Mexico Cookbooks, Illinois Lobbyists, SignVote, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, February 17, 2020


The Takeout: Largest archive of Mexican cookbook manuscripts available for consumption online. “If you love Mexican food and are curious about how it came to be, click right on over to the University of Texas-San Antonio library, which has digitized much of its extensive Mexican cookbook collection, including 48 handwritten manuscripts.”

My Stateline: Illinois launches new website to keep closer eye on lobbyists. “A new state website is shedding more light into what happens in Springfield. The new database will allow anyone to find information regarding how much time lobbyists spend with lawmakers. The site will also show many lobbyists are elected officials at the local level.”


PRWeb: Communication Service for the Deaf Expands “SignVote” to Empower America’s Deaf Voters for 2020 Elections (PRESS RELEASE). “Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) announced today the expansion of its SignVote campaign designed to help inform and increase voter engagement among the deaf community throughout the 2020 elections. SignVote is a nonpartisan platform that spotlights and features accessible voter content and resources made available in American Sign Language (ASL).”

Slate: Introducing the Free Speech Project. “The Free Speech Project—a collaborative effort between Future Tense and the newly launched Tech, Law, & Security Program at American University Washington College of Law—will examine the many ongoing debates about free speech (and its boundaries) in a series of live events and articles published on Slate over the course of the year.”


Smithsonian Magazine: China’s Art, From Museum Exhibits to Rock Concerts, Moves Online During Coronavirus Outbreak. “In January, the Chinese government issued a letter directing museums to ‘enrich the people’s spiritual and cultural life during the epidemic [with] cloud exhibitions’ that display previously planned gallery programming, reports Caroline Goldstein for artnet News. At that point, two museum openings in China had been postponed, and Hong Kong had closed all public institutions. Now, sites including the Chongqing China Three Gorges Museum, the Chongqing Natural History Museum and the National Museum in Beijing have all opted to increase their digital offerings.”

Search Engine Journal: Domains Ending in .Com to Reportedly Get More Expensive. “The new contract allows Verisign to charge domain registrars 7% more for .com domains per year for the next 4 years (2020-2023). Prices will then be frozen for 2 years, followed by more increases between 2026 and 2029.”

The Daily Item: Bucknell awarded $1 million Mellon Foundation grant for liberal arts-based digital publishing cooperative. ” Bucknell University will use a $1 million grant to develop a liberal arts-based digital publishing cooperative. The grant — from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in partnership with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission — will allow Bucknell to partner with the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory and Newcastle University, U.K.”


World Trademark Review: USPTO urged to halt applicant email requirement following revolt by trademark attorneys. “The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is facing a backlash from users following an announcement that all trademark applicants and registrants will need to provide an email address that will be publicly viewable. With concerns around the privacy implications and a potential rise in scams, a group of attorneys have penned a letter to the registry urging a rethink.”

BetaNews: Election scams get creative and voters take the bait. “The upcoming US presidential election is wrought with emotions. That makes it the perfect ruse for email scams targeting citizens, politicians, and government organizations. While election phishing is the top concern, there are a host of other scams that are making the rounds.”


PR Newswire: Bloomberg Law Introduces Brief Analyzer, New AI Tool For Review And Analysis Of Legal Briefs (PRESS RELEASE). “Brief Analyzer enables Bloomberg Law subscribers to quickly and securely upload a legal brief for analysis. Leveraging machine learning techniques, Brief Analyzer reviews the text of the uploaded document to identify authorities cited in the brief and additionally suggests other content for review, including relevant cases not cited in the brief, similar briefs from other dockets, and Practical Guidance.”

Photonics: VR Classroom Immerses Students in Nanotechnology. “In a custom-developed virtual reality (VR) classroom at the University of Arizona, students can pick up and examine scaled-up versions of nanosize objects. The classroom is part of Nano 2020, a University of Arizona-led initiative to develop curriculum and technology focused on educating students in the rapidly expanding role of nanotechnology within the fields of agriculture and the life sciences.”

FedScoop: Army looks to block data ‘poisoning’ in facial recognition, AI. “Adversaries are becoming more sophisticated at providing ‘poisoned,’ or subtly altered, data that will mistrain artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms. To try and safeguard facial recognition databases from these so-called backdoor attacks, the Army is funding research to build defensive software to mine through its databases.” Good morning, Internet…

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