Canadian Typography Archives, Library of Congress, Tech Legal Cases, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, September 14, 2023


Creative Boom: New digital archive provides invaluable insights into the evolution of Canadian type. “Canadian Typography Archives is a new digital resource for students, professionals and anyone else interested in Canada’s type history. Its website has just launched in Phase 1 and aims to create a space for learning, reference and appreciation of type.”


Library of Congress: Innovator in Residence Invites Public to Experience Chinatown Reconstruction. “Artist, educator and 2023 Library of Congress Innovator in Residence Jeffrey Yoo Warren is inviting the public to visit an immersive 3D reconstruction of historic Providence, Rhode Island’s Chinatown in 1914, recreated using archival photographs and records from the Library’s collection. The model is the first part of Yoo Warren’s project, Seeing Lost Enclaves: Relational Reconstructions of Erased Historic Neighborhoods of Color, which aims to unearth lost histories from across the United States.”


The Verge: How to follow The Verge’s new Tech Cases Bot. “… in partnership with the Free Law Project, The Verge is launching the Tech Cases Bot: a bot dedicated specifically to the kinds of cases that interest our audience. It’s a place for keeping up with Big Tech antitrust suits, criminal crypto charges, authors suing AI companies, challenges to online speech regulations, and more.” The bot is available via Twitter and Mastodon.

Engadget: Twitter spinoff Bluesky hits 1 million users. “Bluesky, one of the most notable alternatives to the platform formerly known as Twitter, has just hit a million users. That’s admittedly tiny compared to the number of users on major social networks, but it’s a big deal for a service that remains inaccessible to most people until today.” Still invite-only.


Government Technology: AI ‘Essay Mills’ Advertise on Social Media, Help Students Cheat. “Though their services are illegal in some countries, companies that combine generative AI and human labor to write essays that are undetectable by anti-cheating software are soliciting clients on TikTok and Meta.”

University of North Carolina: Committee guides use of generative AI. “A committee of faculty members and staff worked throughout the summer to develop guidance on the emerging technology known as generative artificial intelligence (AI). The result is a comprehensive list of resources on the Office of the Provost’s website, including training modules for instructors, with guidelines for use in University operations coming later this semester.”

New York Times: The Fine Art of Naming a Group Chat. “Mr. McLaughlin, 20, is part of so many group chats that each one has to have a name. There is a family chat (‘Wally World’), multiple friend chats (‘‘The’ group chat™’ and ‘The 4.5 horseman of the apocalypse’) and class chats (Clash, short for Clash of Clans, a game played during Critical Reading and Writing). ‘I would never have a group chat with no name and just numbers,’ he said. ‘How would you differentiate them?’ He added, ‘Leaving it blank would be like not naming a baby.'”


United States Courts: Judicial Conference Revises Policy to Expand Remote Audio Access Over Its Pre-COVID Policy. “The Judicial Conference of the United States on Tuesday approved a change to its broadcast policy that expands the public’s access to civil and bankruptcy proceedings over the Judiciary’s longstanding pre-COVID policy, which prohibited all remote public access to federal court proceedings. The revised policy, adopted at the Conference’s biennial meeting, will permit judges presiding over civil and bankruptcy cases to provide the public live audio access to non-trial proceedings that do not involve witness testimony.”

AFP: From chargers to children’s data: how the EU reined in big tech. “When Apple unveils its latest iPhone on Tuesday, the European Union will have left its mark on the US giant’s flagship product. Now the iPhone 15 is expected to have a USB-C charger, instead of Apple’s usual Lightning charger, after the EU ordered manufacturers to adopt a common connection. Brussels said this would make customers’ lives easier and reduce waste.”

MIT Technology Review: Google has a new tool to outsmart authoritarian internet censorship. “Jigsaw, a unit of Google that operates sort of like an internet freedom think tank and that creates related products, already offers a suite of anti-censorship tools including Outline, which provides free, open, and encrypted access to the internet through a VPN…. Now Jigsaw is releasing Outline’s code in the form of a software developer kit (SDK) so that other websites and applications can build censorship resistance directly into their products, the company exclusively told MIT Technology Review.”


Modern War Institute at West Point: Ukraine’s Fight On The Front Lines Of The Information Environment. “Of course, success in war is often a function not only of innovation, but also of a willingness to borrow tactics, techniques, and procedures that have worked well elsewhere, in other conflicts. … But this is not the only example that appears to have influenced the development of Ukrainian operations in the information environment. Unsurprisingly, these operations have also borrowed from Soviet and Russian concepts of information warfare.”

Scientific Data: A framework for FAIR robotic datasets . “The Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), proposed in this manuscript, describes how, using the established approach in Earth Sciences, the data characterising marine robotic missions can be formatted and shared following the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) principles. The manuscript is a step-by-step guide to render marine robotic telemetry FAIR and publishable. State-of-the-art protocols for metadata and data formatting are proposed, applied and integrated automatically using Jupyter Notebooks to maximise visibility and ease of use.” Good morning, Internet…

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