Southeast Asia Forging History, Holmes Chapel, Atari, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, November 28, 2021


Association of Southeast Asian Nations: ASEAN launches first e-exhibition on cultural heritage digital archive portal . “‘Forging History’ brings focus to the roles of metals in transforming the ASEAN region’s history and cultures. It features 22 digitised cultural heritage treasures selected by guest curator Girard Phillip E. Bonotan with support from museums and archival institutions of the ASEAN Member States. Highlights of the e-exhibition include Buddhist manuscript cabinets from Thailand, golden crowns from Indonesia, and modern metal artworks created by Malaysian artists, among others.” You can get an overview of ASEAN and its member nations here.

Knutsford Guardian: New digital photo archive captures history of Holmes Chapel. “A PRECIOUS archive capturing the history of Holmes Chapel has been unveiled. More than 800 images are now on display in a new online photographic gallery painstakingly compiled by local history enthusiasts.”Holmes Chapel is not a church but a village.


NME: Atari snaps up MobyGames gaming database for £1.1million. “Atari has announced that it is acquiring a user-driven video game database, MobyGames, for £1.1million ($1.5million USD). MobyGames is a resource for gaming history fans. It provides a place to upload summaries, screenshots, box art, and information on developers and their work. The database covers many different games, from the very first games in the 1970s to upcoming releases. The database currently stores details on 300,000 unique titles.”

University of Tennessee Knoxville: Oral Histories of Gatlinburg Wildfires Soon to Be Published Online. “Over the past few years, Rising from the Ashes: The Chimney Tops 2 Wildfires Oral History Project collected around 140 audio and video interviews with individuals who experienced the devastating and tragic wildfires. This November marks the fifth anniversary of the wildfires, and the Rising from the Ashes project will soon make those interviews available on the UT Libraries website.”


MakeUseOf: The 6 Best Productivity Tools for Job Seekers. “We have compiled a list of six tools below to assist you in the job-seeking and application process. Some of these tools will filter the right jobs for you, while others will significantly reduce the time it takes to fill out your job applications. So, no matter what profession you’re in, give these tools a spin.”


Daily Bruin: Bruin strums up focus on Indigenous punk music through band, online archive. “Kristen Martinez has always lived with a punk mindset. The doctoral student in the Department of Musicology is balancing a range of projects centered on Indigenous punk music. A descendant of the Yaqui people of Sonora, Mexico, Martinez created the Indigenous Punks Archive on Instagram with her research, and she is a vocalist for the punk band Observer Syndrome. Martinez, a lifelong lover of punk and metal, said the lack of representation for Indigenous punk artists led her to research their history further.”

New York Times: A Tech Whistle-Blower Helps Others Speak Out. “Since last year, Ms. [Ifeoma] Ozoma, 29, a former employee of Pinterest, Facebook and Google, has emerged as a central figure among tech whistle-blowers. The Yale-educated daughter of Nigerian immigrants, she has supported and mentored tech workers who needed help speaking out, pushed for more legal protections for those employees and urged tech companies and their shareholders to change their whistle-blower policies.”

The Verge: Twitter verified a fake account in the Norwegian government, but it’s not Twitter’s fault. “Twitter verified a fake account for Norway’s new Minister of Finance, but apparently, it’s not Twitter’s fault. As first reported by Norwegian tech site NRKbeta, the Prime Minister’s Office and Norway’s Security Authority (NSM) mistakenly passed along a fake account for verification.”


7News (Australia): New social media laws aimed at ending online bullying. “The Morrison government will introduce legislation this week to crack down on abuse and bullying on social media platforms. Under the laws, social media platforms will be forced to expose the identity of individuals who post defamatory or damaging material anonymously.”

Chattanooga Times Free Press: North Georgia media company sues Google and Facebook. “Times-Journal Inc., a media company that publishes several North Georgia newspapers including the Catoosa County News and Walker County Messenger, is suing Google and Facebook. The publisher claims the social media giants have violated federal antitrust and monopoly laws to an extent that ‘threatens the extinction of local newspapers across the country.'”

Reuters: UPDATE 1-Italy’s antitrust regulator fines Google, Apple over data use. “Italy’s antitrust regulator has fined Alphabet’s Google and iPhone maker Apple 10 million euros ($11.2 million) each for ‘aggressive practices’ linked to the commercial use of user data.”


United Nations: 193 countries adopt first-ever global agreement on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence. “All the Member states of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted on Thursday a historic agreement that defines the common values and principles needed to ensure the healthy development of AI.”

Cycling Tips: How I Became The Internet’s Most Notorious Bike Thief. “After several aeons of diligent study and many more working at a bike shop while trying to get a job as a writer, I’d finally landed a gig at a cycling magazine for an advocacy organisation. Things were looking up. In those days my heart sometimes whispered a quiet dream to my brain, that maybe one day I’d make a mark on the world. Who knows? Melbourne’s a big city, but I had big dreams. For one edition of the (now defunct) magazine a colleague had written an article about her bike being stolen, and we needed a feature image. All the bike thieves in our stock photo archive looked a bit shit, but we had a bike, a camera, a big bolt-cutter, and a can-do attitude.”

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