Japanese-Canadian Internment, Facebook, Sheffield Knife-Makers, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 13, 2020


Library and Archives Canada Blog: Japanese Canadian internment: Over 40,000 pages and 180 photographs digitized by the DigiLab. “Landscapes of Injustice is a major, seven-year humanities and social justice project led by the University of Victoria, joined to date by fifteen cultural, academic and federal partners, including Library and Archives Canada. The purpose of this project is to research and make known the history of the dispossession—the forced sale of Japanese-Canadian-owned property made legal by Order in Council 1943-0469 (19 January 1943) during the Second World War.”


NME: Facebook clarify what October update means for artists on the platform. “A spokesperson for Facebook has clarified what an update to terms coming into effect in October mean for artists on the platform. The social networking site has previewed new terms and conditions that will be introduced on October 1, with music guidelines stating that users are not permitted to use videos to ‘create a listening experience’.”


A fun genealogy puzzle from the BBC: Are you descended from Sheffield’s famous knife makers?. “A search is under way to find the descendants of the many families behind the firms that made knives in the steel city of Sheffield.
People can consult a list of knife-makers online and see if they share a surname using a digital archive. The city’s Ken Hawley Collection has about 1,500 stainless steel knives made by almost 1,000 different makers.”

Mashable: Archie, The Very First Search Engine, Was Released 30 Years Ago Today. “On Archie’s 30th anniversary, we salute the world’s first search engine, a pioneer that paved the way for giants to come. Archie was first released to the general public on Sept. 10, 1990. It was developed as a school project by Alan Emtage at McGill University in Montreal.”


CNN: QAnon fans spread fake claims about real fires in Oregon. “Authorities in Oregon are pleading with the public to only trust and share information verified by official sources about the unprecedented wildfires sweeping the state. The pleas come as law enforcement agencies described 911 dispatchers being overrun with calls about a false online rumor that ‘Antifa’ members had been arrested for setting the fires — a claim promoted by the anonymous account behind the QAnon conspiracy theories.”

Bloomberg: Spain Seeks to Tax Facebook, Google Services as Phone Carriers. “Under a new law proposed by the government, ‘all operators who provide telecommunication services without having to provide phone numbers, such as WhatsApp’ and Telegram would have to register as telecommunications operators and would be taxed based on revenue, Sanchez said in a press conference. Currently, only phone operators that can provide phone numbers need to sign up as telecom operators, he said.”

Reuters: Progressive Democrats urge action on tech as potential Google lawsuit looms. “With expectations of a U.S. government lawsuit against Alphabet’s Google within weeks, two progressive Democrats tweeted support for legal action against tech giants who break the law, in a rare instance of agreement with the Republican administration amid a polarized political environment.”


USA Today: We’re launching an election-season ad campaign to fight fake news, and we need your help . “…our organizations, the News Literacy Project and The Open Mind Legacy Project, are distributing public service announcements around the country this week to combat malicious fabrication, bots and online trolls that seek to mislead voters and suppress voting. These engaging and animated PSAs will seek to inoculate voters against viral deception about how and when they can vote and encourage them to be skeptical about the election information they encounter.”

The Register: Is today’s AI yesterday’s software routines with better PR? We argued over it, you voted on it. And the winner is…. “How does that saying go? I’m not a cynic, I’m a realist. That’s pretty much how I’d sum up our first-ever Register Debate, which ran this week. Over the past few days, we pitted some of our vultures against each other, cajoled our dear readers into chiming in with your own comments, and took your votes on whose side you were on. The motion up for debate was: Artificial intelligence in the enterprise is just yesterday’s dumb algorithms rebranded as AI.”


BBC: Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 finalists revealed. “A fish that appears to smile, a bear giving a friendly wave from afar and a very grumpy sea turtle – this year’s finalists show animals in relatable comedy moments. The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards were founded by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, both professional photographers and passionate conservationists.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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