North Carolina Newspapers, Kashaya Language, Mexican-American Los Angeles, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, November 8, 2021


DigitalNC: 33 Titles from NDNP now available on DigitalNC. “This week we are sharing a list of the many new titles on DigitalNC that were brought to us by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) in conjunction with the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries. The NDNP is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress with the intention of creating a vast, searchable database of newspapers and other historical documents.”

Penn Today: A partnership to preserve Kashaya. “Since the 1980s, linguist Eugene Buckley has studied this Native American language, now spoken by just a dozen or so people. In collaboration with members and descendants of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians, he’s built a database of Kashaya words, sounds, and stories.”

Los Angeles Times: A groundbreaking Chicano series, stored 50 years in a garage, reemerges. “The East L.A. walkouts of 1968, followed by the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., both beloved by much of the Latino community, happened months apart. Then came the Chicano Moratorium of 1970 and the killing of Ruben Salazar, an esteemed reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Out of this period of social and political activism, and fed up with the stereotypical depictions of Latinos in media, Sal Castro, a key leader in the historic walkouts, and Julian Nava, the first Mexican American voted to the Los Angeles Board of Education, approached Los Angeles’ KNBC-TV with a pitch: to create a show that explored issues facing the Mexican American community and examined history and culture from the Chicano perspective.”

Government of New South Wales Australia: New dashboard to track gender equality. “The NSW Gender Equality Dashboard will be updated throughout the year and presents more than 20 headline measures, which track women’s progress across economic opportunity and advancement, health and wellbeing and participation and empowerment.”


TechCrunch: Twitter is rolling out a feature to make it easier to search a user’s tweets. “Some Twitter users on iOS are starting to get access to a feature that makes it easy to search an individual user’s tweets. For those with access, when you navigate to a user’s profile, you’ll see a search icon in the top right corner of the screen on the user’s profile banner, next to the three-dot menu.”


MakeUseOf: 5 Powerful Free Apps to Make Screenshots Look Better and Search Their Text. “Taking a screenshot is almost second nature to content creators, social media managers, designers, marketers, product managers, and developers. It serves many uses, such as simple annotations, quick demonstrations, and saving something for posterity. Given how useful the humble screenshot is, these free apps unlock its true potential.”

Gizmodo Australia: 4 Google Translate Features to Use When Travel is a Thing Again. “We’re all familiar with Google Translate to some degree. It’s a feature Google has allowed us to use for a few years to translate websites or make our friends think we’re bilingual. But did you know you can use your camera to translate text? There’s a bunch of sweet things you can do with Google’s Translate smarts, but here are our favourite four.”


Mashable: TikTok users are holding their university accounts hostage. “Colleges better step up their social media game — or they risk students taking them over. Federal student loan borrowers don’t have to make payments until January 2022, thanks to COVID-19 emergency relief funds and an extension from the Biden administration. But they’re still going to have to make those payments, despite a massive movement to end the repayments that have left more than 40 million Americans in debt. But some people are getting creative.”


CNN: US seizes $6 million in ransom payments and expected to charge Ukrainian over major cyberattack. “Law enforcement officials have seized an estimated $6 million in ransom payments, and the US Justice Department is expected to announce Monday that it has charged a suspect from Ukraine over a damaging July ransomware attack on an American company in a breakthrough for the Biden administration’s pursuit of cybercriminals, CNN has learned.”

Columbia News: Is Your Data Safe?. “As technological and legal changes have hollowed out the protections that reporters and news organizations have depended upon for decades, information security concerns facing journalists as they report, produce, and disseminate the news have only intensified. From source prosecutions to physical attacks and online harassment, the last two decades have seen a dramatic increase in the risks faced by journalists at all levels, even as the media industry confronts drastic cutbacks in budgets and staff. As a result, few professional or aspiring journalists have a comprehensive understanding of what is required to keep their sources, stories, colleagues, and reputations safe.”

Governing: Thousands of Geofence Warrants Appear to Be Missing from a California DOJ Transparency Database. “In the last three years, Google says, public agencies in California have increasingly demanded location data collected from people’s phones and other devices through geofence warrants—an evidence-gathering mechanism that privacy advocates argue violates civil liberties. Between 2018 and 2020, the company said in a recent transparency report, it had received 3,655 geofence warrant requests from agencies operating in the state. But California’s OpenJustice dataset, where law enforcement agencies are required by state law to disclose executed geofence warrants or requests for geofence information, tells a completely different story.”


The Guardian: Social media fuels narcissists’ worst desires, making reasoned debate near impossible. “Social media is the narcissist’s playground. Through likes and shares, it re-engineers their social feedback loop towards the superficiality they thrive on, fuelling a sense of superiority and rewarding manipulative tendencies. Perhaps it is little wonder that narcissists are more likely to become addicted to social media.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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