HeinOnline Blog: New Database: Open Society Justice Initiative. “To honor our core value of corporate citizenship, we are pleased to offer our newest database, Open Society Justice Initiative, a collection of materials free of charge to core American and international subscribers, and to the libraries of any other interested organizations or institutions…. The Justice Initiative publishes reports, handbooks, briefing papers, legal and policy submissions, and fact sheets exploring and advocating on issues of human rights and justice. Beyond its publications, the Justice Initiative represents individuals before domestic and international human rights tribunals.”
Cision (Canada): Launch of an interactive database measuring the attention devoted to Indigenous matters by federal candidates on social media (PRESS RELEASE). “Researchers from the Observatoire des administrations publiques autochtones (OAPA) and the Observatoire de la politique et de la sécurité de l’Arctique (OPSA) of ENAP have launched an interactive analysis tool that measures the interest of federal election candidates in Indigenous matters. The interactive tool allows for measuring the level of attention given to these matters, by day, by political party and by riding, among others. Several tools are also available to analyze the type of topics raised and the themes addressed by the candidates.”
Hongkiat: 30 Tools to Create Your Own Infographics. “There are a lot of people who have impressive data, but what they don’t know is how to create informative and well-designed infographics. Fortunately, there are many infographic tools that will help you create vivid charts and graphs within minutes and without much effort.”
Search Engine Journal: How to Check for Plagiarism: 10 Copyscape Alternatives. “As AI technologies have advanced over the last few years, several alternatives to Copyscape have carved out a place in the market. Some of these tools are free, while others have paid plans that are comparable or lower than Copyscape. In this article, we’ll break down the top contenders.”
How-To Geek: How to Use Interactive Dates in Google Docs. “If you want to include an interactive date in your document, Google Docs gives you simple ways to do it. Once you insert it, you can customize the format and use the date to schedule an event in Google Calendar.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
The Hong Kong Standard: BTS fan group banned on social media after raising 2.3 million yuan to celebrate idol’s birthday. “The funding raised was said to be used for a cooperation with Jeju Air to create a customized flight with a fuselage, cabin, and tickets with Park Ji-min’s image. In addition, a full-page advertisement is to be placed in both New York Times and The Times on the day of his birthday on October 13.” 2.3 million yuan is a little over $356,000 USD.
Deutsche Welle: Russia: Google told to clamp down on Navalny’s ‘Smart Voting’. “A Moscow court has ordered Google to stop displaying the term ‘smart voting’ in its search results — two weeks before elections. Smart Voting is a strategy developed by Navalny’s team against the pro-Putin bloc.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Ars Technica: Why ransomware hackers love a holiday weekend. “Really, ransomware hackers love regular weekends, too. But a long one? When everyone’s off carousing with family and friends and studiously avoiding anything remotely office-related? That’s the good stuff. And while the trend isn’t new, a joint warning issued this week by the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency underscores how serious the threat has become.”
Krebs on Security: Gift Card Gang Extracts Cash From 100k Inboxes Daily. “Some of the most successful and lucrative online scams employ a ‘low-and-slow’ approach — avoiding detection or interference from researchers and law enforcement agencies by stealing small bits of cash from many people over an extended period. Here’s the story of a cybercrime group that compromises up to 100,000 email inboxes per day, and apparently does little else with this access except siphon gift card and customer loyalty program data that can be resold online.” Really interesting read.
RESEARCH & OPINION
Yale News: Analysis unlocks secret of the Vinland Map — it’s a fake. “The Vinland Map, once hailed as the earliest depiction of the New World, is awash in 20th-century ink. A team of conservators and conservation scientists at Yale has found compelling new evidence for this conclusion through the most thorough analysis yet performed on the infamous parchment map.”
American Libraries Magazine: New PLA Survey Highlights Role of Libraries in Digital Equity. “Survey data, captured for the first time, shows that more than half of public libraries report circulating technology (for example, hotspots, laptops, and tablets) for patron use offsite. A similar percentage provided streaming public programs, such as storytimes and author events, in the previous 12 months, as well as diverse digital content, resources, and training. With public Wi-Fi now ubiquitous, many libraries also offered 24/7 internet access by leaving on or extending their Wi-Fi signal so that visitors can log on to the web in and outside of buildings.”
NewsDirect: Experience World’s First-Ever Virtual Walk-Through of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu (PRESS RELEASE). “With the exclusive approval granted by the Peruvian Government to fly drones through the magnificent site of Machu Picchu, Cityneon leveraged on the team’s state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology to capture the best-in-class cinematic and visual assets of the invaluable UNESCO World Heritage Site, to create an immersive experience consisting of outstanding virtual reality, sophisticated augmented reality system and in-person interaction elements.” Good morning, Internet…
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