St. Albert Today: Michif language comes alive through film and new resource. “Wesaketewenowuk. The seven-syllable Michif word is the very apt title for Dr. Judy Iseke’s new short documentary that will be shown Saturday at the Musée Héritage Museum. The screening is part of a celebration of Métis culture and the launch of her new internet resource called Our Elder Stories.”
From Harefield Radio, and I should note here this is UK-only: Dog Furiendly’s New Website Becomes a TripAdvisor For Dog Owners. “Dog Furiendly has unveiled a new interactive website for dog owners across the UK. The free-to-use website features a sophisticated search engine to find dog friendly places and dog-related events.” I did a search for listings within 10 miles of Chichester, and found 10 listings. A search for listings within 10 miles of Liverpool found 68 listings.
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Mashable: Google has a ‘new’ way to create calendar events . “This time last year Google added a useful shortcut for regular users of the G Suite apps allowing very quick creation of new documents. Using the .new domain, Google added functionality to quickly create new Google documents, spreadsheets, slides, sites, or forms simply by typing doc.new, sheet.new, slide.new, site.new, or form.new directly into the browser address bar. As Engadget reports, that functionality has now expanded to Google Calendar.”
Nieman Lab: Audio archiving, public meeting tracking, and more local boosts: Here are the 34 news projects Google is funding in North America. “On the same day that Facebook’s tab will start paying (some) publishers for their content, Google has announced its grantees in the local news-focused Google News Initiative North American Innovation Challenge. Thirty-four projects and newsrooms will receive funding from the largest digital advertising revenue earner as part of this challenge, out of a total of $5.8 million this round.”
Lifehacker: ‘Misinformation’ and ‘Disinformation’ Are Not the Same Thing. “If the past three years have seemed more like 300, the coming year is really about to test us all. The countdown to the 2020 election is about to begin and we’ve got to prepare ourselves for the onslaught of misinformation and disinformation—and it’s important to know the difference. Because they’re not the same thing.” A very short writeup about a pet peeve of mine. I hope she does one on the difference between data breaches and data leaks, because if you left a front-facing MongoDB instance on the Web, that was damn well not a data breach as opposed to a data leak.
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Al-Monitor: Palestinian National Library to collect Palestine’s scattered archives. “Ihab Bseiso’s job may be every bibliophile’s dream: The former minister of culture is charged with creating the Palestinian National Library in a palace that stretches over 40 dunams, or 9 acres, of land near Ramallah. Despite the enthusiasm of Bseiso — a journalist, poet and advocate of culture as a tool of political resistance — the establishment of the national library has been anything but quick.”
WTVR: These Virginia museums are teaming up to preserve historical treasures. “The Virginia Museum of History and Culture (VMHC) and the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia (BHMVA) recently announced a permanent partnership in which extensive collections of original documents, photographs and artifacts will be housed and cataloged at VMHC’s facilities. Eventually, the items will be digitized and placed in VHMC’s online database so that anyone can review and research the items.”
The Verge: Inside National Conspiracy Writing Month, A Challenge For Creating ‘Fan Fiction About Reality’. “The project is called National Conspiracy Writing Month, an unofficial spinoff of the long-running National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) challenge. Where NaNoWriMo requires participants to write a 50,000-word novel, the inaugural NaCoWriMo asks them to produce a ‘deep, viable, and complete conspiracy theory.’ Its creator Tim Hwang hopes these fake plots can illuminate a pervasive cultural phenomenon — helping both participants and spectators understand how conspiracy theories emerge. He just hopes people don’t take them too seriously.” Oh dear. I don’t like this. It’s like forking National Fire Safety Month by having a kerosene-making contest.
SECURITY & LEGAL
Ars Technica: White House kicks infosec team to curb in IT office shakeup. “An internal White House memo published today by Axios reveals that recent changes to the information operations and security organizations there have left the security team in tumult, with many members headed for the door. And the chief of the White House’s computer network defense branch—who wrote the memo after submitting his resignation—warned that the White House was likely headed toward another network compromise and theft of data.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Phys .org: Virtual spaces mirror income inequality. “The Internet democratized the exchange of information, but the evolution of online social networks has mirrored the segregation of urban neighborhoods in real cities, according to NECSI’s analysis of millions of tweets. Social media users have organized themselves into economically segregated echo-chambers. This breakup of information reinforces the fragmentation and polarization of communities.”
CNET: Almost all political tweets come from just 10% of Twitter users. “There’s no question that Twitter plays a major role in US politics, particularly with its policy of letting world leaders like President Donald Trump tweet what they want, even if those tweets violate the tech giant’s rules of engagement. But only 22% of Americans actually use Twitter, and of those, most political tweets are coming from a very small number, according to a Wednesday report from the Pew Research Center.”
Neowin: Neural network system has achieved remarkable accuracy in detecting brain hemorrhages. “Deep learning and its applications have grown in recent years. Recently, researchers from ETH Zurich used the technique to study dark matter in an industry first. Now, a team working with the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine have trained a convolutional neural network dubbed ‘PatchFCN’ that detects brain hemorrhages with remarkable accuracy.” Good morning, Internet…
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