International Mission Board, Vermont State University, Parler, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, April 14, 2023


Adam Matthew Digital: New digital archive expands awareness of Baptist society’s mission. “With some material pre-dating the Virginia-based society’s creation in 1845, the [International Mission Board]’s extensive archives reveal the lives and missions of Southern Baptist missionaries across the globe. The experiences of figures including Lottie Moon are told through periodicals and journals, biographies, log books, photographs and more, while John Day, the IMB’s first black missionary, features heavily in the African-American Heritage Collection.”


VT Digger: Vermont State University president Parwinder Grewal resigns as system pauses library changes. “Vermont State University president Parwinder Grewal has resigned after less than a year in the position and less than three months before the university is set to officially launch. Controversial changes to libraries and sports programs will also be paused at the direction of the Vermont State Colleges board of trustees, officials said in a press release Friday.”

Reuters: Parler to shut down temporarily after Starboard buys social media platform. “Parler, a social media app popular with U.S. conservatives, was sold to digital media conglomerate Starboard for an undisclosed sum and will be shut down temporarily to give its new owner time to roll out a revamped version of the platform.”

ChinaFile: Updates to Our Database of Arrests Related to the Hong Kong National Security Law. “We updated our suite of graphics tracking the impact of Hong Kong’s National Security Law. It now includes information on the 248 individuals arrested between July 2020, when the law went into effect, and March 31, 2023. Information on these individuals’ cases, compiled by our partners at the Georgetown Center for Asian Law, includes grounds for arrest, and, where applicable, resulting charges and convictions.”


Wired: Meet the ‘Anti-Woke’ Job Board for Christian Nationalists . “Standing next to the eldest son of the recently indicted former president in the RedBalloon advertisement is the company’s unfortunately named founder, Andrew Crapuchettes. RedBalloon’s origin story goes back to 2021, when Crapuchettes claims he was fired from his role as CEO at his former company, EMSI, for being ‘too conservative and Christian.'”

The Verge: How two insurgents are taking on Twitter. “Today I want to look at two different ways that insurgents are attempting to take on Twitter and what they tell us about where Twitter may be vulnerable. It’s a deeper-than-usual dive into how social products get built — but if you’re the sort of person who wonders, as I do, when we can all be done with Twitter for good, you have to first ask yourself what kind of product could actually succeed in making Twitter irrelevant.”

New York Times: They’re Over Being Real. “When Night Noroña, 17, a high school student in Redding, Calif., downloaded the app in August, he liked seeing that his friends’ lives were less glamorous than the highlight reels they posted to Instagram suggested, he said. But after a few months, he tired of scrolling through nearly identical pictures of their laptop screens and deleted the app. Most of his friends no longer use it either, he said.”


Bleeping Computer: Google Chrome emergency update fixes first zero-day of 2023. “Google has released an emergency Chrome security update to address the first zero-day vulnerability exploited in attacks since the start of the year.”

Bloomberg: Google’s Monopoly Delayed Innovations Like ChatGPT, DOJ Says. “ChatGPT and other technology innovations may have been released years ago if Google hadn’t monopolized the search market, the Justice Department told a federal court Thursday.”

Ars Technica: House Republican tries to protect Musk and Twitter from FTC investigation. “A Republican lawmaker who chairs a key House committee subpoenaed Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan today in an attempt to rein in the agency’s ongoing investigation into Twitter.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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