LGBTQ Webcomics, MoodleNet, Memes, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, August 5, 2019


The Advocate: This Webcomic Librarian Is Protecting LGBTQ Stories. “Nearly 1200 webcomics populate the online library created and managed by Luma Lilac, a 21-year-old ‘genderly queer’ asexual archivist who maintains the library in their spare time. Most of the webcomics featured include at least one LGBTQ character. Others include disabled characters, are women-led, or feature people of color.”


IBL News: MoodleNet, a New Social Media Platform, Will Debut This Month. “A new social media platform for educators initially focused on collaboratively curating collections of open content, will debut on August 2019. MoodleNet will replace the existing, which will be closed, with the content (i.e. competency frameworks) archived.”


MakeUseOf: The 7 Best Meme Generators to Make Your Own Meme. “We’ve scoured the internet for the best meme generators and picked a few that are worth your while. Some are fairly advanced editors, while others are basic slap-captions-and-go tools. However, all of them enable you to make your own meme.”


Lifehacker: Join This Social Network No One’s Ever Heard Of. “The new social network Sunshine looks like yet another Twitter clone, but it’s an extremely minimalist one. In fact, it has no news feed.”

Reuters: Turkey moves to oversee all online content, raises concerns over censorship. “Turkey on Thursday granted its radio and television watchdog sweeping oversight over all online content, including streaming platforms like Netflix and online news outlets, in a move that raised concerns over possible censorship.”

The Guardian: Facebook says it was ‘not our role’ to remove fake news during Australian election. “Facebook has declared it is not ‘our role to remove content that one side of a political debate considers to be false’ in a final, positive, self-assessment of its actions in response to the death tax misinformation circulating on the platform during the May federal election.”


Bleeping Computer: Misconfigured JIRA Servers Leak Info on Users and Projects. “Jira is a popular solution for project management, developed by Atlassian for agile teams. It is used by Fortune 500 companies for easy tracking the progress of various tasks and issues. Organizations like Google, Yahoo, NASA, Lenovo, 1Password, Zendesk, as well as governing bodies across the world left unprotected private details that could have jeopardized their developments.”

New York Times: Senators Urge Google to Give Temporary Workers Full-Time Status. “A group of Democratic senators has demanded in a letter sent to Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, that the internet giant convert its more than 120,000 temporary and contract workers to full-time employees.”


BBC: Nature’s language is being hijacked by technology. “‘Apple’, ‘tweet’, ‘cloud’, ‘stream’ – words that once conjured vivid visions of the countryside are now synonymous with our technological world. And, a National Trust study suggests, just 1% of uses of the word ‘tweet’ in conversation now refer to birdsong. Similarly, while in the 1990s 100% of mentions of ‘stream’ meant ‘a little river’, that has now fallen to 36%.”

Phys .org: Researchers map global economy in collaboration with LinkedIn. “A small team of researchers at Indiana University has created the first global map of labor flow in collaboration with the world’s largest professional social network, LinkedIn. The work is reported in the journal Nature Communications.” Good evening, Internet…

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