Boston University: ASC Completes Research Project on Mandinka Archives. “The African Studies Center, an affiliated center of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, have completed a project with Mugar Library focusing on the archives of Mandinka scholars of Casamance, Senegal…. The team digitized a little over 18,000 pages of Arabic, Arabic-Ajami bilingual texts, and Mandinka Ajami materials covering a variety of religious and non-religious subjects. This reprsents the largest digital collection of Mande scholars’ work in the world, which will help scholars and students of Africa around the world enhance their teaching and research on various aspects of Africa.”
Backstage: How This VO Actor Is Helping Connect African American Talent With More Opportunities. “Over the years building his voiceover business, Bryan [J. Howard] recognized the need for a go-to source where casting directors could find professional African American voice actors and founded the African-American Voice Actor Database. I spoke with Bryan about creating the database, how his music career influences his voiceover work, and more.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
National Library of Australia: New eResources portal. “The National Library is excited to announce our new and improved eResources portal! We’ve worked hard to design this new portal, which combines previous functionality with new features that enhance discoverability and make searching easier, more flexible, and more efficient.”
Washington Post: New Google policy bars ads for unproven stem cell therapies. “Responding to ubiquitous online marketing by stem cell clinics selling unapproved treatments for everything from achy joints to Alzheimer’s, Google announced Friday it will no longer accept ads for ‘unproven or experimental medical techniques,’ including most stem cell therapy, cellular therapy and gene therapy.”
CNET: YouTube’s new fashion page is ready to walk the runway. “/Fashion will feature videos from YouTube creators, a ‘Beauty Today’ section, livestreams of runway shows and collaborations with brands like Louis Vuitton and Dior.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Fashionista: The Internet Helped Turn Fashion Into One Big, Self-Aware Meme. “Our collective obsession with all things archival was born, ostensibly, from a reverence for fashion’s great designers, which is what makes the current state of archive-referential fashion so curious. The appreciation for the clothing of yore was largely fostered in online communities where interested parties could discuss early-2000s Raf Simons, reminisce about John Galliano’s years at Dior or share their Japan-based proxies for rare Comme des Garçons. But, the internet — the very thing that helped democratize fashion and spread the gospel of revered designers in the first place — is also what’s at the root of the very odd moment we’re witnessing across the industry.” Unusually scholarly and erudite.
SECURITY & LEGAL
BetaNews: Brave browser accuses Google of using hidden web pages to track users. “Google stands accused of using hidden web pages to circumvent EU privacy regulations, secretly sending users’ personal data to advertisers.”
VT: Police hunt Instagram couple who vandalised 8,000-year-old Native American site. “Police are currently hunting for a pair of Instagrammers who allegedly vandalised an ancient, 8000-year Native American site. The sacred ground, which is called the Council Overhang, is a waterfall in the middle of the woodland Starved Rock State Park in the state of Illinois.”
FBI: Safe Online Surfing Challenge Launches. “The FBI’s Safe Online Surfing (SOS) Internet Challenge, which had record participation in 2018-2019, is reopening for the start of the new school year to help students navigate the web securely. As the FBI sees more and more crimes begin online, the growing participation numbers show that educators and caregivers also recognize the importance of teaching young people web literacy and safety.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
New York Times: How High Tech Is Transforming One of the Oldest Jobs: Farming. “The drive to increase productivity is urgent in all phases of agriculture…. Yet growing crops has historically been an uncertain enterprise, a livelihood that increasingly depends on forecasts of weather conditions, commodity prices and complex factors like maturity index and projected yield. Agriculture is seen as an industry ideally suited to large-scale data collection and analysis, and technology companies more closely associated with databases and computer hardware are seeing opportunities.” Good afternoon, Internet…
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