Google Blog: “Great Sporting Land” tours Australia’s sports-mad history

Google Blog: “Great Sporting Land” tours Australia’s sports-mad history. “Australians have a passion for sports—so much that it was perfectly normal for the Prime Minister to give the entire country the day off when they won a boat race back in 1983. Over generations, Australia’s favorite pastimes have shaped the country’s identity, values and culture. Along with the Melbourne Cricket Club, Australian Football League, National Portrait Gallery and the North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club, Google Arts & Culture is showcasing the people, moments and places that led Australia to become the ‘Great Sporting Land’ it is today. “

Government News Australia: Dictionary builds place nicknames data base

Government News Australia: Dictionary builds place nicknames data base. “Brisvegas, Shagger’s Ridge, Osty, Mullum, Freo, The Gong. If it’s a place and it’s in Australia, you can bet it’s got a nickname. The Australian National Dictionary Centre has launched an appeal for place nicknames as it builds the nation’s first database of the unique monikers Aussies have bestowed on the places they live in, drive past, or visit for holidays.”

Sydney Morning Herald: ACCC gears up for court battle with Google and Facebook

Sydney Morning Herald: ACCC gears up for court battle with Google and Facebook. “Competition tsar Rod Sims has revealed that his agency’s ongoing investigations into misconduct by Google and Facebook have advanced significantly, setting the stage for a potential showdown between the regulator and digital giants in court.”

Macarthur Advertiser: Vast database on Campbelltown’s koalas shared

Macarthur Advertiser: Vast database on Campbelltown’s koalas shared . “That treasure trove of scientifically-collated research, along with videos, maps, newspaper clippings, press releases and the back catalogue of Mac Koala Club, a column written by Dr Close and published weekly in the Advertiser from 1995 to 2013, is now but a few clicks of an electronic device away.”

The Guardian: Facebook says it was ‘not our role’ to remove fake news during Australian election

The Guardian: Facebook says it was ‘not our role’ to remove fake news during Australian election. “Facebook has declared it is not ‘our role to remove content that one side of a political debate considers to be false’ in a final, positive, self-assessment of its actions in response to the death tax misinformation circulating on the platform during the May federal election.”

SBS: New app opens the door to the past – 75 year anniversary of Cowra breakout

SBS: New app opens the door to the past – 75 year anniversary of Cowra breakout . “Before dawn on the 5th of August in 1944, Japanese prisoners of war, placed in the detention camp in Cowra, New South Wales, staged a mass breakout. As a result of the incident, 234 Japanese POWs and 4 Australian soldiers lost their lives…. The smartphone application Cowra Voices was developed not only to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Cowra breakout, but also to reach out to younger generations and pass on the history of the tragedy and reconciliation between Japan and Cowra to them.”

Australian Academy of Science: New database to boost the visibility of women in STEM

Australian Academy of Science: New database to boost the visibility of women in STEM. “Australian women in STEM will be more visible thanks to a new resource showcasing the depth of talent of those working in the field. STEM Women is an online directory of women in Australia working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).”