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Serbia History, Oklahoma Legal Assistance, Black Out Tuesday, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, June 2, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Balkan Transitional Justice: New Website Highlights Serbia’s Role in 1990s Wars. “The Belgrade branch of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights NGO launched a new website entitled Rat u Srbiji (War in Serbia) on Monday to highlight the country’s involvement in the wars that broke out as Yugoslavia collapsed in the 1990s. The site contains information about hidden mass graves, detention camps, the persecution of ethnic minorities, the forced mobilisation of civilians, crimes committed by paramilitary units in the Balkan conflicts and human rights breaches during a revolt in the south of Serbia.”

Public Radio Tulsa: New Pro Bono Portal Aims to Connect Legal Services Organizations with Clients. “A new website will help organizations offering free legal services connect with clients in need of civil representation. The Oklahoma Pro Bono Opportunity Portal launched Monday. It’s a partnership between justice tech company Paladin and the Oklahoma Access to Justice Foundation.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

AP: Social media, music world go dark for Black Out Tuesday. “Though Black Out Tuesday was originally organized by the music community, the social media world also went dark in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, joining voices around the world outraged by the killings of black people in the U.S. Instagram and Twitter accounts, from top record label to everyday people, were full of black squares posted in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.”

VentureBeat: GitHub launches Codespaces for browser-based coding. “The biggest facet of today’s news is a new product called GitHub Codespaces, which is designed to make it easier for developers to join a project, launch a developer environment, and start coding with minimal configuration — all from a browser. Available in ‘limited public beta’ from this week, Codespaces is a cloud-hosted development environment with all the GitHub features, and it can be set up to load a developer’s code and dependencies, extensions, and dotfiles, and includes a built-in debugger.”

Neowin: Google releases AI Explorables to make machine learning more accessible and participatory . “…much of the existing literature on machine learning, barring a few resources, can come off as abstruse and pedantic. Considering this, Google has taken an initiative called AI Explorables to make the core concepts of machine learning more accessible via a series of interactive explanations.”

USEFUL STUFF

Music Radar: The best online guitar lessons sites and apps 2020: improve with Truefire, JustinGuitar, Fender Play and more. “There is a cornucopia of online guitar lesson resources to guide our playing, but why not take that a step further and find a structured teaching platform so you can be the best player you can be? With some time on your hands, now could be the moment to start learning a new instrument, or take the next steps in your playing development.”

CNET: 7 best stargazing apps for spotting constellations in the night sky. “My husband and I are far enough out in the country to see stars, but we haven’t completely escaped the city’s light pollution. Every so often before we turn in for the night, we’ll step out onto the back porch if the sky is clear, and look up. We’ve seen a shockingly bright Venus, the ISS streak by and a few shooting stars — thanks in part to the help of some apps.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

TSA Art Magazine: German Museum Organises a Digital Initiative for Looted Benin Bronzes and Artifacts. “German art institution, Museum am Rothenbaum (MARKK) in Hamburg with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, is setting up an international project that will digitally unite the globally dispersed works of art from the former Kingdom of Benin. Tagged Digital Benin, and involving German, Nigerian, European and American experts, the project aims to bring together object data and related documentation material from collections worldwide and provide the long-requested overview of the royal artworks looted in the 19th century.”

Public Radio of Armenia: Armenian Museum of America to digitize Garabed Gospel dated 1207 AD. “The Armenian Museum of America will digitize one of the most important piece in its collection, the Garabed Gospel, 1207 AD.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Reddit CEO: Remember the Human – Black Lives Matter. “We work for this platform because we care deeply about community and belonging. But community and belonging are not possible without safety from violence, and now is the time to stand in solidarity with the Black members of our communities (locally, at Reddit Inc., on Reddit, and beyond). As Snoos, we do not tolerate hate, racism, and violence, and while we have work to do to fight these on our platform, our values are clear.” Good evening, Internet…

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