North Texas Nonprofits, Maine Restaurants, Open Source Security, More: Saturday Evening ResearchBuzz, June 26, 2021


Dallas News: New North Texas Database Connects Nonprofit Talent with Opportunities for Board Service. “Communities Foundation of Texas has introduced a new database that connects individuals willing to commit their time and talents to the organizations that need them. The nonprofit board service directory offers members of the public an easy way to search for openings that align with their passions. The directory currently offers 150 open board positions from 40 nonprofits throughout North Texas, and is updated weekly.”

Bangor Daily News: Look into Portland’s beloved restaurant scene before it was a foodie destination. “Before it became a world-class foodie destination and engine of the city’s economic fortunes, Portland’s restaurant scene looked like a lot of fun. That’s how old-school Portlander Abraham Schechter remembers it. The city library’s archivist, Schechter recently assembled a trove of historic menus and scenes from 1980s Portland restaurants for public viewing in the library’s digital collection.” It is just me, or is that first sentence a bit of a read?



VentureBeat: Google extends open source vulnerabilities database to Python, Rust, Go, and DWF. “One of the major challenges of aggregating data from multiple open source databases is that they can adhere to different formats, often created by an individual organization. This distributed model makes it more difficult to unify and describe vulnerabilities in a common vernacular. So Google, in conjunction with the wider open source community, has been working on a ‘vulnerability interchange schema’ to describe vulnerabilities across open source projects in a format that can be used by both humans and automation tools.”


Tom’s Guide: How to use Instagram Reels — everything you need to know about the TikTok competitor. “…if you’re curious about Instagram Reels or eager to give your content creator career a try, we’ve got you covered. Below we’ve included a simple guide on how to use Instagram Reels, including creating content, editing it and posting your masterpiece for the world to see.”


The Guardian: Venice may be put on endangered list if cruise ships not banned, says Unesco. “The UN art heritage agency has said it would examine a proposal to put Venice on its endangered list if the lagoon city does not issue a permanent ban on cruise ships docking there, according to the Italian news agency Ansa.”

New Indian Express: Weavers hitch wagon to social media. “Weavers who do not have websites, have joined hands with online stores and microblogging sites to get orders. The uploaded videos and content on these sites also put their names on the organic Google rankings page, which will fetch them customers. It seems their ventures have yielded results, and they are earning handsome returns. They are expecting good orders to roll in once the festival season starts.”


Techdirt: Clearview Forbids Users From Scraping Its Database Of Images It Scraped From Thousands Of Websites . “Clearview called out Google’s apparent hypocrisy on the subject of site scraping when Google sent a cease-and-desist demanding it stop harvesting images and data from Google’s online possessions. But Clearview is apparently unable to recognize its own hypocrisy. While it’s cool with site scraping when it can benefit from it, it frowns upon others perpetrating this ‘harm’ on its own databases.”

OPB: Oregon House clears bill to create new database tracking police discipline records. “A bill cleared the House Thursday that would require Oregon law enforcement agencies to report disciplinary action of police officers to the state and establish a statewide database of all actions taken against public safety employees that lead to economic sanctions.”


Wall Street Journal: Library of Congress Looks to AI to Help Users Sift Through Its Collection . “The Library of Congress expects that artificial intelligence can help people search through its troves of digital information to glean new insights about the U.S.’s history. To that end, America’s oldest federal cultural institution is experimenting with AI technologies that are commonly employed by Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google.”

Bloomberg CityLab: The U.S. Neighborhoods With the Greatest Tree Inequity, Mapped. “A new analysis quantifies just now unequal tree cover is in the U.S.: Neighborhoods with a majority of people of color have, on average, 33% less tree canopy than majority-white communities, according to data from the Tree Equity Score map, a project of the conservation nonprofit American Forests. The poorest neighborhoods, where 90% of residents live in poverty, have 41% less coverage than the wealthiest ones.” Good evening, Internet…

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