Native American History, Northeastern US Slavery, Australia Sports, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, August 21, 2019


Smithsonian: National Museum of the American Indian Launches New Online Materials Based on Accurate and Comprehensive Native Peoples History. “The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is looking to change the narrative about American Indians in classrooms, transforming how teachers are teaching history to achieve a more inclusive, accurate and complete education. As part of its national education initiative, Native Knowledge 360 Degrees (NK360°), the National Museum of the American Indian has launched new online educational resources about the Pawnee Treaties, the Cherokee Nation Removal and the Inka Empire that will expand teachers and students’ knowledge and understanding of the contributions and experiences of Native Peoples of the Western Hemisphere.”

Lohud: ‘People Not Property’: New website explores history of slavery in the region. “The nonprofit educational group Historic Hudson Valley wants New Yorkers to know that slavery was not confined to the South. The group has launched ‘People Not Property,’ a new interactive documentary website that explains the history of slavery in the Northeast, including the Hudson Valley, using stories, videos, and re-enactments.”

Google Blog: “Great Sporting Land” tours Australia’s sports-mad history. “Australians have a passion for sports—so much that it was perfectly normal for the Prime Minister to give the entire country the day off when they won a boat race back in 1983. Over generations, Australia’s favorite pastimes have shaped the country’s identity, values and culture. Along with the Melbourne Cricket Club, Australian Football League, National Portrait Gallery and the North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club, Google Arts & Culture is showcasing the people, moments and places that led Australia to become the ‘Great Sporting Land’ it is today. ”


Ars Technica: Anonymous “Anonymous Cowards” are, for now, not welcome on Slashdot . “On August 9, tech news aggregator Slashdot quietly removed one of its earliest features, which had been available to all visitors since its founding in 1997: the ability to post comments as an ‘Anonymous Coward.’ And while the feature returned within five days, it returned in a largely nerfed format.”

The Verge: Reddit launches five-day live-streaming test. “Reddit is testing out something that, if successful, could help it take on platforms like Twitch and YouTube — live-streaming. The company today announced its first broadcasting tool, which it’s calling the ‘Reddit Public Access Network.’ The software will let eligible users live-stream to a new subreddit called r/pan.”

Ubergizmo: Chrome Will Soon Stop Supporting FTP Connections. “We’re not sure how many of you might remember, but back in the day, FTP servers were a popular way to host files online as well as to download them. These days, file hosting and downloading is done in a completely different manner, which is why it’s not surprising that Google has ultimately decided that they will soon stop supporting FTP connections in Chrome.”


Mashable: 4 podcasts to teach kids about history, identity, and current events . “As your child heads back to school, you may be looking for appropriate ways to bolster the education they’re getting in the classroom. But how do you determine what’s suitable for their grade level but also inclusive and entertaining enough that they won’t be bored to tears? Try podcasts.” It’s only four, but they’re thoroughly described and I want to listen to them now.


It’s Nice That: Glug is on a mission to create the world’s largest database of climate protest posters. “Glug, a creative events programme, is on a mission to build the world’s largest database of protest posters. Titled Protest by Design, the project is in preparation for the next round of global climate strikes taking place on 20 September, just three days before the UN climate summit.”

New York Times: Paging Big Brother: In Amazon’s Bookstore, Orwell Gets a Rewrite. “As fake and illegitimate texts proliferate online, books are becoming a form of misinformation. The author of ‘1984’ would not be surprised.”

Poynter: Instagram ‘fact’ pages make money through misinformation; IG and FTC say they don’t necessarily violate policies. “If you’ve been on Instagram lately, you’ve probably come across some pretty wild ‘facts.’ Like this one from @diplyfacts, which says, ‘Lack of sleep can cause your brain to eat itself.’… Some of these posts go viral, gaining hundreds of thousands of likes and shares. While some of the content might seem inconsequential, there’s one glaring problem with these posts: Many of their handles include the word ‘fact,’ when they simply aren’t.”


New York Times: State Attorneys General Said to Be Near Formal Investigation of Tech Companies. “The state attorneys general in more than a dozen states are preparing to begin an antitrust investigation of the major tech companies, according to two people briefed on the discussions, increasing pressure on the firms.”


Newswise: Need a Mental Break? Avoid Your Cellphone, Researchers Say . “Using a cellphone to take a break during mentally challenging tasks does not allow the brain to recharge effectively and may result in poorer performance, Rutgers researchers found. The experiment, published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, assigned college undergraduates to solve challenging sets of word puzzles. Halfway through, some were allowed to take breaks using their cellphones. Others took breaks using paper or a computer while some took no break at all.” Good morning, Internet…

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