PR Newswire: New website for craft beer lovers featuring breweries, beer festivals, and events across the US (PRESS RELEASE). “LocalBrews.Beer has officially launched its website that people can’t get enough of. The new website was created by four friends who came together to build this one-stop source of all information on the best breweries and beer events in the US. During their travels, they have continuously kept an eye out for the best local breweries, taprooms, brewpubs and visited many beer festivals.”
South China Morning Post Magazine: Photo archive covers 25 years of change in Hong Kong, its 42,000 images the work of one man – artist and academic David Clarke. “At the beginning of 1995, artist and academic David Clarke had a light-bulb moment: he would create a photography project over a five-year period. He got a bit carried away – the project ended up spanning 25 years…. The result, ‘Hong Kong in Transition’, a collection of more than 42,000 photos, is now available as a free-to-use archive hosted on the HKU art history department’s website.”
Australian Ceramics: The Complete 60-Year Archive Of The Journal Of Australian Ceramics Is Now Available!. “The Australian Ceramics Association is delighted to announce that the digital archive of The Journal of Australian Ceramics has now been completed in collaboration with publishing services provider Exact Editions, dating back to 1962. Individuals and institutions can subscribe for unlimited and fully-searchable access to over 170 back issues and counting, with new issues published three times a year.”
Mashable: Want to know more about LGBTQ history? Follow these accounts.. ” Digital divides still exist for many, but it’s now easier than ever to access knowledge that would have been nearly impossible to find just a few decades ago. And that’s incredibly important to communities that have had their histories systematically ignored, especially LGBTQ people and LGBTQ people of color. So, on top of all the political organizing, nonprofit support, and social media engagement you put into bolstering LGBTQ communities, dive into the troves of LGBTQ history floating around the internet.”
AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD
BBC: The student putting Ghana’s lost archives online. “Kuukuwa Manful is undertaking a project to digitise one of Ghana’s archive stores that mostly contains old planning permissions and blueprints. Kuukuwa, who is a PhD candidate at SOAS University in London, received a grant for the work and says that some of the documents date back to the late 1800s.” Mostly (well-captioned) video, less than 3 minutes.
CNET: PlayStation Is Apparently Getting Serious About Its Retro Library. “As PlayStation prepares to make hundreds of classic games playable on PS5 via its upgraded PlayStation Plus this summer, it’s seemingly taking steps to conserve its retro library. The Sony-owned video game giant formed a new preservation team, as revealed by a new hire’s LinkedIn and Twitter posts.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Bloomberg: Google Attacks EU for Treating It Almost Like a ‘Criminal’. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google lashed out at the European Union for doling out a ‘quasi criminal fine of very large proportions’ for allegedly thwarting advertising rivals on websites. At a hearing at the bloc’s General Court on Monday, the search giant said the 2019 decision by the EU’s antitrust arm to issue the 1.49 billion-euro ($1.6 billion) fine was riddled with errors and should be struck down.”
Bleeping Computer: Open source ‘Package Analysis’ tool finds malicious npm, PyPI packages. “The Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF), a Linux Foundation-backed initiative has released its first prototype version of the ‘Package Analysis’ tool that aims to catch and counter malicious attacks on open source registries. In a pilot run that lasted less than a month, the open source project released on GitHub, was able to identify over 200 malicious npm and PyPI packages.”
Associated Press: Spain: 2021 spyware attack targeted prime minister’s phone. “The cellphones of Spain’s prime minister and defense minister were infected last year with Pegasus spyware, which is available only to countries’ government agencies, authorities announced Monday. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s mobile phone was breached twice in May 2021, and Defense Minister Margarita Robles’ device was targeted once the following month, Cabinet Minister Félix Bolaños said.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
BusinessWire: Arolsen Archives’ #everynamecounts Project Uses Artificial Intelligence to Help Uncover Information on Victims of Nazi Persecution (PRESS RELEASE). “A team of volunteers from Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has built an artificial intelligence (AI)-based solution that helps extract information on victims of Nazi persecution from documents in the Arolsen Archives 40 times faster than previous efforts.”
Salon: Influencer culture is everywhere — even in academia. “Several years ago, while writing a book on social media labor, I noticed how the accounts furnished by aspiring YouTubers and Instagrammers resonated deeply with my experiences as a then-junior academic. These social media hopefuls had an acutely perceived need to remain ‘on brand’ and an unabashed pursuit of metrics. As an academic, this felt all too familiar. Their media kit was my tenure dossier, except ‘likes’ and ‘views’ were swapped out for Google Scholar citations and h-indexes–two indices of our ‘impact.’ I felt compelled to be eminently visible — not unlike the pressures on influencers to ‘game’ the algorithms or ratchet up their engagement.”
New York Times: Another Firing Among Google’s A.I. Brain Trust, and More Discord. “Less than two years after Google dismissed two researchers who criticized the biases built into artificial intelligence systems, the company has fired a researcher who questioned a paper it published on the abilities of a specialized type of artificial intelligence used in making computer chips.” Good afternoon, Internet…
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