1960s Conservatism, Mass Uprisings, Irish-American History, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, January 28, 2020


WGBH: Historic Television Broadcasts Documenting the Conservative Movement in the 1960s Released by the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. “Rescued from deteriorating videotape and film, 21 National Education Television (NET) programs produced between 1956 and 1970 explore multiple perspectives on the modern conservative movement. The programs are now available for online viewing, many for the first time since their original broadcast.”

EurekAlert: Interactive map of mass uprisings around the world shows nonviolence works. “The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University has launched a new interactive map that catalogs all mass uprisings around the world between 1945-2014. The data, collected by Professor Erica Chenoweth and Fellow Christopher Shay, resoundingly show that nonviolent campaigns are more successful at achieving their political goals than violent campaigns.”


Irish Central: Oral history archive celebrates 50 years of the Irish language in Boston. “The University of Massachusetts Boston’s Joseph P. Healey’s Library has arranged a special archive collection consisting of five interviews, conducted entirely as Gaeilge, which discusses the unique importance of the Irish language to the Irish diaspora over the past 50 years.”

Washington State University: WSU to debut online resource for touring state’s most iconic buildings. “The free, public presentation will launch the Washington-based content for ‘SAH Archipedia,’ an online encyclopedia of the U.S. built environment, containing histories, photographs and maps for more than 20,000 structures, buildings and places.”


Gothamist: FDNY Still Fighting ‘Deep-Seated’ Fire In Chinatown Building Housing Museum Of Chinese In America Archives. “A five-alarm fire destroyed the top floors of a historic Chinatown building that housed the archives for the Museum of Chinese in America on Thursday.”

Forces Network: UFO Sightings Reported To RAF To Be Published Online. “Sightings of UFOs investigated by the Royal Air Force are to be published online. The RAF took the decision to wind up its UFO unit in 2009, after concluding that in more than 50 years, no received report had ever disclosed any evidence of a potential threat. The most recent reports received by the RAF will be placed online, the PA news agency can disclose, following a Freedom of Information Act request.”


Radio World: It’s Official: PIRATE Act Signed Into Law. “The teeth of the PIRATE Act is in the details. The act gives the commission the authority to levy fines of up to $100,000 per violation and $2 million in total…. The legislation also will lead to creation of a publicly accessible online database that lists all U.S. stations as well as all entities that have received notice that they are operating a broadcast radio station without authority.”

Reuters: U.S. state AGs, Justice Dept. officials to meet and coordinate on Google probe – sources. “Talks will likely include Google’s dominance in online search, possible anticompetitive behaviour in its Android mobile operating system, and the best division of labour as the probes move forward, the paper said, citing some of the people.”

PC Magazine: The Cost of Avast’s Free Antivirus: Companies Can Spy on Your Clicks. “Avast is harvesting users’ browser histories on the pretext that the data has been ‘de-identified,’ thus protecting your privacy. But the data, which is being sold to third parties, can be linked back to people’s real identities, exposing every click and search they’ve made.”


Mashable: In the internet era, public libraries are more vital than ever. “Back in 2018, Forbes sent Twitter into fury with a now-retracted column. Its big idea: Amazon should replace libraries because it has ‘provided something better.’ The Kindles, Netflixes and Starbucks of the world have rendered libraries obsolete, the author suggested; monetizing libraries would not only save taxpayer money but also bolster Amazon’s stockholder value. Librarians and activists are fighting hard against this idea. In fact, they’re making the case for why libraries are even more important in a world redefined by companies like Amazon.”

Neowin: An AI epidemiologist was among the first to break news of the coronavirus outbreak in China. “Near the end of the first week of January, news of a deadly flu outbreak in Wuhan, China started coming to mainstream media. The disease that started out from Wuhan has now spread to mainland China and to other parts of the world with confirmed cases in the United States and potential threats in the United Kingdom and other countries. Among the first reporters was BlueDot, which started notifying its customers of an impending outbreak as early as December 31.”

Artnet: How the National Archives’ Notorious Alteration of a Women’s March Photo Is Part of a Long American Tradition. “What distinguishes these past controversies from the Archives affair is that they involved hiding artifacts and information from public view or offering a new interpretation. The episode surrounding the Women’s March photo, on the other hand—one that is characteristic of the Trump era—involved actually altering an artifact being shown to visitors. The vigorous reaction from curators and historians shows that there is a clear consensus that this crossed a line.” Good morning, Internet…

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