Disability Rights, Ghent Altarpiece, Facebook, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 23, 2020


Penn State News: Libraries virtual exhibition highlights 100 years of national disability rights. “To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a new online exhibition, ‘Celebrating the ADA: The Legacy and Evolution of Disability Rights & Lived Experience at Penn State,’ explores the first 100 years of national disability rights legislation and the movement’s impact on the Penn State community.”


Getty Iris: More to Explore as the Ghent Altarpiece Website Gets an Update. “Since 2012, the website Closer to Van Eyck has made it possible for millions around the globe to zoom in on the intricate, breathtaking details of the Ghent Altarpiece, one of the most recognized and most-studied works of art in the world. Now visitors to the site have even more ways to explore this monumental work of art from afar, with the launch today of a new version of the site that includes images of recently restored sections of the paintings as well as new videos and education materials.”

Tech Transparency Project: Facebook Scaled Back Voter Registration Kickoff. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in mid-June that his company would embark on the ‘largest voting information campaign in American history,’ with a goal of helping 4 million people register to vote…. But the effort got off to a slow and halting start, according to Facebook emails to state officials obtained by the Tech Transparency Project (TTP), amid baseless Trump campaign complaints that the initiative was meant to help Joe Biden. Facebook quietly scaled back an initial registration drive over the July 4 weekend from two days to one and limited it to Facebook instead of extending it to Instagram and Facebook Messenger as originally planned, according to the emails, which were obtained through open records requests.”


Bustle: How To Use Neopronouns, According To An Expert & People Who Use Them. “Neopronouns express a similar idea as they/them, but neopronouns are intentionally created to make pronouns that feel like home. Neopronouns like xe/xem/xeir and ze/zir/zirs also allow people to refer to folks in the third person without placing them in a gender binary — Xe is such an incredible writer, you think while reading an awesome book by a nonbinary human. Many more neopronouns exist than binary pronouns, and you can check out a list of neopronouns here.”


The Guardian: Could you help with the archive’s shorthand transcription project?. “We have digitised a set of notebooks from our Clyde Sanger archive. Sanger worked as a Guardian journalist in the mid-20th century, starting as the paper’s first Africa correspondent and going on to serve as UN correspondent and Canada correspondent. His notes are written in a mixture of longhand and Pitman’s New Era shorthand, and we’re looking for volunteers able to read the shorthand and willing to try transcribing it from the digital scans.”

Connecticut State Library: Connecticut State Library Receives $100,000 Grant from National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC). “The grant will support a two-year project, Uncovering Hidden Resources in New Haven Court Records,1700-1855, to enhance access to judicial records held in the State Archives. The project continues the work funded by two earlier grants to identify records related to interactions with the court system by underrepresented groups, especially enslaved persons, free persons of color, and indigenous persons. The richness of court records provides additional insights into these communities.”


The Hacker News: A Google Drive ‘Feature’ Could Let Attackers Trick You Into Installing Malware. “An unpatched security weakness in Google Drive could be exploited by malware attackers to distribute malicious files disguised as legitimate documents or images, enabling bad actors to perform spear-phishing attacks comparatively with a high success rate.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Google boss says regulatory concerns ‘not only about the money’. “The global tech giant took aim at the Morrison government and the competition regulator this week in a series of public warnings about the new code, including an open letter on its website that claimed the changes could jeopardise the free nature of its services in Australia. On Friday it also told YouTube stars the code would have a ‘negative impact on the creator ecosystem in Australia’.”


CNN: Facebook wants to help build AI that can remember everything for you. “On Friday, Facebook announced new AI research that could help pave the way for a significant change in how artificial intelligence — and some devices that incorporate this technology — functions in our daily lives.”

ScienceBlog: Smartphones May Help Detect Diabetes. “Researchers at UC San Francisco have developed a ‘digital biomarker’ that would use a smartphone’s built-in camera to detect Type 2 diabetes – one of the world’s top causes of disease and death – potentially providing a low-cost, in-home alternative to blood draws and clinic-based screening tools.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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