WashU Expert: How to document the protests (Washington University in St. Louis)

Washington University in St. Louis: WashU Expert: How to document the protests. “Americans across the nation are documenting today’s protests through photography and video, often posting their content on Instagram, Twitter and other social media feeds. But is that the safest way to preserve these historic images? No, said Miranda Rectenwald, curator of local history at University Libraries at Washington University in St. Louis. She has created a list of resources from Documenting the Now, the Blacktivists and more, to help protest participants preserve their content for the long term.”

Mashable: Best of the nice internet in 2020, so far

Mashable: Best of the nice internet in 2020, so far. “We’re officially halfway through 2020 and it’s, uh, not great, Bob! Between the global pandemic and the massive social unrest, many of us are left anxious without much to do but…stare at our screens and become more anxious. In addition to being a hellscape, the internet is — thankfully — also always home to some wholesomeness, no matter what’s going on IRL. Here’s some niceness that’ll keep you going throughout the rest of the year (well, hopefully):”

CNET: Memes toss first half of 2020 into the blazing dumpster where it belongs

CNET: Memes toss first half of 2020 into the blazing dumpster where it belongs. “Goodbye and good riddance, first six months of 2020. You were a dumpster fire of a half-year, with your global pandemic and your murder hornets, and the second half of the year better not be taking cues from you. July 2 marks the midpoint of most calendar years, since there are generally 182 days behind it and 182 days after it. (Since this is a leap year, there are 183 days behind us now.) As we turn the cursed calendar page to July, the internet was quick to try to find some laughs in the debacle that was January through June, and to envision what July through December might have in store for an already exhausted world.”

ABC News: Smithsonian museums collecting White House protest signs to preserve slice of history

ABC News: Smithsonian museums collecting White House protest signs to preserve slice of history. “Several museums moved to preserve a slice of history in Washington on Wednesday by taking steps to keep some of the signs protesters strung along a fence near the White House after the death of George Floyd.”

Vanity Fair: Hackers Are Already Screwing With the 2020 Election

Vanity Fair: Hackers Are Already Screwing With the 2020 Election. “The vulnerabilities of online voting underscore the broader concerns about this year’s election. Observers already warned that Russia, which meddled in the 2016 election on Trump’s behalf, and other bad actors are seeking to interfere with this cycle.”

Coronavirus movie delays: New release dates for 2020 and 2021 blockbusters (CNET)

CNET: Coronavirus movie delays: New release dates for 2020 and 2021 blockbusters. “For many, it came as a shock to hear that the latest James Bond premiere was being called off because of the coronavirus outbreak. But the Bond announcement was just the first in a cascade of movie blockbusters being canceled or postponed, causing a huge reshuffle of the release schedule throughout 2020 and into 2021.”

Exclusive: Fewer poll workers, coronavirus, spark fears of election day woes in Ohio Democratic primary (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Fewer poll workers, coronavirus, spark fears of election day woes in Ohio Democratic primary. “Nearly a quarter of Ohio’s counties are deploying fewer poll workers for the state’s Democratic primary on Tuesday than they have in previous presidential election years, raising concerns from voting-rights advocates who say the reductions could lengthen lines at the polls.”

Google Blog: Project Stringer provides video coverage for U.S. elections

Google Blog: Project Stringer provides video coverage for U.S. elections. “Whether on TVs, phones, or social media feeds, many Americans are getting their news through videos. And with a national election dominating the U.S. news, many local publishers are struggling to meet the demand for engaging, on-the-ground political videos. Enter Project Stringer.”

The Verge: The Verge Guide To The 2020 Election

The Verge: The Verge Guide To The 2020 Election. “At The Verge, we’ve always paid attention to how simple things like the price of broadband are deeply connected to complicated tech policy debates. And we’ve been closely watching the collision between social networks and democracy — Casey Newton has been writing a daily newsletter called The Interface tracking that subject since 2017. So for the 2020 election cycle, we want to give you a central place to learn about the main tech policy issues we’re following, see the latest news, and feel like you have a guide through it all.”

ZDNet: What’s the most popular web browser in 2020?

ZDNet: What’s the most popular web browser in 2020?. “For ages, it was almost impossible to get hard data on which were the most popular web browsers. Sure, many companies claimed to have good information, such as NetMarketShare and StatCounter, but their numbers were massaged. The US federal government’s Digital Analytics Program (DAP), however, gives us a running count of the last 90 days of US government website visits. While it doesn’t tell us about global web browser use, it’s the best information we have about American web browser users.”

The Conversation: The census goes digital – 3 things to know

The Conversation: The census goes digital – 3 things to know. “The U.S. Census Bureau is hoping that most people who live in the U.S. will use the internet to answer census questions, rather than filling out a paper form or providing those answers to a census taker in person, at their home. That would be cheaper – a plus for a budget-strapped Census Bureau – and could help ensure maximum turnout and accuracy of the count. For instance, databases could keep track of which homes have not yet responded to the survey, allowing census officials to target mailings and in-person visits to those locations, without needing to spend time chasing households that have already responded.”

Government Publishing Office: Congressional Pictorial Directory Available on GPO’s Govinfo

Government Publishing Office: Congressional Pictorial Directory Available on GPO’s Govinfo. “The Congressional Pictorial Directory, which was designed and produced by GPO, includes a color photograph of each Member of the House of Representatives and Senate. It also details information on each Member, including their length of service, political party affiliation, and congressional district. The Congressional Pictorial Directory features pictures of the President, Vice President, and House and Senate officers and officials. The publication is free for members of the public to access and download via govinfo, and the print edition is available for purchase on GPO’s online bookstore.”

CNET: Baby Yoda makes it onto Dictionary. com’s list of new slang

CNET: Baby Yoda makes it onto Dictionary.com’s list of new slang. “If you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months and want to find out who Baby Yoda is, you can now look him up in the dictionary. Dictionary.com on Wednesday unveiled a list of new slang additions, which include OK boomer, VSCO girl and cancel culture.”

ZDNet: 2020 election news survival guide: Keep your sanity and your friends with these three apps

ZDNet: 2020 election news survival guide: Keep your sanity and your friends with these three apps. “Has the 2020 election news cycle got you anxious, depressed, confused, or just plain exhausted? Have you started hating friends and mistrusting most of what you read? Well, there are some apps I recommend. Really.”