BBC: The online data that’s being deleted

BBC: The online data that’s being deleted. “Thanks to the permanence of stone tablets, ancient books and messages carved into the very walls of buildings by our ancestors, there’s a bias in our culture towards assuming that the written word is by definition enduring. We quote remarks made centuries ago often because someone wrote them down – and kept the copies safe. But in digital form, the written word is little more than a projection of light onto a screen. As soon as the light goes out, it might not come back.”

The Verge: How to watch E3 2021

The Verge: How to watch E3 2021. “After being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, E3 is back for 2021 in an all-digital format, kicking off on June 12th. And with Microsoft and Nintendo finally having announced the dates and times for their big showcase presentations, the event schedule is starting to fall into place. If you want to attend the virtual event as a fan, you can now register to attend on E3’s website so that you can get access to the E3 portal and app. But if you want to follow along with the press conferences and announcements, we’ve put together a timeline of some of the biggest events to look forward to.”

CNET: Scientists warn air pollution is climbing back to pre-COVID levels

CNET: Scientists warn air pollution is climbing back to pre-COVID levels. “With lockdowns easing comes an unfortunate but expected rise in air pollution. The European Space Agency said Monday that nitrogen dioxide levels have returned to pre-COVID levels in China. According to the EPA, nitrogen dioxide is mainly traced to the burning of fuel and emissions from vehicles and power plants. The gas is connected to lung irritation, acid rain and hazy air quality.”

PC World: How to create strong, secure passwords by learning how to crack them

PC World: How to create strong, secure passwords by learning how to crack them. “Create stronger, more secure passwords: We are nagged to do it all the time, but few of us actually make the effort. Meanwhile, passwords continue to be stolen, leaked, and cracked on a regular basis. So this time we’re hoping to get your attention by looking at it from the attacker’s side! We’ll show you how passwords are cracked and even how to do it yourself, so you can see exactly why a strong password matters.” If you just want some hints on good strong passwords, skip this article. If you want a deep, informative dive on passwords and security– enjoy.

EXPLAINER: Why is Facebook banning Myanmar military pages? (AP)

AP: EXPLAINER: Why is Facebook banning Myanmar military pages?. “Facebook announced Thursday that it is removing all remaining Myanmar military and military-controlled pages from its site and from Instagram, which it also owns. It said it will also block advertising from military-linked businesses. The decision follows a Feb. 1 coup in which the military removed elected leaders from power and jailed others.”

Moscow Times: Putin Tightens Fines for Protesters, ‘Biased’ Social Media Giants

Moscow Times: Putin Tightens Fines for Protesters, ‘Biased’ Social Media Giants. “Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a handful of new laws Wednesday that impose heavy fines on protesters and ‘foreign agents,’ as well as on social media giants accused of ‘discriminating’ against Russian media. Observers have described legislators’ recent activity as part of the Kremlin’s efforts to tighten restrictions on dissent ahead of this fall’s parliamentary elections, which will take place amid simmering public anger over falling incomes.”

Mashable: How to learn calligraphy online

Mashable: How to learn calligraphy online . “Calligraphy may make you think of parchment scrolls and feather quills, but it’s also a popular modern art and crafts activity that millions of people around the world study and practice. This visual art can be a very rewarding hobby, offering a relaxing, almost meditative creative exercise. A few hours practice a week should give you some decent basic calligraphy skills within a matter of months. (Some talented calligraphers even turn their hobby into a profitable sideline by designing invitations, posters, flyers, and the like.)”

Boston Globe launches ‘Fresh Start’ initiative: People can apply to have archive stories about them reviewed (Boston Globe)

Boston Globe: Boston Globe launches ‘Fresh Start’ initiative: People can apply to have archive stories about them reviewed. “The Boston Globe announced a new program that will allow people to ask the newspaper to update or anonymize past coverage of them online. The ‘Fresh Start’ initiative is part of a broader effort to rethink the Globe’s criminal justice coverage and how it affects communities of color, amid a national reckoning over racial inequity. Similar to ‘right to forget’ programs that have cropped up in a number of newsrooms across the country, the undertaking is meant to address the lasting impact that stories about past embarrassments, mistakes, or minor crimes, forever online and searchable, can have on a person’s life.”

Ghacks: WhatsApp makes data-sharing with Facebook mandatory

Ghacks: WhatsApp makes data-sharing with Facebook mandatory. “One core difference between the new and the old privacy policy is that all users who accept the new privacy policy will have data shared with Facebook. Whatsapp is a Facebook company, as Facebook acquired the messaging service in 2015. Previously, existing users who accepted the revised privacy policy of 2019 could opt-out of having data shared with Facebook, provided that they did so in the first 30-days after accepting the terms.”

CNBC: How to automatically delete your old tweets so it’s harder to find embarrassing stuff you’ve said online

CNBC: How to automatically delete your old tweets so it’s harder to find embarrassing stuff you’ve said online. “There are ways to automatically delete your old tweets on a recurring schedule so that it’s harder for people to find some of the silly things you may have said in the past. It might be helpful if you’re applying to new jobs, planning to run for office or just want to keep on top of the things you’ve said online.”

Announcing the ACOR Digital Archive: Developing a Multimedia Teaching and Learning Resource (American Center of Oriental Research)

American Center of Oriental Research: Announcing the ACOR Digital Archive: Developing a Multimedia Teaching and Learning Resource. “We are delighted to announce that, based on the success of the ACOR Photo Archive Project to digitize and make available online 30,000 images covering a range of thirteen countries across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded ACOR an American Overseas Research Center (AORC) Title VI grant for a new project entitled ‘ACOR Digital Archive: Developing a Multimedia Teaching and Learning Resource.’”

Blooloop: National Gallery charging for virtual tour of Artemisia exhibition

Blooloop: National Gallery charging for virtual tour of Artemisia exhibition. “The National Gallery has developed a new revenue stream amid COVID-19 by charging for an online tour of Artemisia, an exhibition dedicated to Artemisia Gentileschi. The virtual offering takes visitors on an 30-minute, online tour of the five-star exhibition ‘Artemisia’ at the National Gallery with curator Letizia Treves. It costs £8.”