The Syracuse 8, Tokyo Paralympics, Vintage Internet, More: Saturday Evening ResearchBuzz, August 28, 2021


Syracuse University: New Digital Exhibition Features Story of The Syracuse 8. “Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center recently released a new digital exhibition titled ‘A Courageous Stand: The Story of the Syracuse 8.’ The Syracuse 8 was a group of Black student-athletes who boycotted the University football program until it addressed their allegations of racism in 1970.”


The Quint: Google Doodle Celebrates Tokyo Paralympics 2020 with Champion Island Games. “After almost a month of celebrating the inauguration of Tokyo Olympics 2020, Google Doodle is back with its Champion Island Games. This time to celebrate the spirit of Tokyo Paralympics 2020. Champion Island is an animated athletics game, in which you have to defeat each sport champion to collect all seven sacred scrolls and complete the hidden challenges across the game.”


Mashable: 9 websites that will bring you back to the old internet. “The internet has been around for long enough — and shifted so drastically in that time — that it’s really easy to get nostalgic for past versions of online life. I mean, remember things like Xanga or the old-school AOL homepage? Those sites are pretty much gone — at least how you knew them. But there remain a few sports for old school online life. That in mind, if you’re ever in the mood for some internet-based nostalgia, we’ve got you covered. We rounded up 9 websites that’ll bring you back to the old internet.”

CNET: Browser settings to change ASAP if you care about privacy: Chrome, Firefox and more . “Privacy is now a priority among browser-makers, but they may not go as far as you want in fighting pervasive ad industry trackers on the web. Here’s a look at how you can crank up your privacy settings to outsmart that online tracking.”


The Conversation: ‘OK Boomer’: how a TikTok meme traces the rise of Gen Z political consciousness. “‘OK Boomer’ began as a meme in TikTok videos, but our research shows the catchphrase has become much more. The simple two-word phrase is used to express personal politics and at the same time consolidate an awareness of intergenerational politics, in which Gen Z are coming to see themselves as a cohort with shared interests.”

9to5 Mac: Analysts: Google to pay Apple $15 billion to remain default Safari search engine in 2021. “It’s long been known that Google pays Apple a hefty sum every year to ensure that it remains the default search engine on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Now, a new report from analysts at Bernstein suggests that the payment from Google to Apple may reach $15 billion in 2021, up from $10 billion in 2020.”


KTOO: Alaskans wait for vital records as state health department gets back online after cyberattack. “It’s been three months since a cyberattack crippled the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services’ online systems. And for Alaskans who need vital records — things like birth, death and marriage certificates — that has put things on hold.”


William & Mary: W&M’s Digital Inclusion & Governance Lab studies impacts of digital technologies around the world. “Digital technologies are changing the world. And their greatest impact could be in the poorest countries, particularly on an economic, social and political levels. William & Mary’s new Digital Inclusion & Governance Lab is exploring these very issues with an eye to better understanding the potential benefits and consequences of digital technologies.”

Boing Boing: Artist trains AI to generate new pictures of herself. “What [Olesya] Chernyavaskaya is doing here is subtly more interesting: Creating new iterations on a person that does exist. I wonder what it’d be like to behold thousands of photos of yourself that you never posed for? If you tweaked the GAN to display a range of emotions and expressions, maybe it’d be like a magic mirror, offering you visions of a slightly different version of yourself.”

The Globe and Mail: An internet museum sounds like a great idea. But here’s why it shouldn’t come online. “The internet could certainly use more resources to maintain and secure parts of its archive, and regulations to protect its users, including the intellectual property of its content creators. But any thriving internet culture has, should, and does resist its own museumification.” Good evening, Internet…

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