Mexico Journalists, South Dakota Legal Help, The Far Side, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 18, 2019


Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Defensores de la Democracia seeks to be a living archive of the work of journalists killed in Mexico. “The story of Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, the Mexican journalist who arrived in the United States more than 10 years ago to request asylum but who could face deportation, was for Alejandra Ibarra the starting point of her project Defensores de la Democracia (Democracy Defenders), a digital archive that seeks to preserve the work of journalists killed in Mexico.” The site is in Spanish and Google doesn’t offer to translate it, and I didn’t have much luck with the other translation tools I tried.

KELO: Low-income South Dakotans can seek legal help on many issues through new website. “A new online tool that links lower-income South Dakotans and lawyers seems to be much faster than the old way, where legal-aid staff directly took people’s initial information…. What previously took up to an hour or longer can now be done in as little five to 10 minutes by computer.”

The New York Times: ‘The Far Side’ Is Back. Sort Of. Gary Larson Will Explain.. “Beginning Tuesday, the ‘Far Side’ site will provide visitors with ‘The Daily Dose,’ a random selection of past cartoons, along with a weekly set of strips arranged by theme. There will also be a look at doodles from the sketchbooks of Larson, who said: “I’m looking forward to slipping in some new things every so often.” (Previously, there was no content on the site.)”


Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion: Announcing the Wabash Center’s New Online Open Access Journal on Teaching. “You may have heard the announcements that the Wabash Center has launched a new open-access, online journal, The Wabash Center Journal on Teaching. The entire contents of the inaugural issue of the journal is now available for free download online. For twenty-two years the Wabash Center has been publishing Teaching Theology & Religion (TTR), owned by Wiley-Blackwell. Now we’ve moved our whole editorial team from TTR to this new publishing venture in order to make our efforts available digitally without subscription.” Wiley-Blackwell will continue to publish TTR with a new team.


Canada’s National Observer: Exclusive: Canada’s government underestimated Pinterest’s disinformation problem. “With all eyes on tech giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google, the Liberal government appears to have overlooked another key contributor to the spread of disinformation as it prepared for the 2019 election. The Canadian government thought Pinterest wouldn’t be vulnerable to political disinformation, in part because government officials believed the image-sharing platform doesn’t use an algorithm to promote content, according to a briefing obtained by National Observer.”

The Verge: A small Wisconsin company stored thousands of people’s CDs, then suddenly vanished. “Last month, almost a million CDs stored in Wisconsin seemed to disappear. For years, thousands of people paid a Madison-based company, named Murfie, to rip, stream, and store their CDs, vinyl, and cassettes. But a few weeks ago, Murfie’s website went offline and nearly all communication from the company ceased. Now, customers fear their physical music collections may be lost forever.”


The Scotsman: Competitions watchdog: Facebook and Google could have ‘negative consequences’ for consumers. “The competitions watchdog has warned that the dominance of Facebook and Google in the UK could inflate online prices and have ‘negative consequences’ for consumers using their services – and said there is a ‘strong argument’ for the development of a new regulatory regime.”

Boing Boing: Teespring removes Techdirt’s “Copying is Not Theft” tees for copyright infringement, and won’t discuss the matter any further. “As pranksters target skeezy t-shirt sellers that mine Twitter for replies containing ‘I want that on a t-shirt’ and then put the original Tweet on a t-shirt and shame online t-shirt sellers for underpolicing copyright, let’s not lose sight of what happens when they overpolice copyright.”


News@Northeastern: Facebook has already decided how you’re going to vote . “Facebook is wielding significant power over political discourse in the United States, thanks to an ad delivery system that reinforces political polarization among users, according to new research from a team of computer scientists.”

Carnegie Mellon University: Machine Learning Tool Helps Human Rights Workers Seek Justice. “Interdisciplinary researchers at CMU created a tool that can scan thousands of hours of multimedia in a matter of minutes. It can help human rights practitioners build cases against war criminals.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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