Chicago Neighborhoods Photography, South Africa Constition, Queer Archives, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, October 3, 2021


Chicago Public Library: A Changing City: Chicago Department of Urban Renewal Photographs. “The nearly 16,000 images in this digital collection depict Chicago neighborhoods considered and targeted for improvement, including buildings and neighborhoods that were subsequently razed. The collection also includes images of events, including meetings, hearings, groundbreakings and public art installations related to various urban renewal and development projects.”

OpenGlobalRights: The challenges of sharing the unknown history of the South African constitution. “A new online archive and exhibition tells the little-known stories and behind-the-scenes challenges of the country’s constitution.”


Illinois State University: Queer Talks: The future of queer archives, October 18. “Travis L. Wagner will present ‘The Algorithm Led Me Here: Using Contemporary LGBTQIA+ to Understand the Future of Queer Archives’ at 6 p.m. Monday, October 18 via Zoom. The event, sponsored by Illinois State University’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, is free and open to the public.”


Search Engine Land: Chrome tests Google side search in the browser. “Google Chrome is now testing side search, a new feature that makes it easier to compare search results on a single browser page. ‘We’re experimenting with a new side panel in the Chrome OS Dev channel, so you can view a page and the search results at the same time,’ Google announced on the Chromium blog.”



Mashable: The soothing relatability of Emily Mariko, TikTok’s latest food influencer. “There’s nothing all that difficult about her food — her most famous dish involves reheated rice, leftover salmon, and seaweed wrappers. She’s not pitching a diet. She’s not doing anything stunty or putting off bug-eyed, pick-me energy like men who’re budding influencers. Hell, she hardly even talks in most TikToks and went super viral for leftovers. And yet, Emily Mariko is the food internet’s latest Thing.”

Al Jazeera: Social media giants accused of ‘silencing’ Kashmir voices. “A report by a Kashmiri diaspora group has accused social media giants Twitter, Facebook and Instagram of silencing Kashmiri voices in the digital spaces through the frequent suspension of the accounts of artists, academics, and journalists based in and outside the disputed region, a move termed by experts as ‘reprehensible’.”


Reuters: Google tells court ‘staggering’ $5 bln EU antitrust fine flawed. “A 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) European Union antitrust fine was based on flawed calculations, Alphabet’s Google said on Thursday, urging Europe’s second-highest court to scrap or reduce what it said was not an appropriate penalty.”

Axios: First look: Rick Scott probes LinkedIn, Microsoft on censoring U.S. journalists in China. “Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) sent a letter to Microsoft and LinkedIn leadership on Thursday questioning why LinkedIn censored the profiles of U.S. journalists from the company’s China-based platform this week, according to a letter obtained by Axios.”


New York Times: Clearly, Facebook Is Very Flawed. What Will We Do About It?. “I’ve spent the last six years researching how platforms govern speech online, including a year inside Facebook following the development of its Oversight Board. While the ‘factory floor’ of the company is full of well-intentioned people, much of what the series has reported confirmed what I and other Facebook watchers have long suspected.”

Associated Press: Scientists decipher Marie Antoinette’s redacted love notes. ” ‘Not without you.’ ‘My dear friend.’ ‘You that I love.’ Marie Antoinette sent these expressions of affection — or more? — in letters to her close friend and rumored lover Axel von Fersen. Someone later used dark ink to scribble over the words, apparently to dampen the effusive, perhaps amorous, language. Scientists in France devised a new method to uncover the original writing, separating out the chemical composition of different inks used on historical documents.”

Techdirt: Top Publishers Aim To Own The Entire Academic Research Publishing Stack; Here’s How To Stop That Happening. “Techdirt’s coverage of open access — the idea that the fruits of publicly-funded scholarship should be freely available to all — shows that the results so far have been mixed. On the one hand, many journals have moved to an open access model. On the other, the overall subscription costs for academic institutions have not gone down, and neither have the excessive profit margins of academic publishers. Despite that success in fending off this attempt to re-invent the way academic work is disseminated, publishers want more. In particular, they want more money and more power.”


Boing Boing: Atari ST in daily use since 1985 to run campground. “Here’s an Atari ST that’s been in daily use since 1985 as a general-purpose business machine at a campground, complete with software written by its single careful owner, Frans Bos. Victor Bart interviews him about his decades of happy computing.”

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