Magazine Web Archives, Black Lives Matter Activism, James Joyce, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 13, 2020


Columbia University: Just Launched: U.S. Women’s and Girls’ Magazines Web Archive. “Developed by librarians within the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation, the archive consists of websites of women’s media that previously existed as print magazines and have long documented women’s thoughts, activities, economic power, sexuality, political interests, social, cultural, and domestic life.”

Varsity: Cambridge students launch website for personalised emails supporting Black Lives Matter. “Following the death of George Floyd, some concerned Britons have written to their local MPs to ask that the UK apply political pressure and halt the sale of policing equipment, including tear gas, to the US. A group of students from Cambridge and beyond hope to streamline this with their new website ’Write for Change’.”


RTE: Re: Joyce! 29-hour Ulysses to air on RTÉ radio this Bloomsday. “RTÉ has announced that an almost 30-hour production of James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses will be broadcast on its DAB and online worldwide channel RTÉ Radio 1 Extra to celebrate Bloomsday. The full dramatised production – originally broadcast in 1982 to celebrate the centenary of Joyce, and totalling 29 hours and 45 minutes in duration – will begin at the same time as both Stephen Dedalus’ and Leopold Bloom’s journey through Dublin begins in the book: 8 am on the 16th of June.”


New York Times: Vet Your Social Media. “With the combination of camera phones and social media, more people than ever are being made aware of incidents of police brutality and racial inequality, and of the protests they have touched off.But making sense of the deluge of posts in the present moment can be difficult…. once an image has been shared countless times, its origin story becomes totally lost and the false narrative takes hold. So how can you judge an account’s accuracy and make sure it’s trustworthy?”


CNET: Reddit’s long history of tolerating racism is coming back to haunt it. “As people and companies around the world reflect on the ways in which they contribute to upholding the racism that still runs rife in society, this moment serves as a reckoning of sorts for Reddit. The site, often referred to as the last bastion of free speech, has a long history of allowing racist content to circulate. And that history is coming back to haunt Reddit.”

NASA Mars Exploration Program: NASA’s Mars Rover Drivers Need Your Help. “You may be able to help NASA’s Curiosity rover drivers better navigate Mars. Using the online tool AI4Mars to label terrain features in pictures downloaded from the Red Planet, you can train an artificial intelligence algorithm to automatically read the landscape.”


Breaking News Ireland: African king takes defamation case against blogger based in Ireland. “A West African king claims he has been defamed in a series of social media posts by an Irish-based blogger, the High Court has heard. Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, known as Ojaja II who is the traditional ruler and spiritual leader of the Yoruba people, claims that he has been defamed in video clips and other posts, that have appeared on Facebook and YouTube, by Esther Esabod Aboderin.”

Al Jazeera: French court allows access to Rwandan genocide archives. “A researcher in France has won a protracted legal battle for access to ex-President Francois Mitterrand’s archives on the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which Kigali accuses Paris of having played a role.”


Washington Post: The Technology 202: NYU report calls social media titans to stop outsourcing content moderation. “The report says big social media companies like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube need to use more of their own employees – instead of the outside contractors on which they currently largely depend – to make calls about what posts and photos should be removed. Misinformation is becoming an increasingly big problem on tech platforms during the protests against racial injustice and the novel coronavirus pandemic, and both are happening during an election year in which the industry is already braced for action by bad actors.”

Slate: Why We Should Care That Facebook Accidentally Deplatformed Hundreds of Users. “The deplatforming incident comes as social media companies have increased their efforts to regulate content in response to the dual pressures of the presidential election and, especially, the coronavirus pandemic. Just last November, Facebook was criticized for refusing to ban white nationalists and other hate groups despite promises to do so. And while the company hasn’t exactly abandoned its laissez-faire approach to content moderation, Facebook, among other platforms, has culled and flagged misinformation, hate speech, and harmful content at unprecedented rates in the months since. Last week, for instance, Facebook removed nearly 200 accounts tied to white supremacist groups. Anti-racist skinheads and musicians are just the latest victims of these policies.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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