Plan Your Vote, Hairenik Newspaper, Facebook Boycotts, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, September 16, 2020


Hyperallergic: Guerrilla Girls and Julie Mehretu Among 60+ Artists Helping You “Plan Your Vote”. “A new, nonpartisan initiative launched by the nonprofit seeks to channel the power of art to encourage voter participation. Along with links to register to vote, check absentee status, and set voting reminders, among other crucial resources, the ‘Plan Your Vote’ website offers a digital library of voting advocacy visuals that are free for anyone to download and circulate.”

Armenian Weekly: Hairenik Launches Online Digital Archive. “The Armenian language Hairenik newspaper began publication in 1899. Over the years, it has been published as a daily and a weekly, and currently as the Hairenik Weekly. It is the oldest continuously published Armenian newspaper in the world, last year celebrating its 120th anniversary. In 1934, the Hairenik Association began publishing an English language weekly newspaper that continues to this day as the Armenian Weekly. In total, tens of thousands of issues have been published of these storied newspapers, serving as both witness and participant to the history of the Armenian people through the lens of our region.” Two things: 1) this archive is pay-to-access, and 2) the digitizing continues.


CNN: Group that led Facebook boycott is back with new action. “The coalition that led the boycott that saw some of the world’s biggest companies pull their ads from Facebook in July announced a week of new action against the company on Monday. Civil rights groups including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the NAACP are, among other things, calling on companies and high profile users to stop posting on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook (FB), this Wednesday to protest its parent company’s handling of hate and its allowing politicians lie in political ads.”

CNET: Facebook to present top climate science through dedicated information hub. “The new Climate Science Information Center will serve as a separate and dedicated space to connect Facebook users to factual resources from the world’s leading climate organizations, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations Environment Programme, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Met Office and around 200 other partners.”

Nashville Business Journal: Nashville chosen as test market for Google Fiber 2 Gig. “Google Fiber may have an internet solution for Nashville families with kids learning virtually and parents trapped in Zoom meetings. Nashville has been chosen as a test market for Google Fiber 2 Gig, according to a blog post by Google Fiber Director of Product Management Amalia O’Sullivan, along with Huntsville, Alabama.”


Screen Rant: Snapchat: How To Add Stickers To A Snap & Make Your Own Stickers. “When it comes to enhancing pictures, Snapchat has a variety of stickers available to help users show off their creativity and design skills. Snapchat is not the only social media app that’s geared towards younger individuals with quirky or fun features, although it is one that provides multiple ways to customize the experience and the content shared. While stickers is only one of those options, it is a highly useful one.”

Lifehacker: How to Curb Your Social Media Addiction, As Told By the Social Dilemma Doco. “There’s no question social media is addictive and a new documentary on Netflix, The Social Dilemma, delves into just how it was designed that way to keep you glued to the screen. Thankfully, some of former tech giant employees offer handy tips to try and escape this addiction.”


Centennial Citizen: Preserving blind Coloradans’ history. “More than a century’s worth of records now packed into boxes and storage containers in the basement of the Colorado Center for the Blind will soon be transformed into a comprehensive, digital history and made available to the public. Members of the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado are in year two of a five-year project to digitally preserve records of the state’s blind community — before the documents deteriorate or are lost. Most importantly, project leaders said, the history will finally be accessible to the very community it’s written about.”

Los Angeles Times: Trump’s war on TikTok could hurt these teachers: ‘My family will be screwed’. “An executive order targeting the popular video-sharing app TikTok made doing business with its Chinese parent company, Bytedance, illegal starting on Sept. 20. The order sparked a flurry of speculation: on the legality of the action, on the legitimacy of its claims that TikTok posed a national security threat, and over which U.S. company might try to buy the app and save its tens of millions of users from oblivion. For teachers on GoGoKid, which is also owned by Bytedance, it raised more urgent questions.”


Daily Dot: Don’t click that USPS text you just got—it’s a scam. “Receiving USPS text messages about an unclaimed package? Don’t click the link. Text messages purporting to be from the United States Postal Service (USPS) have been hitting phones all across the country this week, asking recipients to claim a package. But the texts are not from the USPS and are part of a wide-scale phishing scam, designed to steal users’ personal information.”

TechCrunch: TikTok fixes Android bugs that could have led to account hijacks. “TikTok has fixed four security bugs in its Android app that could have led to the hijacking of user accounts. The vulnerabilities, discovered by app security startup Oversecured, could have allowed a malicious app on the same device to steal sensitive files, like session tokens, from inside the TikTok app. Session tokens are small files that keep the user logged in without having to re-enter their passwords. But if stolen, these tokens can give an attacker access to a user’s account without needing their password.”

Washington Post: Chinese firm harvests social media posts, data of prominent Americans and military. “Biographies and service records of aircraft carrier captains and up-and-coming officers in the U.S. Navy. Real-time tweets originating from overseas U.S. military installations. Profiles and family maps of foreign leaders, including their relatives and children. Records of social media chatter among China watchers in Washington. Those digital crumbs, along with millions of other scraps of social media and online data, have been systematically collected since 2017 by a small Chinese company called Shenzhen Zhenhua Data Technology for the stated purpose of providing intelligence to Chinese military, government and commercial clients, according to a copy of the database that was left unsecured on the Internet and retrieved by an Australian cybersecurity consultancy.” Good morning, Internet…

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