos. “Instagram users, rejoice! One of the most basic multimedia features may soon be coming to the platform. The Facebook-owned photo sharing social network is currently testing a seek bar on the app which would allow users to scroll backwards or forwards through a video.”


How-To Geek: How to Create a Flow From Scratch. “Microsoft Flow is a trigger-based system for creating automated workflows. There are lots of templates available, but if they don’t fit the bill for you then here’s how to create a brand new Flow from scratch.”

Lifehacker: Diversify Your Stock Photos With Broadly’s Gender Spectrum Collection. “Stock photos tend to lag behind the culture. They fill business photos with just men, or under-represent minorities, or only show people filling outdated cultural roles. It’s an issue we run into a lot at Lifehacker, where we have to illustrate upwards of 15 posts every day on a limited photo budget, and want to represent the full range of our audience. So we’re excited about the many free photo libraries popping up that include diverse options or emphasize under-represented groups.”


UK Web Archive Blog: Collecting Interactive Fiction. “Works of interactive fiction are stories where the reader/player can guide or affect the narrative in some way. This can be through turning to a specific page as in ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’, or clicking a link or typing text in digital works.”

Rising Voices: RV Newsletter: Amplifying African voices sharing the importance of linguistic diversity online . “To coincide with the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019, Rising Voices together with partners, launched a new Twitter campaign to highlight and amplify the voices of African language digital activists leveraging the power of technology and the internet to promote and revitalize African languages.”

Coda Story: Cambodia’s Internet crackdown reaches its activist monks. “The sexually explicit photos were plastered over Venerable Luon Sovath’s Facebook page, with its more than 100,000 followers. ‘The monk lacks morals,’ one of the messages read. On the same day, his YouTube channel was also hacked, along with his personal email. Sovath doesn’t know who was behind the attack and about five others that have targeted his pages. But he is the most well-known of Cambodia’s tech-capable monks, who have become citizen journalists, videoing stories throughout Cambodia and sharing them on social media.”

CNET: On Reddit, police are reaching communities they can’t on Facebook or Twitter. “After resolving a hostage situation in March 2017, the Seattle Police Department held two press conferences. The first was at the crime scene, where officers arrested a man with a knife yelling at police to shoot him after two hours of negotiations. The second was two days later — at an Ask Me Anything on Reddit.” Good morning, Internet…

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