The Philosopher, Swedish-American Lodge Records, Yeshiva University Photography, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, December 30, 2019


Blog of the APA: Academic journal The Philosopher joins with Exact Editions to put their archive online. “Recently, the academic journal The Philosopher decided to partner with the company Exact Editions to put their archive online in digital format. Many articles from past decades will be more easily available to researchers because of this move. In order to understand its significance, I talked with Exact Editions co-founder Adam Hodgkin and The Philosopher editor Anthony Morgan.”

Canton Daily Ledger: Vasa National Archives digitizes Lodge Records. “The Vasa Order of America National Archives in Bishop Hill is pleased to announce over 74,000 pages of Swedish-American lodge records are now available online… These records document the largest and oldest Swedish-American fraternal organization and some of it’s predecessor organizations. The records come from lodges located in Connecticut and Massachusetts and are dated from the 1880s-1990s.”

Yeshiva University: YU Historic Photos Available in New Digital Collection. “Visit the Libraries’ Digital Collections platform to view our newest collection, Yeshiva University Historic Photographs.”


TechCrunch: Snapchat will launch Bitmoji TV, a personalized cartoon show. “Snapchat’s most popular yet under-exploited feature is finally getting the spotlight in 2020. Starting in February with a global release, your customizable Bitmoji avatar will become the star of a full-motion cartoon series called Bitmoji TV. It’s a massive evolution for Bitmoji beyond the chat stickers and comic strip-style Stories where they were being squandered to date.”


Taneya’s Genealogy Blog: My Digital Photo Organization: Principle 5 – Add Metadata. “This post is #5 is a series I am writing about my digital photo/file organization processes. In previous posts, I covered 1) how I gather my photos into one place, 2) how I name my files, 3) how I backup my digital photos, and 4) how I establish a structure for my files. Here, I share why metadata is important to me and how it can help you create a robust, searchable, and browsable digital photo collection.”


City AM: Google workers exposed to chemical that causes birth defects. “Google has admitted that some of its employees have been exposed to harmful chemicals than can cause birth defects. Factory workers making Google products, but hired by an outside supplier, have been exposed to N-Methylpyrrolidone, which can cause birth defects and serious skin and respiratory irritation.”

XXL: How Social Media Changed Hip-Hop in the 2010s. “Of course, hip-hop and social media haven’t always been so inescapably intertwined. Yet in this past decade, the two gargantuan aspects of pop culture have molded and shaped each other in ways that have left each forever changed.”

Mashable: Mashable’s favorite memes of the decade. “Memes, of course, existed well before 2010, but it was during this decade that they really penetrated the mainstream and reached absurdist new heights in their form. At the beginning of the 2010s, we’d get a major new meme every few months. In 2019, thanks to the ubiquity of social media platforms in our lives, we get a new one nearly every day.”


ZDNet: Google Chrome impacted by new Magellan 2.0 vulnerabilities. “A new set of SQLite vulnerabilities can allow attackers to remotely run malicious code inside Google Chrome, the world’s most popular web browser. The vulnerabilities, five, in total, are named ‘Magellan 2.0,’ and were disclosed today by the Tencent Blade security team.”

Washington Post: Colleges are turning students’ phones into surveillance machines, tracking the locations of hundreds of thousands. “Short-range phone sensors and campuswide WiFi networks are empowering colleges across the United States to track hundreds of thousands of students more precisely than ever before. Dozens of schools now use such technology to monitor students’ academic performance, analyze their conduct or assess their mental health. But some professors and education advocates argue that the systems represent a new low in intrusive technology, breaching students’ privacy on a massive scale.”

Politico: ‘We have a huge problem’: European regulator despairs over lack of enforcement. “Passed in May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was largely viewed as a model for the United States and other nations struggling to find effective limits on data collection by technology companies. There was little doubt that, given the breadth of the law and the many suspected violations by global tech firms, there would soon be heavy fines or, at least, sanctions that would force Big Tech to change its operating methods. But that promise has not been fulfilled.” Good morning, Internet…

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