Indigenous People Enslavement, Bernard Gotfryd Photography, Nebraska Newspapers, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, July 6, 2021


Brown University Library News: Announcement | Stolen Relations: Recovering Stories of Indigenous Enslavement in the Americas. “The Library has been contributing to a community-centered database project led by Professor Linford Fisher that seeks to document the many instances of Indigenous enslavement in the Americas between 1492 through 1900. Formerly entitled, Database of Indigenous Slavery Archive (DISA), the project is now named, Stolen Relations: Recovering Stories of Indigenous Enslavement in the Americas.”

Library of Congress: Free to Use and Reuse: The Photographs of Bernard Gotfryd. “In his work, you’ll find film stars such as Dustin Hoffman on the set of ‘Midnight Cowboy,’ novelists, painters, singers and songwriters, politicians at podiums and any number of passionate people at street protests. Gotfryd, who died in 2016 at the age of 92, left the bulk of his photographs to the Library and designated that his copyright should expire at his death.”


Nebraska Library Commission: NCompass Live: History Nebraska: Taking History Online. “As a strategic goal of our agency, History Nebraska is undertaking significant efforts to provide access to historical collections for Nebraskans, regardless of where they live. One such initiative is to digitize our newspaper collections through a partnership with We have also been scanning microfilmed probate records from county courthouses, select manuscript collections, and some county and community histories. For years, we have been digitizing our vast photograph collections, as well as our audio/visual collections. Tune in to learn how and when we plan to make these available to the public.”


Lifehacker: How to Access the Hidden Symbols on Your iPhone’s Keyboard. “The iPhone keyboard has a hidden superpower—beneath its usual letters, numbers, and symbols lie a treasure trove of less common but still useful symbols. The next time you want to tell someone how hot or cold it is, for example, you don’t need to type ‘degrees’ or do a Google search for the degree symbol.”


ABC News: Twitter restricts account of expert who mocked China leader. “A New Zealand academic says Twitter temporarily restricted her account after she mocked Chinese President Xi Jinping. University of Canterbury Professor Anne-Marie Brady is an expert on China’s attempts to exert political influence around the world and has been an outspoken critic of its ruling Communist Party. Last week, she sent tweets poking fun at the party’s 100th anniversary celebrations.”

Editor & Publisher: The Podcast Revolution. “In conversations with people who podcast, you’ll hear the word ‘intimate’ used a lot to describe the relationship between listener and the voices emanating from their earbuds. It’s as if there’s no one else in the equation, as if you’re being told a story just for you. For news organizations increasingly reliant on audience more than advertising, audio is proving to be a platform that makes those connections, builds trust and familiarity, and solidifies those relationships.”


CNET: Pro-Trump social media site Gettr hacked. “A social media site launched last week by a senior adviser to former President Donald Trump was briefly hacked on Sunday, with account profiles being defaced with pro-Palestinian messages.”

TechCrunch: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Ridiculous Lawsuit Against Facebook Gets Tossed Out Of Court. “As you may recall, last summer we wrote about what we referred to as an ‘insanely stupid’ lawsuit that Robert F. Kennedy had filed against Facebook on behalf of his wacky anti-vax organization ‘Children’s Health Defense’ (CHD). The issue, of course, is that Facebook blocked CHD from posting the usual conspiracy theories and medical disinformation that RFK Jr. has been known to spread.”

Reuters: Exclusive: White House order pushes antitrust enforcement throughout U.S. economy. “The White House is working on an antitrust executive order that aims to push government agencies to consider how their decisions will impact competition in an industry, according to two sources familiar with the matter.”


BSA TechPost: Confronting AI Bias: A Transatlantic Approach to AI Policy. “BSA supports legislation that would require organizations to perform impact assessments prior to deploying high-risk AI systems. To advance these conversations, we recently launched the BSA Framework to Build Trust in AI, a detailed methodology for performing impact assessments that can help organizations responsibly manage the risk of bias throughout an AI system’s lifecycle.”

EurekAlert: New chatbot can explain apps and show you how they access hardware or data. “Chatbots have already become a part of our everyday lives with their quick and intuitive way to complete tasks like scheduling and finding information using natural language conversations. Researchers at Aalto University have now harnessed the power of chatbots to help designers and developers develop new apps and allow end users to find information on the apps on their devices.”

Mashable: AI bot trolls politicians with how much time they’re looking at phones. “Launched Monday, [Dries] Depoorter’s system monitors daily livestreams of government meetings on YouTube to assess how long a representative has been looking at their phone versus the meeting in progress. If the AI detects a distracted person, it will publicly identify the party by posting the clip.” Good morning, Internet…

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