Native American-Owned Businesses, Dick Cavett, African-American History, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, January 13, 2020


Arizona Public Media: New online tool points consumers Native American-owned businesses. “RezRising is meant to be a sort of Yelp for Native American-owned businesses. It’s geared both for members of Native communities who want to keep their business on the reservation and for other types of consumers.” The site lists over 500 businesses across the southwestern United States.

New-to-me, from Open Culture: How Dick Cavett Brought Sophistication to Late Night Talk Shows: Watch 270 Classic Interviews Online. “Just as the avuncular presence of Ed Sullivan helped ease middle America into accepting Elvis Presley and The Beatles, the aw-shucks midwestern charm of Dick Cavett made Woodstock hippies seem downright cuddly when he had Jefferson Airplane, David Crosby, and Joni Mitchell on just after the legendary music festival in 1969. He had a way of making everyone around him comfortable enough to reveal just a little more than they might otherwise.”

Sightlines: Years of ‘In Black America’ Radio Series Digitized, Made Public. “Covering a breathtaking swath of the African American experience — education, style, economics, social issues, sports, families, culture, literature, science and politics — ‘In Black America’ has featured interviews with luminaries including writer and photographer Gordon Parks, Sr.; dance pioneer and choreographer Alvin Ailey; the Rev. Jesse Jackson; architect John S. Chase, the first black architect licensed in Texas; poet Nikki Giovanni; and author Maya Angelou.”

Courier Journal: Who did Matt Bevin pardon and why? Look up his Kentucky pardons on our exclusive database. “Gov. Matt Bevin issued 254 pardons between his loss to Andy Beshear on Election Day and the end of his term…. Those 254 pardons are among the more than 670 pardons and commutations Bevin issued during his final two months in office. The Courier Journal is working to provide details from each pardon order filed with the Secretary of State’s office.”


Creative Commons: Introducing the CC Search Browser Extension. “With the CC Search Browser Extension, users can now search for CC-licensed images, download them, and attribute the owner/creator without needing to head over to Flickr, Behance, Rawpixel or any other source of CC-licensed content.”

FamilySearch Blog: What’s Coming to FamilySearch in 2020. “With each new year, FamilySearch has goals for improving your experience and helping people around the world discover and connect with their families. So what’s new on FamilySearch in 2020? Here’s your sneak peek! This year, FamilySearch will expand its reach by adding more languages and more social capabilities. Some key experiences such as the Family Tree and Memories will also have new and improved functionality.”


ProPublica: How to File Your State and Federal Taxes for Free in 2020. “TurboTax and other tax prep services advertised themselves as ‘free,’ but we found several ways that they tricked people into paying. Here’s our guide to preparing and filing your taxes without falling into a trap.”


MSN News: Federal database of addiction treatment providers outdated, study finds. “There’s a rallying cry heard often in the battle against opioid addiction: People with opioid use disorder need immediate access to treatment, particularly the medications that stop cravings and prevent overdoses. But a study published this week in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice found that one avenue to addiction treatment — a federal database of clinicians who prescribe buprenorphine, a key antiaddiction medication — is rife with inaccuracies and unlikely to connect patients with care.”

History News Network: British National Archives to trial 12-document limit per day for visitors, as academics warn research could be affected. “The National Archives have provoked outcry from academics by announcing a new trial restricting readers to 12 documents a day, despite concerns it may add ‘huge expense’ to research.”


Techdirt: Appeals Court Makes The Right Call Regarding Non-Commercial Creative Commons Licenses. “We’ve pointed out for years that there’s always been some level of confusion about the boundaries of the ‘non-commercial’ tag on a Creative Commons license. There are lots of things that are kind of fuzzy about it. Does it mean you just can’t sell the work? Or does it mean you can’t even use it on a website if that website has ads on it?”


The Brookings Institution: Twitter’s ban on political advertisements hurts our democracy. “Even if social media companies could successfully define electioneering advertisements, the benefits of such a policy are unclear. Rather than being a well-thought policy, the decision seems to be a knee-jerk reaction to the criticisms about the role of the social media in politics.”

The Atlantic: Bots Are Destroying Political Discourse As We Know It. “Presidential-campaign season is officially, officially, upon us now, which means it’s time to confront the weird and insidious ways in which technology is warping politics. One of the biggest threats on the horizon: Artificial personas are coming, and they’re poised to take over political debate. The risk arises from two separate threads coming together: artificial-intelligence-driven text generation and social-media chatbots. These computer-generated ‘people’ will drown out actual human discussions on the internet.” Good morning, Internet…

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