Jazz Musicians, Dark Web, Library of Congress, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, March 15, 2020


New-to-me, from Pratt Institute: How Mapping Relationships Between Jazz Musicians Elevates Unsung Histories. “Linked Jazz’s use of linked open data (LOD) offers a dynamic digital network where users can discover the personal and professional relationships of musicians by tapping into digitized archives. Building this network also reveals archival gaps. While icons such as John Coltrane and Miles Davis have large digital footprints, lesser-known performers may barely have a mention.”


BetaNews: The Dark Web turns 20 this month. “While we’re all being encouraged to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ as we wash our hands to ward off the COVID-19 virus, you might like to know that you can sing it to the Dark Web, which turns 20 this month. To mark the occasion digital risk management company Groupsense hasn’t baked a cake but it has produced an infographic of the Dark Web’s timeline.”

Library of Congress: By the People Launches First Wholly Non-English Crowdsourced Transcription Project. “The Library’s crowdsourcing initiative By the People has launched its newest campaign to enlist the public’s help to make digital collection items more searchable and accessible online. Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents includes thousands of pages of historical documents in Spanish, Latin and Catalan.”


Make Tech Easier: How to Upload and Listen to Your Personal Songs in YouTube. “YouTube is always looking for ways to make its website more user-friendly. To that end, they recently rolled out a new ‘YouTube Music’s cloud library’ feature. With this feature you will be able to add songs and albums from your personal computer to your YouTube account and play them alongside the regular content that the site offers.”


The Next Web: It’s 2020 — so you may as well learn to pitch from a Twitter bot. “Originality isn’t easy. It can be hard to see the pay-off from the extra effort that’s required to achieve it, so it’s not surprising that we tend to find ourselves taking the ‘easy way out’ and opting for the lowest common denominator. But most of us also know what it’s like to be at the receiving end of people’s lack of creativity. That’s why the Infinite Conference — a Twitter created by Aaron Z. Best that generates fake sessions for a never ending tech conference — hits so close to home.”

Mashable: Earning a minimum wage from Spotify is a lot harder than you think. “For the study, minimum wage in the United States was defined at the federal level, which is $7.25 an hour. That brings the annual minimum wage salary to $15,080.40 when based on a full time, 40-hour work week. Add to that the $0.00437 per stream (!) that Spotify, currently the largest streaming music service, pays and you’re looking at 3,450,892 streams needed to carve out a minimum wage.”


World Intellectual Property Review: Wikimedia, Internet Archive want patent infringement claims kicked out. “The Wikimedia Foundation and the global online library Internet Archive are seeking a declaration in a California court that their websites do not infringe several predictive text-related patents held by software developer WordLogic.”

CNN: One man lost his life savings in a SIM hack. Here’s how you can try to protect yourself. “Robert Ross was sitting in his San Francisco home office in October 2018 when he noticed the bars on his phone had disappeared and he had no cell coverage. A few hours later, he had lost $1 million. Ross was the victim of a SIM hack, an attack that occurs when hackers take over a victim’s phone number by transferring it to a SIM card they control.”

VentureBeat: ProtonMail could reroute connections through Google to circumvent censorship. “Proton Technologies, the company behind encrypted email provider ProtonMail, has announced plans to circumvent censorship by routing connections to its servers through third-party infrastructure, which may include Google — a company that ProtonMail has long been critical of over its privacy practices.”

Slate: The Paranoid Person’s Guide to Working From Home Securely. “Probably I’m the only person thinking more about how to protect her computer instead of her health right now. I don’t know anything about epidemiology or how to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but I do have a lot of ideas about how to take good care of your digital ecosystem at a moment when we’re all increasingly relying on our home devices and networks for work and school.”


Phys .org: Internet inventor warns web ‘not working for women’. “The internet is ‘not working for women’ and is fuelling a new era of widespread abuse against females, the creator of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, warned on Thursday. In a bleak assessment published on the World Wide Web Foundation, an organisation founded by Berners-Lee that advocates a free and open web for all, he also argued that a ‘dangerous trend’ of abuse threatens any advances in gender equality.”

CNET: Museum of the Bible discovers its Dead Sea Scrolls are all modern fakes. “The Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, possessed a prized exhibit: 16 fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls, part of what it described as ‘one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century.’ The museum now knows the scrolls in its collection are modern forgeries.” Good morning, Internet…

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