Ars Technica: Archaeologists map centuries of history beneath world’s oldest cathedral

Ars Technica: Archaeologists map centuries of history beneath world’s oldest cathedral. “The Archbasilica of St. John Lateran doesn’t quite look its age. The basilica, where the Pope presides in his role as Archbishop of Rome, was already ancient when it was rebuilt in the 1650s…. Centuries of Roman history lie buried in the darkness in layers stretching down to 8.5 meters (27.89 feet) below the modern floor of the cathedral, and the subterranean archaeological sites are like a honeycomb through the city’s Caelian Hill. Now, using a combination of laser scanning and ground-penetrating radar, archeologists have made a complete map of the site.”

Politiko: KWF to create digital archive for Philippine languages

Politiko: KWF to create digital archive for Philippine languages. “The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) is set to develop a digital archive of Philippine languages. ‘Archiving is among our efforts to help preserve languages nationwide,’ KWF Sangay ng Literatura at Araling Kultural Officer-in-Charge Lourdes Hinampas said on Monday. The agency, tasked to promote Philippine languages, held a seminar-workshop on language archiving in Quezon City.”

Ahval News: Turkish journalists turn to social media to escape state crackdown

Ahval News: Turkish journalists turn to social media to escape state crackdown. “More journalists in Turkey are turning to social media platforms such as YouTube and Periscope to broadcast and share their take on the latest news amid a harsh media landscape. Since the July 2016 coup attempt, the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has shut down more than 175 news outlets, leaving more than 12,000 media workers without a job. Unemployment in journalism is among the highest rates of all sectors, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute.”

Quartz: Africa’s ancient practices are being digitized for the future

Quartz: Africa’s ancient practices are being digitized for the future. “The digital revolution, often described as ‘leapfrogging,’ has brought real change to Africa. In finance, communication, and entertainment, technology has allowed African innovators to skip a step, bypassing the West in significant ways as the continent tries to catch up to more industrialized parts of the world. In leaping forward, many innovators have looked to their past to build the future. Traditions that sustained communities long before the internet arrived are now being disrupted and adjusted for a smartphone-wielding generation. With new tools, these community-based solutions have the potential to travel further beyond the village.”

Digital Trends: How to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup online

Digital Trends: How to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup online. “Beginning June 14, the world’s best soccer players (and most rabid fans) will convene in Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It’s by far the biggest sporting event in the world — over a billion people tuned in live to watch the 2014 World Cup finals match in Brazil. Chances are, you’re one of those fans — or at least curious what all the hype is about. We’ll help you figure out the best way for you to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup online.” SPOILER ALERT: Cable is your best bet.

BetaNews: Watch Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to the EU in a livestream

BetaNews: Watch Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to the EU in a livestream. “Having previously refused to answer questions in the UK, last week Mark Zuckerberg agreed to appear in front of the EU parliament to speak about Facebook’s use of data. The Facebook chief is due to appear in front of MEPs tomorrow, Tuesday, and European Parliament President Antonio Tajani has announced that the appearance will be livestreamed. So, if you fancy tuning in to see what Zuckerberg has to say and how he is able to ‘clarify issues related to the use of personal data’, you will be able to do just that.”