Independent Florida Alligator, Japanese-American History, Free Music Archive, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, September 27, 2019


The Independent Florida Alligator: UF Libraries complete Alligator newspaper digitization. “You can now read the words of [University of Florida] student journalists dating back to 1912. Starting today, every copy of The Independent Florida Alligator will be accessible online after UF’s George A. Smathers Libraries worked to digitize archives.”

Internet Archive Blog: What Happens When Everyone who Experienced an Event is Gone?. “This week at a community event at the Internet Archive, Tom Ikeda and I were happy to announce that you can now borrow No-No Boy here, at the Digital Library of Japanese American Incarceration on Working with scholars from Densho, we’ve selected, purchased and digitized more than 500 important books about WWII experiences of Japanese Americans.”


PRWeb: Global Music Community Tribe of Noise Acquires Free Music Archive (PRESS RELEASE). “FMA and Tribe of Noise share many common interests in the music and creative industry. Both offer high quality, well curated music to media makers, focus on music composed and recorded by independent artists and use Creative Commons as their core, open licensing model.”

Engadget: Google shutters Bulletin, its hyperlocal news experiment. “Google is ending its hyperlocal news experiment Bulletin. Similar to Nextdoor, Bulletin was a blog-like service that allowed users to post stories with video and photo content to the app. People nearby could see those posts, and they could appear in Google Search. The service launched as a pilot in 2018, and now, Google is shutting it down.”

The Next Web: Facebook scores big, gets rights to air highlights from major cricket tournaments. “The International Cricket Council (ICC), the governing body for the sport, announced today it’s partnering with Facebook to show exclusive digital content for ICC tournaments hosted in the Indian sub-continent until 2023. The social network will also show post-match recaps for ICC events hosted elsewhere in the world.”


The Straits Times: Facebook rolls out measures to boost advertising transparency ahead of Singapore’s general election. “Advertisers will be required to confirm their identity and location, and disclose who is responsible for the advertisements. The authorisation process will cover advertisers who run advertisements relating to social issues such as civil and social rights, immigration, crime, political values and governance.”

I believe I saw this on Twitter, thanks to the Clomping Librarian. Thank you kindly! Chicago Tribune: Illinois State Museum is first in world to return artifacts as part of Australian project to reclaim aboriginal art . “Representatives from the Bardi Jawi and Aranda communities will travel to Springfield next month to pick up 42 artifacts, including boomerangs, shields, spears, and body ornaments, as part of an initiative funded by the Australian government to repatriate overseas artifacts called the Return of Cultural Heritage Project, according to a news release from the museum.”

The Japan Times: ‘Lid will be put on history’: 30 years after Berlin Wall’s fall, Stasi archive move sparks outrage. “Almost 30 years after the Berlin Wall fell, Germany’s parliament voted Thursday to transfer the vast secret police files of the former East German communist regime into the Federal Archives — despite concerns voiced by some historians and ex-dissidents.”


TechCrunch: DoorDash confirms data breach affected 4.9 million customers, workers and merchants. “The food delivery company said in a blog post Thursday that 4.9 million customers, delivery workers and merchants had their information stolen by hackers. The breach happened on May 4, the company said, but added that customers who joined after April 5, 2018 are not affected by the breach.”

Ars Technica: DOJ reportedly launches its own Facebook probe at AG Barr’s urging. “Facebook, it seems, is continuing to shatter records of all sorts. Usually, regulators at the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice agree to conduct antitrust probes against a company one at a time, deciding in advance who should take the lead and run with it. According to a new report, though, the US attorney general has decided that one federal investigation just isn’t enough.”


CNET: Facebook remains top target for disinformation, study says. “When it comes to disinformation, Facebook is the No. 1 platform for governments and political parties seeking to manipulate public opinion, according to a report out Thursday from the University of Oxford.” And remember, Facebook has publicly stated that it will not fact-check politicians.

Phys .org: Trump’s Twitter communication style shifted over time based on varying communication goals. “While many journalists and academics have analysed the topics and sentiment of Trump’s tweets, the range of different rhetorical strategies and discursive styles deployed by Donald Trump is not well studied. The authors of the study downloaded the corpus of tweets sent from the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account from 2009 and 2018 preserved in the Trump Twitter Archive. By analysing patterns of grammatical co-occurence, the authors were able to identify four general style variations of Trump’s tweets: 1) conversational; 2) campaigning; 3) advisory; 4) engaged, and to observe how these stylistic patterns shifted over time.” Good morning, Internet…

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