Radio Free Asia: Vietnam’s State Media Now Look to Social Media For Timely, Accurate News. “State-controlled media in Vietnam are looking more and more to private citizens’ postings on social media as sources of objective information and for leads to news stories, according to Central Propaganda Department chief Vo Van Thuong, speaking on June 20 at a press conference in Hanoi.”
FindMyPast is having a free access weekend for British and Irish records.
Moscow Times: Russia Blocks Google Temporarily in Tax Dispute. “Russia’s media watchdog blocked internet giant Google for several hours on Thursday in a bid to enforce a tax ruling made in 2016. Google.ru appeared on Russia’s register of banned sites for approximately three hours on Thursday afternoon, with a number of internet providers restricting users’ access.”
Canada Newswire: Canada’s History Archive launched in celebration of Canada Day 2017 (PRESS RELEASE). “For decades, The Beaver magazine offered a window on a world rarely seen by most Canadians — the Far North. Sharing stories of the fur-trade era to modern times, The Beaver was a rich national resource for researchers and history lovers alike. Now — in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary — The Beaver’s entire catalogue of back issues is being made available online — for free — via a new mobile-responsive Archive launching today.”
Unredacted: New Digital National Security Archive Set Publishes Thousands of Declassified Iraq War Docs. “The National Security Archive, working with our partners at ProQuest, is publishing a new compilation of documents on the Iraq war, one of the most consequential events in recent history—for the United States, Iraq, the Middle East, and the international community. The 2,141-page collection of primary source documents, Targeting Iraq, Part I: Planning, Invasion, and Occupation, 1997-2004, will illuminate the path to war and its many unanticipated consequences. Information in the collection will also be useful in examining an issue of continuing concern: the politicization of intelligence to serve political ends.”
Economic Times: India builds game-changing database to track human trafficking. “A charity in New Delhi is building India’s first online database of human trafficking cases in a bid to plug a massive information gap and help law enforcers clean up the epicentre of the modern slave trade. India is home to more slaves than any other in the world, yet a lack of crime data is hindering efforts to understand the organised networks that are buying, selling and exploiting women and children for personal profit.”
The Verge: Verizon Is Killing Tumblr’s Fight For Net Neutrality. “In 2014, Tumblr was on the front lines of the battle for net neutrality. The company stood alongside Amazon, Kickstarter, Etsy, Vimeo, Reddit, and Netflix during Battle for the Net’s day of action. Tumblr CEO David Karp was also part of a group of New York tech CEOs that met with then-FCC chairman Tom Wheeler in Brooklyn that summer, while the FCC was fielding public comment on new Title II rules. President Obama invited Karp to the White House to discuss various issues around public education, and in February 2015 The Wall Street Journal reported that it was the influence of Karp and a small group of liberal tech CEOs that swayed Obama toward a philosophy of internet as public utility. But three years later, as the battle for net neutrality heats up once again, Tumblr has been uncharacteristically silent.”