Southeast Chicago Archive and Storytelling Project, Hate Speech Archive, Microsoft Start, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 7, 2021


Spotted in my Google Alerts: Southeast Chicago Archive and Storytelling Project . From the front page: “History is often told from the viewpoint of the powerful. For most of us, however, history is bound up with the everyday objects we save and the stories we tell that give them meaning. The Southeast Chicago Archive and Storytelling Project highlights a remarkable collection of objects, gathered and preserved by residents of a steel mill community as its industrial base was collapsing. Can looking more closely at what has been saved from the past spark conversations and make connections across generations, groups, and geographic regions? Can it help us better understand the present and reimagine the future?”

Bianet: Hrant Dink Foundation’s Hate Speech Digital Archive now available. “The Hate Speech Digital Archive consists of nearly 16,500 news reports and columns that were detected by monitoring the printed press for 10 years.”


CNET: Microsoft Start gives you a personalized news feed. Here’s how to use it. “A new website and app from Microsoft wants to help you cut down on the time you spend scrolling through different sites to find the news you need. Microsoft Start is a personalized news feed that builds on services like, Microsoft News and Microsoft’s widgets, aiming to give easier access to the news you care about most across all your devices.”

XDA Developers: Google’s note taking web app, Cursive, can be used on any Chromebook. “Cursive is a brand new app from Google that allows Chromebook users to take handwritten notes. The app debuted on the recently released HP Chromebook X2 11. While the app will come pre-installed on upcoming stylus-equipped Chromebooks, you can install it on any Chromebook device right now.”

Google Blog: Check out the highlights from the Indie Games Festival. “Every year Google Play, hosts the Indie Games Festival, a competition that rewards high quality indie games with promotional opportunities and supports small mobile games developers. We also host the Indie Games Accelerator, an educational and mentorship program to help high potential studios grow their business. Last weekend, some of the best indie game creators from Europe, South Korea and Japan, as well as players from around the world, got together at the Festival’s finals.”


Wired: How to Make the Most of Online Courses to Boost Your Career. “MORE THAN 200 million people lost their jobs over the course of the pandemic, and with coronavirus variants on the rise and new Covid cases swelling, it’s possible that businesses that started hiring may cut back or stop hiring in order to follow new guidelines or save money. While this is certainly a global crisis, it’s also an opportunity for you to close the gap between where you are now and where you want to be, professionally.”


University of North Carolina: UNC-Chapel Hill’s North Carolina Digital Heritage Center captures history from all 100 counties. “For more than a decade, staff members at the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, based in the University Libraries, have been archiving historical materials across our state to paint a picture of the lives of everyday North Carolinians throughout the centuries.”


ProPublica: How Facebook Undermines Privacy Protections for Its 2 Billion WhatsApp Users. “WhatsApp assures users that no one can see their messages — but the company has an extensive monitoring operation and regularly shares personal information with prosecutors.”

Times of India: Supreme Court expresses grave concern over fake news on social media and YouTube. “The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed grave concern over web portals and YouTube channels for spreading fake news in the absence of a regulatory mechanism.”


Science Alert: Google’s Incredible New Photo AI Makes ‘Zoom And Enhance’ a Real Thing. “You may well have seen sci-fi movies or television shows where the protagonist asks to zoom in on an image and enhance the results – revealing a face, or a number plate, or any other key detail – and Google’s newest artificial intelligence engines, based on what’s known as diffusion models, are able to pull off this very trick.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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