Democracy’s Library, Spanish Civil War, Twitter, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, October 25, 2022


Internet Archive Blog: Introducing Democracy’s Library. “Democracies need an educated citizenry to thrive. In the 21st century, that means easy access to reliable information online for all. To meet that need, the Internet Archive is building Democracy’s Library—a free, open, online compendium of government research and publications from around the world.”

City College of New York: CCNY’s digital publication of student’s archive from the Spanish Civil War available to educators . “CCNY Student Wilfred Mendelson on the deck of the S.S. Manhattan on his way to fight in the Spanish Civil War in 1938. A digital publication of a collection of his letters and essays is now available to all educators for free.”


New York Times: Twitter Tries Calming Employees as Deal With Elon Musk Looms. “With Mr. Musk’s $44 billion deal to buy Twitter set to close no later than Oct. 28, the company is trying to reassure workers about their employment and compensation.”

CNET: YouTube App Gets Pinch-to-Zoom, Precise Seeking and Other Updates. “YouTube’s app is getting a little easier to use. The video platform said Monday in a blog post that you’ll now be able to zoom in on videos using pinch-to-zoom. Additionally, viewers will be able to easily find the exact part of a video they want to watch using the new precise seeking feature. Both improvements will be available later today.”

The Verge: Google Chrome will no longer support Windows 7 next year. “This could be a bigger deal than you might think. Despite Windows 7 first being released in 2009 and Microsoft officially ending support for it in 2020, data suggests that the operating system is still running on a whole lot of devices: as recently as last year, that number was estimated to be at least 100 million PCs.”


Mozilla Blog: Prep for the U.S. midterm elections with these online tools. “We’re not here to tell you who to vote for. But as an organization that advocates for a healthy internet, we consider online misinformation to be a huge barrier to seeing that better internet. Here are some nonpartisan, online resources to help us all do the responsible thing: Make informed choices and get ready to vote.”

Search Engine Journal: The Top 19 Tools For Managing Social Media Accounts. “Social media has become a massive part of brand marketing strategy. And managing multiple accounts can be pretty overwhelming. How do you stay organized? What tools should you use to manage social media accounts?”


Brown University Library News: Brown Library’s First Born-Digital Publication Awarded Prize by the American Historical Association. “Furnace and Fugue brings to life in digital form an enigmatic seventeenth-century text, Michael Maier’s musical alchemical emblem book Atalanta fugiens. This intriguing and complex text from 1618 reinterprets Ovid’s legend of Atalanta as an alchemical allegory in a series of fifty emblems, each of which contains text, image, and a musical score for three voices.” The prize will be used to build a companion Web site for the digitized work.


Bleeping Computer: Typosquat campaign mimics 27 brands to push Windows, Android malware. “A massive, malicious campaign is underway using over 200 typosquatting domains that impersonate twenty-seven brands to trick visitors into downloading various Windows and Android malware. Typosquatting is an old method of tricking people into visiting a fake website by registering a domain name similar to that used by genuine brands.”


University of Amsterdam: Social media polarize politics for a different reason than you might think. “Social media are polarizing not because they isolate us with likeminded others, as often thought, but because they provide spaces where we create social identities that increasingly align with our political preferences.”

MIT Technology Review: Starlink signals can be reverse-engineered to work like GPS—whether SpaceX likes it or not. “Todd Humphreys’s offer to SpaceX was simple. With a few software tweaks, its rapidly growing Starlink constellation could also offer precise position, navigation, and timing. The US Army, which funds Humphreys’s work at the University of Texas at Austin, wanted a backup to its venerable, and vulnerable, GPS system. Could Starlink fill that role?”


Ars Technica: Build a shelf-size vintage computer museum made of paper. “Yesterday, a Winnipeg, Canada-based artist named Rocky Bergen released a free collection of miniature papercraft vintage computer models that hobbyists can assemble for fun. They are available on The Internet Archive in a pack of 24 PDF files that you can print out on letter-size paper and fold into three dimensions.” Good morning, Internet…

Do you like ResearchBuzz? Does it help you out? Please consider supporting it on Patreon. Not interested in commitment? Perhaps you’d buy me an iced tea. I love your comments, I love your site suggestions, and I love you. Feel free to comment on the blog, or @ResearchBuzz on Twitter. Thanks!

Categories: morningbuzz

Leave a Reply