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Benin Bronzes, Sammy Hagar, LGBTQ Travel, More: Friday Evening ResearchBuzz, June 18, 2021

NEW RESOURCES

ARTNews: Germany Unveils Comprehensive Database of Its Benin Bronzes. “This week, Germany unveiled a digital database for its Benin Bronzes that offers provenance and images for more than 1,100 objects. Titled the German Contact Point for Collections from Colonial Contexts, it will continue to be updated, and is meant to offer greater transparency.”

106.3 The Buzz (no relation): Sammy Hagar + Michael Anthony Launch ‘Van Hagar’ Era Online Archive. “Former Van Halen members and current Sammy Hagar & The Circle rockers Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony have jointly launched an archival social media destination saluting their time together in Van Halen, the period known as the ‘Van Hagar’ era to fans of the rock band co-founded by the late Eddie Van Halen.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Travel Weekly: Orbitz users can now search for LGBTQ-friendly accommodations. “The tool highlights more than 35,000 independent, boutique and branded hotels that have signed an Orbitz Inclusivity Pledge against discrimination on the basis of gender and sexual identity. At a minimum, lodging partners that have signed this pledge are committed to enforcing a zero-tolerance policy for hateful, disrespectful or discriminatory behavior from staff at any level.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Guardian: ‘This is our cultural heritage’: Spanish photographers seek national archive. “Spain’s best-known photographers have thrown their weight behind a new campaign to establish a national centre to catalogue, share, protect and promote the country’s rich and diverse photographic history.”

Nerdist: You Can Get Vintage Video Game Magazines Sent To Your Door. “Before the internet, gamers turned to magazine stands to learn more about their favorite titles. Now the world wide web has made it possible for you to own those retro publications again. The Video Game History Foundation is working to preserve vintage video game magazines with a subscription service that puts certified copies in your hands.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

TechRadar: Google Docs is being weaponized by hackers. “Web-based word processor Google Docs is being actively exploited to disguise dangerous web domains, security analysts have warned. As discovered by security firm Avanan, cybercriminals have found a way to conceal attacks behind standard Google Docs URLs, which can be delivered to victims via email without triggering security software.”

ShareCast: FCA warns Google to stop accepting scam adverts . “UK regulator the Financial Conduct Authority has warned tech giant Google that it will take legal action if it continues to accept advertisements for online financial scams.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Tech Policy Press: Study of social media, collective behavior should be a “crisis discipline,” researchers say. “Social media, message apps and other digital communications technologies restructure the ways in which information flows, and thus how humans interact with one another, how they make sense of the world and how they come to consensus on how to deal with problems.”

CNBC: Google searches for new measure of skin tones to curb bias in products. “Alphabet’s Google told Reuters this week it is developing an alternative to the industry standard method for classifying skin tones, which a growing chorus of technology researchers and dermatologists says is inadequate for assessing whether products are biased against people of color.”

Daily Mail is not one of my usual sources, but I’ll make an exception. Daily Mail: Conservators find QUILL inside Queen Elizabeth I-era document. “A quill with ink still its nib has been found in between the pages of an official document dating from the rule of Queen Elizabeth I. The writing implement was discovered by conservators when they were carrying out repair work on the manuscript, a draft land lease agreement, at the National Archives’ headquarters in Kew, West London, yesterday.” Good evening, Internet…

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