United States Religion, Accessibility Travel Germany, Organ Donations, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 12, 2019


PR Newswire: Gale Introduces New Digital Archive on Religions of America (PRESS RELEASE). “Gale, a Cengage company, is introducing a new digital archive that explores the history and unique character of the American religious experience. Religions of America provides scholars and researchers access to the largest resource of its kind that follows the development of religions and religious movements born in and significantly reshaped by the United States from 1820 to 1990. This never-before-digitized collection contains thousands of rare resources that opens a window for scholars and researchers onto the contemporary religious condition and its impact on modern American society and politics.”

Zawya: New Accessible Travel Database announced by German National Tourist Board (PRESS RELEASE). “The German National Tourist Board has launched a new and comprehensive online database for BarrierFree (accessible) travel, the first of its kind to include a national labelling and ‘Accessibility Checked’ identification seal. Entitled ‘Travel for All’, the database enables the user to search for a wide range of accessible holiday facilities throughout Germany including accommodation, restaurants, activities, shopping centres and essential services such as accessible transport and local tourism offices.”

Newswise: Living Donation Storytelling Project Launches Digital Library on National Donate Life Day, April 12, 2019. “The Transplant Research and Education Center (TREC) at UCLA will launch the Living Donation Storytelling Project, a unique digital library of stories of people sharing their real experiences as living donors, recipients of living donor kidney transplants, and those in need of transplants. The launch of this pioneering health education tool coincides with National Donate Life (Blue & Green) Day, as part of a comprehensive campaign to raise awareness of kidney disease and make it easy for anyone to learn and share about living donation.”


VirginiaFirst: Hollins University restores digital yearbook collection, adds “notice on content” . “Hollins University has restored their digital archive to include all copies of their yearbook. Hollins University’s yearbook, The Spinster, was published between 1898-2013 and in 2016. Some issues contained instances of ‘blackface’, which resulted in some of the issues being pulled from the digital archive.”


Lifehacker: How To Find Old Websites That Google Won’t Show. “As it turns out, they may only be lost to Google. Earlier this year, web developer-bloggers Tim Bray and Marco Fioretti noted that Google seems to have stopped indexing the entirety of the internet for Google Search. As a result, certain old websites — those more than 10 years old — did not show up through Google search. Both writers lamented that limiting Google’s effective memory to the last decade, while logical when faced with the daunting task of playing information concierge to our every whimsical question, forces us to reckon with the fact that, when you use Google for historical searches, there are probably more answers out there.” Decent roundup.


CNET: Libraries lean on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to reel you in. “The success libraries are having on social media helps them combat their biggest challenge: the perception they’re just old buildings bulging with dusty books. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram let libraries tell the world that they have more to offer.”


Ars Technica: DHS, FBI say election systems in all 50 states were targeted in 2016. “A joint intelligence bulletin (JIB) has been issued by the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation to state and local authorities regarding Russian hacking activities during the 2016 presidential election. While the bulletin contains no new technical information, it is the first official report to confirm that the Russian reconnaissance and hacking efforts in advance of the election went well beyond the 21 states confirmed in previous reports.”

Bloomberg: Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa. “Tens of millions of people use smart speakers and their voice software to play games, find music or trawl for trivia. Millions more are reluctant to invite the devices and their powerful microphones into their homes out of concern that someone might be listening. Sometimes, someone is.”


Internet Archive: Official EU Agencies Falsely Report More Than 550 URLs as Terrorist Content. “The European Parliament is set to vote on legislation that would require websites that host user-generated content to take down material reported as terrorist content within one hour. We have some examples of current notices sent to the Internet Archive that we think illustrate very well why this requirement would be harmful to the free sharing of information and freedom of speech that the European Union pledges to safeguard.”

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Share of U.S. adults using social media, including Facebook, is mostly unchanged since 2018. “The share of U.S. adults who say they use certain online platforms or apps is statistically unchanged from where it stood in early 2018 despite a long stretch of controversies over privacy, fake news and censorship on social media, according to a new Pew Research Center survey conducted Jan. 8 to Feb. 7, 2019.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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  1. Re: Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa.

    Why are people surprised at this? We now live in the world of surveillance capitalism.
    You have to assume that everything you do connected to the internet will (or might be) recorded and analysed.
    And people still think that if they click ‘Delete’ it actually is deleted – instead of just moved out of their sight!

    Privacy is hard work and under continual attack.

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