Children’s Books, Testing Code, Travel Packing ala Instagram, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, February 25, 2020


The Guardian: ‘Pyke notte thy nostrellys’: 15th-century guide on children’s manners digitised for first time. “The 15th-century conduct book, The Lytille Childrenes Lytil Boke, was intended to teach table manners. It has been put online as part of a new children’s literature website bringing together original manuscripts, interviews and drafts by authors from Lewis Carroll to Jacqueline Wilson. The medieval text is part of the British Library’s own collection, and ‘by listing all the many things that medieval children should not do, it also gives us a hint of the mischief they got up to’, said the library.”


Hongkiat: 10 Websites to Test Your Codes Online . “In this article I want to outline 10 interesting web apps for testing your code online. All of these apps require an Internet connection, and some of the more advanced editors offer pro plans to upgrade your account features. But most of these tools will surely come in handy when you’re scrambling to debug a block of JavaScript or PHP.”


Mashable: Instagram is changing how people pack for trips. “When Alyssa Ramos packs for a trip, functionality is far from her top priority. This solo traveler researches which colors will pop in her next destination, and brainstorms how outfits will fare with her Instagram audience. Sure, it sounds extra, but packing for Instagram is part of Ramos’ job. As a full-time travel influencer, she gets paid to take gorgeous photos in drool-worthy destinations, and she makes money through partnerships with fashion brands. But influencers aren’t the only ones matching outfits to locations these days.”

The Verge: Coronavirus email hoax led to violent protests in Ukraine. “The email originated from outside Ukraine, according to a government statement, and it falsely claimed there were five cases of coronavirus in the country. In reality, there have been zero reported cases of the virus in Ukraine. But the email was sent the same day evacuees from China landed in the country, and some Ukranian residents protested the evacuees’ arrival by blocking roads that led to medical facilities and, in some cases, by smashing the windows of the buses carrying those evacuees.”

NiemanLab: Who needs deepfakes? Simple out-of-context photos can be a powerfully low-tech form of misinformation. “When you think of visual misinformation, maybe you think of deepfakes — videos that appear real but have actually been created using powerful video editing algorithms. The creators edit celebrities into pornographic movies, and they can put words into the mouths of people who never said them. But the majority of visual misinformation that people are exposed to involves much simpler forms of deception. One common technique involves recycling legitimate old photographs and videos and presenting them as evidence of recent events.”


Techdirt: Why Section 230 Matters And How Not To Break The Internet; DOJ 230 Workshop Review, Part I. “Festivus came early this year — or perhaps two months late. The Department of Justice held a workshop Wednesday: Section 230 – Nurturing Innovation or Fostering Unaccountability? (archived video and agenda). This was perhaps the most official ‘Airing of Grievances’ we’ve had yet about Section 230. It signals that the Trump administration has declared war on the law that made the Internet possible.”

Washington Post: Father of slain journalist Alison Parker takes on YouTube over alleged refusal to remove graphic videos. “It has been more than four years since journalist Alison Parker, doing a live television interview in southern Virginia, was killed when a former colleague walked up and shot her and videographer Adam Ward. Despite repeated requests from her father and others, videos of the slaying remain on YouTube, as do countless other graphic videos that show people dying or that promote various outlandish hoaxes.”


TechCrunch: A group of ex-NSA and Amazon engineers are building a ‘GitHub for data’. “Data is valuable for helping developers and engineers to build new features and better innovate. But that data is often highly sensitive and out of reach, kept under lock and key by red tape and compliance, which can take weeks to get approval. So, the engineers started Gretel, an early-stage startup that aims to help developers safely share and collaborate with sensitive data in real time.”

Policy Options: Indigenous DNA database should be managed by its people. “There is no denying the value of DNA as an investigational tool. However, that value should be considered in the context of the relationship between Indigenous people and the Canadian government. Given the tenuous past and present relationship between Canada’s Indigenous population and the Canadian state, who controls the ‘genetic identifiers’ of Indigenous people and for what purpose should raise questions. It is time for Indigenous people to have greater control over their genetic information and how it is used.” Good evening, Internet…

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