Penland School of Craft, Winston Churchill Visitors, LGBTQ Greensboro, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, October 11, 2019


DigitalNC: Publications from the Penland School of Craft now available!. “Thanks to our new partner, the Penland School of Craft, we now have course catalogs covering the years 1939-1962, nine issues of the Grapevine campus newsletter, several issues of the Mountain Milestones pamphlets from 1932-1962, Annual Reports from 1998-2015, and the student publications The Story of the Penland Weavers and the Weaver’s Hornbook: Tale of What Is Weaving Where. The Penland Line, a newspaper published by the staff of Penland for the Penland and wider craft community, is also now on DigitalNC.”

Museums+Heritage: National Trust digitises Churchill’s visitors book to offer new interactive experience. “The National Trust has digitised the entries of the visitors book at Chartwell, Churchill’s former home in Kent. Signatures from over 700 guests who visited the estate between 1924 and 1964 are now available to the public via a new interactive resource.”

UNCG Now: UNCG Documents LGBTQ+ History In The Triad . “Which North Carolina city has done the most to advance inclusive laws and policies for the LGBTQ+ community According to recent rankings by the Human Rights Campaign, it’s Greensboro. The city has a vast, economically and socially significant LGBTQ+ population, and the city has worked hard to better support these individuals over the years. In order to preserve the history of this community, UNC Greensboro launched the first-ever large-scale initiative to document the LGBTQ+ history of the Triad region.”


BetaNews: Google Maps offers voice guidance for those with impaired vision. “Today, Google is potentially improving the lives of people that are blind or have other visual impairments. You see, the Google Maps smartphone app for iOS and Android can now provide enhanced voice guidance for those with diminished or nonexistent sight. The search giant included one of its own employees — a visually impaired business analyst named Wakana Sugiyama — in the testing of the new feature.”


Nieman Lab: From live blogs to time capsules: How CNN is trying to put its breaking news into context. “Politico, The New York Times, and plenty of others publish liveblogs for elections and other major events, so this isn’t breaking news in itself, but CNN’s live story is a new tool spun up by the product team in the past year with pretty decent results so far.”

ABC News (Australia): Instagram accounts for babies are becoming more popular. This is what parents should consider. “Georgii is one of a growing number of babies and young children who have their own social media accounts. These accounts are usually set up and run by their parents, and while some are concerned about sharing kids’ photos online without their consent, the fact is many of us share our lives online. So why wouldn’t we include the biggest part — our children?”

BBC: Papua unrest: Social media bots ‘skewing the narrative’. “Indonesia’s Papua province has become the focus of a well-funded social media campaign using bots to promote a pro-government agenda, the BBC has found.”


New York Times: How Photos of Your Kids Are Powering Surveillance Technology. “The pictures of Chloe and Jasper Papa as kids are typically goofy fare: grinning with their parents; sticking their tongues out; costumed for Halloween. Their mother, Dominique Allman Papa, uploaded them to Flickr after joining the photo-sharing site in 2005. None of them could have foreseen that 14 years later, those images would reside in an unprecedentedly huge facial-recognition database called MegaFace.”

CNBC: Florida is scooping up huge amounts of data on schoolchildren, including security camera footage and discipline records, and researchers are worried. “Researchers from the Aspen Institute are raising concerns about a Florida initiative meant to collect and collate huge amounts of data on schoolchildren in the state, according to a report released Thursday. Florida schools are now required to collect, store and crunch data on students in the name of predicting school shootings.”


Ars Technica: Rent-a-troll: Researchers pit disinformation farmers against each other. “The same sorts of organizations that once made their money performing ‘black SEO’—using fraudulent means to raise paying customers’ search engine ranks, often for illicit reasons—are now diving into a whole new sort of online manipulation. Researchers at security threat tracking company Recorded Future have found companies selling disinformation campaign capabilities similar to the ones used by Russian ‘troll factories’ during the 2016 US presidential campaign and other state-sponsored information operations.”

Phys .org: Online prototype could improve ocean migratory species governance. “An online mapping and knowledge platform prototype could soon offer free and easily accessible information on the migratory patterns of endangered species in the ocean. The Migratory Connectivity in the Ocean (MiCO) system has been launched by The University of Queensland’s Dr. Daniel Dunn.”

Xinhua: Chinese restoration specialists help Nepal recover soul of Kathmandu Valley culture. “Forming thousands of jigsaw pieces into a picture might be a headache for many, but what Chinese restorer Zhou Jianguo and his team face in Nepal is far more challenging — numerous pieces of debris from a world cultural heritage site that was damaged in a 7.9-magnitude earthquake. The devastating earthquake jolted Kathmandu Valley in 2015, the heart of Nepal’s world cultural heritage sites, causing great damage to the historical building complexes, including the finest temples and towers in the renowned Kathmandu Durbar Square.” Good morning, Internet…

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