Arnold Edmondson, Malware Strains, Tucows, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 23, 2021


Charleston City Paper: Over 40 years of Arnold Edmondson’s art cataloged in digital archive. “Art historian Naomi Edmondson, the daughter of late Lowcountry artist Arnold Edmondson, recently created an online archive of her father’s expansive body of visual art pieces. Through the archive, Naomi is attempting to digitize over 40 years of visual art from Arnold’s career.”

ZDNet: New website launched to document vulnerabilities in malware strains. “A security researcher launched this month a web portal that lists vulnerabilities in the code of common malware strains. The researcher hopes other security professionals will use the bugs to crash, disable, and uninstall malware on infected hosts as part of incident response operations.”


Engadget: Tucows closes its once-popular software download site. “It was inevitable, really. In the early days of the internet, Tucows was known as a reliable place to find and download new software. Today, however, most people are happy to use a modern App Store — Microsoft and Apple both run their own — or navigate to developer websites directly. And if you’re looking for inspiration, there’s always Product Hunt. Tucows has decided, therefore, to finally shut down Tucows Downloads.”

NPR: Fast-Growing Alternative To Facebook And Twitter Finds Post-Trump Surge ‘Messy’. “Shortly after the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, Facebook and Twitter kicked off Trump and cracked down on groups involved in organizing the insurrection. By now, many of those users — and those who sympathize with them — have found alternative platforms on which to spread their messages.”


How-To Geek: How to Delist Your Facebook Profile From Search Engines. “Facebook allows search engines like Google to index your profile and publicly available information. But if you don’t want people to be able to look up your social profile outside of Facebook, you can choose to delist it. Here’s how.”


Dublin People: National Library receives records of #WakingTheFeminists movement for future digital preservation. “The National Library of Ireland has today announced the donation of the archive of the #WakingTheFeminists movement to the national collection. The donation was marked by an online event, attended by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin. #WakingTheFeminists was a highly successful grassroots campaign for equality for women in Irish theatre that ran from 2015-2016.”

USA Today: Racist falsehoods about George Floyd, Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor are still on Facebook, Avaaz report finds. “Fabricated claims debunked by fact-checkers targeting victims of police brutality George Floyd, Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor remain on Facebook, despite pledges by the social media giant to support the Black community, a new investigation from human rights group Avaaz found.”


JD Supra: New Law Gives Pennsylvania Executors Power Over Decedents’ Social Media And Other Digital Content. “Pennsylvania recently became one of the last states to enact a law treating digital assets and electronic records as tangible property, which allows executors, trustees, guardians, and agents to access and manage the digital assets of decedents. Now beneficiaries have access to and may take possession of their loved ones’ photos, music, videos, email messages, and other digital content that are hosted on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram and stored by tech giants like Apple and Google.”


Wired: The Strange Theater of Watching the Inauguration on Social Media. “The laser focus on Wednesday’s inauguration was to be expected—they always draw large audiences—but the attention paid to the symbols was significant. It was reflective of a populace craving a sign, and also wanting it to be more than that. Purple is nice, but it can’t manifest bipartisanship. Calling attention to that fact, even via tweet, is a way of both acknowledging the shift in priorities that comes with the new administration and promising to hold them accountable. The web is watching.”

WLRN: Florida Unveils New Statewide Sea Rise Mapping Tool. “Florida environmental regulators say they are creating the state’s first uniform sea rise level projections as part of a new law to better prepare coastal projects paid for with state money. A draft version of the new mapping tool was unveiled Tuesday as part of a workshop on rules to implement the law.”

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