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ASEAN Digital Archive, Somalia Drone Strikes, Seattle National Archives, More: Thursday Mid-Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 27, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

BusinessWire: NTT DATA Creates and Makes Public a Digital Archive of the Historical Cultural Heritage of the ASEAN Region (PRESS RELEASE). “NTT DATA Corporation has built a digital archive system for the ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) project, being conducted by the ASEAN Secretariat to digitize the valuable historical cultural heritage of ASEAN countries. The first phase of this project has been completed, with a digital archive created of 160 cultural assets from Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia….The second phase of the project, supposed to begin from fiscal 2020, will be to digitally archive cultural assets from Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Laos, and make them available on the archive site. Going forward, the project will be expanded to include all ten ASEAN member states in the future.” The ASEAN members not mentioned here are Brunei, Philippines, and Singapore.

Africa Times: Airwars site launch tracks U.S. in Somalia, amid claims of another civilian death. “There’s a new online database from Airwars, a not-for-profit project based at the University of London that tracks international military actions and assesses harm to civilian populations in Libya, Iraq, Yemen and Syria. The organization is now tracking incidents in Somalia, with an emphasis on how United States drone strikes used in the fight against al-Shabaab may be responsible for civilian deaths and injuries.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

MyNorthwest: Expert: It would take hundreds of years to digitize records at Seattle National Archives. “When officials from the Washington, D.C. office of the National Archives and Records Administration met with a handful of tribal representatives at the National Archives in Seattle earlier this month, one solution that was offered was digitization. That is, since access to the materials now stored in Seattle will be more difficult once those materials are moved to a NARA facility in California roughly four years from now, D.C. officials suggested that scanning the priceless photos, maps, and documents before they’re moved could help minimize any difficulties created by the surprise closure. Very little of what’s stored in Seattle has been digitized — perhaps far, far less than even one percent, according to some estimates.”

The Register: World Wide Web’s Sir Tim swells his let’s-remake-the-internet startup with Bruce Schneier, fellow tech experts. “Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, has staffed up his startup, dubbed Inrupt, with a handful of notable hires that make its internet salvation mission a bit more plausible.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Verge: China reportedly using WeChat and Twitter to find and silence people sharing coronavirus information. “The Chinese government is tracking down people on social platforms like Twitter and WeChat who share what officials consider to be negative information about the coronavirus outbreak, Vice reports. The regulation of protest and dissent is not new in China, but people who have shared information about the virus that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan describe relatively tame social media interactions that nonetheless resulted in both direct and indirect responses from the Chinese government, according to Vice.”

CNET: Google to spend $10 billion on offices, data centers in US this year. “Google continues to expand far beyond its headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, said Wednesday that the company will invest more than $10 billion in offices and data centers across the US in 2020.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Scholarly Kitchen: If My AI Wrote this Post, Could I Own the Copyright?. “We are now at another inflection point with a new technology, artificial intelligence (AI), and similar questions about the boundaries of intellectual property rights are coming to the forefront. There could be profound implications for the publishing and scientific communities, which are becoming key sources of training data for artificial intelligence systems, as well as for publishers themselves, potentially becoming reliant on artificial intelligence for creation, curation and engagement of new content.” Good comments too.

CNN: Clearview AI has billions of our photos. Its entire client list was just stolen. “Clearview AI, a startup that compiles billions of photos for facial recognition technology, said it lost its entire client list to hackers. The company said it has patched the unspecified flaw that allowed the breach to happen.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Gizmodo: Clever Browser Tool Erases People From Live Webcam Feeds in Real Time. “An extra post-it note is all you really need to prevent someone from spying on you through a laptop’s built-in webcam. But Jason Mayes apparently likes to do things the hard way: He’s developed an AI-powered tool for browsers that can erase people from live webcam feeds in real-time but leave everything else in the shot.” It’s not perfect, but even imperfect it’s pretty damn impressive.

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

NPR: How A Graphic Novel Resurrected A Forgotten Chapter In American History. “Ghost River: The Fall and Rise of the Conestoga, a new graphic novel and art exhibit, depicts a gruesome, footnoted event in American history — the Conestoga Massacre. The massacre was an act of brutality that killed an entire community of Native people and almost erased their voices from history. Ghost River hopes to give that voice back, reenvisioning the events through the eyes of Native people. (The comic is available to read online. A free exhibit featuring art from the book is running at the Library Company of Philadelphia until April.)” Good mid-afternoon, Internet…

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