Associated Press: COVID-19′s global death toll tops 5 million in under 2 years

Associated Press: COVID-19′s global death toll tops 5 million in under 2 years. “The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 5 million on Monday, less than two years into a crisis that has not only devastated poor countries but also humbled wealthy ones with first-rate health care systems. Together, the United States, the European Union, Britain and Brazil — all upper-middle- or high-income countries — account for one-eighth of the world’s population but nearly half of all reported deaths. The U.S. alone has recorded over 745,000 lives lost, more than any other nation.”

CNET: Microsoft Teams is getting avatars, launching in VR and AR next year

CNET: Microsoft Teams is getting avatars, launching in VR and AR next year. “There really isn’t a ‘Zoom for VR’ yet, despite many companies aiming for it. The mainstream work tools most people use haven’t made the leap. Facebook, which is trying to push its entire company into the metaverse, doesn’t have one yet. Meanwhile, Microsoft is finally pushing Teams into a VR/AR-bridged tool that’s arriving, in beta form, in the first half of 2022.”

CNN: New York state health care workers will no longer have religious exemption to Covid-19 vaccine mandate, court rules

CNN: New York state health care workers will no longer have religious exemption to Covid-19 vaccine mandate, court rules. “New York State health care workers will no longer have a religious exemption to the state’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate after a federal appeals court vacated a temporary injunction Friday. The three-judge panel in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit also sent the two court cases back to the lower courts to continue.”

Europeana Pro: Engaging students with audiovisual heritage through Subtitle-a-thons

Europeana Pro: Engaging students with audiovisual heritage through Subtitle-a-thons. “A Subtitle-a-thon is a crowdsourcing initiative which invites the public to create and add subtitles to archival audiovisual clips from European heritage collections available on the Europeana website. We share how this tool can be used by educators to help students engage with and explore audiovisual heritage.”

CU Boulder Today: How Black Twitter has become the new ‘Green Book’—and more

CU Boulder Today: How Black Twitter has become the new ‘Green Book’—and more. “In 1936 in Harlem, New York, a Black postal worker named Victor Green bound together a green, 15-page booklet listing New York City businesses that were welcoming to African Americans. In the coming decades, The Negro Motorist Green Book, a.k.a. The Green Book, expanded to include everything from hotels and restaurants to state parks and barbershops, with editions as far away as Bermuda and Mexico providing guidance on how to resist discrimination and threats of violence. Green discontinued the guide in 1966, after the passage of the Civil Rights Act presumably rendered its content obsolete. But more than a half-century later, a modern-day version is flourishing in the online community of Black Twitter, suggests new CU Boulder research.”

Slate: We Are Everywhere

Slate: We Are Everywhere. “Mapping the Gay Guides is an online exhibition that shows the growth of queer spaces for “community, pleasure, and politics” from 1965 to 1980 in all 50 states as well as Washington, DC. Built using data from the Bob Damron Address Books, a collection of travel guides that offered detailed information on spaces welcoming to queer people, MGG’s centerpiece is a map that places these bars, bathouses, restaurants, and churches as close to their original locations as possible.” This project launched in early 2020 but I only found out about it recently thanks to a Cal State Fullerton announcement of a grant related to the project.

Brookings Institution: The gendered disinformation playbook in Germany is a warning for Europe

Brookings Institution: The gendered disinformation playbook in Germany is a warning for Europe. “Gendered disinformation attacks online are a well-known tactic that illiberal actors around the world—including Russia, Hungary and Brazil—have developed to undermine their opponents. By building on sexist narratives these actors intimidate women in order to eliminate critics, consolidate power, and undermine democratic processes. Such disinformation tactics are being imported to the West and are increasingly being adopted by both foreign actors and the far right in Europe.”

InPublishing: Railway Modeller magazine completes digital archive back to 1949

InPublishing: Railway Modeller magazine completes digital archive back to 1949. “Published monthly by Peco Publications, Railway Modeller is a guide to creating railscapes of every era of train, from steam to electric, and caters for modellers of all abilities, says Exact Editions. Each issue features the best from the hobby for those modelling Britain’s railways in all the popular scales and offers a blend of articles by experts and beginners alike, including a special section for newcomers wanting to learn all about the hobby and model making in general.”

PR Newswire: Lost Women of Science Launches Podcast Series to Promote the Remarkable Women of Science You’ve Never Heard Of (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Lost Women of Science Launches Podcast Series to Promote the Remarkable Women of Science You’ve Never Heard Of (PRESS RELEASE). “Journalist and author Katie Hafner, and bioethicist Amy Scharf, today announced the launch of the Lost Women of Science podcast series on November 4th, in partnership with public media organization PRX and the award-winning Scientific American magazine. The first season will include four in-depth episodes centered on Dr. Dorothy Andersen (1901-1963), a pediatric pathologist who identified and named cystic fibrosis in 1938. It will be available free on-demand across all major podcast listening platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Amazon Music.”

The Verge: The Next Privacy Crisis

The Verge: The Next Privacy Crisis. “Writer and researcher Erica Neely says that laws and social norms aren’t prepared for how AR could affect physical space. “I think we’re kind of frantically running behind the technology,” she tells The Verge. In 2019, Neely wrote about the issues that Pokémon Go had exposed around augmented locations. Those issues mostly haven’t been settled, she says. And dedicated AR hardware will only intensify them. Smartphone cameras — along with digital touchup apps like FaceTune and sophisticated image searches like Snap Scan and Google Lens — have already complicated our relationships with the offline world. But AR glasses could add an ease and ubiquity that our phones can’t manage.”

Ubergizmo: Japanese Police Use Targeted YouTube Ads To Warn Would-Be Voyeurs

Ubergizmo: Japanese Police Use Targeted YouTube Ads To Warn Would-Be Voyeurs. “According to the local police, it seems that illegal voyeur recordings have been a growing problem and arrests are up 25% from last year. In a bid to deter would-be voyeurs, the police have taken out targeted ads on YouTube to warn that voyeurism is a crime. So since these are targeted ads, it appears that the police are targeting users who are male and over the age of 18 and who might have search terms like ‘peeping’ and ‘small camera’ in their histories, which might suggest that they are interested in either watching these voyeuristic videos or looking to take part in them.”