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Appalachia Films, Wisconsin Law Enforcement, Turkish Jewish Gravestones, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, July 3, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

DigitalNC: Over 200 films from Appalachian State University now on DigitalNC. “The films come from two collections at Appalachian: William R. and John W. Turner Concert and Dance Videos and the C. Howard Dorgan Papers. The Turner collection consists of films and audio recordings taken at bluegrass and old time music festivals, fish park gigs, and concerts in primarily the North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia mountains. The Dorgan collection contains films and audio taken at churches, mostly of Baptist affiliation, in Appalachia. Sermons, singing, and revivals are all documented in the films.”

WisBusiness: Wisconsin Budget Project: New online database shows law enforcement spending in individual communities (PRESS RELEASE). “Local governments in Wisconsin — including cities, villages, towns, and counties — spend more than $2 billion a year on law enforcement and related costs like jails. Black community leaders have called on policymakers to put that money to better use, shifting resources away from law enforcement and towards mental health services, housing, job assistance, and other services that strengthen communities. Now, a new online database from the Wisconsin Budget Project allows residents to look up spending on law enforcement and related costs for Wisconsin’s largest 100 cities and all 72 counties, and see how that amount compares to public spending for other other purposes.”

Jerusalem Post: Data of over 61,000 Turkish Jewish gravestones online in new database. “An ambitious project has been launched online, documenting Jewish gravestones in Turkey.
The project, entitled ‘A World Beyond: Jewish Cemeteries in Turkey 1583-1990’ contains the details of over 61,022 Jewish tombstones spread across Turkey, which makes it one of the largest tombstone databases in the world – covering over 400 years of Turkish Jewish life.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNN: Twitter is removing ‘master,’ ‘slave’ and ‘blacklist’ from its code. “The language of computing is changing in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Twitter is dropping the terms ‘master,’ ‘slave’ and ‘blacklist’ from its code after two engineers lobbied for the use of more inclusive programming language. America’s biggest bank, JPMorgan Chase (JPM), is taking similar steps, according to media reports.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

CNET: Zuckerberg reluctant to change Facebook policies over ad boycott, report says. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly reluctant to change the social network’s policies amid a growing ad boycott. During a video town hall meeting last Friday, Zuckerberg told employees that he expects ‘all these advertisers will be back on the platform soon enough,’ according to a transcript obtained by from The Information.”

Public Technology (UK): Government turns to Instagram to seek policy guidance from teenagers. “The government has unveiled a new Instagram page through which it wishes to garner policy guidance from teenagers and young adults. The ‘Involved’ account will use the photo-sharing site’s polling and stories functions to ask questions related to ‘decisions made at the heart of government’. The government wishes to hear the responses of young people aged between 13 and 25.”

Saudi Gazette: Certified Calligraphers Pedigree: New initiative for a comprehensive database. “Under the sponsorship of Sheikha Khawla Bint Ahmed Bin Khalifa Al-Suwaidi, wife of Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE national security advisor, Khawla Art & Cultural Foundation has recently launched an initiative that aims to build a reference database of all distinguished, licensed calligraphers worldwide. The initiative was named ‘The Certified Calligraphers Pedigree’.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

International Business Times: Hong Kong Residents Erase Social Media Posts As New Security Law Applied. “As Beijing enacted the new national security laws, Hong Kong people are rushing to significantly change their digital presence or entirely remove their social media presence. Residents were already imposing wide self-censorship before the law came into effect. Several users deactivated accounts that had content that could be considered ‘objectionable’ under the new law.”

CNBC: Twitter removes an image tweeted by Trump for violating its copyright policy. “Twitter has removed an image tweeted by President Donald Trump for violating the company’s copyright policy.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Sydney Morning Herald: Facebook and Google must move away from the zero-sum game. “The Facebook business model is to observe the behaviour of its users, reduce them to stereotypes and then package this data to commercial and political advertisers. Its algorithms feed off ‘engagement’, which is fuelled by outrage, fomenting a commercial incentive for bad behaviour. Moderation is woefully inadequate, outsourced and post facto. If Facebook were serious about keeping the network clean it would hire the tens of thousands of workers required to do it. This has left Facebook with a potent advertising machine which many advertisers don’t feel safe to use.”

New York Times: Bogus Ideas Have Superspreaders, Too. “…whether they intend it or not, celebrities, politicians and others with large online followings can be superspreaders — not of the coronavirus but of dangerous or false information. And I wonder whether these prominent people need to be held to stricter rules.”

Datamation: IBM Changes The Game On Supercomputing. “IBM just lost the number one spot on the top 500 supercomputer list to Japan and ARM. You’d think they’d be upset. But they aren’t because they have a technology called ‘IBM Bayesian Optimization Technology’ that potentially will supercharge any supercomputer. The performance increase is up to a 140x performance boost (I’ll bet you wish your car supercharger did that), and it could be used with any Supercomputer.” Good morning, Internet…

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