Urdu Books, Black Craftspeople Digital Archive, Holocaust Museum Los Angeles, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 29, 2020


PTI News: Saving India’s Urdu heritage, one book at a time. “Priceless pieces of Urdu poetry and books on art, literature and history confined to dark corners of private homes and public libraries have found a new home all 1,00,000 of them digitised and ready to access for students, researchers and bibliophiles.”

I found out about this new site via a virtual event announcement. Apparently it opens in two days: the Black Craftspeople Digital Archive. From the front page: “The Black Craftspeople Digital Archive seeks to enhance what we know about black craftspeople by telling both a spatial story and a historically informed story that highlights the lives of black craftspeople and the objects they produced. The first phase of this project focuses on black craftspeople living and laboring in the eighteenth-century South Carolina Lowcountry.”


Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust changes its name, putting history first. “The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust is changing its name and logo. The new Holocaust Museum Los Angeles, it announced on Friday, aims to prioritize history and education centered on fighting hatred and intolerance toward all communities…. The museum’s new name is part of a broader rebranding that began in late 2018 and includes a new logo and website, both put into effect on Friday.”


CNET: Targeted ads stalking you on your iPhone? Here’s how to limit them. “When iOS 14 is released this fall, iPhone ($699 at Apple) users will have to opt in to targeted advertising. It’s not a stretch to assume that users aren’t going to eagerly opt in and allow Facebook, or any advertiser for that matter, to track their internet usage when given a choice. But what about limiting ad tracking on your iPhone right now, even before iOS 14 is available? It’s possible, but it’s only possible in Apple’s own ad network. Below I’ll walk you through how to limit ad tracking, what exactly that means, and offer some of my own anecdotal experience after testing it myself.”


Washington Post: Google greenlights ads with ‘blatant disinformation’ about voting by mail. “Google has declined to remove ads from a shadowy group echoing President Trump’s misleading claim that there is a meaningful difference between voting by mail and absentee voting. Google took five days to reach its decision to leave the ads in place, alarming voting rights advocates as well as researchers in the University of Washington’s Human Centered Design and Engineering department who had alerted Google to the ads last week.”

The Rappler: How Asia Pacific publishers push back vs Google, Facebook. “Publishers created several country-wide and regional associations or consortia, where members pool their audiences into one large audience to rival tech giants’ reach and scale in their respective nations. These cooperatives, through a platform, also offer a one-stop-shop for advertisers. They also offer advertisers access to their audiences at just a few price points. Instead of seeking Google’s assistance to sell their content, these publishers can directly deal with advertisers.”


Motherboard: Twitter Is Letting People Threaten Joe Biden’s Cybersecurity Expert . “A Twitter account named after an infamous group of hackers threatened to dox the home address of a cybersecurity expert who works for the Joe Biden presidential campaign this week. And Twitter, for now, is not taking action against the harasser.”


EurekAlert: QUT algorithm could quash Twitter abuse of women. “Online abuse targeting women, including threats of harm or sexual violence, has proliferated across all social media platforms but [Queensland University of Technology] researchers have developed a statistical model to help drum it out of the Twittersphere. Associate Professor Richi Nayak, Professor Nicolas Suzor and research fellow Dr Md Abul Bashar from QUT have developed a sophisticated and accurate algorithm to detect these posts on Twitter, cutting through the raucous rabble of millions of tweets to identify misogynistic content.”

ABC News (Australia): Australian Museum crowdsourcing website DigiVol sees spike in volunteers during COVID-19 . “DigiVol was developed by the museum in collaboration with the Atlas Of Living Australia to help it and other institutions worldwide digitise and analyse their collections…. Since the website was launched in 2011, 4.4 million items from the museum and other institutions have been analysed by volunteers. Two million of those have been submitted since March.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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