Turkey News Sites, WWII Atrocities, Secluded Students, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, November 20, 2019


Columbia University Libraries: Just Launched: Web Archive of Independent News Sites on Turkish Affairs. “I am pleased to announce the launch of the Web Archive of Independent News Sites on Turkish Affairs. Developed by librarians within the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation, the archive documents and preserves online news outlets about Turkey that are not controlled by the state. These sites provide opposing views and news about events unfolding in Turkey on topics that may not be covered by state news outlets, such as: migration, terrorism, the environment, LGBTQ issues, wars, insurgencies, and on.”

Arolsen Archives: Ten million more names published. “In the winter of 1945/46, the four occupying powers issued orders to German local authorities, companies, the police, and other institutions requiring them to draw up lists of the foreign nationals, German Jews and stateless persons who were registered with them. Details of burial sites were to be included. A large collection of the documents created in this way as well as other lists from the American Zone of Occupation can now be viewed in the online archive of the Arolsen Archives. They contain information pertaining to around ten million names.”

ProPublica Illinois: The Federal Government Collects Data on How Often Schools Seclude Children. The Numbers Don’t Add Up.. “In fall 2015, Glacier Ridge Elementary School in Crystal Lake first used its Blue Room, a padded space that allows school workers to place students in ‘isolated timeout’ for safety reasons. Students were secluded in that room more than 120 times during the 2015-16 school year, according to records obtained by ProPublica Illinois and the Chicago Tribune. Yet the district, in its required reporting to the federal government, said it hadn’t used seclusion at all that school year.”


Wired: DuckDuckGo Will Automatically Encrypt More Sites You Visit. “Today DuckDuckGo is releasing a feature called Smarter Encryption that combines its existing private search capabilities and tracker blocking service with a new tool to upgrade encryption for more of the sites you visit. It’s available on DuckDuckGo’s mobile browser for Android and iOS, and through the company’s desktop browser extension for Firefox and Chrome.”

CNBC: Snapchat fact-checks political ads, unlike Facebook, says CEO Evan Spiegel. “As pressure mounts on Big Tech companies to address the spread of misinformation, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel said Monday that his company fact-checks all political advertising.”


WTVD: How social media users get around Facebook’s ban on gun sales. “Gun sellers are outsmarting Facebook and getting around the social media giant’s ban on the sale of weapons. It’s against Facebook’s policy to post weapons, ammunition, or explosives for sale, but that’s not stopping these prohibited items from being sold online on social media forums. An ABC11 viewer brought this to our attention after they said they would report each ad they found of a weapon for sale, but they claim the post remained for days or new ones would pop up.”

TechCrunch: Ubiquity6’s is part 3D scanner, part social network. “The company’s first publicly launched app,, started rolling out on iOS and Android over the weekend. Part 3D scanner and part social network, it lets you scan a location or object, edit it (cropping it to just the bits you’re interested in, or adding pre-built digital objects), and share it with the world. Want everyone to see it? You can pin a scan to a map, allowing anyone panning by to explore your scan. Want to keep it to yourself? Flip the privacy toggle accordingly.”


New York Times: Silicon Valley’s Biggest Foe Is Getting Even Tougher. “Margrethe Vestager spent the past five years developing a well-earned reputation as the world’s top tech industry watchdog. From her perch overseeing Europe’s competition rules, she fined Google more than $9 billion for breaking antitrust laws, and forced Apple to pay about $14.5 billion for dodging taxes. Now she says that work, which made her a hero among tech critics, did not go far enough.”

TuftsNow: Are Twitter Spies Part of a Trend?. “The simple act of signing up for a Twitter account or using the WhatsApp messaging service could expose users to international spying and malicious surveillance, according to two current legal cases—and the implications are particularly concerning for journalists and dissidents who criticize the leaders of authoritarian regimes. The threats also go far beyond what most individuals can defend themselves against, according to a Fletcher School professor.”

BetaNews: Security companies and domestic violence organizations join in Coalition Against Stalkerware. “Ten organizations including Avira, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes and NortonLifeLock, have joined in a global initiative called the Coalition Against Stalkerware. Stalkerware programs carry the possibility for intrusion into a person’s private life and are being used as a tool for abuse in cases of domestic violence and stalking.”


Newswise: ‘Throwaway’ social profiles may have a place on some platforms, with some topics. “We’ve heard of them in the world of online dating, with teens trying to avoid the watchful eyes of mom and dad, and with scammers and foreign accounts trying to cheat us or convince us of a lie to gain profit or our vote. Social media companies have promised to crack down when they are able to identify these temporary accounts. Now, new research from the University of Michigan shows that so-called throwaway profiles on some platforms can be good for adults who need to open up and test the waters on subjects that might cause them shame or pain if they were to share as themselves.”

EurekAlert: In its 15th year, INCITE advances open science with supercomputer grants to 47 projects. “The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science announced allocations of supercomputer access to 47 science projects for 2020–awarding 60 percent of the available time on some of the nation’s most powerful supercomputers, with the ultimate goal of accelerating discovery and innovation.”

TAP into Newark: Rutgers-Newark Faculty, Students Create Open Platform for Language Translation Services. “Express Newark, an arts- and culture-focused coworking space at Hahne & Co, recently granted a $5,000 Third Space Award to the Lives in Translation (LiT) project, a two-pronged a student language translation program at Rutgers-Newark that’s collaborating with the university’s Design Consortium to visualize and build an accessible online database of volunteer interpreters.” Good morning, Internet…

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