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John Stevens Cooper Correspondence, Australia Theater Scrapbooks, Anxiety Self-Assessment, More: Saturday Evening ResearchBuzz, June 13, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

State Archives of North Carolina: John Stevens Cooper Family Papers, PC.2190: Featuring a Soldier’s Letters to Wife Left in Charge of the Farm, Family, and Slaves, 1863–1865. “The John Stevens Cooper Family Papers (PC.2190) are remarkable for the series of letters from John to his wife, Elizabeth, while he served in the Confederate military in 1863 and 1864. This correspondence sheds light on John’s recognition of the fact that, in his absence, Elizabeth knew what was best for managing their farm and slaves. His letters further illuminate his homesickness, his lack of faith in the Southern cause, and, in two notable instances, his desolation upon encountering the enemy.”

Canberra Times: The National Library of Australia has a fascinating collection of performing arts scrapbooks now available to view online. “Eighteen scrapbooks of our theatrical past contain insights into performances by Dame Nellie Melba, concerts by the Essendon Musical Society and the acts of circus and vaudeville performers. They were compiled by a number of dedicated and, sometimes, unknown fans across the late 18th to the mid to late 20th centuries. The scrapbooks contain images, programs, advertisements, tickets, reviews and news clippings of and for a great number of theatre, vaudeville, ballet and opera performances.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Google Blog: Learn more about anxiety with a self-assessment on Search. “The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization and we’re partnering with Google to provide access to mental health resources. Starting today when people in the U.S. search on Google for information about anxiety, we’ll provide access to a clinically-validated questionnaire called the GAD-7 (Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7). The GAD-7 will show up in the knowledge panel—the box of information that displays key facts when you search for something—and also has medically-validated information about anxiety, including symptoms and common treatments.”

CNET: Reddit appoints Michael Seibel as new board member after Alexis Ohanian resignation. “Reddit has made good on its promise to hire a black board member to replace cofounder Alexis Ohanian, who quit last week in an effort to push the platform to become more diverse. Michael Seibel has joined the board of directors, Reddit announced Wednesday.”

USEFUL STUFF

Make Tech Easier: How to Set Up Two-Factor Authentication for Raspberry Pi. “SSH is one of the most popular ways to control your Raspberry Pi from your laptop or PC. Here you’ll learn how to set up two-factor authentication for your SSH access to Raspberry Pi and add an extra layer of security to it.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

CNN: Black Lives Matter makes its mark on map apps. “‘Black Lives Matter’ has been chanted by demonstrators, written on signs, and even painted on some city streets. Now, the slogan that’s been associated with the nationwide movement to end police brutality is being recognized on maps. Amid protests over racial injustice, some tech companies have updated their map features on their apps to reflect current events.”

Londonist: The Home Of Black British History Is Creating A New Archive – With Your Help. “Black Cultural Archives is the only national heritage centre dedicated to collecting and sharing the stories and histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain — check out examples from their amazing archives here. Now they’re crowdsourcing material to document the Black Lives Matter movement and protests of 2020: this is your chance to make sure that the records that future generations will have available to them of this time will reflect the reality.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Stars and Stripes: HOPSEC: Beer rating app could pose a military security threat. “Tapping into a beer rating app allowed researchers to track military and intelligence personnel, including some who checked in at a military base that hosts a CIA training facility known as ‘the farm.’ Users of Untappd, a smartphone app for beer lovers, also posted photos that showed debit cards, military ID cards, locations of fighter jets and possibly sensitive military documents, the open-source research and investigative journalism group Bellingcat reported Monday.”

BBC: Grandmother ordered to delete Facebook photos under GDPR. “A woman must delete photographs of her grandchildren that she posted on Facebook and Pinterest without their parents’ permission, a court in the Netherlands has ruled. It ended up in court after a falling-out between the woman and her daughter.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Next Web: This AI turns your blurry photos into creepy HD faces. “The tool was developed by Duke University researchers as a new approach to photo correction. It works by searching through AI-generated images of HD faces until it finds ones that look like the input image when compressed to the same size.” Good evening, Internet…

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