New York State Digital Equity Portal, Edith Cavell, Chromebooks, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 7, 2021


Cornell Chronicle: Advancing digital equity: ILR School develops tool to help NYS communities. “The ILR School and Community Tech NY are launching the New York State Digital Equity Portal Dec. 7 in partnership with the New York State Department of Education, the New York State Library and the John R. Oishei Foundation. The portal is an interactive, online data mapping tool for communities and individuals seeking data to inform broadband adoption and improve digital equity for millions of New York state residents without wired internet access.”

Nursing Times: New archive of memorabilia on WWI nurse Edith Cavell launched. “A new archive celebrating Edith Cavell, a British nurse who saved the lives of British, French and Belgium soldiers and civilians in Brussels during World War 1, has been launched in Norfolk, the county of her birth.”


CNET: 10 Chromebook productivity tricks to use if you’re trying to be more efficient. “If you were only introduced to the world of Chromebooks in the past year or two, you’re not alone. Chromebook shipments skyrocketed in 2020 due to the sharp increase in remote workers and students caused by the pandemic. That didn’t slow down in 2021, either, according to the research firm Canalys. New Chromebook users and veterans alike can learn some new tricks to boost productivity in Chrome OS. Read on for eight features that make your life more efficient on a Chromebook.”

MakeUseOf: How to Organize Your Folders, Categories, and Tags for Maximum Efficiency. “So, your task organization system needs help. Maybe your folder structure has gotten so deep that it’s about to come out on the other side of the planet. Maybe you’re tired of typing a thousand tags for every item. If so, this article is for you.”


Playbill: Personal Letters From Late Broadway Legend Stephen Sondheim Collected in New Instagram Account . “A new Instagram account… collects personal correspondence from late Broadway titan Stephen Sondheim, the groundbreaking composer-lyricist behind such musicals as Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Company, and Sunday in the Park with George.”

AFP: AFP, Google team up to fact-check French polls. “AFP and Google France announced on Monday a fact-checking project to combat false information ahead of the French presidential and legislative elections next year. With the support of Google, AFP will coordinate an alliance of media and fact-checking organisations to train French newsrooms, the internet giant and the global news agency said in a joint statement.”

Techdirt: MLB Removes References To Current Players On Due To Lockout. “For non-MLB fans, the quick version is this: the collectively bargained labor agreement between owners and players expired this week without a new agreement inked. As a result, the players are now locked out of team facilities by ownership. That last bit is important, because many people have been describing this as a labor strike. It isn’t. At all. This is the owners refusing to let the players fulfill their duties. And as part of that, it seems, MLB released the following news update on its website.”


Motherboard: Judge Orders Google to Disclose Secret Anti-Union Documents. “A National Labor Relations Board judge ruled that Google must ‘immediately’ produce more than 70 subpoenaed documents related to a secret anti-union campaign, known as code name ‘Project Vivian,’ that Google ran to crush a union drive at the company.”

Reuters: U.S. State Department phones hacked with Israeli company spyware – sources . “Apple Inc iPhones of at least nine U.S. State Department employees were hacked by an unknown assailant using sophisticated spyware developed by the Israel-based NSO Group, according to four people familiar with the matter.”


Michael Hoffman: Could a Podcast Make Itself?. “I run a daily podcast called The Weather in Brooklyn. Every morning, you can expect a new episode to appear in its feed. There’s an audio logo at the beginning, then some music starts playing, and the host begins to speak. The host presents the weather forecast for that day in Brooklyn, reads the credits, and signs off. The music fades out, and the episode ends. But the host isn’t me. It’s not a person at all. And I don’t exactly run this podcast. It’s my podcast, to be sure, but I don’t make it every day. In fact, I’m usually still half asleep when new episodes are created.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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