Chemawa School Deaths, Library of Congress Crowdsourcing, FamilySearch, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 12, 2021


Willamette Week: On Indigenous People’s Day, Researchers Publish Database of Those Buried at Chemawa School . “In conjunction with Indigenous People’s Day, two researchers are providing public access to a new database of more than 300 people who died at Chemawa School, a federal boarding school for Indigenous people located near Salem. The genocidal legacy of boarding schools for Indigenous students received new attention this May in British Columbia, where the bodies of 215 children were discovered at one site. The history of Oregon’s schools is less known, but the two researchers examined what happened in their Washington County town.”

Library of Congress: By the People: Transcribe Early Copyright Applications. “The Library’s newest crowdsourcing campaign, American Creativity: Early Copyright Title Pages, is now online and ready for your amusement, education and transcription. It features the great (and not so great) ideas of yesteryear in copyright applications from 1790 to 1870, which recorded the young nation’s attempts to capitalize on the present and transform the future. It’s the largest By the People crowdsourced transcription campaign so far.”


FamilySearch: Find Your Ancestors Quickly Using FamilySearch’s New Discovery Search Experience. “If you find yourself struggling to know how to find your ancestors, FamilySearch has a new search experience that can help you find your ancestors in a quick and easy way without having to sign in. The FamilySearch Discovery Search experience provides a way to quickly search select databases on FamilySearch—the tree, records, memories, and last name information—all at the same time. This is a great way to get started with your family history and connect with your ancestors quickly!”

The Verge: Now every Twitter web user can ‘soft block’ annoying followers. “Twitter is rolling out a new feature that lets any user on the web remove a follower without blocking them, an action also known as a ‘soft block.'”


The Intercept: Revealed: Facebook’s Secret Blacklist Of “Dangerous Individuals And Organizations”. “But as with other attempts to limit personal freedoms in the name of counterterrorism, Facebook’s DIO policy has become an unaccountable system that disproportionately punishes certain communities, critics say. It is built atop a blacklist of over 4,000 people and groups, including politicians, writers, charities, hospitals, hundreds of music acts, and long-dead historical figures. A range of legal scholars and civil libertarians have called on the company to publish the list so that users know when they are in danger of having a post deleted or their account suspended for praising someone on it.”

Greene County Record: Some of Record archive to be searchable online. “he Library of Virginia, in cooperation with the Greene County Record and the Greene County Historical Society, is making progress in converting microfilm records of past editions into a searchable online database. To date, no such digital collection exists for the paper that has served the Greene County community for more than 110 years. Many decades of archived papers exist only in the Record office, and some years exist solely on microfilm in the local office or at the Library of Virginia. If anything were to happen to these crumbling books and pages, county history would be irreparably lost—but this effort hopes to change that.”

IndieWire: Afghanistan’s Film Archives Were Saved from the Taliban Once Before. What Now?. “Efforts to protect, restore, and digitize that window into Afghanistan’s history emerged over the last 20 years, coinciding with a robust return of film and TV to the country. But now that the Taliban has returned to power, huge questions loom about the status of that archive, which dates back to 1927.”


CNET: As scrutiny of cryptocurrency expands, Justice Department forms new enforcement unit. “As the US government continues to expand its scrutiny of cryptocurrency, the Department of Justice has hatched a new unit dedicated to its policing. The National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team, introduced Thursday by Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco, will investigate and prosecute ‘criminal misuses of cryptocurrency, particularly crimes committed by virtual currency exchanges, mixing and tumbling services and money laundering infrastructure actors.'”


ADL: For Twitter Users, Gab’s Toxic Content Is Just a Click Away. “Since 2020, Twitter has taken steps to decrease hate and disinformation on its platform, officially banning some forms of Covid-19 misinformation or purging QAnon-related handles after the January 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection. But while Twitter’s anti-extremist policies are more effective now than they were a year ago, the platform has not addressed the ease with which users are able to drive traffic to hate and misinformation hosted on outside sites.”

CNBC: Op-ed: Facebook’s moral failure shows the need for competition and is a test for Congress, write Reps. Buck and Cicilline. “(Reps. David N. Cicilline, D-R.I., and Ken Buck, R-Colo. are the chair and ranking member, respectively, of the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust.) This latest evidence of Facebook’s moral failures is credible and damning, but these concerns are not new. Instead, this evidence confirms what we have known about Facebook for years — that it will always prioritize growth and profit over everything else.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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