New-to-me, from 9 News Australia: Inside the lives of Australia’s ‘Yowie Hunters’. “Dean Harrison packs his camping gear, binoculars and thermal imagery camera, about to lead a multi-day expedition through south-east Queensland’s rainforests in search of the Australian Yowie. He’s known as the country’s leading Yowie expert among cryptozoology circles, and has been tracking the elusive and controversial creature for over 24 years. Now 52, Mr Harrison describes the encounter he believes changed his life, inspiring him to create the world’s first and most comprehensive online database, dedicated to finding the Yowie, known as Australia’s ‘Big Foot.'”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Center for Public Integrity: New Public Integrity website puts spotlight on inequality. “The Center for Public Integrity has a new website, redesigned to further our mission of using investigative journalism to confront inequality in the U.S., showcase audio storytelling and multimedia in addition to our long-form investigations, and adopt the most up-to-date mobile and accessibility standards.”
CNET: AT&T and Cricket open enrollment for discounted internet plans. “AT&T said Friday that it’s opened enrollment for its discounted internet service plans that are being offered as part of a federal program designed to lower the cost of internet access for low-income Americans.”
MakeUseOf: The 9 Best Websites to Look Up WHOIS Information for Free. “Typical WHOIS data can include a name, address, email, phone number, administrative and technical contacts, or other important personally-identifying information.” If the registration data isn’t being protected by anonymity features. BUT it’s also important to check WHOIS data to learn things like when a domain was registered. I’ve never seen that information masked.
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Deutsche Welle: Ugandan author charged for criticizing President Museveni on social media. “Award-winning author Kakwenza Rukirabashaija is currently being detained while facing two counts of ‘offensive communication’ after making unflattering remarks about President Yoweri Museveni and his son on Twitter.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Missouri Independent: Governor looks to target Missouri Sunshine Law during legislative session. “Amending Missouri’s open records law to permit government agencies to withhold more information from the public — and charge more for any records that are turned over — is among Gov. Mike Parson’s priorities for the 2022 legislative session. The changes, which were outlined in a presentation to Parson’s cabinet that was obtained by The Independent through an open records request, include a proposal to allow government agencies to charge fees for the time attorneys spend reviewing records requested by the public.”
Bleeping Computer: Europol ordered to erase data on those not linked to crime. “The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an EU privacy and data protection independent supervisory authority, has ordered Europol to erase personal data on individuals that haven’t been linked to criminal activity. According to the EDPS, the watchdog considers personal data any identification number, location data, or online identifier associated with an individual’s physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural, or social identity.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Papua New Guinea Post-Courier: Research into ancestral sounds. “Researchers are now putting greater emphasis on studying the ancestral sounds from Papua New Guinea, says Don Niles of the Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies. ‘What if you could hear sounds made in your area over a hundred years ago? Would you recognise the songs or would they be unfamiliar? Are they anything like the songs sung today? Could you understand the words of a story told in your language or would there be too many old words that are hard to understand? Is this story still told today?’ Prof Niles said.”
Connecticut Public Interest Research Group: Examining Google’s repair track-record as shareholders call for change. “Google’s responsibility to repair is different from other companies. As the supplier of the Android operating system many cell phones use as well as the leading search engine, the company has multiple ways to enable a healthy repair market — or to make it harder for people to fix their stuff. Unfortunately, historically, it has put up obstacles for consumers.”
Children & Young People Now: Young People Lead Research Into Impact Of Knife Images On Social Media. “The move comes as part of a debate over police forces posting pictures of seized weapons on social media amid concerns that it furthers, rather than lessens, fear amongst young people. The Young People’s Action Group has also expressed concern that the posts containing images of knives are used by young people to learn what weapons are being carried in specific areas of London. This can lead to young people carrying more dangerous weapons and knives to protect themselves, they say.” Good afternoon, Internet…
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