Freedom on the Move, Police Injustice, VoteAmerica, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 9, 2020


Cornell Chronicle: Freedom on the Move digital archive adds K-12 lessons. “The Freedom on the Move project, an online collection devoted to fugitives from slavery in 19th century North America, has developed a series of lesson plans to make its crowdsourced database accessible to K-12 teachers and their students.”

WTMJ: Retired Milwaukee police officer develops online memorial for victims of police injustice. “For the past two weeks people across Milwaukee and the country have protested the issues of police overreach and racism on our streets, but what happens after the marching and protesting? Here in Milwaukee, a retired officer hopes to take the conversations to the web. The images of people who’ve died at the hands of police are now located in one spot on a website designed by retired Milwaukee police officer, Thomas Thadison.”

TechCrunch: Vote. org founder launches VoteAmerica, a nonprofit using tech tools to help Americans vote by mail. “VoteAmerica’s goal is to boost voter turnout by helping people vote by mail. In a normal year that might mean striving to drive record turnout. But in the midst of the pandemic, the team is working to ensure that 2020’s presidential election turnout doesn’t slump like it would in a midterm election year.”


Poynter: Here are 30+ tools, tips and resources for journalists to try this summer. “Welcome! This is Jeremy Caplan writing. I’m helping out this week with some new tools and tips. I’m director of teaching and learning for CUNY’s Newmark Grad School of Journalism in New York City and a former Time reporter. I’m constantly exploring new stuff and I write about the most useful tools I find in a new mini newsletter called Wonder Tools.” A lot of these tools look fun for anybody, to be honest.


NBC News: Current and ex-employees allege Google drastically rolled back diversity and inclusion programs. “Since 2018, internal diversity and inclusion training programs have been scaled back or cut entirely, four Google employees and two people who recently left the company told NBC News in interviews. In addition, they said, the team responsible for those programs has been reduced in size, and positions previously held by full-time employees have been outsourced or not refilled after members of the diversity teams left the company.”

Motherboard: It’s Time to Archive the Internet Archive. “Five of the world’s largest publishers sued the Internet Archive, claiming its open-access digital library is a mass infringement on their copyright. The move puts the internet’s most important archive in danger, and has at least got some data hoarders talking about archiving the Internet Archive, and what that would even look like.”


Tom’s Guide: WhatsApp can reveal your phone number in Google searches — how to protect yours. “Security researcher Athul Jayaram contacted the security-news site Threatpost last week to report that he did a site-specific Google search for numbers on a WhatsApp-owned domain and thousands of phone numbers popped up.”

New York Intelligencer: What It’s Like to Get Doxed for Taking a Bike Ride. “By the standards of the pandemic, Thursday had been a normal day for Peter Weinberg. A 49-year-old finance marketing executive, he worked from his home in Bethesda, Maryland, right outside of the District of Columbia, staying busy with Zoom meetings and the new rituals of our socially isolated world. Then, around 10 p.m., he received an irate message on LinkedIn from someone he didn’t know.”


CGTN: Chinese researchers launch app to crowdsource data for bird conservation. “Chinese scientists and researchers are looking to big data and crowdsourcing to shore up bird conservation and interest along China’s coast. The Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Paulson Institute launched the iBirding app in Beijing on Friday, which will allow amateur birdwatchers and professional researchers alike to contribute to science by recording their bird sightings.”

Notre Dame News: In Trump v. Twitter: ‘Twitter will win’. “As America’s general election looms, Tim Weninger, the Frank M. Friemann Collegiate Associate Professor of Engineering in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Notre Dame, discusses the current state of social media, the dangers of disinformation and how users can get smarter about what they share.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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