Black Film Archive, Auckland War Memorial Museum, BBC History, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, August 27, 2021


Black Film Archive: Introducing “For the past year, I’ve spent most of my time pondering one question: What does it mean to make Black film history accessible? Today, I’m proud to launch Black Film Archive, an evolving project that serves as my current response to this expansive question. In its first iteration, Black Film Archive lists every* Black film made between 1915 and 1979 currently streaming with every description written by yours truly. This free platform and open resource has been created with you all in mind. There are over 200 films for you to discover… right now!”

Auckland War Memorial Museum: While the doors of Auckland War Memorial Museum are closed, visitors can still experience some of their favourite parts of Tāmaki Paenga Hira online.. “Launched in the initial 2020 COVID-19 Level Four lockdown, Auckland Museum at Home is an online hub filled with stories, activities, videos and jigsaw puzzles for the whole family to enjoy. It’s been updated with fresh content for the current lockdown, with the most popular to date being the Museum’s jigsaw puzzles, virtual tours and activities for kids.”

BBC: BBC History release archive to mark 85 years of entertainment television. “As part of its 100 Voices That Made The BBC archive project, BBC History has today launched its Entertaining the Nation Collection, offering a rare insight into broadcast entertainment across the years through newly released interviews from the BBC Oral History Collection, plus an array of rarely seen photographs.”


DigitalNC: Additional Materials from the Crystal Lee Sutton Collection at Alamance Community College Now Online . “Alamance Community College houses and cares for a wide variety of materials and artifacts documenting the career of Crystal Lee Sutton, a labor activist who came to national prominence when her story was fictionalized in the movie Norma Rae. Before her passing, Sutton donated the collection to the College and we have helped digitize another batch to share on DigitalNC.”

New York Times: Facebook Said to Consider Forming an Election Commission. “The social network has contacted academics to create a group to advise it on thorny election-related decisions, said people with knowledge of the matter.” I suppose these are not the same academics it’s banning from research on its online advertising?


The Pantagraph: $100,000 being spent to digitize Lincoln photos. “The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is launching ‘Picturing Lincoln,’ a project to digitize thousands of rare Lincoln images. Support comes from a $100,000 Illinois State Library grant. Images will be made available to the public through the office’s Illinois Digital Archives. ‘Picturing Lincoln’ will create digital versions of 7,896 posters, photographs, stickers and other items. The work will begin with hundreds of ‘broadsides,’ or posters, such as the one announcing a $100,000 reward for Lincoln’s killer.”

Slate: “We’re Basically the Non-Porn People”. “According to the public face the company presents via the pages it chooses to promote on its YouTube channel, Twitter account, and internal blog, the platform isn’t a haven for sex workers, heavens no, but a diverse community full of photographers, fitness coaches, makeup gurus, and other creatives. These non-porn accounts are real and there are even a fair number of them—but what are they doing on OnlyFans? And how do they view their place on the platform, especially after the past week?” I subscribe to the YouTube channel of an asexual artist named Echo Gillette. She started an OnlyFans because she needed a safe place to display her NFSW art!

Washington Post: The D.C. Peace Museum That Never Happened. “A promised public museum at the congressionally chartered U.S. Institute of Peace failed to materialize. Why?”


BNN Bloomberg: Google Says Staff Have No Right to Protest Its Choice of Clients. “Google employees have no legal right to protest the company’s choice of clients, the internet giant told a judge weighing the U.S. government’s allegations that its firings of activists violated the National Labor Relations Act.”

Tech Transparency Project: Apple’s App Store Loopholes Put Children at Risk. “Apple announced a controversial plan this month to scan U.S. iPhones for images of child sexual abuse—a response to mounting concerns about the digital explosion of such content. But a new investigation by the Tech Transparency Project (TTP) shows that Apple is failing to take even the most basic steps to protect children in one of its core profit engines: the App Store.”

MarketWatch: Microsoft warns cloud customers of flaw that may have exposed databases: report. “Reuters reported that Microsoft warned of a major flaw in its flagship Azure Cosmos DB database service, which could allow hackers to read, change or delete data. The vulnerability was discovered by cybersecurity company Wiz, whose chief technology officer used to be CTO for Microsoft’s cloud security unit. Microsoft agreed to pay Wiz $40,000 for reporting the flaw, Reuters reported, citing an email.”


PsyPost: People with social anxiety disorder show improved symptoms and changes in brain activity following virtual reality therapy. “In an experiment published in JMIR Mental Health, people with social anxiety disorder showed reduced social anxiety and less negative rumination following a virtual reality based exposure therapy. Moreover, this reduction in symptoms was associated with changes in brain activity when participants judged whether positive words were self-relevant.” Good morning, Internet…

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