Illinois Suffrage, Music Composers, Africa Political Cartoons, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, December 12, 2019

My Internet went out yesterday morning before I left the house, then when I came back I had to goof around with it an hour or so, and then I had to leave AGAIN.. my point is that the Evening Buzz will show up late afternoon today and everything else will be off-kilter. But off-kilter’s practically my middle name, so what the hell. Much love.


Illinois State University: Newly digitized collection highlights Bloomington-Normal women’s suffrage history. “Hazle [Buck Ewing]’s activist writings, as well as incoming letters from dozens of other suffragists and materials from the National Woman’s Party and Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage, are now freely available online for research and study, thanks to a monthslong digitization campaign by Milner Library and the Ewing Cultural Center.”

Library of Congress: Announcing the LC Commissioned Composers Web Archive. “It is with great excitement that I announce the availability of a new web archive collection from the Library of Congress – the LC Commissioned Composers Web Archive! This digital collection contains archived websites of composers commissioned with Music Division funds. Of course, not all composers we’ve commissioned since 1925 have websites, including living composers, so this collection is a sampling, albeit rich with research potential.”

This article is from 2015, but I just found out about the resource it discusses because Tejumola Olaniyan died at the end of November. So, from African Digital Art: Encyclopedia of African Political Cartooning. “African cartoons is another fantastic digital platform that is archiving African artistic practice. We had a chance to interview Tejumola Olaniyan, the founder of African Political Cartoons an online archive of African political cartoons.”


Government Technology: U.S. Census Bureau Rolls Out Innovation Tools for 2020 Count. “With next year’s first-ever heavily digital U.S. Census fast approaching, the Census Bureau has now rolled out a series of new projects, tools and collaborative programs aimed at helping to ensure an accurate count of residents. The Census Bureau held a Demo Day for these new initiatives Dec. 10 at its headquarters just outside of Washington, D.C. The assets unveiled there were wide-ranging, and, perhaps most importantly for communities, many of them were designed to bolster work already being done to support the Census by stakeholders at the local level.”

NBC12: Waze driving app launches new tool to help drivers during winter weather. “The driving app, Waze, has launched a new feature for drivers to report plowed and unplowed roads during winter weather. Drivers can now report unplowed roads in real-time and the app will inform drivers when they are approaching a road that was reported to be unplowed.”

Google Blog: Making our products more helpful in Arabic. “Today, we’re announcing new products in the Middle East and North Africa, a region connected by a common language, Arabic. The Arabic language, beautiful yet complex, is written from right-to-left, has a range of dialects, and one word can mean many different things depending on the context. For our products to be helpful, they need to understand the nuances of the language.”


University of Maryland: NSF Awards $1M to Develop Open Knowledge Database for Business. “The National Science Foundation has awarded $1 million to a multi-institutional team that includes a UMD business professor to help develop an open knowledge database to benefit entrepreneurs and small businesses.”

Techdirt: Russia Blocks All Of Shutterstock Due To ‘Offensive’ Image Involving The Russian Flag. “We’ve talked quite a bit over the years about Rozcomnadzor, the Russian agency in charge of policing the internet for copyright infringing content… and really anything else that the Russian government decides it doesn’t like. The agency operates exactly as deftly as you would expect, routinely blocking entire sites that are in regular use in Russia over a tiny percentage of ‘illicit’ use. The problem, of course, is that Rozcomnadzor often interprets ‘illicit’ uses of the internet to mean embarrassing public Russian figures with ties to the government, criticizing the government itself, or using basic internet security tools such as VPN to keep the Russian government out of one’s internet use.”

WUFT: Important Floridian Artifacts Collection Receives Almost $100,000 For Upgrades. “The Florida Museum of Natural History has received almost $100,000 to upgrade over 20,000 artifacts from excavations of the Franciscan mission site of San Juan Del Puerto.”


Japan Times: Japanese court orders Google to erase search results on man’s arrest. “A court ordered Google Inc. on Thursday to erase news search results about an arrest of a man who claimed that showing information about the case that was later dropped was an invasion of privacy.”

BBC: Internet provider faces big GDPR fine for lax call centre checks. “A German internet service provider faces a €9.6m ($10.6m; £8m) fine after being accused of failing to carry out tough enough customer ID checks. Germany’s data protection watchdog said anyone who called 1&1 Telecom could get extensive personal information about someone else solely by giving their name and date of birth.”


EurekAlert: Social media contributes to increased perception of food technology as risky business. “When it comes to food technology, the information shared on social media often trumps the facts put out by the scientific community and food experts, leading to the dissemination of disinformation, ‘fake news’ and conspiracy theories. Nowhere is this more evident than consumers’ mistrust of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), despite assurances from the scientific community and food experts.” Good morning, Internet…

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