African-American History, Forced Arbitration, Google, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 2, 2020


Christian Science Monitor: New website shines light on hidden figures in black history. “The website Black Quotidian features profiles of hundreds of lesser known African American figures who made their marks in U.S. society. The creator, a Dartmouth College professor, wanted to provide a fresh look at the lives of ordinary black Americans.” I didn’t see the URL of the site anywhere in the story! It’s .

Washington Post: New database aims to expose companies that make employees arbitrate sexual harassment claims. “Using the same spreadsheet-style activism she did with #GrabYourWallet, Shannon Coulter emailed some 500 companies, asking detailed questions about their forced arbitration policies for sexual harassment, which require employees to resolve complaints out of court. She and her partners, social impact investor Rachel Robasciotti and principal Iris Kuo, then published their answers — or lack thereof — on a public site, listing contact details for company representatives.”


Bloomberg Quint: Google Cancels Internal Conference Over Virus Concerns. “Google canceled a major internal gathering over concerns about the spread of coronavirus, the latest in a wave of events and conferences being called off around the world. The internet giant’s sales and marketing event was set to take place in Las Vegas in March, a Google spokesman said.”

Search Engine Journal: LinkedIn Will Soon Get An Instagram-Like Stories Feature. “LinkedIn confirmed that it will soon be following Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat by adding its own stories feature. Pete Davies, head of content products at LinkedIn, informed the community that stories are currently being tested in an effort to spark more conversation on the network.”


Bustle: 13 Instagram Music Hashtags To Explore If You Need New Tunes. “There are endless ways to use hashtags on Instagram: you may throw one in your caption, add some to help your post get more attention, or use them to scope out the best destinations in the city you’re visiting next. And while Instagram isn’t a music app, it doesn’t mean you can’t use it to search for the latest songs too. It just takes knowing what hashtags to follow to find new music on Instagram.”


ZDNet: The for-profit takeover of the non-profit ‘.org’ top-level domain. “At first glance, the proposed deal makes little sense. The Internet Society is trying to sell the non-profit Public Interest Registry (PIR), the registry for the ‘.org’ top-level domain (TLD), to the new private-equity firm Ethos Capital for $1.135 billion. There are about 10.5 million .org domains, and most — but not all — are non-profits. Where’s the money?”

Route Fifty: Census Advocates Spread the Word on New Online Forms. “With only weeks remaining until the 2020 census count begins, states and cities are scrambling to make sure residents know what to expect when they open their mail in mid-March. From teach-ins in New York City libraries to mailbox-themed ads in Alabama, local officials are trying to spread the message that it’s both important and safe to go online and respond.”

Vox: Tikked off: What happens when TikTok fame fades. “As he was entering his junior year of high school last August, 16-year-old Sam Benarroch had about 166,000 followers on TikTok. It wasn’t the sort of following that regularly turned heads in public, but it was enough to feel special, like what he created mattered to people.”


New York Times: Founder of 8chan Faces Arrest on ‘Cyberlibel’ Charge. “Fredrick Brennan, who founded but later distanced himself from the 8chan message board that has given encouragement and visibility to violent extremists, is facing arrest in the Philippines in a ‘cyberlibel’ case brought by the site’s current owner.”


News .com .au: Microsoft storing world’s open source GitHub code in Norwegian archive vault for the next millennium. “The secrets of Australia’s unique biodiversity and the collected history of our national library are among the digital treasures being kept in a vault 250 metres underground in an abandoned Norwegian coal mine. The GitHub Arctic Vault program is part of the now Microsoft-owned code repository GitHub, where programmers can share code with others to check for bugs or for them to implement in their own programs.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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