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Pocket PC Software, Conflict Archive on the Internet, USCIS, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 23, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Spotted via Reddit: a new archive for Pocket PC software. From the front page: “As time goes on, software for Pocket PCs becomes harder and harder to find. Pocket PC Planet’s goal is to make software for Windows CE, Pocket PC 2000/2002, and Windows Mobile easy to find. Something important to note is that Pocket PC Planet does not support piracy. The software on the website is either abandonware or available with the developer’s consent.” The site is still under development, but there’s plenty here.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Derry Now: Irish government funding saves Derry-based Troubles archive from closure . “A valuable Troubles archive has been rescued at the eleventh hour after the Irish government announced funding for a new project. Earlier this year Ulster University had decided that the Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN) website would be frozen. The Irish government has now provided €66,561 through its Reconciliation Fund. But additional resources must still be found to secure its long-term future.”

8 News Now: USCIS updates website to include more multilingual resources, user-friendly features. “The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website has been updated to help users better navigate their existing tools and resources, file and manage applications online, and access multilingual resources. USCIS has streamlined their site navigation based on user feedback, data and best practices.”

National Library of New Zealand: Introducing the Library Loudhailer . “The first podcast off the rank will be a conversation with Paul Diamond, one of the curators of the Pūkana exhibition (Te Ihi, Te Wehi, Te Wana – Moments in Māori performance) currently on show at the National Library in Wellington until the 30th of July 2020. We talk about developing the exhibition, what Paul learnt about the exhibition process and the joy of working in a team. Among Paul’s whirlwind description of the exhibition, he elaborates on the intricacies and purpose of the traditional Māori carved karetao (wooden puppets), delves into the power of haka, looks at the photography of Māori school pupils by Ans Westra, and grapples with the explosion that is the te reo singing heavy metal band Alien Weaponry.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Around the Rings: 40 Years Later: Remembering Moscow 1980. “The U.S. Olympic team for Moscow 1980 will be honored with a permanent tribute when the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum opens in Colorado Springs on July 30. USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland also announced the launch of an online archive in an open letter to the athletes who missed out on the 1980 Games thanks to a U.S.-led boycott in response to the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979.”

What’s On Weibo: The PRC Twitter List: The Rise of China on Twitter. “Over the past year, there’s been more media coverage on the growing influence of China on global media. When it comes to social media, Twitter has seen a significant surge in accounts representing Chinese official media, diplomatic missions, and state organizations. What’s on Weibo gives an overview of these Twitter accounts and the rise of China on Twitter.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

WWD: Report: 70-plus Brands Targeted By Fraudulent Social Media Ads. “According to a joint report released Wednesday by Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade and the American Apparel & Footwear Association, some 70 major international brands have been targeted by scam ads posted on major social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, or on sites like Google and YouTube. The report noted that, in some cases, the advertisements can grab up to a quarter of a million views before they’re detected.”

CNET: Facebook explores simulations in fight against real world bad guys. “For you, Facebook might be a virtual campfire where you gather with your family and friends to share stories. But the social network is also a digital Wild West, filled with scammers, networks of fraudulent accounts and straight-up bullies. The company has spent more than a fistful of dollars to round up these baddies. It’s tough to win the fights fast enough and bad actors can change up their tactics when their old tricks don’t work anymore. Now, Facebook is turning to a simulated platform to tame it.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Business Insider: A new algorithm could catch social-media trolls as they try to influence US elections. Researchers are offering it for free.. “The tool, described in a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, works by learning to recognize known, common patterns associated with troll activity and disinformation campaigns. Russian troll accounts, for instance, have posted many links to far-right websites, but the content on those sites didn’t always match the posts’ accompanying text or images. Venezuelan trolls, meanwhile, have often posted fake websites.”

EurekAlert: DOE unveils blueprint for quantum internet at ‘Launch To The Future: Quantum Internet’. “In a press conference today at the University of Chicago, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) unveiled a report that lays out a blueprint strategy for the development of a national quantum internet, bringing the United States to the forefront of the global quantum race and ushering in a new era of communications. This report provides a pathway to ensure the development of the National Quantum Initiative Act, which was signed into law by President Trump in December 2018.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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