American Kennel Club, Bellingcat’s Auto Archiver, Low-Code Fest 2022, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, September 26, 2022


American Kennel Club: AKC Launches Digital Library To Commemorate Anniversary. “The digital library will include the entire run of the AKC Gazette from 1889 to the present day. The AKC Gazette is the longest continuously published dog magazine in America and one of the oldest sporting publications in the country. Users can also search a collection of historic Show Catalogs from 1887 – 1983, including the very first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show catalog from 1877. New collections will be added to the digital library in 2023. All content is made available without fees and is fully text-searchable thanks to Optical Character Recognition in PDF files, which makes the library user-friendly.”

Bellingcat: Preserve Vital Online Content With Bellingcat’s Auto Archiver. “Open source research often relies on social media posts that contain videos and images. However, these posts can be taken down by platforms or deleted by those posting them. That’s why we at Bellingcat created a tool — the Auto Archiver — to help the open-source community, as well as journalists and researchers, easily archive online content. The tool allows for posts, and their video or visual attachments, to be archived by simply entering a link into a Google Sheets document.”


Europeana Pro: Europeana Low-Code Fest 2022 | Europeana Pro. “Inspired by examples like DigiEduhack and the Erasmus+ project #hackAD – Social, the Europeana Education Community invites you to the first Europeana social and educational low-code hackathon – Low-Code Fest 2022! This programme and series of events aims to engage teachers, educators and their students to co-develop solutions to social challenges and/or enhance educational processes and practices.”


Variety: CIA Launches First Podcast, ‘The Langley Files,’ Which Reveals That Working at the Agency Is More Boring Than Hollywood Makes It Seem. “It seems like everyone is launching a podcast these days — and now comes the Central Intelligence Agency. But don’t expect any major revelations from CIA’s ‘The Langley Files,’ which is really a PR-outreach initiative to burnish the agency’s image as well as dispel notions that it’s a glamorous line of work as often portrayed in pop culture.”

TechCrunch: Twitter allows more researchers to access platform data. “Earlier this year, Twitter launched the Twitter Moderation Research Consortium (TMRC), a group of experts from across academia, civil society, nongovernmental organizations and journalism dedicated to studying Twitter’s platform governance issues. Previously, membership in the TMRC was limited to select trusted partners, but Twitter today began offering all researchers the chance to apply.”

Business Insider: Investors pull almost $140 million from the company planning to merge with Donald Trump’s Truth Social. “‘Blank-check’ company Digital World Acquisition said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday that some backers were pulling a total of $139 million they had planned to put into the deal. Digital World had previously announced funding commitments of $1 billion. The investors who signed up for the deal about a year ago were able to back out if it was not completed by September 20.”


CNBC: Google CEO Pichai tells employees not to ‘equate fun with money’ in heated all-hands meeting. “As Google tries to navigate an unfamiliar environment of slowing growth, cost-cutting and employee dissent over cultural changes, CEO Sundar Pichai is finding himself on the defensive. At a companywide all-hands meeting this week, Pichai was faced with tough questions from employees related to cuts to travel and entertainment budgets, managing productivity, and potential layoffs, according to audio obtained by CNBC.”

New York Times: Silicon Valley Slides Back Into ‘Bro’ Culture. “Two parallel Silicon Valleys have emerged. There’s the ThunderDome of Twitter, where tech thought leaders collect likes by posting edgy memes and spouting flip political takes — then invoke cancel culture when they are criticized. They troll their way into impulsive $44 billion acquisitions, then back out. They promote an entirely online existence inside the so-called metaverse. Then there’s the day-to-day reality, where women still get just 2 percent of venture capital funding and Black founders get 1 percent, where the largest tech companies have made negligible progress on diversifying their staff, and where harassment and discrimination remain common.”

Slashgear: Why The Queen’s Funeral Soon May Not Look The Same. “The queue to see Her Majesty’s coffin spanned almost 5 miles long in just two days, with officials keeping its length to a maximum of 10 miles. While everyone, including tourists, was invited to view The Queen’s coffin during that period, there were certain conditions guests were expected to adhere to. That means attendees were prohibited from taking selfies or using any mobile devices upon entering the Royal Palace…. The same limited coverage applied during Her Majesty’s state funeral on September 19. However, it seems like restrictions not only applied during the funeral in real time but also to media footage that has already been publicized as well.”


Krebs on Security: Accused Russian RSOCKS Botmaster Arrested, Requests Extradition to U.S.. “A 36-year-old Russian man recently identified by KrebsOnSecurity as the likely proprietor of the massive RSOCKS botnet has been arrested in Bulgaria at the request of U.S. authorities. At a court hearing in Bulgaria this month, the accused hacker requested and was granted extradition to the United States, reportedly telling the judge, ‘America is looking for me because I have enormous information and they need it.'”

Washington Post: The online incel movement is getting more violent and extreme, report says. “The most prominent forum for men who consider themselves involuntarily celibate or ‘incels’ has become significantly more radicalized over the past year and a half and is seeking to normalize child rape, a new report says. The report, by the Center for Countering Digital Hate’s new Quant Lab, is the culmination of an investigation that analyzed more than 1 million posts on the site. It found a marked spike in conversations about mass murder and growing approval of sexually assaulting prepubescent girls.”

WIRED: Iran’s Internet Shutdown Hides a Deadly Crackdown. “As thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest the death of Amini this week, Iranian officials have repeatedly shut down mobile internet connections and disrupted the services of Instagram and WhatsApp, two of the most popular social media services in the country. The internet shutdowns are the largest since November 2019 and raise fears about further atrocities. So far, more than 30 people have reportedly been killed, while the Iranian government has admitted to 17 deaths.” Good morning, Internet…

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