North Carolina Newspapers, Black Fashion Designers, Georgia Photographers, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, October 3, 2020


DigitalNC: The Black Mountain News Now Online. “DigitalNC has added a new title to our newspaper collection: The Black Mountain News. Covering the initial five years of publication, from 1945 to 1950, 272 issues of The Black Mountain News are now available to view online.”

Harper’s Bazaar: Antoine Gregory’s Black Fashion Fair Creates Space for Long Overlooked Black Designers. “After years of being one of the only Black people in a room or on a set, Gregory was inspired to create and produce Black Fashion Fair—an immersive online platform where Black fashion designers are championed, celebrated, and centered. Its website serves as an online database where Black designers are listed A-Z, and a virtual marketplace with a stellar curation of fashion’s most exciting Black designers.”

New-to-me, from the Digital Library of Georgia: Filling in the Blanks — Researching Georgia Photographers. “For my Georgia Photographers Documentation Project, I use many research sources, and my database now has close to 3,700 records, documenting about 2,200 photographers. One of my all-time favorite sources, the DLG’s Georgia Historic Newspapers collection allows me to search for advertisements, notices of formed or dissolved partnerships, and personal information, including obituaries on these photographers and their associates. I also find some wonderful articles about photography itself.”


BetaNews: Ubuntu-based Linux Mint 20.1 is named ‘Ulyssa’ and you can download it soon. “One of the best operating systems for beginners and Windows-switchers, however, is Linux Mint. This is a no-nonsense Linux distro that looks good, is very stable, and ultimately ‘just works’ for many users. New versions of the operating system are named after women, and today, we learn what Linux Mint 20.1 will be called.”

AP: Facebook, Twitter flounder in QAnon crackdown. “Facebook and Twitter promised to stop encouraging the growth of the baseless conspiracy theory QAnon, which fashions President Donald Trump as a secret warrior against a supposed child-trafficking ring run by celebrities and government officials, after it reached an audience of millions on their platforms this year. But the social media companies still aren’t enforcing even the limited restrictions they’ve recently put in place to stem the tide of dangerous QAnon material, a review by The Associated Press found.”


KnowTechie: The best video game livestreaming platforms, ranked. “Once upon a time, video games and livestreaming were two separate ideas. Then, over time, they merged together to bring you a unique virtual experience. The success of sites like Twitch has shown that people enjoy watching other people play video games. In recent years, the streaming industry has expanded at an astounding rate. It’s an interesting time for game streaming services, however, as even big players like the Microsoft-owned Mixer has fallen to the wayside in the past year.”


InDaily: Zonfrillo’s $1.25m SA-funded Indigenous food database “launched”. “Celebrity chef Jock Zonfrillo’s controversial Orana Foundation is hailing the delivery of a ‘final Milestone Report’ to the South Australian Government for its $1.25 million taxpayer-funded Indigenous Food Database – although it’s unclear when or even if the resource will become publicly available.”

The Star: ‘We don’t want our history to be lost’: African Nova Scotian organization digitizes, archives lengthy history. “In hopes of filling in gaps of African Nova Scotian history, the African United Baptist Association and the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia are launching a project to archive and digitize historical AUBA records dating back over 150 years. The AUBA was established in 1854 by Rev. Richard Preston, a former slave from Virginia who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1816. Over the years, the AUBA has served as not just a religious organization, but also as a voice for hundreds of Black families throughout Nova Scotia.”


The Register: Singapore to treat infosec as equivalent public good to fresh running water . “The deputy chief executive of Singapore’s Cyber Security Agency, Brigadier General Gaurav Keerthi, says the island nation now considers providing a secure environment to citizens and businesses the equivalent of providing fresh water and sewerage services, and will next week improve digital hygiene with a voluntary scheme that will rate the security consumer broadband gateways.”

Mashable: Amazon quietly announces major expansion to neighborhood surveillance networks. “Amazon, the powerhouse behind the Ring security camera network, is coming for your community. On [September 21], the surveillance juggernaut announced a major expansion to its smart neighborhood effort dubbed Sidewalk. Notably, Amazon failed to highlight one crucial detailed specified in the accompanying white paper: If you already own one of 20 existing Amazon products, you’ll automatically be participating unless you actively opt out.”


Emergency Medicine News: De-eponymizing Anatomical Terminology . “After a recent Twitter debate, we set out to evaluate the hypothesis that there is always an alternative to a dead man’s name for body parts and to create an online searchable database … to facilitate the de-eponymization of anatomic terminology. We reviewed 700 normal… anatomical and histological eponyms, and developed a searchable database modelled on the 2019 edition of Terminologia Anatomica (TA2) published by the Federative International Programme for Anatomical Terminology (FIPAT).” It’s probably inferable but let me make clear that an eponym is something named after a person. Like Alzheimer’s disease.

CNN: Elon Musk criticizes OpenAI exclusively licensing GPT-3 to Microsoft. “Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk doesn’t seem to approve of Microsoft’s deal with OpenAI — the research company he co-founded in 2015. The Tesla and Space X founder criticized Microsoft (MSFT) in a tweet following news that the company acquired an exclusive license for GPT-3, a language model created by OpenAI, that generates human-like text.” Good morning, Internet…

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