United States / Singapore Diplomacy, Banned Books, Google Docs, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 6, 2021


US Embassy in Singapore: Chargé d’Affaires Mansour Launches USSG55 Campaign Celebrating 55 Years of Diplomatic Relations between the U.S. and Singapore. “On Monday, April 5, 2021, Chargé d’Affaires Rafik Mansour launched U.S. Embassy Singapore’s USSG55 campaign celebrating 55 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Singapore. Starting this month, a combination of digital and traditional media elements branded with #USSG55 will showcase the United States and Singapore’s shared history, built on a strong foundation for a secure, prosperous, and innovative shared future. To kick off the campaign, a dedicated website will serve as a portal for the year’s events, programs, press releases, photographs, and more.”


Publishers Weekly: ALA Releases 2020 Most Challenged Books List. “For a third year in a row, Alex Gino’s George has topped the American Library Association’s list of most challenged book in American libraries. The ALA’s Most Challenged Books list, released annually in conjunction with National Library Week, which runs April 4-10 this year, tracks attempts to ban or restrict access to books across the United States and raises awareness of censorship efforts in our libraries and schools.”

Laptop: Google Docs adds TV and film sources to its citations tool. “Google Docs added a citation tool last year that has been a huge help to many, making citing source material far easier. Recently the good folks at Google updated the citation tool to include film, TV series, and TV episodes resources.”


Tom’s Guide: How to do a charity stream on Twitch. “This past March, I decided to do a charity stream on Twitch, raising funds to support Asian Americans, in a moment when the community needed support. I managed to raise some money, and it wasn’t that complicated — once I figured out how. So, I thought I would explain what I did, and the ways others are raising money online, because anybody can do it.”

Wired: How to Test Early Betas of Software You Use Every Day. “SOFTWARE MAKERS HAVE become more and more open to the idea of public betas: trial runs of new apps and operating systems that anyone who wants to can get involved with. They get their code tested for free, and we get to try out new features ahead of time. Getting started with these betas is easier than you might think, and they’re available on just about every platform out there, as we’ll explain below. It won’t cost you anything, and you can quit a beta whenever you like.”


Rwanda New Times: Gacaca archives proposed for UNESCO’s heritage list. “GACACA COURTS archives could be registered to UNESCO’s Documentary Heritage Listing on the recommendation of a national committee that is set to assess and discern different historical, cultural and documentary heritages that can be listed on the World’s heritage list.”

Robert Feder: Robservations: Media Burn wins grant to launch Guerrilla Television Network. “Chicago’s Media Burn Independent Video Archive has received a $459,150 grant from the Council on Library Resources to collaborate with the University of Chicago on digitizing hundreds of previously unseen videotapes from the 1970s. In addition to Media Burn’s content, the new Guerrilla Television Network will include work from Appalshop, Community TV Network, Experimental TV Center, Kartemquin Films and New Orleans Video Access Center.”


The Diplomat: How Will China’s Sovereign Digital Currency Affect Fintech?. “China’s sovereign digital currency is still in the testing phase, but has caused speculation about what effect it will have on fintech. Some experts have asserted that the digital currency will crowd out payment methods WeChat Pay and Alipay. Others have stated that China’s sovereign digital currency will boost the fintech industry overall since it is electronic. So, how can we reasonably predict will the effect of the digital currency will be on China’s fintech industry?”

Department of Justice: Indictment: Kansas Man Indicted For Tampering With A Public Water System . “The indictment alleges that on or about March 27, 2019, in the District of Kansas, [Wyatt] Travnichek knowingly accessed the Ellsworth County Rural Water District’s protected computer system without authorization. During this unauthorized access, it is alleged Travnichek performed activities that shut down the processes at the facility which affect the facilities cleaning and disinfecting procedures with the intention of harming the Ellsworth Rural Water District No. 1, also known as Post Rock Rural Water District.”


Europeana Pro: Introducing our image classification pilot. “With lowered barriers to access and the development of new practices for Artificial Intelligence (AI), it’s no surprise that AI-related activities in the cultural heritage sector are increasing – a topic in focus on this month on Europeana Pro. In this post, we share work taking place at the Europeana Foundation to create an image classification pilot which uses computer vision algorithms to improve metadata in our records.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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