Hull-House, In the Key of She, The Covid Archive, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, May 18, 2022


University of Illinois Chicago: Online library collection celebrates Hull-House on anniversary of founder’s death. “To help commemorate the life of Jane Addams on the 87th anniversary of the Nobel Laureate’s death, the University of Illinois Chicago Library has released digitized yearbooks and annual reports from the settlement house she co-founded. The collection is now available online to students, researchers and the public. Addams, who died on May 21, 1935, co-founded Chicago’s Hull-House with her partner, Ellen Gates Starr, in 1889. The home on the densely populated Chicago’s Near West Side was the first settlement house in the United States that offered social services to the communities. These services included legal aid, an employment office, child care, crafting and domestic skills training.”

DJ Magazine: Directory Of Women, Trans And Non-Binary Producers Launches Online, In The Key Of She. “A directory of women, trans and non-binary producers, In the Key of She (ItKoS), has launched online. Compiled by DJ, producer, and academic Samantha Parsley, aka Dovetail, the directory gathers over 250 artists and is categorised by genre, with everything from footwork to psy-trance making the cut.”

DPLA: DPLA releases The Covid Archive as free ebook. “Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce the publication of a free ebook, The Covid Archive: A finding aid to government documents related to the Covid19 Pandemic. The Covid Archive is a digital finding aid for the digital archive of government documents related to the response of U.S. federal and state governments to the Covid 19 pandemic. The finding aid provides an index to more than 3,000 government documents related to the pandemic response that were identified by the Covid Tracking Project and digitally preserved by DPLA.”


9to5 Google: Google lets personal users stay on ‘no-cost Legacy G Suite’ with custom Gmail domain. “Back in April, Google delayed when G Suite legacy free-edition users had to start paying for Workspace. The company will now let you stay on a ‘Free Legacy Edition of G Suite for personal use’ as the “no-cost” alternative in a rather notable policy change.”

Ars Technica: Apple and Google’s outdated apps ban would cut each store by a third. “Both members of our favorite mobile duopoly, Google and Apple, recently announced plans to cull outdated apps in their respective app stores. Last month, both companies decided any app that hadn’t been updated in two years would be removed. Early in April, Google announced a two-year cutoff plan that would kick-in in November, and later in the month, Apple started emailing developers, giving them 30 days’ notice to update or be removed. It’s hard to know what culling two-year-old apps will look like, so exactly how many apps are we talking about?”


Current Affairs: Why This Computer Scientist Says All Cryptocurrency Should “Die in a Fire”. “One of cryptocurrency’s most vocal skeptics is Nicholas Weaver, senior staff researcher at the International Computer Science Institute and lecturer in the computer science department at UC Berkeley. Weaver has studied cryptocurrencies for years. Speaking with Current Affairs editor-in-chief Nathan J. Robinson, Prof. Weaver explains why he views the much-hyped technology with such antipathy. He argues that cryptocurrency is useless and destructive, and should ‘die in a fire.’ The interview transcript has been lightly edited for grammar and clarity.”

Washington Post: Followers are a valuable currency. Who should own them?. “The new group, called My Friends My Data Coalition (MFMD), is a group of start-up founders working to push tech giants to adopt a new industry-wide standard that would allow users to transfer their followings from one app to another, thereby creating more competition between platforms.”

Vox: The YouTubers are not okay. “For years, digital creators have been trying to convey the ennui of this supposed dream job: they’re lonely, they’re burnt out, they’re built up then tossed aside by unfeeling algorithms and corporate bureaucracy. They feel stuck between the kinds of content that makes them money and the content they actually want to produce.”


Sky News: Google sued for using the NHS data of 1.6 million Britons ‘without their knowledge or consent’. “Google is being sued over its use of confidential medical records belonging to 1.6 million individuals in the UK. The company’s artificial intelligence arm, DeepMind, received the data in 2015 from the Royal Free NHS Trust in London for the purpose of testing a smartphone app called Streams.”

Associated Press: Ransomware gang threatens to overthrow Costa Rica government. “A ransomware gang that infiltrated some Costa Rican government computer systems has upped its threat, saying its goal is now to overthrow the government.”


News@Northeastern: In Light Of The Mass Shooting In Buffalo, Is It Time To Impose New Rules On Livestreaming?. “As it stands, social media and livestream platforms operate under a shared content moderation framework—namely that they are not responsible for user content or behavior, says John Wihbey, associate professor of media innovation and technology at Northeastern. But, as more perpetrators are inspired to commit acts of violence by being able to publicize them in real-time, it might be time to impose a new set of rules on the online platforms, Wihbey says.”

Hack A Day: Silence Of The iPods: Reflecting On The Ever-shifting Landscape Of Personal Media Consumption . “On October 23rd of 2001, the first Apple iPod was launched. It wasn’t the first Personal Media Player (PMP), but as with many things Apple the iPod would go on to provide the benchmark for what a PMP should do, as well as what they should look like. While few today remember the PMP trailblazers like Diamond’s Rio devices, it’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t know what an ‘iPod’ is.” Not the kind of content I normally associate with Hack A Day, but very good. Good morning, Internet…

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