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Wales Council for Voluntary Organisations, Psychic News, M6 Motorway, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, October 25, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

WISERD: Voluntary sector history brought to life in new digital archive. “[Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods] has worked with the Wales Council for Voluntary Organisations (WCVA) and The National Library of Wales to create a historically significant digital archive of the Annual Reports of WCVA and its predecessor organisations. We are delighted to make this resource publically and freely available to social historians, researchers and the generally curious.”

University of Manitoba: Unveiling of the Psychic News digital archive. “Spooky season is upon us and what better way to celebrate than the release of the full Psychic News digital archives from 1932-2010. The 1932-1967 issues were released last Halloween, but this year prepare yourself for an international source of Spiritualism and psychical research published from 1968-2010 available on Saturday October 31, 2020 on UM Digital Collections.”

BBC: Cumbria’s M6: Photo archive shows motorway at 50. “It is one of the highest stretches of motorway in the country, covering 36 miles (57.9km) between Lancaster and Penrith. The road, which incorporates the Lune Gorge, was opened on 23 October 1970. Photographs of the construction of the motorway, by John Laing Construction Ltd, have been preserved in a special Historic England archive.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

BetaNews: Ubuntu Linux 20.10 ‘Groovy Gorilla’ is here with renewed Raspberry Pi focus. “This new version of the desktop operating system is loaded with fixes, new features, and a renewed focus on the now-iconic Raspberry Pi. Yes, folks, with a compatible Pi (models with 4GB or 8GB of RAM), you can now have the full Ubuntu desktop experience. Wow!”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

CNET: New movie Clouds shows social media’s power to amplify hope and inspiration. “While more and more people — especially those under 30 — rely on social media as their primary source of news and information, two-thirds of people in the US now believe social media has a ‘mostly negative effect’ on how things are going in America today, according to Pew Research. There’s deep concern and mistrust about the disinformation, divisiveness, and prejudice that’s being amplified on social media. Now What?”

New York Times: Two Huge Questions Loom as 2020 Census Winds Down. “The most contentious census count in memory is nearing an end with questions remaining about the accuracy of its numbers and how they will be used in congressional reapportionment.”

Mother Jones: How the Most Toxic, Notorious Pro-Trump Online Community Tricked Reddit and Got Back Online. “Even though their subreddit has been banned from Reddit for over four months, The_Donald’s former members continue to wreak havoc on the site. Mother Jones has gained access to two servers hosted by Discord where former members of the banned subreddit gather, including a private server that requires members to be vetted. Chat messages posted there show how former members of The_Donald have found new homes on Reddit and continue to coordinate and plan the spread of hate, vitriol, and disinformation on the site and in other venues, despite the company’s ban.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Daily Swig: New Zealand launches data breach notification tool. “New Zealand’s privacy commissioner has launched a new tool to help organizations based in the country determine whether a data breach needs to be reported or not. The tool, called NotifyUs, will enable data handlers to check whether it is mandatory to report a breach under new rules.”

Washington Post: U.S. agencies mount major effort to prevent Russian interference in the election even though Trump downplays threat. “The U.S. government is mounting a major effort to prevent a repeat of 2016 — when federal agencies were slow to address Russia’s attempts to manipulate the presidential election — and is taking a range of actions despite the disinterest of President Trump, who questions intelligence that the Kremlin is intent on undermining American democracy.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Press of Atlantic City: NJ Coastal Coalition creates photo archive of coastal flooding hot spots. “There was no coastal flooding that day, making the hardest part walking along the side of the Black Horse Pike, cars whizzing by, keeping composure for a few seconds as Dan Skeldon and Palma Accardi, of the New Jersey Coastal Coalition, smiled and waved for the camera. The goal? To inform homeowners and visitors that, for more than 90% of the year, the shore is an easygoing, great place to be. The rest can present challenges in the form of coastal flooding.”

The Register: IBM: Our AI correctly predicts onset of Alzheimer’s 71% of the time, better than standard clinical tests. “Machine-learning algorithms analyzing human communication can predict whether someone will develop Alzheimer’s disease more accurately than standard biomedical screening, say IBM and Pfizer.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

Mischiefs of Faction: What We Learned from Studying Yard Signs. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are spending more time than ever in our residential spaces, and the signs we choose to display take on new meaning. For political scientists, the central questions that have always emerged in the fall (especially during national election years) are ‘Why are people doing this?,’ and ‘What do these signs do to our neighborhoods?'” This article is about politics and political signs in general and is pretty interesting. The names of the current presidential candidates do not appear in the text of this article. Good afternoon, Internet…

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