Chicago Black Social Culture Map, Lisa OS, Massachusetts Child Development, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, January 21, 2023


Chicago Sun-Times: Preserving the legacy of Chicago’s Black social culture. “In my high school senior memory book, several pluggers from early 1990s teen parties crowd a plastic sleeve. They are documents of warehouse parties from a time when the West Loop wasn’t the West Loop, and when the South Loop didn’t exist as a moniker. I save everything, which is great because the Chicago Black Social Culture Map (CBSCM) is collecting local artifacts like the ones I have stored in my parents’ basement.”

Ars Technica: Pioneering Apple Lisa goes “open source” thanks to Computer History Museum. “As part of the Apple Lisa’s 40th birthday celebrations, the Computer History Museum has released the source code for Lisa OS version 3.1 under an Apple Academic License Agreement. With Apple’s blessing, the Pascal source code is available for download from the CHM website after filling out a form.”

WWLP: New site breaks down Mass. early childhood systems. “The Rennie Center for Education and Research Policy and the Massachusetts Early Childhood Funder Collaborative unveiled Early Childhood 101, an interactive website that maps out all the various ways in which young kids and parents interact with programs and services like health care, housing support, employment assistance and more.”


Al-Jazeera: Crypto giant Genesis files for bankruptcy, after FTX collapse. “Genesis, one of the biggest cryptocurrency lenders, has filed for bankruptcy in the United States, becoming the latest casualty of the global crypto meltdown. Genesis Global Capital filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late on Thursday in New York, with a court filing estimating the lenders’ assets and liabilities to both be in the range of $1bn-$10bn.”

The Verge: Discord acquires Gas, the popular app for teens to compliment each other. “Gas has polls that ask users to vote for things like the most beautiful person they’ve met or the classmate that isn’t afraid to get in trouble. It has soared in popularity among high schoolers since launching in August. One of the co-creators of TBH, a very similar teenager app acquired and shut down by Facebook, created Gas, which has caught the attention of more than 1 million daily active users and 30,000 new users per hour in October.”


Vanity Fair: SBF, Bored Ape Yacht Club, and the Spectacular Hangover After the Art World’s NFT Gold Rush. “If Blockchain Twitter’s sleuthing bears out—and they really do seem to have the receipts—what we’d have is a major Yuga Labs investor inflating the value of Yuga Labs’ most valuable asset by bidding it up at auction. With Bankman-Fried now facing charges of fraud, money laundering, and campaign finance violations, his trove of Bored Apes remains in the FTX wallet. The old link to the NFT collection now goes to a claims agency.”

The Root: Docuseries Chronicling the Rise of Black Twitter Coming to Hulu. “According to Deadline, Insecure executive producer Prentice Penny is directing Black Twitter, a three-part docuseries for Hulu. Based on Jason Parham’s story for Wired, A People’s History of Black Twitter, the project follows ‘the rise, the movements, the voices and the memes that made Black Twitter an influential and dominant force in nearly every aspect of American political and cultural life.'”

CNBC: Google is delaying a portion of employee bonus checks. “Google executives are deferring a portion of employees’ year-end bonus checks, according to documents viewed by CNBC, as the company moves toward permanently pushing back payouts. In past years, employees received their full bonuses in January. However, Google will pay qualifying full-time employees 80% of their bonus checks this month and the remaining 20% in March or April, the documents say.”


The Guardian: Australia’s media regulator to get new powers to crack down online misinformation. “The media regulator will gain new powers to impose a compulsory code of conduct against misinformation on digital platforms, Michelle Rowland has announced. The communications minister revealed on Friday that the Australian Communications and Media Authority will also be given new information-gathering powers to assess how platforms, including social media companies, respond to misinformation and disinformation.”

University of Waterloo: OneButtonPIN increases security for blind and low-vision tech users. “Working closely with blind and low-vision (BLV) users, researchers at the University of Waterloo and the Rochester Institute of Technology have developed a new authentication method that could help BLV technology users more securely access their devices. The new method, OneButtonPIN, allows users to input PIN codes using a single large button and a series of haptic vibrations.”

FedScoop: NTIA launches probe into discriminatory data practices and civil rights. “[The National Telecommunications and Information Administration] will focus its inquiry on discriminatory data practices related to: online job discrimination based on demographic characteristics; apps that collect and sell location data about user movement, particularly dating and religious apps; and the heightened cost of data breaches on low-income communities.”


inews: Never mind Prince Harry, the Royal Family’s censorship of its archives is the real scandal. “Prince Harry’s very public divorce from the Royal Family does raise questions about how much the monarchy will be able to keep a lid on its secrets. But I suspect that the bigger historical pressure is just around the corner – the growing demand for full independence by the King’s Caribbean dominions, the new focus of historians on British culpability for colonialism, and the passionate demand for restitution and reparations by some Black Brits are likely to lead to a rise in requests for archival material that covers the House of Windsor’s personal involvement in Commonwealth history.” Good morning, Internet…

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