New Zealand Tsunami, #DHJewish, Eighth Air Force, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, July 8, 2022


New Zealand Herald: New Zealand tsunami database details history of monster waves and lost settlements. “Monster 12-metre waves, an entire settlement swept out to sea, and a bridge lifted and dumped a kilometre upriver are a few examples of the might of tsunami that have struck New Zealand in the last two centuries. Toka Tū Ake EQC and GNS Science have combed hundreds of years worth of historical tsunami data to create a new public resource, detailing all recorded tsunamis since 1835.”

I send my friend Diane R. resources related to Judaism all the time, but the other day she had one for me! From #DHJewish: Welcome to the new #DHJewish website. “Today we are very happy to launch the new website #DHJewish – Jewish Studies and Digital Humanities. #DHJewish offers a single access point to news, events, projects + more on the intersection of Jewish Studies and Digital Humanities.”

Digital Library of Georgia: Materials documenting the Georgia-based Eighth Air Force, who fought the air war on behalf of the United States against Nazi Germany in World War II, Are Now Available Online.. “The Eighth Air Force, an American bombing campaign against Nazi Germany, was World War II’s most extended military campaign. It was the only battle fought inside the German homeland until Allied soldiers crossed into Germany in the final months of the war. Activated in 1942 in Savannah, Georgia, the Eighth Air Force moved to England to support the Allied air war against Nazi Germany.”


UNESCO: UNESCO fights harmful content with a community-led initiative. “On 28-29 June, UNESCO in collaboration with the Center for Digital Society (CfDS) held a public conference and a roundtable discussion (closed session) in Jakarta on ‘Addressing Gaps in Regulating Harmful Content Online’. These were organized within the framework of the UNESCO project Social Media 4 Peace, in an attempt to respond to the rising hate speech and disinformation globally that have contributed to divisions in society and real-world violence.”


PR Newswire: New Zillow tool helps veterans nationwide discover condos eligible for VA loans (PRESS RELEASE). “Today, Zillow announced that condo listings on its site and apps will include information about the home’s eligibility for a loan from the VA. This new Zillow feature is designed to help the 19 million veterans who are eligible to fund their home purchase using a VA loan.” Apparently there are different rules for condo eligibility vs home eligibility, thus the focus of the new feature.

ReviewGeek: Freevee’s Latest Free Channels Features Cooking, Music, and Nostalgia. “Freevee, Amazon’s free streaming service formally known as IMDB TV, has always offered free content to watch with ads. But ‘free’ doesn’t mean much without something actually good watch. Now the service is getting ready to add even more, and there’s a little something for everyone.”


New York Times: Lesley Gore’s Archive, Open to All, Arrives at the New York Public Library. “As a teenage singer in the 1960s who fit the all-American girl mold, Lesley Gore may have seemed like an unlikely figure to carve out a lasting legacy of feminist resilience and independence. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts has now made the musician’s archive available for anyone interested in her artistic evolution, giving fans a chance to browse through notated music sheets and an unfinished memoir.” The collection is still going through digitizing.

Sixth Tone: She Spent a Decade Writing Fake Russian History. Wikipedia Just Noticed.. “A Chinese woman created over 200 fictional articles on Chinese Wikipedia, writing millions of words of imagined history that went unnoticed for more than 10 years.”


Rest of World: “Hostage-taking laws” seem to be fueling a Twitter crackdown in India. “Increasingly popular around the world, ‘hostage-taking laws,’ are government mandates that require social media companies to have physical offices and employees in the countries where they operate. In addition to India, these laws have been put in place in Nigeria, Turkey, and Vietnam. Observers say that Twitter’s recent takedowns in India highlight how governments leverage these laws and create a regulatory environment with higher-stakes penalties, which makes it easier to demand companies to censor the speech of journalists and dissidents.”

ZDNet: Google: Half of zero-day exploits linked to poor software fixes. “Half of the 18 ‘zero-day’ bugs that were exploited before a patch was publicly available this year could have been prevented if only major software vendors created more thorough patches and did more testing. That’s the verdict of researchers at Google Project Zero (GPZ), which has so far counted 18 zero-day bugs in 2022 affecting Microsoft Windows, Apple iOS and WebKit, Google’s Chromium and Pixel, and Atlassian’s Confluence server.”

CoinDesk: Ethics Watchdog Bars US Government Employees From Writing Crypto Policy if Invested. “U.S. officials who are personally invested in cryptocurrencies are now disqualified from working on crypto-related policy and regulation that could affect the value of their assets.”


The Register: Tracking cookies found in more than half of G20 government websites . “A study by IMDEA, a research facility in Madrid, Spain, evaluated more than 118,000 URLs of 5,500 government websites – think .gov,,, etc. – hosted in the twenty largest global economies (the G20) and discovered a surprising tracking cookie problem, even among countries party to Europe’s GDPR and those with their own data privacy regulations.” Good morning, Internet…

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