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Peace Agreement Amnesties, Georgia Agriculture, BAME Wine Professionals, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, September 3, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Law Society Gazette: Database launched on amnesties that removed criminal liability. “Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Edinburgh have together launched the first public, open-access database that explores amnesties which were granted during ongoing conflicts, or as part of peace negotiations, or in post-conflict periods. Amnesties are measures that seek to remove criminal liability for wrongdoing, and are often used during armed conflicts or as part of negotiated peace settlements.”

The Citizens: Old issues of Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin offer glimpse of agriculture in bygone times. “Agriculture in Georgia has changed a lot over the years, but one thing that has remained constant is the Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin as the go-to resource for buying and selling livestock, farm supplies and equipment, handcrafted and homegrown items, as well as the latest agriculture and consumer news. Now, thanks to a partnership with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the University of Georgia Map and Government Information Library (MAGIL), and the Digital Library of Georgia, Georgians can take a look back at the history of the Market Bulletin. More than 1,712 issues of the Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin dating from 1926-1963 are now available in the Georgia Government Publications online database.”

The Drinks Business: Website launched to highlight BAME wine professionals. “The website, called BAME Wine Professionals, features people working in all corners of the sector, including sales, hospitality, marketing and PR, wholesale, winemaking, buying and logistics, as well as wine educators and communicators.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

University of Iowa: First Annual Ray Bradbury Read-A-Thon. “On Saturday, August 22, 2020, the University of Iowa Libraries will partner with national organizations to present the first annual Ray Bradbury Read-A-Thon. During this four-hour online event, a diverse group of celebrities and Bradbury experts, including Peter Balestrieri, curator of science fiction and popular culture collections at the University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections & Archives, will present a virtual reading of Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451 streamed over YouTube beginning at 3:30 pm CDT.” The event has already occurred but the stream is still available over YouTube. Also, it’s more like six hours.

Washington Post: Facebook will block new political advertising the week before Election Day. “Facebook plans to block new advertising the week before the presidential election — the first time the company has taken action to limit political advertising in the United States, the company said Thursday. The move to limit ads, part of a spate of election-related announcements, is an attempt to reduce misinformation that is expected to flood social networks as Election Day draws near.”

Malay Mail: Indian minister accuses Facebook of bias in deepening row. “India’s communications minister yesterday accused Facebook of bias against right-wing politics, even after fresh reports about claims that a high-ranking staffer at the social media giant supported the country’s Hindu-nationalist ruling party. The row erupted after The Wall Street Journal published two reports alleging that Ankhi Das, Facebook’s top public policy executive in India, had expressed support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party and disparaged the opposition in internal posts.”

USEFUL STUFF

CNET: Social media and social justice: How to vet online awareness campaigns before jumping in. “Whether it’s a black square on #BlackOutTuesday or a black-and-white selfie for #womensupportingwomen, odds are you’ve seen some campaign related to a social cause take over your newsfeed. But at a time when calls to take action are louder than ever, how much good can social media campaigns really do? Fact is, they’re not all created equal, and you’ll want to pause before deciding which ones to support.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Military Times: ‘Thirst-trap’ posts on TikTok raise questions about military social media policies. “A few weeks back, a TikTok post of two female soldiers dancing to Cardi B’s ‘WAP’ made the rounds on Twitter, prompting heated discussions about everything from issues on moonlighting and poor conduct to misogyny and sexism. But these two soldiers were just a few of many — men and women — accused of posting ‘thirst trap’ videos to TikTok. For those who aren’t aware, Urban Dictionary defines ‘thirst trap’ as ‘a sexy photograph or flirty message posted on social media for the intent of causing others to publicly profess their attraction. This is done not to actually respond or satisfy any of this attraction, but to feed the posters ego or need for attention.'”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Vice: Teacher Sues Facebook After Being Accused of Rape on Instagram Account for Survivors . “A Regina, Saskatchewan teacher is suing Facebook after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman on an Instagram account dedicated to posting allegations of sexual misconduct. Julius Landry, 28, is suing Facebook (which owns Instagram) and three unnamed Regina residents for $1,000,000 in damages, arguing that the allegations posted about him have caused him ‘severe mental anguish,’ physical ailments, loss of income, and loss of enjoyment of life.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

EurekAlert: New index helps forecast US supply chain risks. “Lehigh University College of Business has launched the Lehigh Business Supply Chain Risk Management Index. The LRMI will report quarterly on how supply chain managers rank 10 broad areas of supply chain risk. A unique aspect of the LRMI is that the quarterly reports include a sampling of candid comments from supply chain managers about each risk category that goes beyond the numbers. The next report comes out Sept. 15, 2020.”

Mashable: Microsoft is launching new technology to fight deepfakes. “When used in the context of movies and memes, deepfakes can occasionally be a source of entertainment. But they’re also a growing concern. In the age of fake news and misinformation, deepfakes — i.e. AI-generated, manipulated photos, videos, or audio files — could potentially be used to confuse and mislead people. Microsoft, however, has other ideas. On Tuesday, the company announced two new pieces of technology, both of which aim to give readers the necessary tools to filter out what’s real and what isn’t.”

TechCrunch: Track autonomous vehicle testing in your state with this new tool from the US government . “The official name of the online tool — Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing Initiative tracking tool — is a jargony mess of a word salad. Fortunately, its mechanics are straightforward. The online tool gives users the ability to find information about on-road testing of automated vehicles in 17 cities throughout the United States. The public can find out information about a company’s on-road testing and safety performance, the number of vehicles in its fleet as well as AV-related legislation or policy in specific states.” Good morning, Internet…

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