Brandeis University: Digitized Audio Recording Reveals Kurt Vonnegut Broadcast on Abbie Hoffman. “The Archives last year received a series of audio recordings created by producer Stuart Hutchison on the subject of Abbie Hoffman…. These recordings are now being digitized, preserved, and described as they make their way toward availability for research. One set of recordings is of a production called ‘Dear Abbie,’ created and broadcast in 1989 after Hoffman’s death. One excerpt from this production features American writer Kurt Vonnegut on writing, honesty, humor and opposing the Vietnam War.”
Thanks to Esther S. for pointing this one out, from Ben Collins: Google Sheets Formula Clock. “It’s a working analog clock built with a single Google Sheets formula. That’s right, just a single formula. No Apps Script code. No widgets. No hidden add-ons. Just a plain ol’ formula in Google Sheets!”
MIT Technology Review: A new tool uses AI to spot text written by AI. “AI algorithms can generate text convincing enough to fool the average human—potentially providing a way to mass-produce fake news, bogus reviews, and phony social accounts. Thankfully, AI can now be used to identify fake text, too.”
Georgia State University: Grant Will Fund Terror Research on ISIS Propaganda. “The Department of Defense is funding a new grant to expand research on the inner workings of Jihadi Terrorist groups and analyze their encrypted propaganda. The original project, Documenting the Virtual Caliphate (DVC), collected and archived thousands of pieces of ISIS propaganda, images, memes, and breaking news. Dr. Mia Bloom, Professor of Communication at Georgia State University, will head up the new study entitled: The Jihadi Archive-A Database of Terrorist Tactics and Techniques.”
CNET: Lollapalooza 2019: YouTube lets you watch without heading to Chicago. “If you can’t make it out to Chicago’s Grant Park for Lollapalooza this year, there’s still a way to watch the four-day music festival. YouTube will be streaming Lollapalooza 2019, the company said Wednesday.”
HoldTheFrontPage: University devises new tool to help journalists searching Hansard. “The University of Huddersfield has come up with the new ‘Hansard at Huddersfield’ website for those looking through transcripts of parliamentary debates. Hansard itself provides the means to search its records by date, sitting, debate and members who spoke – but does not help users to find out how often, or when, a particular topic has been debated across a period of time.”
Marketplace: To get broadband to every American, you need to know the rules in all 50 states. “Over 30% of Americans don’t have access to broadband internet — defined as 25 megabits per second or higher — according to research released Tuesday by The NPD Group. The Pew Charitable Trusts wants to figure out why. The organization’s Broadband Research Initiative is launching a new tool Wednesday that lets anyone browse through broadband policies and funding in any state in the U.S.”
MIT Technology Review: Machine vision can spot unknown links between classic artworks. “One job of the art historian is to tease apart this web, to study the human poses used by different artists and glimpse the forces that influenced them. Today, that gets easier thanks to the work of Tomas Jenicek and Ondrej Chum at the Czech Technical University in Prague. These guys have used a machine vision system to analyze the poses of human subjects in fine art paintings throughout history. They then search for other paintings that contain people in the same poses.”
UNAIDS: Mapping HIV laws and policies. “A new website that enables people to identify national laws and policies related to the AIDS response has been launched by UNAIDS. Covering areas as diverse as a country’s ability to diagnose HIV among young babies, the existence of laws that discriminate against transgender people and whether people are prosecuted for carrying condoms, the Laws and Policies Analytics website aims to give a full overview of a country’s laws and policies related to the HIV response. It also allows to view policy data jointly with other data on the HIV epidemic and response.”
TechCrunch: Bellingcat journalists targeted by failed phishing attempt. “News emerged that a small number of ProtonMail email accounts were targeted this week — several of which belonged to Bellingcat’s researchers who work on projects related to activities by the Russian government. A phishing email purportedly from ProtonMail itself asked users to change their email account passwords or generate new encryption keys through a similarly-named domain set up by the attackers. Records show the fake site was registered anonymously, according to an analysis by security researchers.”
BBC: YouTube ‘King of Random’ dies in paragliding accident. “YouTuber Grant Thompson, star of the ‘King of Random’ channel, has died in a paragliding accident. The 38 year old, whose channel had 11 million subscribers with billions of views, failed to return from a trip in Utah on Monday. Thompson had a GPS device which helped locate his body the next day.”
Journalism .co .uk: Ten sources of free images for journalists. “For your next article, consider one of these ten handy websites for accessing free images. Do note that some websites have paid-for options too, while others are free but come with different licence agreements, so always make sure you check the terms and conditions before going into download mode.” A few here I had never heard of..
News Central: Bangladeshis Use Social Media to Tackle a Dengue Outbreak. “As government resources are seemingly overwhelmed by the severity of this recent spike in dengue cases, people are turning to social media to voice their complaints, share information about the spread of the virus, and to spread awareness about how people can protect themselves.”
Babalu Blog: Cuba’s Bohemia magazine archive now available online. “The site allows you to search for specific issues by date of publication, but not by subject. This digital archive contains a treasure trove of information about Cuba B.C. (1910-1958) as well as about Castrogonia (1959-2013).” There are a few cover images with this blog post and they’re gorgeous.
Mirage News: A new way to experience traditional music of Afghanistan. “When Mathieu Clavel set out to create an immersive virtual experience of a cultural heritage archive as part of his project for a digital humanities master’s course, he decided to go beyond the traditional project framework to propose his own concept, inspired by a long-standing passion for traditional music of Afghanistan and the Middle East.”