Peter H. took time out of his busy day to let me know about this newspaper collection and I sure do appreciate it! Oireachtas Library: Oireachtas Library presents new digitised collection at American Conference for Irish Studies. “Kate McCarthy, the special collections librarian, gave a presentation to the conference on the Oireachtas Library’s digital special collections with a focus on the The United Irishman, the newspaper published by Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa in New York in the late 19th century. The newspapers are part of the library’s Dublin Castle collection.”
WACH: Company launches new tool to help people with disabilities enter workforce. “Hire Me SC, powered by Able SC and the South Carolina Disability Employment Coalition, says they are committed to helping family members of people with disabilities looking to enter the workforce through educating them and fostering connections with other families in similar circumstances.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Ubergizmo: iOS 15’s Photos Will Be Better At Recognizing People. “One of the features of a lot of photo sharing platforms is facial recognition. This is something that Apple has built into its own Photos app. For the most part, we have to say that it does a good job at picking out faces, even if it’s in a group photo, but when it comes to photos where faces are partially hidden or obscured, then that’s when it falters.”
Complex: When Numbers Lie: How to Spot Fake Data in Music and Why It Matters. “Landing a high stream count or massive social media following can be very lucrative for jumpstarting an artist’s career—it can lead directly to label attention, playlist inclusion, press coverage, sync placements, and more. But for the fans, media, and others on the outskirts of the music industry, it can be a challenge to decipher if and how these numbers translate to actual offline interest.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Reuters: Facebook and tech giants to target attacker manifestos, far-right militias in database. “A counterterrorism organization formed by some of the biggest U.S. tech companies including Facebook and Microsoft is significantly expanding the types of extremist content shared between firms in a key database, aiming to crack down on material from white supremacists and far-right militias, the group told Reuters.”
FedTech: Data Literacy in Government: How Are Agencies Enhancing Data Skills?. “Data literacy is now a common buzzword, spurred by the publication of the Federal Data Strategy 2020 Action Plan last year and the growing empowerment of chief data officers in the government. The document outlines a multiyear, holistic approach to government information that includes building a culture that values data, encouraging strong management and protection and promoting its efficient and appropriate use.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Motherboard: Police Are Telling ShotSpotter to Alter Evidence From Gunshot-Detecting AI. “Motherboard’s review of court documents from the [Michael] Williams case and other trials in Chicago and New York State, including testimony from ShotSpotter’s favored expert witness, suggests that the company’s analysts frequently modify alerts at the request of police departments—some of which appear to be grasping for evidence that supports their narrative of events.”
Associated Press: Inside the sophisticated cyberattack that had Texas communities struggling for days. “In 2019, ransomware had yet to emerge as one of the top national security concerns confronting the United States, an issue that would become the focus of a presidential summit between Washington and Moscow this year. But the attacks in Texas were a harbinger of the now-exploding threat and offer a vivid case study in what happens behind the scenes when small-town America comes under attack.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
The Michigan Daily: Selling or sold: influencers and the commodification of social media. “In some ways, social media has made beauty feel more imperative for the average woman. When you’re looking up to half a dozen models in magazines or TV, it’s easy to disassociate or consider their beauty unattainable. But when you look down at your phone and see hundreds of seemingly ‘normal’ women profiting off of their adherence to — or occasional rejection of — the prevailing beauty standard, it’s much harder to draw the line between the real and idealized woman.” This is the article that led me to Lane Kizziah and y’all, her writing just sparkles. So solid.
Nature: Scientific publishers expedite name changes for authors. “In an effort to expand inclusivity for transgender researchers, some scientific publishers and societies worldwide have adopted policies that allow rapid and discreet author name changes to be made on digital editions of published works. These include research articles, conference papers, books and book chapters.” Good evening, Internet…
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