Ars Technica: How Google influences the conversation in Washington

Ars Technica: How Google influences the conversation in Washington. “A few days after last year’s midterm election, a Google policy manager and lobbyist sent an email to a congressional staffer with a link to a blog post on the right-wing news site Red State, written under the name The Real DC. In the post, the author accuses Google’s competitor Yelp of prodding President Trump to tweet a ‘professionally designed’ video about Google’s alleged bias, which The Real DC calls ‘fake news’ because it ‘bears many similarities’ to content produced by Yelp.”

Mashable: The trans meme community on Reddit is about so much more than jokes

Mashable: The trans meme community on Reddit is about so much more than jokes. “There’s r/asktransgender, dedicated to people’s questions about the community, r/transgender, a subreddit for trans news, and r/transtimelines, where people can document their transitions. These are large and vibrant groups, with followers in the tens of thousands. But for some folks who are just coming out as trans, memes and GIFs — not traditional, location-based support groups or advice-based subreddits — are where they first find community.”

The Atlantic: Social Media Are a Mass Shooter’s Best Friend

The Atlantic: Social Media Are a Mass Shooter’s Best Friend. “A terrorist attack in New Zealand cast new blame on how technology platforms police content. But global internet services were designed to work this way, and there might be no escape from their grip.”

New York Times: The Lewis and Clark of the Digital Building Frontier

New York Times: The Lewis and Clark of the Digital Building Frontier. “On a bone-chilling day here with the winter rains pelting down, the architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello retreated to their cozy 3-D printed cabin in the backyard…. It was just another weekend for the couple, 3-D printing pioneers who have developed novel techniques for sustainable building, often using low-cost waste materials like mud, dirt, nutshells, coffee grounds, and other discards that are ‘essentially free,’ Ms. San Fratello said.”

Poynter: Africa Check has a new director. Here’s his vision for fact-checking on the continent.

Poynter: Africa Check has a new director. Here’s his vision for fact-checking on the continent.. “The promotion to director wasn’t a big shock for Noko Makgato of Africa Check. ‘It’s a strange situation where you have been at the front of a lot of stuff and you’re just trying to reason in terms of title and a few other new responsibilities,’ he said. ‘I feel like I’ve been at it for some time.’ That’s saying something considering Africa Check, the first fact-checking project on the African continent, has only been around for seven years.”

RTE: Rare medieval manuscripts answer prayers of researchers into history of Irish saints

RTE: Rare medieval manuscripts answer prayers of researchers into history of Irish saints . “Research into ‘forgotten’ medieval chants and prayers is shedding new light on the history of the cult of Irish saints, including St Patrick. Trinity College Dublin’s Amra project is aiming to digitise and make freely available over 300 manuscripts containing liturgical material associated with some 40 Irish saints.”

The Verge: How Facebook helps people with HIV shed the stigma and shame

The Verge: How Facebook helps people with HIV shed the stigma and shame. “Just before Brian Sheldon turned 50, he came out as a gay man. He lived in the suburbs of Brisbane, on Australia’s east coast, with his wife of 25 years. He had two adult kids. When he and his wife separated, he had no gay friends. And the first time he had a sexual experience with another man, Brian Sheldon contracted HIV.”