Cartoonists of Color, Racial Justice Resources, Tech Industry Hearings, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, July 30, 2020


New-to-me, from Orange County Register: How LA-based comics artist MariNaomi created Cartoonists of Color. “The six-year-old database, maintained by Los Angeles-based comics creator MariNaomi, features a wide range of artists and writers based everywhere from the United States to Chile and Australia. The work on display ranges from slice-of-life to fantasy to historical fiction. All of the 1400+ people listed in the database identify as people of color. It’s a testament not just to the diversity of subject matter in comics, but to the diversity of those making them.”

University of Washington: UW Libraries publishes new online research guides on racial justice, African American experience in Pacific Northwest. “The African American Research & Archival Collections in the Pacific Northwest Collections guide was compiled and released in June. This guide highlights archival and printed materials, photographs and moving image collections available in UW Special Collections that relate to Black communities, political groups and civil rights movements in the Pacific Northwest. UW Libraries also has created a tab titled ‘Racial Justice Resources: Keeping Current.’ The guide is a starting point for students and faculty ‘seeking to better understand issues related to racial justice and racism in America.'” Yes, some of the content is university access only, but the Keeping Current page is stuffed with resources. STUFFED.


CNET: Lawmakers accuse tech giants of using privacy as a weapon to hurt competition. “In the last few years, online privacy and cybersecurity have become a public concern, with tech giants like Facebook, Google and Apple backing a national law on data privacy regulations. But lawmakers at an antitrust hearing on Wednesday accused the tech companies of being disingenuous with their support for privacy — arguing that they’ve used it as an excuse to snub out their competition.”

Mashable: Google will replace certain Nest thermostats that can’t connect to Wi-Fi. “The company has acknowledged the existence of a hardware fault leading to the w5 error some Nest owners have encountered. And while it’s still not clear exactly what is causing the problem, Google will replace thermostats if the normal troubleshooting steps fail.”


From July 14, just found it this morning. Digital Public Library of America: DPLA announces new partnerships with five libraries and archives to build national digital Black women’s suffrage collection. “Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) today announced a set of partnerships with the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library; Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture in Charleston, South Carolina; Tuskegee University; the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University; and Southern California Library to collaborate on the creation of a national digital collection that highlights the roles and experiences of Black women in the women’s suffrage movement, as well as Black women’s history of activism, as part of the centennial celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment.”

Cornell Chronicle: Fugitive slave ad database receives grant from Mellon. “Cornell-based Freedom on the Move (FOTM), a database documenting the lives of fugitives from American slavery through newspaper ads placed by slave owners in the 18th and 19th centuries, has received a $150,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.”

NPR: Classical Music Tries To Reckon With Racism — On Social Media. “Two controversies broke out this week regarding accusations of anti-Black racism in classical music. One involved two high-profile international soloists, pianist Yuja Wang and violinist Leonidas Kavakos. The other features less prominent individuals — a group of academics — but it also points to the slowness of the classical music community to take up difficult conversations about race and representation. But in both cases, the accusations and the rebuttals have played out speedily on social media — within a community that still relies heavily on hierarchical prestige and institutional power.”


MediaPost: LinkedIn Makes Final Plea For Supreme Court To Hear Battle Over Scraping. “A recent court ruling that requires LinkedIn to allow its site to be scraped by a potential competitor will prevent web companies from protecting their users’ privacy, LinkedIn argues in new Supreme Court papers.”

Motherboard: Internet Archives Fires Back in Lawsuit Over Covid-19 Emergency Library. “In a brief filed in a New York district court on Tuesday night, the Internet Archive fired back in response to a lawsuit brought against it by five of the world’s largest publishers. The lawsuit seeks to shut down an online National Emergency Library started by the Internet Archive during the Covid-19 pandemic and levy millions of dollars in fines against the organization.”

Techdirt: Patent Troll Gets Court To Order Startup It Sued To ‘Edit’ Blog Post; Troll Now Asks Startup To Get Us To Change Our Techdirt Post. “So, first off, I don’t see how this is possibly allowed under the 1st Amendment. Directly ordering a company to edit a blog post to remove a request to share the blog post on social media seems like a fairly blatant infringement of the 1st Amendment. A company should certainly have the right to notify its community that it is in the middle of a costly legal battle (one that it believes is frivolous), and part of getting people to understand how serious it is is asking for that information to be shared.”


Phys .org: High time to open up ecological research. “Share the code and data behind the research please. It’s easy, but it will have a major positive impact on progress and trust in science. That is the clear message from a new paper in PLOS Biology. An international team of ecologists found that currently, only about a quarter of the scientific papers in their field publicly shares computer code for analyses. ‘To make the science of ecology more transparent and reproducible, sharing is urgently needed.'”

London School of Economics and Political Science: Facebook, language and the difficulty of moderating hate speech. “In March 2018, the Sri Lankan government blocked access to Facebook, citing the spread of hate speech on the platform and tying it to the incidents of mob violence in Digana, Kandy. In this post by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, a senior researcher at Asia Pacific think-tank LIRNEasia, the difficulties of responding to hate speech are unpacked based on research that his Data, Algorithms and Policy team recently completed.” Good morning, Internet…

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