Philadelphia Social Justice, Spanish-Language Fact Checking, Zorin Linux, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 22, 2019


Technical. ly Philly: Media Mobilizing Project is launching an online archive of Philly’s social justice movements . “Media Mobilizing Project (MMP), a nonprofit that works to amplify voices of communities fighting for justice, equity and human rights, has launched the first stage of its digital archive of social justice movements in Philadelphia. The archive will contain more than 800 hours of footage documenting local movements, including clips from grassroots campaigns for education funding, immigrant rights and workers’ rights.”


Poynter: Univision and Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network join forces to fight misinformation in the U.S. . “The Poynter Institute announces that its International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) will partner with Univision News to elevate international fact-checks of interest to Spanish language audiences living in the U.S. leading up to the presidential election.”

BetaNews: Zorin OS 15 Lite Linux distro can rejuvenate your aging Windows PC. “Why buy new hardware if you don’t need it? A better operating system can often make the computer run fast again. Today, you can download an excellent such Linux-based operating system. Called ‘Zorin OS 15 Lite,’ it is not only lightweight, but thanks to the Xfce desktop environment and integrated Flatpak support, it should be quite familiar to those switching from Windows. In fact, the developers are intentionally targeting existing Windows 7 users, as Microsoft’s operating system will be unsupported beginning January 2020.” I migrated my husband to Zorin. Very easy learning curve if you’re at all familiar with Windows 7.

TechCrunch: Facebook’s latest experiment is a meme creation app, Whale. “Facebook’s NPE Team, a division inside the social networking giant that will build experimental consumer-facing social apps, has now added a third app to its lineup with the launch of meme creation app Whale. Currently, the app allows users to decorate photos with text and stickers in order to create memes that can be shared to social media or texted to friends.”


New York Times: Google Hires Firm Known for Anti-Union Efforts. “Google has hired an anti-union consulting firm to advise management as it deals with widespread worker unrest, including accusations that it has retaliated against organizers of a global walkout and cracked down on dissent inside the company.”

The Guardian: White nationalists are openly operating on Facebook. The company won’t act. “Facebook promised to ban white nationalist content from its platform in March 2019, reversing a years-long policy to tolerate the ideology. But Red Ice TV is just one of several white nationalist outlets that remain active on the platform today.”

Motherboard: Google Workers Are Protesting the Suspension of Two of Their Activist Colleagues. “Last week, Google placed two workers on administrative leave for violating company policies about accessing and sharing internal documents. On Friday, those two workers, who have now publicly identified themselves as Laurence Berland and Rebecca Rivers, will speak at a worker-led rally outside Google’s offices in San Francisco.”


MeriTalk: House Bill Would Digitize FARA Records. “Reps. Ken Buck, R-Colo., and Ro Khanna, D-Calif., introduced a bill on Nov. 15 that would require all Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) files to be submitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in a digital, searchable electronic format.”

CNET: Facebook, Google ‘surveillance’ threatens human rights, Amnesty International says. “Amnesty International joined the ranks of Facebook and Google critics on Wednesday, saying the two companies have ‘surveillance-based business models’ that threaten human rights and undermine privacy. The human rights organization also called on governments to enact and enforce legislation that restricts the amount of personal data companies collect. ”


The Sociable: NIST research effort to measure bias in results we get from search engines: ‘Fair Ranking’. “As part of its long-running Text Retrieval Conference (TREC), which is taking place this week at NIST’s Gaithersburg, Maryland, campus, NIST has launched the Fair Ranking track this year, which is an incubator for a new area of study that aims to bring fairness in research. The track has been proposed and organized by researchers from Microsoft, Boise State University and NIST, who hope to find strategies for removing bias, by finding apt ways to measure the amount of bias in data and search techniques.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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