Minnesota Photography, Pinterest, DHS, More: Friday Evening ResearchBuzz, December 06, 2019


International Falls Journal: Newly digitized photo albums celebrate MN history. “As Minnesotans gather together to celebrate the holidays, it’s often a time of reminiscing and remembering our shared memories. For the last few months, several Minnesota Historical Society staffers have focused on digitizing MNHS’s collection of photo albums, including a significant number featuring families and friends across various eras. Through these efforts, 111 photo albums are now available to explore on the MNHS website. Previously, these artifacts could only be viewed in person at the Gale Family Library in St. Paul.”


CNET: Pinterest will stop promoting wedding ideas from former slave plantations. “Wedding planning giants Pinterest and the Knot Worldwide will stop promoting wedding venues and content that romanticize former slave plantations, the companies said on Wednesday. The move comes after an advocacy group asked the companies and others to stop promoting former slave plantations as wedding venues altogether, and after an increasing number of conversations about the appropriateness of hosting weddings in places with a history of slavery.”

TechCrunch: After criticism, Homeland Security drops plans to expand airport face recognition scans to US citizens. “Homeland Security has confirmed it will not expand face recognition scans to U.S. citizens arriving and departing the country, days after it emerged the agency proposed making the scans for citizens mandatory.”


CBC: Inuit sharing ancient knowledge of ice, sea and land with new app . “A social media app geared toward the outdoor lives of Inuit launched Wednesday with features that tie traditional knowledge to smartphone technology. The Siku app and web platform, named after the Inuktitut word for sea ice, allows users to trade observations about dangerous conditions, document wildlife sightings and trade hunting stories.”

TuftsNow: Nothing Gets Lost in Translation in the Perseus Digital Library. “Gregory Crane, professor of classical studies and computer science at Tufts, recently won a large grant to further his work digitizing ancient literature in multiple languages.”

Ubergizmo: Facebook’s Filters Tried To Censor The Mac G4 For Being ‘Overtly Sexual’. “Thanks to algorithms and filters, companies such as Facebook can manage content uploaded to its platform without necessarily needing human intervention. However, as with all things, it is not 100% accurate or reliable. In fact, recently there was a hilarious report of how Facebook’s filters had attempted to censor the photo of a Mac G4 computer for apparently being ‘overtly sexual’.”

Wired: The Pride and Prejudice of Online Fan Culture. “Go with me here. Janeites can be seen as internet culture avant la lettre—what Sebastian Heath, an archaeologist and professor of computational humanities and Roman archaeology at New York University, calls a ‘self-digitizing community.’ OK, yes, the Arpanet and packet switching don’t figure much in the misadventures of Emma Woodhouse or the Bennet sisters. But the Janeites represent a critical plot point in the evolution of online sociology.”


Abacus News: Doxxing of Hong Kong children spurs new Facebook policies. “Social media giant Facebook introduced a new policy to protect minors after children of Hong Kong police officers became victims of doxxing attacks during the city’s ongoing anti-government protests, its content manager revealed on Wednesday. Under the policy that was implemented worldwide in September, Facebook removes content designed to identify children and create risks to their safety.”


The Verge: Google’s third era. “Alphabet was formed in 2015 as a weird holding company for Google, designed in part to distance Page and Brin’s various pet projects from Google’s core business. That’s when Pichai was put in charge of Google as the CEO. Since then, I think Pichai’s tenure has been marked by a few major stories that are really the same story: he has spent a significant chunk of his time cleaning up the messes that resulted from Google’s culture up to that point.”

Engadget: NIST preserve JFK assassination bullets with 3D scans (updated). “The 56th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination was last month. Early next year, you’ll be able to see, in almost nauseating detail, the bullets that took his life. The National Archives will upload high-definition 3D images of the projectiles to its online catalog.” Good evening, Internet…

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