Internet Policy Observatory: Researching ICT companies: A field guide for civil society researchers. “In this white paper, we outline some of the challenges we have identified as being particularly acute for policy researchers, as well as strategies for working through (and around) those issues. Advocating for civil society, human rights, and democratic values today often requires understanding the role played by ICT companies in deciding what kinds of speech are allowed (or not) on various platforms, in complying (or not) with government requests to restrict content or for user information, and in lobbying governments to enact (or not) various laws and regulations. Under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, companies are expected to respect human rights even as nation-states retain primary responsibility for protecting human rights. As is true of many UN norms, the Guiding Principles lack a formal enforcement mechanism, so other, often soft measures have been employed in order to enact results, or even to simply gain information.” ICT stands for Information, Communications, and Technology companies. You can get more information in this article from Michaelsons.
Pixel Spot: How to easily get back your “View Image” button in Google. “If you were upset about the recent removal of the ‘View Image’ button on Google’s image search engine, you’ll be happy to know a workaround has recently popped up. Specifically, a new Chrome Extension can be installed to generate the same old button that allows you to find an image and view it directly.”
Lifehacker: Use Instagram’s Collections Feature to Save Interesting Posts. “Last year Instagram introduced Collections, a way to organize your pictures within the app into different curated groups. It’s a feature that’s been around for roughly a year now, but it’s one that most people don’t realize is even there.”
Joyce Valenza: Google Docs and Drive Add-ons for CC0 images. “If you use Google Docs and Slides to create and communicate, you may be interested in how easy it now is to incorporate free, copyright-friendly images into your projects without having to leave your document to search for them. I was surprised to discover my very favorite image portals were available in the form of add-ons.” Quick roundup but so useful if you do a lot of writing in Google Docs / Google Drive!
Attention North Carolina archivists and librarians! Check out this post from the State Archives of North Carolina: Do You Need Help Digitizing Your Collections?. “A grant awarded to the State Historical Records Advisory Board and the State Archives of North Carolina provides for the transport, scanning, and online publishing of North Carolina historical records and archival materials through partnership with the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center at UNC-Chapel Hill University Library. As part of this program, workshops will be offered that teach the basics of preparing collections to be scanned.”
Abundant Genealogy: Newspaper Clippings – Using Reverse Search to Cite Sources and Save Your Sanity. “A well-meaning relative sends you a packet of newspaper clippings about your ancestors. Or you receive several obituaries pasted to 3×5 inch index cards. Or you are given a scrapbook created in the 1920s or 1930s with a variety of news articles clipped from newspapers and magazines. Of course, when clipped there is no date, no newspaper masthead or header with the name, volume number, page number etc. Your relative (or someone) may have handwritten the date or other information along the margins, but rarely do they include everything you need as a researcher. So how do you track down the original source and cite it properly?” nicely done!
The Armchair Genealogist: Free How-To Irish Genealogy Video – Limited Time!. “Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) has recently released three how-to videos to help you understand and read Irish documents. These videos are only available for free viewing until Sunday, February 18, 2018, so be quick about it.”