National Museum of the Philippines, Camino de Santiago Trail, Facebook Oversight, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 25, 2021


Manila Times: The National Museum of the Philippines launches its new website. “The new website hopes to strengthen the relationship of the museum with its communities, especially those who have limited access to our facilities brought about by closure due to health protocols or physical limitations. We intend it to be a reliable online information resource site that can serve the needs and interest of fellow government employees, and its varied audiences, locally, nationally, and globally. Some of its salient features are views to exhibitions in video format or 360 virtual tours, highlights to collections in our care, news and events, job opportunities in our museum and downloadable forms.”

Google Blog: ¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here. “Every year, for over 12 centuries, thousands of people have gone on pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago trail from various parts of the world to arrive at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. In a unique natural and cultural setting that amazes pilgrims with every step they take, the Camino has been and continues to be the oldest, most widely used and most famous pilgrimage route in Europe. Today the ‘¡Buen Camino! project — a virtual pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago — invites everyone to explore its most emblematic routes, the cultural, natural and architectural wonders, and the stories of the people who bring it to life.”


Marsha Blackburn: Blackburn and Blumenthal to Hold Hearing on Facebook & Instagram’s Impacts on Teens’ Mental Health. “U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ranking Member and Chair of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security, will convene a hearing on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 10:30 AM titled ‘Protecting Kids Online: Facebook, Instagram, & Mental Health Harms.’ Facebook has confirmed that the company’s Global Head of Safety, Antigone Davis, will testify at the hearing.”


Google Blog: Helping travelers discover new things to do. “Now, when people search on Google for attractions like the Tokyo Tower or the Statue of Liberty, they’ll see not just general information about the point of interest, but also booking links for basic admission and other ticket options where available. In the months ahead, we’ll also begin showing information and booking links for experiences in a destination, like wine tasting in Paris or bike tours in California.”

Data Center Dynamics: Arctic World Archive adds latest data deposit in Svalbard facility. “In a bi-annual ceremony (that was delayed by the pandemic), Piql added reels of data from the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum, Natural History Museum, Guttormsgaards Arkiv, The Saga Heritage Foundation, Tronrud Engineering, National Széchényi Library (National Library of Hungary), Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts and Ministry of Culture in India, Sapio Analytics, Artemis Arts, and others. It joins data from the National Archive of Brazil, Mexico, and a huge deposit from GitHub.”


ANI: Afghan newspapers go online due to financial crisis. “The Afghanistan National Journalists’ Union on Wednesday reported that due to the financial crisis, around 150 print media outlets across Afghanistan have stopped printing newspapers and magazines since the fall of the former government, reported Tolo News. Watchdog organizations recently said the Afghan media outlets are running out of funds and face a lack of information under the Taliban. Many Afghan outlets continue publishing news online, while some have shut down completely.”

CNN: Tech billionaire: Facebook is what’s wrong with America. “From the climate crisis to Covid, Marc Benioff sees a common thread for what ails America today: deception that is allowed to spread like wildfire on Facebook…. The Salesforce (CRM) CEO is ramping up his criticism of Facebook following an investigation from The Wall Street Journal that used internal documents to show the company is not only well aware of its platforms’ negative effects on users — but how it has repeatedly failed to address them.”


CNET: China’s central bank declares all cryptocurrency transactions illegal. “According to the notice, Beijing will ban all financial institutions, payment companies and internet platforms from enabling cryptocurrency trading. In addition, China’s central bank is seeking to target foreign exchanges, declaring ‘the provision of services by overseas virtual currency exchanges to Chinese residents through the internet’ to be illegal.”

Reuters: Mexico recovers missing manuscripts from 16th century sold at auction. “Mexico’s foreign ministry said on Thursday it had recovered valuable manuscripts from the 16th century, including some relating to conquistador Hernan Cortes, months after a group of academics reported them missing from Mexico’s national archives. In apparently systematic fashion, 10 documents were stolen over several years from a collection dedicated to Cortes and later put up for sale in international auction houses including Swann, Bonhams and Christie’s, the academic investigators said.”


Las Cruces Sun News: NMSU researcher explores the ‘dark side’ of social media influence on political participation. “The study points to increased political participation by uninformed voters, considered the ‘dark side’ of political participation. It finds uninformed voters can actively engage in politics thinking that they know enough about politics and current affairs.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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