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Genevieve Lyons, Salem Massachusetts, Election Night, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, November 1, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Dublin Inquirer: A New Archive Looks at the Life and Work of the “Shining Star of Dublin Theatre in the 1950s” . “When Barry Houlihan, an archivist at the National University of Ireland Galway was researching his latest project he had an incredible stroke of good luck. Houlihan was researching actors in the Dublin theatre scene in the 1950s and was trying to find out more about The Globe Theatre Company, and an actress called Genevieve Lyons. To his surprise Lyons’s daughter, Michele McCrillis, contacted the university to offer them a collection of her mother’s photographs and papers, says Houlihan.”

Mass Live: Salem preserves 400 year old documents, creates online database for public to search about Joshua Ward House, genealogy and more. “Salem’s typically filled with ghost tours, visitors walking through cemeteries and other haunted happenings. This year, however, the city is discouraging visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic. But that doesn’t mean people can’t still discover the stories behind the well-known city. The city of Salem has been working with Laserfiche, a software company, for about three years to preserve some of its oldest documents, creating an online database for the public to search.”

USEFUL STUFF

Bustle: How To Watch Election Night Coverage With Friends & Family On Zoom. “The 2020 election will be one for the history books. Not only will many of us be voting differently — whether that be because of mail-in ballots or masked in-person voting — the way we watch the election results will be different as well. If you’re looking to host a virtual 2020 election party, you’ve got plenty of ways to make sure you can watch the results with your friends and family.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Grand Forks Herald: Roosevelt library group reaches $100M fundraising goal behind Walton, Burgum donations. “The group behind the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library feels its financial position is as strong as a bull moose. The project planned for Medora is one step closer to becoming a reality after the library foundation announced on Tuesday, Oct. 27, it has reached a goal of raising $100 million in private donations before the end of the year.”

RNZ: Ngā Taonga restructures to disestablish 29 roles. “A major restructure at the national film and sound archive is being met with fears that access to New Zealand’s past will be irreversibly lost. Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision is set to disestablish 29 roles next month, replacing them with as many new roles that aim to improve public access to the historic visual and radio content. But those who spent years working in the archive’s collection say that won’t be the case.”

Techdirt: CBP Is Asking The National Archives For Permission To Destroy Misconduct Records. “The CBP wants to make its refusal to part with misconduct records a feature, rather than an all-too-common federal agency bug. It has asked the National Archive to treat many of its misconduct records as ‘temporary,’ giving it permission to discard these as soon as possible rather than having them preserved for posterity.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Reuters: Online giants will have to open ad archives to EU antitrust regulators. “Dominant tech companies will have to explain how their algorithms work under proposed new EU rules and also open up their ad archives to regulators and researchers, Europe’s digital and antitrust chief said on Friday.”

New Indian Express: Keeping tabs on social media posts tough for Karnataka Election Commission. “As a number of complaints over alleged misuse of social media platforms are being filed with the poll panel, Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar told The New Indian Express that they have a team to monitor the media outlets, including social media.”

PCMag UK: Google Calls Out Windows Zero-Day Vulnerability That Remains Unpatched. “Google has revealed the details on a new zero-day Windows bug that it says is currently being exploited by hackers. The vulnerability, which is yet unnamed, has been classified as CVE-2020-17087. Google’s security outfit Project Zero took to its Chromium repository to post the vulnerability, asking Microsoft to resolve the issue in one week. Microsoft failed to do so, and as such the vulnerability has been published for all to see.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Brookings Tech Stream: How China’s ‘wolf warrior’ diplomats use and abuse Twitter. “A little more than a year ago, China had almost no diplomatic presence on Twitter. A handful of accounts, many representing far-flung diplomatic outposts, operated without apparent coordination or direction from Beijing. Today, the work of Chinese diplomats on Twitter looks very different: More than 170 of them bicker with Western powers, promote conspiracies about the coronavirus, and troll Americans on issues of race. The quadrupling in the past year and a half of China’s diplomatic presence on a site blocked within China suggests that turning to Western platforms to influence the information environment beyond China’s borders is no longer an afterthought but a priority.”

The Conversation: On Twitter, bots spread conspiracy theories and QAnon talking points. “Americans who seek political insight and information on Twitter should know how much of what they are seeing is the result of automated propaganda campaigns. Nearly four years after my collaborators and I revealed how automated Twitter accounts were distorting online election discussions in 2016, the situation appears to be no better. That’s despite the efforts of policymakers, technology companies and even the public to root out disinformation campaigns on social media.”

New York Times: I Spoke to a Scholar of Conspiracy Theories and I’m Scared for Us. “Lately, I have been putting an embarrassing amount of thought into notions like jinxes and knocking on wood. The polls for Joe Biden look good, but in 2020, any hint of optimism feels dangerously naïve, and my brain has been working overtime in search of potential doom. I have become consumed with an alarming possibility: that neither the polls nor the actual outcome of the election really matter, because to a great many Americans, digital communication has already rendered empirical, observable reality beside the point.” Good morning, Internet…

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