Performing Arts Legacy Project, Rare Chinese Books, CIA, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, May 8, 2019


Playbill: The Actors Fund Launches Performing Arts Legacy Project Documenting Veteran Performers’ Careers. “The Actors Fund has announced the launch of the Performing Arts Legacy Project, a new online platform that invites veteran performers to create and share their own pages, documenting their careers in the performing arts. The website… launched May 7 with contributions from 10 veteran performers including Tony Award winner Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music), three-time Tony nominee André De Shields (Hadestown, The Wiz), Michael David Arian, George Bartenieff (I Will Bear Witness: The Holocaust Diaries), Vinie Burrows (Green Pastures, The Skin of Our Teeth), Susan Lehman (I Can Get It For You Wholesale, Fiddler on the Roof), Agosto Machado, Richard Masur (Lucky Guy), Gilda Mirós, and Virginia Wing.”

Library of Congress: Centuries of Rare Chinese Books Now Online at the Library of Congress. “In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage month, the Library of Congress has digitized and made available online 1,000 Chinese rare books produced before 1796. The Chinese Rare Book Digital Collection includes the most valuable titles and editions housed in the Library’s Asian Division, some of which date as far back as the 10th century and are the only extant copies in the world.”


Motherboard: The CIA Will Use its New Dark Web Site to Collect Anonymous Tips. “On the heels of the CIA announcing its brand new Instagram account, replete with amateur artwork of some of its operatives and stories featuring Director Gina Haspel’s first ID card, the American spy agency is going to the dark web.”

BuzzFeed News: A New Pixel, Video Device, Voice Assistant, And AI: Here’s What Google Announced Today. “At today’s Google I/O developer conference, CEO Sundar Pichai laid out the tech company’s new goal: ‘building a more helpful Google for everyone.’ Pichai was positioning Google — which now spans far beyond search, email, and maps to phones, smart speakers, and so much more — as a friendly helping hand. His messaging stood in contrast with the growing public sentiment that tech platforms cause more harm than good.”


Vox: The push to break up Big Tech, explained. “Technology companies based in Seattle or Silicon Valley now account for five out of the five most valuable companies in America, leading to a spate of commentary last year from lawyers like Columbia’s Tim Wu to economists like Harvard’s Kenneth Rogoff arguing that Big Tech has, in some sense, gotten ‘too big.’ And in 2019, politicians are starting to listen.” Deep but informative dive.

MakeUseOf: 8 Nifty Apps to Identify Anything Using Your Phone’s Camera. “For many people, your phone’s camera is one of its most important aspects. It has a ton of uses, from superimposing wild creatures into reality with AR apps to taking sharp pictures even at night. But you might be missing out on another major ability your phone’s camera has: it can work as a visual search engine and identify just about anything you see in the world. Here are the best identification apps for Android and iPhone.”


CNET: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg meets with US lawmakers about regulation. “Sandberg’s meetings come as Facebook negotiates a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over the tech giant’s alleged privacy mishaps. The FTC could fine Facebook up to $5 billion, which would be a record for the agency. Two senators on Monday urged the FTC to hold Facebook’s executives accountable for the company’s privacy blunders. ”


ZDNet: Security flaws in 100+ Jenkins plugins put enterprise networks at risk. “A security researcher has found and reported security flaws in more than 100 different Jenkins plugins over the last 18 months, and despite efforts to notify developers, many of these plugins have not received a fix.”

The Register: Be wary of emails with links to … er, Google Drive? Is that right? . “Spammers are increasingly turning to common file-sharing and object storage services such as Google Drive and Microsoft Azure, in an attempt to evade ever-better corporate filters.”

Lexology: Obituary Piracy Assessed. “Thomson v. Afterlife Network Inc., 2019 FC 545, is a Federal Court decision in which the Court considers the existence of copyright in obituaries used in an e-commerce context. DT was the representative plaintiff in a class action lawsuit claiming that posted obituaries and photographs, that were authored and taken by the plaintiff and other class members without their permission and thereby Afterlife infringed the copyright and the moral rights of the class members.” This was in Canada.


Berkeley News: New online strategy game advances the science of nuclear security. “Love military strategy games like Risk and Diplomacy? Try SIGNAL, a new online game that lets you satisfy your appetite for virtual global domination while simultaneously helping researchers understand the risks of real-world nuclear conflict.”

Mashable: How I learned to be my authentic self online . “It is a strange experience, to suddenly have your life become a topic of conversation for total strangers, and to get to read those conversations whenever you want (usually from your bed at 2am, when you’re having a particularly masochistic evening). It makes you feel like people care, like you’re being seen. It is intoxicating. Until it isn’t.” Good morning, Internet…

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