Empires and Global Trade, Southern Georgia Land Records, Tennessee History, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, February 5, 2020


VOX EU: The imperial roots of global trade: Evidence from a new database. “Throughout history, empires have facilitated trade within their territories by building and securing trade and migration routes, and by imposing common norms, languages, religions, and legal systems, all of which led to the accumulation of imperial capital. This column, based on novel data on the rise and fall of empires over the last 5,000 years, shows that imperial capital has a positive effect on current trade beyond historical legacies such as sharing a language or a religion. This suggests a persistent and previously unexplored influence of long-gone empires on current trade.”

Digital Library of Georgia: Valdosta State University Archives map and plat collections now available online. “Three map and plat collections featuring historical maps, plats, deeds, records, and correspondence pertaining to South Georgia land holdings dating from 1767 to 1899 are now available in the Digital Library of Georgia.”


Tennessee State Library and Archives: Welcome to the Stories from the Sixteenth State podcast!. “The Tennessee State Library and Archives is happy to announce the creation of a new podcast called Stories from the Sixteenth State. The title references Tennessee’s 1796 admission to the Union as the 16th state. The podcast will examine the people, places, and events that have shaped Tennessee’s history.”

BetaNews: Yet another Windows 10 update is causing problems. “Problematic updates for Windows 10 have become pretty common these days, and now it has happened again. Microsoft released the KB4532695 update last week to address problems with Explorer which were introduced by the November 2019 Update. But this update has itself been found to cause issues, with users complaining of BSoDs, audio problems and more.”

VentureBeat: Jigsaw’s Assembler helps media organizations spot deepfake images. “In an age of pervasive deepfakes, how can anyone know if an image they’re viewing is an AI-generated fabrication? Jigsaw — the organization working under Google parent company Alphabet to tackle cyberbullying, censorship, disinformation, and other digital issues — is prototyping a tool called Assembler to address this concern. Jigsaw CEO Jared Cohen revealed in a blog post that the tool is being piloted with media organizations to help fact-checkers and journalists pinpoint and analyze manipulated media.”


Social Media Examiner: How to Measure the Success of Your LinkedIn Company Page: 5 Performance Metrics. “Wondering if your LinkedIn company page is delivering the results you hoped for? Do you know where to find the best data to evaluate your efforts? In this article, you’ll learn how to measure five key performance metrics for your LinkedIn company page.”


The Harvard Crimson: Harvard Digitizes Colonial North America Archives. “A decade-long project to digitize every 17th- and 18th- century manuscript and archive in Harvard’s collections relating to North America will be finished this semester, according to University Archivist Megan Sniffin-Marinoff. The project, called Colonial North America at Harvard Library, will make more than 600,000 photographs of the documents publicly available online for the first time.”


CNBC: DOJ antitrust chief recuses himself from the Google probe due to potential conflicts. “Makan Delrahim, the top antitrust official at the Department of Justice, is recusing himself from the agency’s investigation of potentially anticompetitive behavior at Google due to potential conflicts of interest in his past.”

California Secretary of State: Where’s My Ballot? New Tool Launched to Help Voters Track the Status of their Vote-by-Mail Ballots. “The California Secretary of State’s office has launched the new “Where’s My Ballot?” tool. Voters can now sign-up…to receive automated notifications about their vote-by-mail ballots by email, text (SMS), or voice call.”

BuzzFeed News: This DNA Testing Firm Said It Wanted To Bring Closure To Families Of Murder Victims. Then It Blocked A Rival From Using Its Database To Solve Crimes.. “Since April 2018, when the method scored its first big success with the Golden State Killer case, dozens of alleged murderers or rapists have been identified by genetic genealogy…. The fact that cops were doing this in databases set up to allow people to research their family histories, initially without users being informed, has led to a tense debate over genetic privacy. The new emails, which BuzzFeed obtained as part of an ongoing FOIA lawsuit against the FBI, highlight another flashpoint: rivalries between companies working with cops to solve highly publicized cases.”


Phys .org: Updated shark tagging atlas provides more than 50 years of tagging and recapture data. “This new atlas updates an earlier version covering 1962 to 1993 and adds information on 22 species. Detailed profiles are provided for 14 shark species, including bull and tiger sharks and smooth dogfish. The updated data significantly extended their known ranges and movements.”

The Frugal Engineers: How I Finally Quit Using Social Media. “In late 2019, I finally quit social media. It had been on my mind for a while, and I decided to take the plunge a few months ago. What steps did I take to quit social media, and what’s changed since then? Let’s begin with why I made this change in the first place.” Good morning, Internet…

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