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Circus Posters, Archie Roach, Quayside Toronto, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 4, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Library of Congress: Step Right Up! Circus Posters for Your Viewing Pleasure. “Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, please direct your attention to the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, and join us in celebrating the recent digitizing of the Library’s circus posters! The Circus Poster Collection includes more than 450 items representing circus companies such as P.T. Barnum, Barnum and Bailey, Ringling Brothers, Sells Brothers, Hagenbeck, Forepaugh, and Robinson.”

Mirage News: Archie Roach’s story told in new online exhibition. “Archie Roach’s powerful songs tell his story of heartbreaking loss, love and healing through music. He is a Gunditjmara and Bundjalung man, born in Mooroopna, Victoria in 1956. A musician, author and human rights campaigner, Archie is also a member of the Stolen Generations. He was forcibly separated from his family when he was two years old, placed into foster care and told he was an orphan.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNN: Alphabet scales back its smart city project in Toronto after backlash. “Waterfront Toronto, the government agency overseeing the development, announced Thursday that it has agreed to evaluate Alphabet’s plans after major concessions from the tech company, including a much smaller plot of land for the development and less control over data. The agreement keeps Alphabet’s project alive.”

Library of Congress: In the Library’s Web Archives: Dig If You Will the Pictures. “The Digital Content Management section has been working on a project to extract and make available sets of files from the Library’s significant Web Archives holdings. This is another step to explore the Web Archives and make them more widely accessible and usable. Our aim in creating these sets is to identify reusable, ‘real world’ content in the Library’s digital collections, which we can provide for public access. The outcome of the project will be a series of datasets, each containing 1,000 files of related media types selected from .gov domains. We will announce and explore these datasets here on The Signal, and the data will be made available through LC Labs.”

BetaNews: Microsoft Q&A launches to replace TechNet and MSDN forums. “Microsoft launched a preview of Microsoft Q&A, a ‘global, community-driven platform for timely, high-quality technical answers’ this week. Microsoft Q&A will replace the MDSN and TechNet forums which IT professionals and developers used in the past to ask and answer questions.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: How to Quickly Create Temporary Email Addresses With YOPmail. “When you want to safeguard your privacy online a good place to start is by using a disposable email address. It allows you to sign up to services or send messages anonymously, or just cut down on the amount of spam your real email address receives. One of the best options for creating temporary email addresses is YOPmail. Let’s take a look at how to use it.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

CNET: Instagram is shutting down a creepy app that lets you stalk loved ones. “A new app is looking to revive one of the creepiest Instagram features and encouraging people to spy on their significant others through social media. Critics said the app’s offerings make it resemble stalkerware.”

Motherboard: Google Hosted an Insecure App for Searching Personal Data of Palestinians. “An Android app on the Google Play Store allowed anyone to look up biographical information on a large number of people in Palestine, including names, dates of birth, place of residence, and details on their family. The app was designed for a user to search for one person at a time, but a cybersecurity researcher also found the server hosting the data itself is insecure, allowing anyone to scrape it en masse.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Illinois News Bureau: Will hiding ‘like’ counts and other numbers improve social media?. “University of Illinois researcher Ben Grosser began experimenting with hiding the metrics on social media platforms seven years ago. Now, tech companies are following his lead with tests that hide ‘like’ counts and other metrics. Grosser said hiding those numbers makes users feel less competitive and reduces other negative social effects of using the platforms.”

BuzzFeed News: Opinion: Why Facebook Should Sit Out The 2020 Election. ” American democracy is in deep trouble, social media companies have violated our trust too many times to count and, at least in the US, there’s no way to regulate digital election ads — or to even ask the Federal Elections Commission, which has been effectively shut down under Republican control, to offer guidance. Without oversight, there’s no civically responsible way to allow digital ad buys. From my experience as a political strategist for Democratic candidates and advocacy groups, I believe Facebook should adopt the same policy.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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