Human Rights, Pennsylvania Artists, Internet Archive, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, February 20, 2020

Well I haven’t had a major screwup in a while so I guess I was due. I posted a link in today’s RB about a new archive of Rowaq Arabi, but because I keep a zillion tabs open at a time, I actually linked to a BBC story. The correct URL is and I apologize for the error. I have fixed it. Big thanks to Denny L for pointing it out.


Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies: 70 printed issues of Rowaq Arabi now available online. “The Rowaq Arabi journal, as a platform for rights advocates and researchers, seeks to understand the political, social, economic, cultural, and historical contexts, as well as international and regional factors, that influence respect for human rights. The journal offers in-depth discussions and analyses of human rights policies and developments in the Middle East and North Africa, utilizing approaches drawn from the social sciences, humanities, and law. It is also a space for the discussion of new developments related to international and regional instruments for the protection of human rights.”

Art Daily: Michener Art Museum launches revamped Bucks County artists database. “The Michener Art Museum presents the newly refreshed Bucks County Artists Database, a free online resource celebrating the rich artistic traditions, past and present, of Bucks County. With over 400 artists represented in the database, BCAD is an ever-growing project that strives to represent the regional art scene. It currently contains thousands of pages of information and images, continuing the Michener’s initiative to provide research and educational tools for the community.”


Internet Archive: Archiving Information on the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19). “The Internet Archive’s Archive-It service is collaborating with the Internet Preservation Consortium’s (IIPC) Content Development Group (CDG) to archive web-published resources related to the ongoing Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. The IIPC Content Development Group consists of curators and professionals from dozens of libraries and archives from around the world that are preserving and providing access to the archived web.”

Fast Company: This add-on transforms Gmail into an organizational powerhouse. “[Nick] Timms is the cofounder of a company called Drag, whose namesake app brings a card-based organizational system right into your regular Gmail inbox. The simplest way to think of it is as a mashup of Gmail and Trello—the best of both worlds, brought together into a single familiar environment.”

WordPress 5.4 Beta 2 is now available. “This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend running it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site to play with the new version.”


i-D: 20 archive photography accounts to follow on Instagram in 2020 . “If there’s one thing, and one thing only, that productivity vortex Instagram is good for, it’s finding incredible imagery. So, in 2020, it’s time to unfollow @fuckjerry — all the good memes are on Twitter anyway — and instead enjoy its original purpose; unearthing brilliant photographers that offer your feed something truly original.” Annotation is minimal but the photography examples tend to grab you by the eyeballs.


TechCrunch: Secret’s founder returns with anti-loneliness app Ikaria. “Ikaria isn’t another feed. It’s a safe space where you can chat with close friends and family, or people going through similar life challenges. Members of these group chats will optionally go through guided experiences that help them reflect on and discuss what’s going on in their hearts and minds. This could become a whole new media format where outside creators or mental health professionals could produce and contribute their own guided experiences.”

Medievalists .net: Project breathing new life into forgotten medieval chants. “The Amra project, led by music historian Dr Ann Buckley at Trinity’s Medieval History Research Centre, is aiming to digitise and make freely available online over 300 manuscripts containing liturgical material associated with some 40 Irish saints which are located in research libraries across Europe.”

Wired: The Influencer Election Is Here. “Last week, the Daily Beast reported that former New York City mayor and current billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign had paid social media influencers ‘to make him seem cool.’ Embarrassing! But the candidate’s campaign didn’t stop its quest for online engagement there.”


New Straits Times: Malaysian judiciary makes history, uses AI in sentencing. “The Malaysian judiciary made history today by employing Artificial Intelligence (AI) in sentencing in two drug cases – but not without objection from the defence. Counsel Hamid Ismail raised the objection before Magistrate Jessica Ombou Kakayun in defence of his client Denis Modili who was charged under Section 12(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 with possession of 0.01gm of methamphetamine at Kampung Kobusak in Penampang on Dec 16 last year.”

The Verge: Google removes alleged spying app ToTok from the Play Store for a second time. “Google has removed the chat app ToTok, which is allegedly an espionage tool for the United Arab Emirates, from the Play Store for a second time. The app was previously pulled from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store in December, shortly before The New York Times published a report about it. Google quietly reinstated the app in January. The app appears to have remained unavailable on the App Store.”


Slate: Did the Early Internet Activists Blow It?. “I no longer think that tolerance of disruptive speech is invariably the best answer, although, even now, I believe it’s typically the best first response. I also think the too-much-free-speech folks are being shortsighted themselves, because we’ve entered an era in which we need more disintermediated free speakers and free speech, not less.” Good morning, Internet…

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