John Laing Photographic Collection, Preserving Guerrilla Television, W.E.B. Du Bois, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, September 1, 2020


BBC: John Laing workers’ summer holiday photos added to archive. “Pictures of post-war workers heading off on their summer holidays have been added to an online archive. Historic England has spent almost two years digitising 10,000 pictures from the John Laing Photographic Collection for public viewing online. The latest and last to be added are 700 pictures taken by John Laing photographers for the construction firm’s in-house newsletter Team Spirit.”

Hyperallergic: The Radical Collective of 20-Somethings Who Filmed the DNC and RNC of 1972. “One of the earliest and most important of these groups was Top Value Television (TVTV), a collective founded in San Francisco which was active from 1972 to 1979. During that time, they produced numerous independent documentaries, often by bringing their cameras to major events. TVTV’s vast catalog of raw footage and other materials has long been kept in the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). Now, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, BAMPFA has digitized hundreds of hours of the footage, and the archive is making it freely available through a new online database, Preserving Guerrilla Television.”


Cal State Channel Islands: Prominent Black actors to participate in an online read-a-thon produced by CSUCI Performing Arts faculty. “African American actors Phylicia Rashad, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Roy Wood Jr., are among 34 renowned Black actors from stage and screen who will join in an online weekly reading marathon of W.E.B. Du Bois’ ‘Black Reconstruction In America’ beginning on Friday, Aug. 28. ‘The ReadIn Series’ is produced by CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) Performing Arts/Dance Lecturer MiRi Park with assistance from Associate Professor of Performing Arts/Dance Heather Castillo.”

Parentology: New Instagram Tool For Parents – The Scholastic Bookshelf. “With uncertain school starts, virtual learning, and forced “family time,” pandemic-ridden parents need all the help they can get. Luckily, Scholastic Books, an educational and recreational reading mainstay for 100 years, just launched an innovative and very user-friendly Instagram tool — the Scholastic Bookshelf. Got stories? Yes. But it’s also designed to make those difficult and awkward questions kids are asking nowadays a bit easier to manage.”

MakeUseOf: Spotify Adds Sound Effects to Help You Survive the Summer. “Spotify has launched a new website; an experience it calls Wish You Were Here. At a time when most of us are stuck indoors, you can use the website—in conjunction with a bit of imagination—to take a vacation.”


Ars Technica: The Golden Age of computer user groups. “The Homebrew Computer Club where the Apple I got its start is deservedly famous—but it’s far from tech history’s only community gathering centered on CPUs. Throughout the 70s and into the 90s, groups around the world helped hapless users figure out their computer systems, learn about technology trends, and discover the latest whiz-bang applications. And these groups didn’t stick to Slacks, email threads, or forums; the meetings often happened IRL. But to my dismay, many young technically-inclined whippersnappers are completely unaware of computer user groups’ existence and their importance in the personal computer’s development. That’s a damned shame.”

CNN: YouTube is banking on tech to clean up controversial content, as moderators stay home. “YouTube said Tuesday that it is increasingly relying on technology to moderate content, resulting in a sharp rise in removed videos, including some that didn’t violate its policies. The Google-owned company said that between April and June it removed more than 11.4 million videos for violating its policies. That’s more than double what it took down in the previous three months.” Oh, why not. Auto-regulating content HAS WORKED SO WELL SO FAR…

Emory University: Emory acquires archive of Black Panther Party activist Kathleen Cleaver. “Emory University has acquired the personal papers of Black Panther Party member, activist, and retired Emory Law faculty member Kathleen Cleaver. The papers, which will reside at Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, span Cleaver’s career and life as an activist, particularly as a member of the Black Panther Party (BPP), and include personal and professional correspondence, books and photographs, as well as audiovisual and born-digital material.”


New York Times: Former Uber Security Chief Charged With Concealing Hack. “Uber’s former security chief was charged on Thursday with attempting to conceal from federal investigators a hack that exposed the email addresses and phone numbers of 57 million drivers and passengers.”

Reuters: Facebook, Google battle Australia over proposed revenue-share law. “Facebook Inc said it will block news sharing on its platforms in Australia if the government goes ahead with a law to force it, and Alphabet Inc’s Google, to pay local media outlets for featuring their content on its platforms.”

Yonhap: S. Korea to ban ‘backdoor online advertising’ on social media. “South Korea’s antitrust regulator said Monday that it will ban social media influencers from promoting a new product or service on their online platforms without disclosing their business ties with corporate sponsors.”


Poynter: Scientific American, the oldest U.S. magazine, hits another milestone as the appetite for science news heats up. “While the nation’s news cycle was focused last week on Hurricane Laura, the Republican National Convention and protests over another painful police shooting, the country’s oldest continuously published magazine celebrated its 175th birthday. Not all that quietly, either. Scientific American’s special anniversary issue dropped Friday. It has two themes — articles of note from that very long lifespan woven into features on the biggest things we have learned about science and how we learned them over the last 175 years.” Good morning, Internet…

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