British Library Endangered Archives, Internet Archive, Canva, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, March 25, 2023


British Library Endangered Archives blog: New online – March 2023. “This month we would like to highlight five new collections that have recently been made available online. They have come from South Africa, India, Nepal and from Georgia.”


Reuters: Internet Archive’s digital book lending violates copyrights, US judge rules. “A U.S. judge has ruled that an online library operated by the nonprofit organization Internet Archive infringed the copyrights of four major U.S. publishers by lending out digitally scanned copies of their books.”

TechCrunch: Canva unveils a series of new features, including several AI-powered tools. “The company is launching Assistant, which lets users search for design elements and provides quick access to features. The tool can also give you recommendations on graphics and styles that match your existing design. Assistant provides quick access to AI-powered design tools like Magic Write, which is the platform’s AI-powered copywriting assistant that it launched in December.”


How-To Geek: The Best AI Image Generators You Can Use Right Now. “AI image generators like DALL-E 2 and Midjourney have suddenly burst into mainstream consciousness. More of these tools seem to be popping up all the time, but they aren’t always available to the public. Here are the ones you can use right now—today.”

Hongkiat: How to Make QR Codes in Google Sheets. “In this post, I’ll show you two simple ways to create a QR code using Google Sheets. One method involves using a Google Sheet formula and the other can be done through a Google Sheet add-on.”

Larry Ferlazzo: This Week’s Free & Useful Artificial Intelligence Tools For The Classroom. “At least, for now, I’m going to make this a weekly feature which will highlight additions to THE BEST NEW – & FREE – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TOOLS THAT COULD BE USED IN THE CLASSROOM.”


Washington Post: The internet rediscovered Blockbuster’s website. Press play on nostalgia.. “The movie rental franchise, which first opened in 1985 and at its peak had more than 9,000 stores worldwide, has all but disappeared after it filed for bankruptcy in 2010. (A lone Blockbuster-branded store remains in Bend, Ore.) But nostalgia for it was triggered this week when some internet users realized its website,, had been revived with the words: ‘We are working on rewinding your movie.'”


Bleeping Computer: UK creates fake DDoS-for-hire sites to identify cybercriminals. “The U.K.’s National Crime Agency (NCA) revealed today that they created multiple fake DDoS-for-hire service websites to identify cybercriminals who utilize these platforms to attack organizations.”

Engadget: OpenAI says a bug leaked sensitive ChatGPT user data. “In Tuesday’s incident, users posted screenshots on Reddit that their ChatGPT sidebars featured previous chat histories from other users. Only the title of the conversation, not the text itself, were visible. OpenAI, in response, took the bot offline for nearly 10 hours to investigate. The results of that investigation revealed a deeper security issue: the chat history bug may have also potentially revealed personal data from 1.2 percent of ChatGPT Plus subscribers.”


University of East Anglia: More Support Needed For Children With Disabilities Using The Internet. “For children with disabilities, being online and part of a well-connected community can have huge benefits. However, children with disabilities will encounter more online risks, and these can escalate more quickly than for their peers. The research shows that extra support from professionals such as teachers, youth workers and speech and language therapists does not always happen when they are learning, playing, and socialising on the Internet.”

NewsWise: Hard-Right Social Media Activities Lead to Civil Unrest: Study. “Does activity on hard-right social media lead to civil unrest? With the emergence and persistent popularity of hard-right social media platforms such as Gab, Parler, and Truth Social, it is important to understand the impact they are having on society and politics.”

NextGov: AI and Twitter Could Help Predict Opioid Deaths. “A unique approach using artificial intelligence and social media posts could predict opioid mortality rates, researchers report. The findings revealed that a sophisticated AI algorithm was able to predict opioid death rates—going back from previous years 2011 to 2017—much more accurately than using traditional information researchers and clinicians often use, such as prior rates in communities and socio-economic measures.” Unfortunately accessing Twitter for research purposes is about to get really expensive. Good morning, Internet…

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