Holocaust Survivor Interviews, Polynesia Geochemistry, Chicago Black History, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 14, 2022


PRNewswire: The Blue Card Launches Podcast to Provide Holocaust Survivors a Voice, Now Available on Spotify and Anchor (PRESS RELEASE). “The Blue Card, a national non-profit organization assisting Holocaust survivors in need, recently launched their podcast on Monday, February 14, with their first guest being Holocaust survivor Laszlo Adler. In this series entitled Stories of The Holocaust, Masha Pearl, Executive Director of The Blue Card interviews survivors about their Holocaust experience, how they navigate their trauma, and the life lessons which have helped shape their perspective on prejudice and justice.”

Eos: Geochemical Data from Polynesian Artifacts Pack Pofatu Database. “An embracing Sky father and Earth mother had many children, one of whom pushed apart their parents to let in the light, according to Māori origin traditions. In one version told to Māori archaeologist Gerard O’Regan of the Ngāi Tahu tribe, an unborn child remains in the womb, his eyes, or whatu, peering out as rocks, or kōwhatu, a Māori word for stone…. Elsewhere in Polynesia, a reconstruction of the word is *pofatu, said Aymeric Hermann, an archaeologist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research. He is also cocreator of the Pofatu database, a compilation of geochemical information gleaned from stone tools and source quarries scattered throughout the Pacific that can be matched with one another.”

University of Chicago Library: Find archives of Black life in Chicago through new online resource at UChicago Library. “A new online gateway to collection guides hosted by the University of Chicago Library will make it easier to discover and use archival collections highlighting Black experiences at institutions across the Chicago area—including papers, photos, correspondence and more documenting the lives of people from Mahalia Jackson to Harold Washington, and organizations from the Chicago Urban League to the African Methodist Episcopal Church.”


Techdirt: Announcing The Winners Of The 4th Annual Public Domain Game Jam!. “Well, it took us a little longer than usual, but we’re finally ready to announce the winners of our fourth annual public domain game jam, Gaming Like It’s 1926! We asked designers to create games based on works published in 1926 (plus some earlier sound recordings, due to the complexities of copyright law) that entered the public domain in the US this year. There seemed to be a lot of excitement around the public domain in 2022, and that resulted in us getting more submissions than in any jam since the first.”

Search Engine Journal: Twitter Tests More Visible Alt Text. “A visible ‘ALT’ badge, and exposed image descriptions, are among the features Twitter is testing to improve image accessibility on mobile and desktop. In an announcement, Twitter states it’s testing the features with 3% of users across iOS, Android, and web browsers.”


Fredonia State University of New York: SUNY Fredonia archives preserves Holocaust survivors’ memories. “How Holocaust survivors who relocated to western New York recalled their German camp experiences in interviews they gave more than three decades ago have been preserved in a digitalization project undertaken by Special Collections and Archives at SUNY Fredonia.” The interviews are not yet available online; that happens later this spring.


Bleeping Computer: Malware Disguised As Valorant Cheats Are Hiding In YouTube Descriptions. “Korean security analysts have spotted a malware distribution campaign that uses Valorant cheat lures on YouTube to trick players into downloading RedLine, a powerful information stealer. This type of abuse is quite common, as the threat actors find it easy to bypass YouTube’s new content submission reviews or create new accounts when reported and blocked.”

Mashable: Cyberflashing to become illegal in England and Wales . “Recent research by Professor Jessica Ringrose, head of sociology at UCL’s Institute of Education, found that 76 percent of girls aged between 12 and 18 had been sent unsolicited nude images of boys or men. Per YouGov data, 41 percent of women aged between 18 and 36 ‘have been sent an unsolicited photo of a man’s private parts.’ Researchers have found that women are often overwhelmingly the target of this violation.”


StateTech Magazine: Philadelphia Launches Smart Streetlight Pilot Program to Collect Data in Real Time. “As cities around the country seek to leverage smart technology, Philadelphia is continuing its efforts to collect data to address inequality. The city’s recently announced smart streetlight pilot is another tool employed to level the playing field for all of the city’s residents. By design, the SmartBlockPHL program uses sensors on smart streetlights to count people and objects, check air quality and monitor weather conditions. In addition, the streetlights will collect information about local pedestrian traffic, street activity and the environment.”

Tech Xplore: New music recommendation system includes long-tail songs. “Music recommendation systems commonly offer users songs that others have enjoyed in the genres that the user requests. This can lead to popular songs becoming more popular. However, it neglects the less well-known songs, the long-tail songs that users may well enjoy just as much but have less chance of hearing because of the way the recommendation algorithms work. New work in the International Journal of Computational Systems Engineering, offers an approach to a music recommendation system that neglects the popular in favor of the long-tail and so could open users to new music.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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