Presbyterian Historical Society, RSS Algo, WordPress, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 28, 2023


Presbyterian Historical Society: 60 Years Since ’63: Newly Digitized March on Washington Records. “Sixty years ago this month, over 200,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C., in front of the Lincoln Memorial, the endpoint of a massive protest march organized to draw attention to the Civil Rights Movement…. The Presbyterian Historical Society recently published a set of documents detailing the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.’s (UPCUSA) involvement in this historic march.”

Spotted on Mastodon: RSS Algo. From the home page: “An open source client-side algorithmically-driven RSS reader, living with your data on your device.” Also has a GitHub page.


WordPress: The Future of WordPress & What’s Next for Gutenberg. “Nearly 2,000 attendees gathered for two days of keynotes, sessions, and community-building conversations at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in the largest attended WordCamp US ever. Saturday’s sessions concluded with back-to-back keynotes by WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg and Executive Director Josepha Haden Chomphosy.”


Africanews: Gabon imposes curfew and cuts internet access as voting wraps up. “Gabon’s government announced a nationwide curfew and cut off internet access Saturday evening as voting in major national elections was wrapping up. The Central African nation’s communications minister, Rodrigue Mboumba Bissawou, said on state television that there would a nightly curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. He said internet access was being restricted indefinitely, saying there had been calls for violence and the spreading of disinformation.”

CBR: Comics Twitter Has Created A Fandom That Doesn’t Understand Comics . “Twitter, or X as it’s now called, has become the most important advertising tool for the comic industry. Companies like DC Comics and Image use the site to get the news about new books out. A whole ecosystem of fan accounts and podcasts has sprung up around Twitter, where indie creators peddle their wares, and fans and creators interact like never before. However, Comics Twitter is often a cesspool of toxicity and bad takes. In fact, the very nature of Comic Twitter has often been its downfall, and the fans Comic Twitter created have run into some huge problems.”

PC Gamer: Elon Musk appearance at Valorant Champions tournament met with boos, crowd chanting ‘Bring back Twitter’. “Billionaire Elon Musk was booed by the crowd when his attendance on the final day of the Valorant Champions 2023 tournament was highlighted in the broadcast. In a clip of the stream shared by Jake Lucky, Musk’s attendance in the stadium was revealed, only to be met with raucous boos from the crowd.”


ABC News (Australia): Privacy watchdog ‘monitoring’ telemarketer after financial information posted to dark web in data breach. “Two charities have said that banking details of their supporters were stolen and leaked on the dark web in a major cyber hack affecting more than 50,000 Australians. The privacy watchdog is not yet investigating the hack involving over a dozen charities, despite multiple organisations alleging the company breached privacy laws by retaining historical data.”

BBC: Lapsus$: Court finds teenagers carried out hacking spree. “A court has found an 18-year-old from Oxford was a part of an international cyber-crime gang responsible for a hacking spree against major tech firms. Arion Kurtaj was a key member of the Lapsus$ group which hacked the likes of Uber, Nvidia and Rockstar Games. A court heard Kurtaj leaked clips of the unreleased Grand Theft Auto 6 game while on bail in a Travelodge hotel.”


New York Times: A.I. Brings the Robot Wingman to Aerial Combat. “An Air Force program shows how the Pentagon is starting to embrace the potential of a rapidly emerging technology, with far-reaching implications for war-fighting tactics, military culture and the defense industry.”

Harvard Kennedy School: Who knowingly shares false political information online?. “Some people share misinformation accidentally, but others do so knowingly. To fully understand the spread of misinformation online, it is important to analyze those who purposely share it. Using a 2022 U.S. survey, we found that 14 percent of respondents reported knowingly sharing misinformation, and that these respondents were more likely to also report support for political violence, a desire to run for office, and warm feelings toward extremists. These respondents were also more likely to have elevated levels of a psychological need for chaos, dark tetrad traits, and paranoia. Our findings illuminate one vector through which misinformation is spread.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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