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Renewable Energy, International Conference on Urban Pests, XR Mountain Climbing, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, July 16, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

World Resources Institute: How US Cities and Counties Are Getting Renewable Energy. “A new tool from the American Cities Climate Challenge Renewables Accelerator, the Local Government Renewables Action Tracker, showcases renewable energy deals made by U.S. cities, counties, tribal governments, municipal utilities and community choice aggregations since 2015. Cataloguing over 300 deals, the tool equips local governments with the resources to understand what other cities have accomplished, which can help as they develop their own renewable energy strategies and determine how to collaborate effectively.”

Pest Management Professional: ICUP launches website with searchable proceedings. “The executive committee of the International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP) has unveiled… a new website that offers searchable access to all papers and posters published in its nine previous conferences, since their inception in 1993.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

National Geographic: Experience being a climber on the world’s tallest mountain. “National Geographic’s second augmented-reality experience on Instagram allows viewers to dress as Everest climbers and travel up the mountain with the National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition that climbed the mountain last year to install the highest weather stations in the world. Viewers will be able to see their own breath as well as take and share selfies from the summit. This experience brings Nat Geo’s July issue on Mount Everest to life.”

ZDNet: Slack rolls out new tools, certification program for administrators. “Slack is rolling out another set of tools that aim to improve the experience for administrators. The workplace collaboration player said the new tools will help Slack admins better understand and optimize Slack engagement, and more efficiently manage how their organization uses Slack.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Harvard Magazine: Bringing Black History to Light. “Amid the pandemic, Houghton’s regular digitization projects have been put mostly on hold, and when protests arose after George Floyd’s killing, it sparked a nationwide hunger to understand black history and experiences. Libraries and institutions seemed suddenly keen to support African-American communities. ‘It felt like a great opportunity to increase black representation in our digital collections,’ says [Dorothy] Berry, whose professional background is in African-American-focused archival work. She put together project titled, ‘Slavery, Abolition, Emancipation, and Freedom: Primary Sources from Houghton Library.’ Leading a team of colleagues, she will spend the 2020-21 academic year building out the library’s digital collection of records related to African-American history: thousands of items from the late eighteenth century through the early twentieth.”

Mother Jones: Black Activists Warn That Facebook Hasn’t Done Enough to Stop Racist Harassment. “Despite Facebook’s recent proclamations and donations designed to indicate backing for America’s swelling anti-racist movement, the company and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg have been targeted by such activists largely because of the platform’s appeasement of President Donald Trump, even as he posts misinformation about voting and exhortations to violence. Meanwhile Facebook is also home to a chorus of Black people who use the site to fight racism but whose own posts and pages are often penalized for calling out bigotry, even as vitriol against them remains on the platform.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Washington Post: Top E.U. court ruling throws transatlantic digital commerce into disarray over privacy concerns . “The European Union’s top court on Thursday threw a large portion of transatlantic digital commerce into disarray, ruling that data of E.U. residents is not sufficiently protected from government surveillance when it is transferred to the United States.”

Reuters: Google Faces Lawsuit Over Tracking in Apps Even When Users Opted Out . “Alphabet Inc’s Google records what people are doing on hundreds of thousands of mobile apps even when they follow the company’s recommended settings for stopping such monitoring, a lawsuit seeking class action status alleged on Tuesday.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Global Times: Chinese museum launches digital protection for nearly 50 Ming Dynasty costume items . “Shan Dong Museum in East China’s Shandong Province launched digital protection for nearly 50 items of ancient costumes of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), filling the gap of digital collection of cultural relics. The museum’s staff will collect textures of costumes from hundreds of years ago and complete the work of modeling these costumes, according to a report by China News Service on Wednesday.”

ProPublica: “Outright Lies”: Voting Misinformation Flourishes on Facebook. “While the social media giant says it opposes voter suppression, the data shows a stark picture: Nearly half of all top-performing posts that mentioned voting by mail were false or misleading.” Good evening, Internet…

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