LGBTQ Washington DC, British Library Online Events, GMail, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 15, 2022


DCist: See A Trove Of Historic Documents From D.C.’s First Latino LGBTQ+ Advocacy Group. “As president of ENLACE, D.C.’s first known Latino LGBTQ advocacy group, in the 1980s, Letitia ‘Leti’ Gomez knew she was part of something historic. So she began saving all sorts of memorabilia: newspaper clippings, meeting agendas, fliers for dance parties — including a ‘Dance for the Dead’ — and a pricing sheet for a beach trip. Now, her collection, made up of nearly 500 primary source documents, is part of the Rainbow History Project at the DC History Center.”


British Library Digital Scholarship Blog: Open and Engaged 2022: Climate research in GLAM, digital infrastructure and skills to open collections. “As part of International Open Access Week, the British Library is delighted to host its annual Open and Engaged event online on 24 October, Monday from 13:00 to 16:30 BST. Since 2018 the British Library has organised the Open and Engaged Conference to coincide with International Open Access Week. In line with this year’s #OAWeek theme: Open for Climate Justice; Open and Engaged will address intersections between cultural heritage and climate research through use of collections, digital infrastructures and skills.”


The Verge: Google built a spam backdoor for Republicans — and they aren’t using it. “Google has launched a controversial program allowing campaign committees to effectively opt out of spam filters — a huge concession to mounting political pressure from Republicans. But Verge reporting shows the RNC has not taken advantage of the program and made few efforts to alter the core practices that might result in their emails being labeled as spam.”


Salt Lake City Tribune: Did Weezer buy a billboard in Utah to thank a TikToker?. “There are now at least two stark, absurdist billboards related to the band Weezer in Utah, and we only know for sure how — and why — one of them exists.”

How-To Geek: What Happens if You Let a 4-Year-Old Use an AI Art Generator?. “That’s the amazing thing about the many AI image generators that are available now. Obviously, there are limits to what the AI can do, but you are basically free to enter anything and see what happens. It’s a playground for your imagination. I decided to let my 4-year-old have some fun in that playground.”


New York Times: Gaming Is Booming. That’s Catnip for Cybercriminals.. “In recent months, cybersecurity firms have warned that cybercrime in gaming has increased substantially since the start of the pandemic, and that the vulnerabilities — for game studios as well as players — are far from being vanquished.”

Politico: Federal court records users could see $100 million in refunds. “The deal unveiled Tuesday calls for users who paid for federal court records between 2010 and 2018 to get up to $350 apiece, followed by additional payments if funds remain. The settlement is expected to be paid out of a Justice Department fund that covers such expenses in connection with suits against the U.S. Government.”

Euronews: Turkish MP smashes phone with hammer in furious speech over social media law. “Opposition politicians in Turkey expressed their fury at a law passed by Turkey’s parliament on Thursday which critics claim will further tighten press and social media freedoms in the country. In a surprising act of protest, opposition MP Burak Erbay smashed his mobile phone with a hammer during a speech to the National Assembly to denounce the bill which claims to combat fake news and ‘online disinformation’.”


Associated Press: Poll: Most in US say misinformation spurs extremism, hate. “Overall, 91% of adults say the spread of misinformation is a problem, with 74% calling it a major problem. Only 8% say misinformation isn’t a problem at all.”

Bloomberg: Microsoft’s Army goggles left U.S. soldiers with nausea, headaches in test. “U.S. soldiers using Microsoft’s new goggles in their latest field test suffered ‘mission-affecting physical impairments’ including headaches, eyestrain and nausea, according to a summary of the exercise compiled by the Pentagon’s testing office.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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