Sephardic History, Madam C.J. Walker, Facebook, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, January 16, 2020


Israel Hayom: Israel’s National Library to share oral histories of Sephardi Jews. “The National Library of Israel has begun publishing oral histories from the Sephardi Voices initiative, the first digital collection that documents and preserves the life stories of Jews who lived in Arab and Islamic countries. In addition to sharing video and audio clips of interviews, the National Library will also be making photographs from the archive public.”

Inside Indiana Business: Madam Walker Collection Digitized, Preserved. “The Indianapolis Historical Society has completed a 12-month-long project to digitize 40,000 historical papers and photographs associated with Indianapolis entrepreneur and philanthropist Madam C.J. Walker. Madam Walker’s beauty products empire made her one of the wealthiest women of the early 1900s.”


ZDNet: Facebook to notify users of third-party app logins. “Facebook launched a new feature this week that will notify users whenever they (or somebody else) logs into a third-party app or website using their Facebook account. This new Facebook feature is called Facebook Notifications and was added to Facebook Login.”

National Declassification Center Blog: New Records Released – 2020 First Quarter Release List. “On January 3, 2020, the NDC released a listing of 206 entries that completed declassification processing between October 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. These records are now available for researcher requests. This release consists of textual and special media records from military and civilian agencies as well as the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.” Note that these have not been digitized, just declassified.


BBC: Twitter apologises for letting ads target neo-Nazis and bigots. “Twitter has apologised for allowing adverts to be micro-targeted at certain users such as neo-Nazis, homophobes and other hate groups. The BBC discovered the issue and that prompted the tech firm to act.”

Techdirt: Content Moderation At Scale Is Impossible: YouTube Says That Frank Capra’s US Government WWII Propaganda Violates Community Guidelines. “The film, which gives a US government-approved history of the lead up to World War II includes a bunch of footage of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Obviously, it wasn’t done to glorify them. The idea is literally the opposite. However, as you may recall, last summer when everyone was getting mad (again) at YouTube for hosting ‘Nazi’ content, YouTube updated its policies to ban ‘videos that promote or glorify Nazi ideology.’ We already covered how this was shutting down accounts of history professors. And, now, it’s apparently leading them to take US propaganda offline as well.”


Ars Technica: Critical Windows 10 vulnerability used to Rickroll the NSA and Github. “Less than a day after Microsoft disclosed one of the most critical Windows vulnerabilities ever, a security researcher has demonstrated how attackers can exploit it to cryptographically impersonate any website or server on the Internet.”

BBC: Turkey’s Wikipedia ban ends after almost three years. “Turkey is restoring access to Wikipedia after a ban that lasted almost three years. The country’s Constitutional Court ruled that the ban violated freedom of expression, the pro-government newspaper Milliyet reported.”


Route Fifty: State Park Debuts Virtual Reality Hike. “Table Rock State Park in South Carolina now provides a 5-minute virtual hike, offered for free at the park’s visitor center to anyone who can’t—or doesn’t want to—walk the real thing.”

EurekAlert: Math that feels good. “Mathematics and science Braille textbooks are expensive and require an enormous effort to produce — until now. A team of researchers has developed a method for easily creating textbooks in Braille, with an initial focus on math textbooks.” Good evening, Internet…

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