Wentworth Woodhouse, CultureBrew Artist Database, Black History North Carolina, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 4, 2022


Yorkshire Post: Wentworth Woodhouse’s ‘lost’ archives that were thought to have been destroyed in a fire reveal fascinating facts about Yorkshire estate. “The story goes that a huge bonfire at Wentworth Woodhouse in the 1970s destroyed a vast collection of private letters and documents belonging to the aristocratic Fitzwilliam family. Yet this urban legend that sprang up in the estate villages as the family’s fortunes crumbled and the Grade I-listed house near Rotherham’s sale approached was never accurate – and a new research project has digitised the Fitzwilliams’ ‘lost’ archives and revealed previously unknown facts about their lives.”

STIR Vancouver: CultureBrew.Art launches national database of Indigenous and racialized artists. “CultureBrew.Art seeks to counteract systemic racism in the arts by linking up BIPOC artists in performing, literary, and media arts with decision-makers via a national searchable database. The resource, seven years in the making, is aimed at producers, directors, casting agents, and curators, as well as community and social service agencies, schools and educational institutions, government, and media outlets. It aims to spark collaboration, networking, and employment in the arts.” There are fees for both people who want to be part of and people who want to search the database, but in neither case are they onerous.

New Bern Sun Journal: African American voices from New Bern’s past come alive in new Oral History Library. “Examples include Ben Watford, founding President of the James City Historical Society, discussing the James City Crockett-Miller Slave Quarters; a look at the history of St. Peter’s AME Zion Church; an episode about former slave George Henry White, an attorney and politician who served in the U.S. Congress from 1897 to 1901; a look at the history of New Bern’s Pleasant Hill community with Alderman Barbara Best and retired educators Mark Best and Nancy Allen; and a 2012 interview with Luke Martin, an accomplished brick mason who was the son of a former slave who served in the United States Colored Troops.”


The Guardian: General Mills latest to halt Twitter ads as Musk takeover sparks brand exodus. “The growing exodus of advertisers comes amid concerns [Elon] Musk will scale back misinformation and security protections on the platform. As civil rights groups call potential moderation issues into question, companies are considering whether staying on Twitter might tarnish their brands.”

Engadget: Twitter cancels Chirp developer conference two weeks before it was scheduled to begin. “In another sign of the upheaval happening internally at Twitter, the company has called off its Chirp developer conference just two weeks before it was scheduled to take place on November 16th. The company alerted developers and other attendees in a brief note that didn’t provide a reason for the cancellation.”


The Verge: Stack Overflow wants to make it easier to code in the Arctic or prison. “Stack Overflow is trying to make sure that its repository of programming knowledge, stored in the form of millions and millions of questions and answers, is available even to people without internet access. It’s announcing an initiative called Overflow Offline, where it’ll work with developers and a wide range of organizations that deal with things like the justice and prison systems, education, and scientific endeavors.”

Mashable: Google makes millions from greenwashing ads, report says. “The CCDH, focusing exclusively on U.S.-based users, found that major oil and gas companies including BP, Shell, and ExxonMobil have bought ads on Google searches in response to questions like ‘eco-friendly companies’, ‘net zero’ and ‘how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?’ These ads redirect to companies and their greenwashing content.”


Reuters: Vietnam to Require 24-Hour Take-Down for ‘False’ Social Media Content. “Vietnam’s information minister said on Friday authorities had tightened regulations to deal with ‘false’ content on social media platforms so that it must be taken down within 24 hours instead of 48 hours previously.”

Bloomberg: Twitter sued over Musk’s short-notice mass layoff plan. “Twitter Inc was sued over Elon Musk’s plan to eliminate about 3,700 jobs at the social media platform – half of its workforce – which workers say the company is doing without enough notice in violation of federal and California law. A class-action lawsuit was filed Thursday in San Francisco federal court.”

BBC: TikTok says staff in China can access UK and EU user data. “Chinese-owned video-sharing platform TikTok has told users that some of its workers in China have access to data of accounts in the UK and European Union. The social media giant said the ‘privacy policy’ was ‘based on a demonstrated need to do their job’.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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