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18th Century Scotland, North Carolina Newspapers, Hungary Photography, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, January 3, 2022

NEW RESOURCES

The Herald: Digitising old Court of Session records reveals fascinating detail of Scottish life. “The case between Lieutenant William Stewart of the Impress Service at Greenock and James Graham, described in the papers as ‘a negro, residing in Glasgow, who had been born into the business of a seaman’ has been uncovered as part of a cross-Atlantic project to unravel thousands of legal documents. The papers, spanning 75 years from 1759 to 1834, include litigation and testimony documents, letters, wills, business contracts, bankruptcy details and other evidence gathered by lawyers of the time in an effort to prove their cases.”

DigitalNC: New Newspaper, The Pamlico News, Now Available. “The paper was first published in the late 1960s as The Pamlico County News, but in 1977 the paper’s name was changed to The Pamlico News. The newspaper is still published under this name today. Published weekly in Bayboro, North Carolina, the paper focuses on local and broader North Carolina news including topics on community history, events and festivals, citizen accomplishments, education, and more.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

The Budapest Times: Hungary’s family photo album on better display. “The online repository of 156,000-and-growing Hungarian photos taken from 1900 to 1990 and now posted in the Fortepan digital archive has been running a weekly article in a blog named Heti Fortepan for the past year, and now an English edition has been launched under the translated title Weekly Fortepan.”

USEFUL STUFF

Popular Science: Your guide to better online security in 2022. “Here at Popular Science, we understand the struggle and have dedicated a large portion of our coverage to helping you navigate the labyrinthine portfolio of profiles and cookie crumbs you’ve scattered across the web. As a gift to you, we’ve bundled together many of our most useful stories for quick access as we roll into the new year. You may have made other resolutions for 2022, but few will protect you as much as ensuring your security practices are up to snuff.”

Mashable: How to make your Gmail account self destruct, and why you really should. “As we move through life there are few things that we truly take with us. A family heirloom, perhaps. Your loved ones, if you’re lucky. And, more and more frequently, one of those things happens to be an email account steadily filling up with personal correspondence, bills, medical records, and embarrassing moments from your past. And thanks to the modern wonder of cloud computing, that collection will likely long outlast you. Unless you set your entire Google account to self destruct after your death — which, thanks to Google’s Inactive Account Manager, you can do.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Lincolnite: Campaigners’ anti-nuke dump banners (and skeleton!) put on map in Google surprise. “Campaigners fighting a nuclear storage facility in Theddlethorpe have been given an unexpected boost after the latest Google Maps Streetview update included images of their banners – and even a skeleton scarecrow. The images, captured in November 2021 according to Google, include Hallowe’en Scarecrow competition victor Maggie Loy’s winning entry.”

The Guam Daily Post: Passion project preserves treasure trove of Guam history. “The Sinajana Mayors office has embarked on a mission to preserve a part of Guam’s history, after it came across a box of photographs dating back to the 1940s. The box had been passed down several times before curiosity led the Sinajana Mayor’s office to open it. Inside the box a treasure trove of Guam’s history was discovered.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

CNET: Washington state to require internet service disclosure when selling house in new year. “It’s hard to imagine home life without the internet, particularly amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now a law going into effect in Washington state is acknowledging that. Starting in the new year, home sellers in Washington will be required to share their internet provider on signed disclosure forms that include information about plumbing, insulation and structural defects.”

Yahoo News: CBP launches review of secretive division that targeted journalists, lawmakers and other Americans. “U.S. Customs and Border Protection is conducting a review of a secretive division that uses some of the country’s most sensitive databases to investigate the travel and financial records and personal connections of journalists, members of Congress and other Americans not suspected of any crime.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Wired: Crime Prediction Keeps Society Stuck in the Past . “In Discriminating Data: Correlation, Neighborhoods, and the New Politics of Recognition, digital media scholar Wendy Hui Kyong Chun argues that the most common methods used by technologies such as PredPol and Chicago’s heat list to make predictions do nothing of the sort. Rather than anticipating what might happen out of the myriad and unknowable possibilities on which the very idea of a future depends, machine learning and other AI-based methods of statistical correlation ‘restrict the future to the past.’ In other words, these systems prevent the future in order to ‘predict’ it—they ensure that the future will be just the same as the past was.”

The Conversation: Take a Closer Look: How More and More Students Are Catching the Citizen Science Bug. “Taxonomy was once the domain of white-coated scientists with years of university training. While this expertise is still important, everyday Australians are increasingly helping to identify species through citizen science apps. Rapid advances in smartphone and tablet cameras are helping to popularize this activity. Biodiversity researchers are calling on citizen scientists to contribute data to fill information gaps, identify species declines and inform management decisions. And young researchers – some as young as infant school children – are stepping up to help.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

New York Times: 2022 Is Full of First Steps to the Moon. “Robotic missions to Mars and advances in space tourism dominated the space activities of 2021. But in 2022, the moon is likely to stand out, as companies and governments launch various moon-bound spacecraft.” good morning, Internet…

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