League of Nations, Southern Folk Art, SpeakGaelic, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 14, 2021


The New Humanitarian: Scanning the past: The League of Nations archive goes digital. “Archivists and historians are making a permanent digital copy of almost every document, letter, memo, photo, and map from the doomed predecessor of the United Nations. The online League of Nations archives will be a rich resource for understanding the past, dealing with the troubled present, and shaping the future, according to project staffers.”

Clarion Ledger: Preserving the hidden folk art spaces tucked away in the rural South. “Since the 1970’s the Kohler Foundation, an arts preservation organization based in Wisconsin, has supported the preservation and restoration of art environments across the U.S. … In 2019, Kohler also took on SPACES as a preservation project. SPACES is both a physical and digital archive documenting hundreds of art environments in the U.S. and across the globe.”

Grampian Online: Social media duo set to front Gaelic language initiative. “SpeakGaelic’s exciting and ambitious new Gaelic learning resources will provide a comprehensive framework for Gaelic language learning across TV, iPlayer, BBC Sounds, web, face-to-face classes, YouTube and other social media to attract and inspire learners and speakers.”

University of New Orleans: Literature Professor Jacinta Saffold Uses Digital Humanities Projects To Explore Black Peoples’ Influence on Pop Culture. “When the coronavirus pandemic forced courses to be delivered online, University of New Orleans African American literature professor Jacinta Saffold created a research project aimed at keeping her students engaged while also conducting original research…. The result was a digital humanities dataset called, ‘The Hype Williams Effect Project,’ a literary compilation that helps document Black people’s influence on contemporary popular culture via the expansive career of hip hop music video director Harold ‘Hype’ Williams.” Professor Saffold is also working on ‘The Essence Book Project’ digital archive.


XDA: Chrome tests new feature that lets you quickly switch between Google Search results. “Of late, Google has been testing several noteworthy changes in Chrome for Android. The company is revamping the browser’s UI with Material Design elements, it’s testing a new ‘Shortcuts’ widget, and it has even added Android 12‘s bouncy scrolling to the browser. The latest addition to this list is a feature that adds alternate Google Search results underneath the address bar to help you quickly switch between them.”


Reuters: Vietnam to tighten grip on social media livestream activity. “Vietnam’s government is seeking to increase scrutiny of livestream content on social media such as Facebook and Google, in its latest move to rein in online activities it deems to be anti-state.”

New York Times: Does Big Tech Make Good Neighbors?. “Conflicts over shared space and limited public resources are nothing new. But we are increasingly living side-by-side with the physical manifestations of the technology services that we want and need. And I’m not sure that we are equipped to deal with them as our new neighbors.”


Motherboard: Inside the Industry That Unmasks People At Scale. “Tech companies have repeatedly reassured the public that trackers used to follow smartphone users through apps are anonymous or at least pseudonymous, not directly identifying the person using the phone. But what they don’t mention is that an entire overlooked industry exists to purposefully and explicitly shatter that anonymity.”

Ubergizmo: Instagram’s New Tool Helps Users Secure Their Account After They Were Hacked. “If you’ve ever had your Instagram hacked before or received a notification saying that someone tried to access it, chances are you might rush to quickly secure your account and change your passwords before it happens again. Now Instagram has announced a new tool called Security Checkup that helps users keep their accounts secure.”

KCBX: Social media platforms must get direct parental consent for minors under new California law. “For kids in California, it won’t be as easy as clicking and agreeing to the terms and conditions to open an account on social media platforms. Soon, they will have to get direct parental permission, after Central Coast Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham’s bill AB891 was signed into law recently by Governor Gavin Newsom.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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