Hall for Cornwall, Twitter, Tumblr, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, February 26, 2022


Cornish Times: History of Hall for Cornwall comes alive with launch of new digital archive. “People can now delve into an online collection of more than 800 artefacts, which document the history of Hall for Cornwall in Truro…. Posters, handbills, rare photographs, drawings, oral histories, films, animations, plus historical objects, including a set of leg irons and a mid-20th century mayoral ruff, are all included in the online archive.” This is where I’m supposed to give a little information on the Hall for Cornwall and what it is, but it’s about 175 years old and has been used for all kinds of things.


The Verge: Twitter now lets you place content warnings on individual tweets. “Twitter is giving all users access to the content warning feature it tested last year. The feature lets you obscure individual photos and videos behind warnings for nudity, violence, and ‘sensitive’ content, rather than adding a blanket warning to all multimedia tweets. It’s available on Twitter’s Android and iOS apps as well as its web client.”

KnowTechie: Tumblr now offers a paid option to remove ads, still no porn though. “We keep speaking of Tumblr as if it’s dead, a relic of the past, when that just isn’t true. According to SimilarWeb, Tumblr ranks in the top 75 in the United States on the list of most popular websites. It’s the 103rd most visited site in the world. As of July 2021, Tumblr still hosted more than 529 million blogs. While Automattic has kept the adult content ban in place for some dumb reason, Tumblr bloggers are still a vibrant, active community.”

Vice: Russia Is Now Blocking Twitter. “The Kremlin has begun blocking access to Twitter, hours after the social media company stopped Russians from advertising on the platform. The decision to block access to Twitter followed Russia’s move hours earlier to restrict access to Facebook in the country as the government seeks to control the narrative around its invasion of Ukraine.”


Mashable: Ukrainians turned to encrypted messaging app Signal as Russians invaded. “Facing uncertainty, Ukrainians looked for digital security in the form of the end-to-end encrypted messaging app Signal. That’s according to Matthew Prince, the cofounder and CEO of Cloudflare, whose internet infrastructure company gives him unique insight into what goes on behind the internet’s scenes. In a Thursday tweet, Prince wrote that he observed Signal usage in Ukraine shooting up starting just after midnight on Feb. 24.”

Motherboard: Ukrainian Websites Are Going Dark. Archivists Are Trying to Save Them.. “Russia has launched an unprecedented number of cyberattacks on Ukraine since 2014, and now that the invasion is underway, some fear a digital doomsday is imminent. With Vladimir Putin vowing to enact regime change in Ukraine, there’s fear that if he is successful, Ukrainian government and cultural websites could be lost forever. In response, archivists around the world have begun attempting to preserve Ukraine’s internet, dedicating bandwidth and disk space to archive the country’s digital history.”

CNN: How Black archives are highlighting overlooked parts of history and culture. “[Jiya] Pinder is part of a larger movement of archivists, curators and memory workers who seek to elevate overlooked parts of Black history and culture. Though their mediums range from social media accounts to digital libraries to museum collections, their missions are the same: To tell a more complete story about Black existence.”


CNET: UK Tells Tech Giants to Provide Better Protection Against Anonymous Trolls. “Tech companies will be asked to give UK social media users more control over who can interact with them online. This includes blocking interactions from other users who haven’t had their identities verified by the platforms.”

ABC News (Australia): Hacker collective Anonymous declares ‘cyber war’ against Russia, disables state news website . “Hackers identifying with the Anonymous collective announced they had launched cyber operations that briefly took down, as well as the websites of the Kremlin, the Russian government and the Russian defence ministry websites.”

NBC News: Embassies, Boris Johnson turn to Chinese social media to mediate Russia-Ukraine conflict. “In the leadup to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the international war of words found an unusual battlefield: Chinese social media. Earlier this week, the Ukrainian Embassy in China took to Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, to criticize Russia for recognizing the independence of two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine.”


WIRED: News From Ukraine Is Unfolding in Fragments Over Social Media . “The truth of what’s happening in Ukraine right now is going to continue to unfold for a long time. Everyone should be consulting as many sources as possible. (They should also be verifying what they see before sharing it in a moment of haste.) They say journalism is the first rough draft of history. They say history is written by the victors. But perhaps that’s only part of the story. Perhaps history is written in the ether—it’s up to us to make sure we’re paying attention.”

CBC: Can better tech really fix darker-skin bias in smartphone cameras? Google thinks so. “The tech giant Google used the biggest platform it could find to make a statement during Black History Month. In a one-minute ad that cost millions, Google told Super Bowl fans about something Black people have known for a long time: most cameras aren’t great at capturing darker skin.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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