Ferrino, China Development Finance, Black Mississippi Legislators, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, December 9, 2020


Ferrino, and translated from Italian: Presentation of the Ferrino Digital Historical Archive. “The history of Ferrino joins the evolution of the outdoors in Italy, its successes and its international achievements. It is with this awareness that Ferrino, for its 150th anniversary, wanted to give itself a Digital Archive, a tool capable of cataloging and sharing all the memories, anecdotes and testimonies of the brand, to create a future memory. A strategic structure for the company, thus able to make its history accessible, digital, catalogable and easily usable.”

Boston University: GDP Center Launches Database on China’s Development Finance. “The new database is a geospatial dataset for analysis of China’s sovereign lending commitments and their proximity to critical habitats, national protected areas, and indigenous peoples’ lands. The interactive tool will allow users to explore 615 development finance projects with specific geographic footprints. It shows their overlap with different types of socially and ecologically sensitive territories for context. The dataset provides insight into the sizeable quantity of this relatively new source of global finance, as well as its geographic locations, sectoral distribution and proximity to sensitive and ecological territory – critical habitats, national protected areas, and indigenous peoples’ lands.”

Mississippi State University: MSU Libraries documents African American legislators in Mississippi with historical, online ‘Against All Odds’ exhibit. “Titled ‘Against All Odds: The First Black Legislators in Mississippi,’ the exhibit documents the lives of over 150 African American men who worked in the state legislature leading up to 1894. The site features more than 800 newspaper clippings, dozens of portraits, quotes from primary and secondary sources, and biographies.”

Climate Centre: Turning up the volume on early humanitarian action: ‘one-stop-shop’ Anticipation Hub goes live. “The new Anticipation Hub was created by the German Red Cross, the IFRC and the Climate Centre with funding support from the German Federal Foreign Office and was launched today as part of the online 8th Global Dialogue Platform on Anticipatory Humanitarian Action. It is designed as a one-stop-shop for knowledge, learning and guidance on anticipatory action, and already has more than 60 partners across the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, governments, universities, research institutes, NGOs, UN agencies, and other networks.”


Neowin: Google is making password management and payments easier in Chrome. “Google is making it easier for users to use and save credentials on their Google accounts in Chrome, even if they choose not to use Chrome’s sync service. The company has announced new features making their way to Android and desktop versions of the browser that let users access information on their Google account more easily.”

CNET: TikTok unveils its top 100 videos, creators and trends of 2020. “This year was rough, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and no shortage of other tragedies. But one bright spot was the endless supply of funny, insane, inspirational and comforting videos on TikTok. The short-form video platform on [December 2] unveiled its picks for the top 100 TikTok videos, creators, trends and songs in the US, where it has about 100 million monthly active users.”

BetaNews: WinRAR 6.0 arrives with bug fixes and a host of new features. “25 years after its first release, WinRAR 6.0 is now available. There is, of course, support for the incomparable RAR format, but also for .zip, .tar, .jar, .lzh, .iso and more. This latest release includes a number of important changes and additions such as improved handling of extracting multiple archives simultaneously, and the addition of new command line switches to give you greater control over the extraction process.”


Hindustan Times: Inspired by World War II photographers, Syrian archives pictures of Damascus homes to preserve them. “35-year-old Rania Kataf creates a digital archive of the buildings of Old Damascus, Syria’s war-torn capital, after being ‘inspired by European photographers who tried to document buildings in their cities during the Second World War so architects could later rebuild part of them’”

Clout: PNCA Plans To Build National Database Of Pakistani Films. “…the National Arts Council of Pakistan (PNCA) has decided to launch the National Film Archives, in an effort to preserve the country’s film heritage for future generations. With more than 6,000 films produced so far and an estimated 60 films each year, Pakistan, despite its decline, is still among the top 20 film producers in the world.”

KnowTechie: China is introducing tighter regulations for livestreaming. “The National Radio and Television Administration in China has introduced new regulations for the livestreaming industry. Now, gift-givers and hosts will need to provide their real names. Furthermore, new regulations ban teenagers from making purchases. So the users will buy virtual goods only using their real names, and there will be a cap on tipping.”


Mashable: Activists demand Google open up about user data shared with police. “A coalition of 59 civil rights, labor, and civil society organizations sent an open letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai Tuesday, demanding the company be more transparent when it comes to how often it complies with law enforcement requests for user data. What’s more, the letter signatories — which include the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, and the Brennan Center for Justice — want Google’s help in resisting what they see as the ‘alarming growth’ in searches carried out by law enforcement.”

CBC: Australia to reveal legislation that would force Google and Facebook to pay for news content. “Australia’s government will reveal legislation in Parliament on Wednesday that would make Facebook and Google pay for journalism. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Tuesday that the legislation to create the News Media Bargaining Code will be scrutinized by a parliamentary committee following its introduction and before lawmakers vote on it next year.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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