Teal Pumpkin Project, NARA, Internet Archive, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 2, 2022


Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) has released its annual teal pumpkin map at From that page: “The Teal Pumpkin Project is a simple way to make trick-or-treating safer and more inclusive. Placing a teal pumpkin on your doorstep signals that, in addition to candy, you offer non-food trinkets and treats that are safe for all trick or treaters.” Searching the map finds both people and CVS locations that are participating — fewer people around here but hey, it’s North Carolina. The Teal Pumpkin Project is also listing allergy-friendly events this year in addition to trick-or-treating locations.


ABC News: National Archives still missing some Trump administration records . “The National Archives has still not recovered all the presidential records that should have been turned over at the end of the Trump administration, according to a new letter to Congress from the acting archivist.”

Internet Archive: Community Webs collections now available in Digital Public Library of America. “Internet Archive’s Community Webs program is excited to announce that metadata for more than 4,800 archived websites and web collections created by 23 Community Webs member organizations are now available in Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).”


Slate: Wikipedia’s Fox News Problem. “Casual readers often ignore or skim over Wikipedia’s references, but they play a crucial role in its editorial process. The encyclopedia is a tertiary source, meaning that it aims to summarize the information found in secondary sources like newspapers. (Secondary sources themselves draw from primary sources like interviews.) Because of this pyramid structure, the secondary sources Wikipedia deems acceptable as references have a major influence on its content. If outlets like Fox News are permitted, Wikipedia’s view of the world will look more like Fox’s. Currently, more than 16,000 articles cite Fox News as a source. But its use has been controversial for years.”

Context: Six million silenced: A two-year internet outage in Ethiopia. “As fighting rages on in Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region, one of the world’s longest telecommunications shutdowns is hampering aid deliveries, hurting business and keeping families apart.”

The Verge: Turnstile is Cloudflare’s latest attempt to rid the web of CAPTCHAs. “Cloudflare is testing a new kind of CAPTCHA that tests your browser instead of you. The company calls it Turnstile, and it’s designed to spare us from performing those mundane click-the-traffic-light kinds of tasks to verify you’re a human and not a bot.”


CNN: US defeats Russia in a battle to control the future of the global internet. “The United States has soundly defeated Russia in an election to control a United Nations body responsible for shaping global internet development, a contest viewed as geopolitically symbolic amid wider US-Russia tensions and an answer to fears of growing censorship online by authoritarian regimes. On Thursday, members of the International Telecommunication Union voted to appoint Doreen Bogdan-Martin, the US-backed candidate, as the group’s secretary general.”

BBC: Prince William makes online safety plea after Molly Russell verdict. “Prince William says online safety for young people should be ‘a prerequisite, not an afterthought’ after an inquest into 14-year-old Molly Russell’s death. A coroner concluded that the teenager from London died from an act of self-harm while suffering depression and the negative effects of online content.”


WIRED: I Uncovered an Army of Fake Men on Hinge. “IN THE LAND of love, there are fakes, and there are fakes. There’s the realization that the flesh-and-blood person you’ve spent time with is inauthentic in some way, the old-fashioned bluffing of the Homo sapiens mating game. And then there are the unnaturally smooth selfies and stilted messages that suggest an AI-generated facsimile of a person. On dating app Hinge, which claims to serve those seeking life-long connections, there appear to be a lot of these.”


Unseen Japan: Japanese City Pioneers New Drone-based Warning System. “The drones made by ACSL, a Tokyo-based robotics firm, are controlled over 4G LTE broadband. Upon receiving an alert from the J-Alert system, the drones are programmed to fly at an altitude of approximately 50 meters (approximately 164 feet)…. As they overfly the beaches of Sendai’s coastal Miyagino and Wakabayashi wards, they blast an alert siren, accompanied by a pre-recorded voice alert: ‘Tsunami keihō happyō. Tadachi ni hinan suru koto’ (‘A tsunami warning is in effect. Evacuate at once.’)” Good afternoon, Internet…

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