Kentucky Historical Records, New York City Apartments, Google Chrome, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 19, 2023


WEKU: UK, other partners put Lexington historical records online. “With a few clicks, people can now access Lexington history from the 1780s to the 1870s. University of Kentucky students have digitized nearly 80-thousand deeds and other records and posted it on the Fayette County Clerk’s website.”

AM NY: City launches revamp of website that provides details about tens of thousands of apartments. “The city on Friday officially launched a revamp of its website that provides New Yorkers with information on apartments across the Big Apple in a bid to make crucial details about their homes more accessible. The city Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development’s (HPD) relaunched website — known as HPD Online — offers a bevy of information to tenants and building owners alike about tens of thousands of apartments in the five boroughs, according to the agency.”


The Register: What’s really going on with Chrome’s June crackdown on extensions – and why your ad blocker may or may not work . “Web advert blockers and other Chrome extensions will stop working by June 2024 unless they’ve been revamped to keep up with Google’s changes to its ubiquitous browser. And even then, if those content-filtering extensions have been updated to meet Google’s latest specifications and requirements, the add-ons may not work as well or as comprehensively as they did previously.”

The Verge: Discord is shutting down its AI chatbot Clyde. “Discord is shutting down Clyde, its experimental AI chatbot. In a support note, Discord says the chatbot will be ‘deactivated’ at the end of the month, and that by December 1st ‘users will no longer be able to invoke Clyde in DMs, Group DMs or server chats.'”


CNN: Disney and Lionsgate halt advertising on X. “Disney said it has suspended advertising on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. The decision by one of the world’s most prominent film and television companies suggests an intensifying advertiser backlash to X after the social media platform’s owner, Elon Musk, embraced an antisemitic conspiracy theory popular among White supremacists.”

KUTV: Utah Historical Society pushes ‘The Peoples of Utah Revisited’ to celebrate growing diversity . “The book ‘The Peoples of Utah’ was published nearly 50 years ago by the Utah Historical Society. It explores stories of the lives of people from various cultures who came and settled in our state. Now, there’s a new project underway to build on the research conducted back then and inspire the next generation. It’s called ‘The Peoples of Utah Revisited.’ Each of the 14 chapters are devoted to specific ethnic communities that migrated to Utah.”


The Guardian: Elon Musk to file ‘thermonuclear lawsuit’ as advertisers desert X. “Elon Musk has said he will be filing a ‘thermonuclear lawsuit’ against Media Matters and others, after major US companies paused their adverts on his social media site over concerns about antisemitism.”

New Voice of Ukraine: Nearly 4,000 cyber attacks against Ukraine recorded over 20 months, says US Treasury. “Nearly 4,000 cyber attacks against Ukraine occurred between January 2022 and September 2023, according to Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions at the U.S. Treasury Department, Graham Steele, on Nov. 17.”


Mail & Guardian, South Africa: Using art and traditional storytelling as tools to combat the infection that is fake news in Africa. “Perhaps going back to the traditional way of storytelling — first about threats and opportunities of technology or the digital world — can influence mindsets, attitudes, perspectives, behaviour and understating. Especially to kill the bias that often comes with being stuck in the fixed mindset.”

New York Times: How Bad Is Antisemitism Online? It’s Increasingly Hard to Know.. “As the Israel-Hamas war flooded social media with violent content, false information and a seemingly limitless swell of opinions, lawmakers and users have accused platforms like TikTok and Facebook of promoting biased posts…. Where the truth lies, however, is hard to glean, according to academic researchers and advocacy groups.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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