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United National Independence Party of Zambia, Facebook, Instagram, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 9, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Endangered Archives Blog: United National Independence Party of Zambia Archive Online. “International Archives Day is celebrated annually on the 9 June – and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to give an update on the archives of the United National Independence Party of Zambia (EAP121), a project that was funded in 2007.” The archive was kept offline because of privacy concerns, but after review it was determined there were no privacy issues. The archive has been put online.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Engadget: Facebook reportedly prohibits Huawei from pre-installing its apps. “Future Huawei phones will no longer come pre-installed with Facebook’s apps, according to Reuters. The social network has reportedly prohibited the Chinese manufacturer from loading its main app, Instagram and WhatsApp onto any phone that hasn’t left the factory yet.”

Elite Daily: Here’s How To Find Your Ad Interests On Instagram If You Need A Laugh. “If you’re someone who scrolls through Instagram on the reg (same), then you’ve probably seen relevant ads pop up in your feed. It’s no secret that Instagram gears its ads toward your specific interests — but have you ever wondered what those interests even are? Apparently, the photo-sharing platform rounded ’em up for you, and you can access them straight from your app. If you’re wondering how to find your Ad Interests on Instagram, listen up — it’s super easy to do.”

USEFUL STUFF

CNET: E3 2019: What to expect and how to watch every press conference live. “This year’s E3, with press conferences starting on June 8, comes at an unusual time for the industry. Game makers have signaled this will be a lull year, a time just before new consoles from Microsoft and Sony are expected to be released. We’ve already had Google Stadia come and go with new announcements. But that doesn’t mean there’s guaranteed disappointment.”

James Tanner, ALWAYS getting it done. Genealogy’s Star: The Ultimate Digital Preservation Guide, Part One. “The cumulative cost of preserving a physical record is considerable and increases over time. There is, of course among genealogists, in particular, a lot of hand wringing over the loss of records. But some loss is inevitable and inexorable. Due to technological advances, we can now capture a much greater portion of our collective human history. Because of the technology that allows documents and records to be digitally preserved, the cost of preserving an individual record has plummeted and now approaches zero. But however contradictory as it may seem, the cost of preserving large numbers of records is still substantial and as with physical stuff, the now converted digital stuff will decay, be destroyed, or lost in many different ways.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Institute of Museum and Library Services: $2.2 Million in Museum Grants to Strengthen African American History and Culture. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced awards totaling $2,231,000 in Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (AAHC). The 14 grantees will match these awards with an additional $2,513,461 in non-federal funds. A total of 37 organizations requested grants totaling $4,841,383. Museum Grants for African American History and Culture support activities that build the capacity of African American museums and support the growth and development of museum professionals at African American museums.”

Poynter: How a fact-checker went from zero to 84,000 Instagram followers in 8 months. “Teyit’s Instagram presence looks like Vox and The Guardian had a baby. It’s beautiful. And that’s the point.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Vice: The Open Source Project That Keeps Google’s Hands Off Your Android Data. “MicroG is one of several projects working to keep the promise of free and open source software alive on Android. Users can opt for F-Droid instead of the Google Play store, an open source implementation of Google’s app store that, you guessed it, only offers open source applications. For web browsing, Mozilla Firefox provides a robust alternative to Chrome; in lieu of Google Drive, there are programs like NextCloud. But as those who have embarked on the great open source-only Android experiment can tell you, open source applications leave much to be desired in form, functionality, and stability.”

ACLU: The FBI Has Access to Over 640 Million Photos of Us Through Its Facial Recognition Database. “At a House Oversight Committee hearing this week with an FBI witness, we learned new details that further confirm our fears that the FBI’s face recognition apparatus continues to balloon, threatening our fundamental liberties. The details also underscore the urgent need for Congress to put the brakes on law enforcement use of this powerful technology. Here are some of the most concerning details we learned from the hearing…”

RESEARCH & OPINION

MIT Technology Review: How to regulate Big Tech without breaking it up. “US regulators are seriously questioning whether companies like Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook have too much power. This new push to curb the might of Big Tech has a catchy solution: break up the companies. But a breakup will be hard to force, and the history of trustbusting suggests that many other solutions are possible.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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