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Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings, Constantine P. Cavafy, Campaign Donations, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 8, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

R Street: Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Transcripts, As Data. “We have created a new resource for those who want to learn more about Supreme Court confirmation hearings. This spreadsheet—and a web version (displayed below)—contain the text of every Supreme Court confirmation hearing for which Senate Judiciary Committee transcripts are available (beginning in 1971 with hearings for Lewis Powell and William Rehnquist and concluding with Neil Gorsuch’s 2017 hearing). The transcript for Brett Kavanaugh’s 2018 hearing is not yet publicly available but will be added once it is. More details regarding what is and is not included are detailed below.”

The National Herald: Onassis Foundation Launches Digital Collection of Cavafy Archive Open to All. “The Onassis Foundation announced on March 28 the launch of the digital collection of the Cavafy Archive – manuscripts of poems as well as prose literary works, studies and notes by the poet, all set alongside his personal archive rich in correspondence, texts and photographs…” To be clear, the “Cavafy” referred to in this article is Greek poet Constantine P. Cavafy.

Campaigns & Elections: New Donor Search Tool Offers Access to 300 Million Contribution Records . “Groups and campaigns can capitalize on a new search tool to scan donor and expenditure data from the federal to the local level across all 50 states. The search platform Ante is an offshoot of Vigilant, the California-based research firm founded by veteran Democratic consultant Mike Phillips. Despite its roots, the tool is open to anyone willing to pay the $99-$299-a-month subscriber fee (there’s also a free and custom tier).” The free tier is minimal, but it IS there.

Food Manufacture: Nutrition of thousands of recipes made available online. “The nutrient levels of thousands of the most commonly eaten foods and recipe dishes in the UK has been made available online following a tie up between Public Health England (PHE) and the Quadram Institute.”

CBC: Yukon’s contaminated sites now mapped online. “The Yukon government has published a new map that marks contaminated sites throughout the territory. It includes everything from relatively small diesel and aviation fuel spills to immense and ongoing cleanup projects like the Faro mine.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Mashable: Snapchat’s redesigned camera can ‘scan’ for GIFs and help you with math homework . “Snapchat’s camera is about to get a lot smarter. The company unveiled new search features for its in-app camera, including the ability to search for GIFs and solve math equations. The new features were announced today at the company’s first Partner Summit event in Los Angeles.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Daily Progress: Archivists group criticizes Hollins for removing yearbooks from digital archive. “A national group of archivists is urging Hollins University to immediately restore its full online collection of old campus yearbooks. The appeal, issued Wednesday, comes one day after the university announced that it was temporarily pulling four annals from its digital archives after an internal review found instances of blackface and other offensive imagery.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

TorrentFreak: ‘YouTube’s Copyright Mess Is Stifling Music Education’. “YouTube does its best to give copyright holders all the required tools to remove infringing material. This works, but in some cases rightsholders have little regard for fair use. This is illustrated in detail by guitarist Paul Davids who had many of his educational videos ‘claimed,’ sometimes for playing as little as a two-second riff.”

Ars Technica: Researchers unearth 74 Facebook cybercrime groups with 385,000 members. “Add spam, phishing, and payment-card fraud to the scourges Facebook helps foster. The company is already under the microscope for the role it plays in spreading disinformation promoting white nationalism, conspiracy theories, and opposition to life-saving vaccinations. Now, a report published Friday says Facebook also helps criminals peddle a variety of cybercrime services.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

New York University: Tackling Domestic Disinformation: What the Social Media Companies Need to Do. “A growing amount of misleading and false content infests social media. A new report from the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights focuses on domestically generated disinformation in the US: the nature and scope of the problem, what the social media platforms have done about it, and what more they need to do.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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