Baltimore Photography, North Carolina Segregated High Schools, IRS, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, February 6, 2020


WBAL: Grandsons use social media to ID people, places in historic Baltimore photos. “I. Henry Phillips’ work inspired his son and grandson to become photographers. Now, they’re hoping to share that legacy with a new generation. When I. Henry Phillips died, he left as many as 50,000 photo negatives to his family. Years ago, his grandson, H. Webster Phillips, started scanning them and converting them to digital files…. H. Webster Phillips has about 10,000 of his grandfather’s images digitized, but he needs help to identify the people and places in them. So, the I. Henry Photo Project was born.”

Digital NC: List of Public North Carolina African American High Schools Enhances Efforts at Preserving Their History. “We help cultural heritage institutions scan high school yearbooks. To date we’ve added over 8,200 to DigitalNC. Less than 5% come from African American high schools*…. To highlight the rarity of these yearbooks and to possibly help locate more, we’ve created a list of the names and locations of all of the public African American high schools compiled from the North Carolina Educational Directory around the time that the schools were desegregated.”


IRS: IRS launches Identity Theft Central. “The Internal Revenue Service today launched Identity Theft Central, designed to improve online access to information on identity theft and data security protection for taxpayers, tax professionals and businesses.”

CNET: Twitter shows growth as it bans political ads. “Twitter posted better than expected revenue in the fourth quarter, a surge that comes as the social network tries to distinguish itself by banning political advertising.”


Taneya’s Genealogy Blog: My Digital Photo Organization: Principle 6 – Follow Metadata Standards. “When organizing my digital pictures, it is also important for me that as I add the metadata, I do it in a way that follows best practice standards/guidelines for digital photo metadata. Of course, each software program will decide how they implement the standards – therefore, it is often the result that there is much variability among programs; some programs implement the standards well, and some do not.”


Kyodo News: Malaysian woman charged for “mischievous” social media post on virus . “A Malaysian woman was charged in court on Wednesday for inciting public mischief over a social media post on the new coronavirus amid a crackdown on the spread of misleading news about the outbreak, as the government announced two new cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 12.”

AKIPress: Digital library project launched in Kyrgyzstan. “Minister of Culture, Information and Science of Kyrgyzstan Azamat Jamankulov at the session of the Parliament on February 5 said a Digital library project has been launched in Kyrgyzstan.”


Harvard: Imperiled information: Students find website data leaks pose greater risks than most people realize. “Does the average person face any real risk if a hacker manages to steal one of their account passwords? It turns out data leaks pose much greater threats than most people realize, and a hacker could easily find and exploit sensitive information on not only a person’s virtual identity, but also his or her real identity.”

Digital Trends: WhatsApp contains ‘dangerous’ and deliberate backdoors, claims Telegram founder. “WhatsApp has had a rocky past year as faith in its privacy and encryption promises continued to falter — especially after the world’s richest man fell victim to an infamous security vulnerability. Now, in a scathing blog post, Telegram Messenger’s founder, Pavel Durov, has added insult to the Facebook-owned instant messaging app’s injury by calling it ‘dangerous’ to use.”


EurekAlert: Improving AI’s ability to identify students who need help. “Researchers have designed an artificial intelligence (AI) model that is better able to predict how much students are learning in educational games. The improved model makes use of an AI training concept called multi-task learning, and could be used to improve both instruction and learning outcomes.” Good evening, Internet…

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