Incarcerated Persons, London Review of Books, Genealogy Photography, More: Wednesday Evening ResearchBuzz, December 18, 2019


Google Blog: Fellows bring transparency to local jail data nationwide. “The last nationwide jail census was conducted in 2013, and the federal government’s most recent estimate of the U.S. jail population is from 2017. Because it takes so long to get up-to-date information on jail populations, Vera–an organization working to improve justice systems–started a project to collect the data themselves.”


The Bookseller: London Review of Books rounds off 40th anniversary. “The London Review of Books has launched a new website, rounding off its 40th anniversary celebrations with a comprehensive overhaul of the paper’s online presence, with its archive freely accessible for a month. The new website launched on Monday (16th December) with the entire LRB archive of almost 17,500 pieces—including writers such as Frank Kermode, Hilary Mantel, Oliver Sacks and Angela Carter—available to read for free until 15th January.”

Genealogy’s Star: How to take better photos for genealogy: Part Five: Cameras. “It is important to know, as is commonly repeated, that the best camera is the one you have when you need to take a photograph. What is happening today is that the quality of the images being produced by all types of cameras is increasing dramatically and the difference in the quality of the photographs being produced is collapsing in that almost any newer camera will take a very adequate looking photograph. Essentially, all newer cameras are computers as well as cameras.”


Brown University: Digitization of Historic Campus Speeches with CLIR Grant . “The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has awarded the Brown University Library $23,215 from its Recordings at Risk program. One of 13 projects selected out of 34 to receive grants from the program, the Library’s proposal, ‘Brown University Archives Audio-Visual Collection: Global Perspectives from Campus Speeches,’ will allow us to digitize and make available to the public a large selection of audio and video recordings of speeches by leading public figures invited to Brown between 1950 and 1995.”

The Verge: The Terror Queue. “Peter, who has done this job for nearly two years, worries about the toll that the job is taking on his mental health. His family has repeatedly urged him to quit. But he worries that he will not be able to find another job that pays as well as this one does: $18.50 an hour, or about $37,000 a year. Since he began working in the violent extremism queue, Peter noted, he has lost hair and gained weight. His temper is shorter. When he drives by the building where he works, even on his off days, a vein begins to throb in his chest.” This is about moderating content at Google and YouTube. It left me in tears. A disturbing but important read.


CNET: Payroll data for 29,000 Facebook employees stolen. “The personal banking information for thousands of Facebook employees was stolen last month, Bloomberg reported earlier Friday. The data breach reportedly occurred when someone stole multiple unencrypted physical hard drives from a Facebook payroll staffer’s car. Info on the hard drives included names, bank account numbers, the last four Social Security Number digits, salaries, bonus amounts and equity details, the report said.”

Computer Business Review: GitHub Urges “Critical” Updates After Nine Git Vulnerabilities Spotted. “GitHub has urged users to make ‘critical’ Git project code updates after nine security vulnerabilities were found in the open source version-control system. It is ‘especially critical’ that Git on Windows users patch fast, GitHub said, with the flaws potentially allowing attackers to ‘overwrite arbitrary paths, remotely execute code, and/or overwrite files in the .git/ directory’.”

BBC: How bots are stealing artwork from artists on Twitter. “Artists have told the BBC how their artwork is being stolen from social media and sold for profit online. They claim malicious individuals are finding their art, often with the aid of an automated system known as a bot, and uploading it on to a website where it can be sold on a T-shirt without the artist’s permission.”


EurekAlert: Review Commons, a pre-journal portable review platform. ” Today ASAPbio and EMBO Press launch Review Commons, a platform for high-quality, journal-independent peer review of manuscripts from the life sciences before submission to a journal. Authors can submit preprints or unpublished manuscripts to Review Commons for expert peer review.”

As You Sow: Shareholders Call for #RebootFacebook to Put Company on Path to Democracy, Decency, and Disclosure. “Shareholder advocacy non-profit As You Sow filed a comprehensive shareholder resolution today with Facebook, asking the social media giant to #RebootFacebook to bring decency, democracy, and disclosure back to the brand and all of its customers and shareowners.” Good evening, Internet…

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