Pensacola KKK, New Mexico Photographers, Florida Elections, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, July 12, 2021


Pensacola News Journal: UWF Historic Trust releases first academic report on Wentworth KKK documents. What’s next?. “A year after Pensacola learned that the beloved local historian T.T. Wentworth Jr. was a leader of the local Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s, the first academic report on the trove of Wentworth’s Klan documents is complete. The UWF Historic Trust released the preliminary report into the Wentworth Klan documents on Thursday and along with the report all 265 documents have been posted on the online digital archive.”

University of New Mexico: New Maxwell exhibitions examine work of two photographers. “During a recent exhibitions design class taught by professor Devorah Romanek, curator of exhibits at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at The University of New Mexico, the works of two photographers who chronicled life in New Mexico captured the interest of two graduate students. The class projects, online exhibitions by Katie Conley and Paloma Lopez, are now available on the Maxwell website. They highlight the work of American photographers John Collier Jr. and Charles Fletcher Lummis.”

Florida Chamber of Commerce: Florida Institute for Political Leadership Launches First of its Kind Statewide Database of Upcoming Elections. “The tool, a first ever in Florida and offered exclusively by FIPL, allows users to see what elections are upcoming in their local area – from municipal-level government to state and federal elected positions. Users can filter results, narrowing down respective searches by county, category, next election year and type of elected office. also provides contact information for state and county elections officials.”


BetaNews: Twitter will let you know why you’re not worthy (of being verified). “Being able to apply for Twitter verification is, of course, absolutely no guarantee of being verified, and huge number of people have been disappointed to be rejected. Unhelpfully, Twitter has — until now — failed to make it clear why a request for a blue badge has been denied. But now the company says it will be providing more detail.”


WFAA: What-a-creation: Iconic Texas fast food chain launches its own museum of art . “The Whataburger Museum of Art is an Instagram page featuring artwork created by fans of the quintessential Texas brand.”

Wired: Clubhouse Aimed to Foster Diversity. Is it Working? . “More than a year after its initial release in March 2020, the invite-only social media app is still technically in beta mode, but after a few appearances from the likes of Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, everyone wanted in—and most of them got in. The audio-only platform that was almost built for a global pandemic has exploded to host about 10 million users in nine countries and the European Union on both iOS and Android.”

New Indian Express: Delhi government tie-up with Google to reduce bus waiting time. “The Delhi government is integrating public transit systems in the city with Google so that people won’t have to wait long for public buses, said Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Friday. With this integration, people will be able to trace buses for live location on Google map and plan their travel from next week, officials said.”


Politico: Feds agree to pay $6.1M to create database for Capitol riot prosecutions. “The Justice Department has agreed to pay $6.1 million to a technology contractor to create a massive database of videos, photographs, documents and social media posts related to the Capitol riot as part of the process of turning relevant evidence over to defense attorneys for the more than 500 people facing criminal charges in the Jan. 6 events, according to a court filing and government records.”

Ahval: Erdoğan to create social media watchdog against ‘misinformation’ spread – report. “The watchdog will be similar to Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), a regulatory body in charge of censoring and sanctioning broadcasts, Haber7 said, which has come under criticism for handing down a disproportionate number of fines to the country’s few remaining opposition outlets in recent years.”

New York Times: American Internet Giants Hit Back at Hong Kong Doxxing Law. “An industry group representing the largest American internet companies warned Hong Kong’s government that changes to the city’s data-protection laws could impact companies’ ability to provide services in the city.”


TNW: Study: Social media contributes to a more diverse news diet — wait, what?!. “New research has challenged the very existence of online filter bubbles. The study found that people who use search engines, social media, and aggregators to access news can actually have more diverse information diets. Researchers from the universities of Oxford and Liverpool analyzed web tracking data on around 3,000 UK news users.”

Mashable: Insect scientists want your help renaming bugs with racist names. “The [Entomological Society of America]’s Better Common Names Project is just what it sounds like: An effort to root out any examples of problematic names on the ESA Common Names of Insects and Related Organisms List. The effort starts with a task force that will be looking at: names containing ‘derogative terms,’ names for invasive bugs that include ‘inappropriate geographic references,’ and names ‘that inappropriately disregard what the insect might be called by native communities.'” Good morning, Internet…

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