Jump Cut Journal, Bill of Rights, TikTok, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, September 15, 2021


Internet Archive: “Jump Cut” is a Model Open Journal: Digitized from Microfilm & Hosted on “From the beginning, Jump Cut was all about being accessible and uncensored. Now, the alternative media criticism journal has achieved maximum exposure: All of its back issues are available digitally for free through the Internet Archive. John Hess, Chuck Kleinhans, and Julia Lesage launched the publication when they were graduate students at Indiana University in 1974.”

Middle Tennessee State University: Free Speech Center offers teachers free Bill of Rights guide for Constitution Week. “‘Each year teachers look for fresh resources to help teach young people about America’s core constitutional principles,’ said Ken Paulson, director of the center. ‘We’re pleased to provide free of charge a new and updated edition of the respected textbook “The Bill of Rights: The First Ten Amendments” written by Belmont University law professor and Constitutional scholar David Hudson.’ The book is intended for use in classes in grades 7 through 10, and gives both teachers and students a concise overview of Constitutional principles.”


TechCrunch: TikTok expands mental health resources, as negative reports of Instagram’s effect on teens leak. “TikTok announced this morning that it is implementing new tactics to educate its users about the negative mental health impacts of social media. As part of these changes, TikTok is rolling out a ‘well-being guide’ in its Safety Center, a brief primer on eating disorders, expanded search interventions and opt-in viewing screens on potentially triggering searches.”


ZDNet: What’s the fastest Windows 10 web browser in 2021?. “The most important program on your PC is your web browser. Oh sure, your bread and butter work may be on QuickBooks, Photoshop, or Premiere Pro, but where do you find information or exchange emails? Answer: Your web browser. Heck, Google has proven that all you really need to do most work is the Chrome web browser on a Chromebook. And, Microsoft wants you to move to the web-based Windows 365 Cloud PC. And, what do you need to get the most from your web browser? Speed, speed, and still more speed.”


Balkan Transitional Justice: Serbia, Kosovo Urged to Publish ‘Deal to Open Up War Archives’. “Rights activists urged Serbia and Kosovo to make public a reported agreement to open up or exchange material from their wartime archives, which could reveal the whereabouts of the remaining missing persons from the 1998-99 conflict.”

Brown University: With new federal grant, Brown to host training institute based on digital scholarship expertise . “The institute, called Born-Digital Scholarly Publishing: Resources and Road Maps, will train 15 under-resourced scholars from a variety of institutions, disciplines and backgrounds, equipping them with the skills they need to develop digital scholarship intended for publication by a university press. Over three weeks of virtual and in-person sessions, the scholars will learn, among other things, how to use open-source tools and platforms, how to manage large-scale projects, and how and when to reach out to top-level publishing industry contacts.”

The Pitch: KCPL’s new Wikipedian in Residence gives us the tools to edit our own stories. “In June 2021, the Kansas City Public Library announced a new staff position that reimagines the ‘traditional’ librarian role with a digital twist: the Wikipedian in Residence. Miranda Pratt, who graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2019, is filling the post for the inaugural year-long tenure.”


Meduza: Court marshals visit Google’s Moscow office in connection with injunction against ‘Smart Vote’ search results. “Court marshal’s visited Google’s Moscow office in the Balchug Plaza business center on the evening of Monday, September 13. Russia’s Federal Bailiffs Service (FSSP) told Interfax that the visit was in connection with enforcement proceedings that were opened on September 7, with regard to a court ruling prohibiting Google from showing results for the phrase umnoe golosovanie (‘smart vote’).”

New York Times: Under G.O.P. Pressure, Tech Giants Are Empowered by Election Agency. “New rulings by the Federal Election Commission protect the flexibility of major social media companies to control political content shared on their platforms.”

Stuff New Zealand: Attorney-General asked to investigate National Library-Internet Archive deal. “Authors and publishers have asked the Attorney-General to investigate the legality of the partnership between the National Library and the Internet Archive ahead of a looming New York City court case which could see the archive cease to operate.”


Big Think: Saving history: 3D laser scans preserve world heritage sites. “Throughout history, countless artifacts have been caught in the crossfires of war, deliberately targeted by iconoclasts or swallowed up by the indifferent forces of nature and time. As a result, numerous non-profit groups and agencies — most notably, UNESCO — have sprung up to prevent the present from erasing the past. But while even the most well protected monument remains at risk of being physically destroyed, we now have a way to preserve them digitally.”

Scientific American: Mining Social Media Reveals Mental Health Trends and Helps Prevent Self-Harm. “Globally, more than four billion people use social media, generating huge stores of data from their devices. That information can be used in tracking more than just what they buy, their political leanings or the patterns of social media usage during the pandemic. It can also be channeled to help better detect mental illness and improve well-being. A growing number of studies show that language patterns and images in posts can reveal and predict mental health conditions for individuals and also evaluate mental health trends across entire populations.” Good morning, Internet…

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