Revolutionary War-Era Books, Twitter, Blockchain, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 9, 2023


Princeton University Library: Sidney Lapidus ’59 gift to Princeton University Library opens digital access to collection of rare Revolution-era books and publications. “The collection includes more than 2,700 original books, atlases, pamphlets, newspapers, and magazines relating to human and political rights, liberty, and independence around the time of the American Revolution. Lapidus also made a financial gift that enabled the PUL team to digitize the collection, making it keyword-searchable and openly available to the world.”


New York Times: Five Takeaways From the House G.O.P. Hearing With Former Twitter Executives . “House Republicans on Wednesday summoned former Twitter executives to answer to accusations that the social media platform has tried to silence voices on the right, but the hourslong hearing yielded new revelations about how the company failed to limit hateful speech or material that could incite violence, sometimes altering its own rules to avoid doing so.”


WIRED: The WIRED Guide to the Blockchain. “Even before the FTX scandal, the crypto industry was hit by a crisis of confidence, with crashing values sparking layoffs at industry leaders like Coinbase. Some may argue that this is the death throes of an idea that never really found its feet, but it may just be growing pains before cryptocurrencies and the distributed ledger that powers them settle down and find some real purpose.” The backgrounder and explainer I was missing.


Bloomberg: TikTok Reveals Russian Disinformation Network Targeting European Users. “TikTok Inc. identified a Russian disinformation network spreading war propaganda about Ukraine to more than a hundred thousand European users over the summer, the company disclosed on Thursday.”

The Pitt News: ‘Meeting through eating’: New student-launched web app builds connections through food. “Potluck is now rebranding to Greatings, and the organization is launching a new website in March. Founded by students Avi Moses, Joe Slomowitz and Oliver Yao last year, users can join or create groups on the platform to meet up in person at a local eatery or brewery and socialize with new people.”


Politico: Elon Musk’s Twitter fails first EU disinformation test. “Tech firms were asked to provide hundreds of detailed numbers and data on how they tackle falsehoods and foreign interference on their platforms. But Elon Musk’s social network Twitter was the only tech company that provided an incomplete report, short of data and with no information on what its plan to cooperate with fact-checkers is, according to the European Commission.”

Stuff New Zealand: Massive government database had rules breached more than 100 times. “Rules regulating the use of a sprawling Government database containing personal information of about nearly every New Zealand resident have been breached more than 100 times, new data shows. Many of the breaches were minor, and Stats NZ – the agency responsible for the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) – said no individual’s privacy had been breached.”

Daily Beast: Thieves Have a New Target for Big Paydays: Political Groups. “It’s a mysterious crime wave that has cost its victims more than a million dollars. But unlike usual heists, this one is hitting political groups, with fraudsters in recent months targeting corporate PACs, national trade association committees, and campaigns. While there are no confirmed links yet between the incidents, federal filings indicate a surge in reported activity in 2022, as criminals have exploited vulnerabilities unique to political committees. And among a few targets, some patterns seem clear.”


ABS-CBN News: DENR, PhilSA to create database of natural resources. ” The environment department and the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) are teaming up to create a database of natural resources. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and PhilSA on Monday signed a memorandum of agreement to use satellite imagery in the creation of the national environment and natural resources geospatial database.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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