Greece Cultural Heritage, C-SPAN Now, 1930s Civil Engineering, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, September 28, 2021


The National Herald: Greece Launches New Website on Protected Areas, Mountain Shelters, Ski Resorts. “The website presents all the protected areas of mainland and island Greece, giving equal weight to both the natural and cultural wealth of the country, while it aims to highlight their importance and value for recreation. It is aimed at a broad audience that includes agencies, institutions and scientists as well as non-specialist nature lovers, while it is user friendly.”

C-SPAN has launched a new app called C-SPAN Now. Livestreaming, schedules, and video on demand. The page does note: “Access to view or listen to the three television networks is reserved for our cable and satellite TV customers.”

IanVisits: 1930s photos of Twickenham sewage site unearthed. “An archive of photos from the construction of a sewage works in the 1930s has been uncovered and handed to Thames Water’s archivists, and they have now been digitised. John Timms MBE donated the photos which show engineers building the supply network for the Mogden sewage works in Twickenham in the 1930s, including installing giant metal valves and excavating tunnels. Mogden is Thames Water’s third-largest sewage treatment works, currently serving more than two million customers.” An additional 4,000 photographs concerning water management/civil engineering have also been added to the Thames Water site.


Engadget: Google Meet is testing live translated captions. “Google Meet’s latest beta feature could help make video conferences with foreign clients, partners, students and employees go more smoothly. The tech giant has started testing live translated captions for the program, which is a step up from Meet’s standard live captions. It will initially support meetings conducted in English that it can translate into Spanish, French, Portuguese and German.”

Motherboard: Facebook Spending $50M Researching How to Not Ruin Metaverse Like It Ruined the Real World . “Facebook, a company that has spent the last 15 years helping turn the real world into a hellscape, will spend $50 million funding research on how to avoid turning a new virtual world into a hellscape, the company announced Monday.” Gosh, why don’t I feel reassured?

Android Police: Skype hopes its latest overhaul is enough to win you back. “Unsurprisingly, Microsoft has spent the last year and a half focused on making Teams as great as it can be. It’s not the only messaging tool the company owns, of course. Skype might not be what you turn to in the age of Meet, Duo, and — yes — FaceTime, but it’s still a massively popular tool for communicating with your friends and loved ones online. Microsoft is working hard to modernize the once-dominant video chat app, starting with an all-new redesign in its latest update.”


MakeTechEasier: 12 of the Best Discord Servers to Join (And Where You Can Find More). “While it was once a chat app that lived and breathed as a place for gamers to communicate, Discord has evolved into ‘Your Place to Talk.’ It is available on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and desktop, and you can jump in and out of conversations as often as you would like. In fact, the biggest challenge with Discord may be where to find the best servers for your situation. Fortunately, we can help with that.”


Gizmodo: Aussie Ravens Have Had Enough of Alphabet’s Delivery Drones. “Alphabet’s drone delivery service, Wing, has seen booming business in parts of Australia, but there has been an unforeseen complication: our volatile bird population. Reports of Wing’s delivery drones being mercilessly attacked by ravens have caused the company to cease operations in parts of Canberra.”

New York Times: Wikipedia’s next leader on preventing misinformation: ‘Neutrality requires understanding.’. “Last week, the Wikimedia Foundation, the group that oversees Wikipedia, announced that Maryana Iskander, a social entrepreneur in South Africa who has worked for years in nonprofits tackling youth unemployment and women’s rights, will become its chief executive in January. We spoke with her about her vision for the group and how the organization works to prevent false and misleading information on its sites and around the web.”


CNET: Misinformation has pushed American democracy to the brink, former CISA chief says. “Misinformation and propaganda continue to erode a disastrous amount of the public’s confidence in the American electoral system, says Chris Krebs, former director of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.”

Courthouse News Service: Social media companies not liable for Pulse nightclub shooting, 11th Circuit rules. “The 11th Circuit on Monday rejected an appeal from victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre who were looking to hold YouTube, Facebook and Twitter liable for hosting terrorist propaganda that purportedly contributed to the killer’s radicalization. A three-judge panel for the appeals court ruled that the Anti-Terrorism Act — the federal law under which the victims were suing — provides no relief because the 2016 Orlando club shooting did not amount to ‘international terrorism.'”

Daily Sabah: ‘All social media providers have opened rep offices in Turkey’. “All social media providers, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and Amazon, have opened representative offices in Turkey, Chair of the Parliamentary Digital Media Commission and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Deputy Hüseyin Yayman said Monday, marking a year since the country introduced new social media regulations.” Good morning, Internet…

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