Wired: 20 Years After 9/11, Surveillance Has Become a Way of Life

Wired: 20 Years After 9/11, Surveillance Has Become a Way of Life. “It’s harder to get lost amid constant tracking. It’s also harder to freely gather when the public spaces between home and work are stripped away. Known as third places, they are the connective tissue that stitches together the fabric of modern communities: the public park where teens can skateboard next to grandparents playing chess, the library where children can learn to read and unhoused individuals can find a digital lifeline. When third places vanish, as they have since the attacks, communities can falter.”

Illinois News Bureau: Illinois researchers to digitally preserve history of live musical performances, including Krannert Center events

Illinois News Bureau: Illinois researchers to digitally preserve history of live musical performances, including Krannert Center events. “‘The Internet of Musical Events: Digital Scholarship, Community, and the Archiving of Performances,’ known as InterMusE, aims to preserve access to the record of historical live musical performances through digital archiving of concert ephemera such as programs and posters. It also will collect oral history interviews with concertgoers.”

Mashable: How to use Nextdoor, Facebook, Slack to help neighbors amid coronavirus

Mashable: How to use Nextdoor, Facebook, Slack to help neighbors amid coronavirus. “Like so much of the world right now, helping neighbors at this moment is likely going to require moving some activities online. Mashable spoke with Prakash Janakiraman, co-founder and chief architect at Nextdoor, and Naomi Gleit, vice president of product at Facebook, about how to best support neighbors using each platform. They’re not the only digital tools you can use to help neighbors right now — there are likely creative ways to use almost any platform to help others — but some of Janakiraman and Gleit’s updated tools can fulfill specific neighborly tasks.”

#CoronavirusSolidarity diary: Florist gives flowers ‘free of charge’ to Glasnevin Cemetery (Irish Examiner)

Irish Examiner: #CoronavirusSolidarity diary: Florist gives flowers ‘free of charge’ to Glasnevin Cemetery. “In the days and weeks ahead we will be highlighting for posterity those stories which capture the unique community spirit of Ireland’s repsonse to the ongoing crisis. Please let us know about community initiatives which have been set up to offer support to those most impacted by the crisis or examples of people who are going above and beyond the call of duty. Tag us at @irishexaminer and use #CoronavirusSolidarity.” Up to four parts, and a lovely read if you’re feeling down.

Phys .org: The community-led movement creating hope in the time of coronavirus

Phys .org: The community-led movement creating hope in the time of coronavirus. “COVID-19 represents a major rupture in the status quo and calls for new forms of response. Perhaps this is why thousands of new ‘mutual aid’ groups have sprung up internationally. Many of these groups have swelled to several thousand members within a few days….But the rapid growth of this movement creates a steep learning curve for group organizers. Just as in wider society, mutual aid groups must grapple with political differences and structural inequality.”

New York Times: Snapchat’s Disappearing Act Leaves Venice Beach Searching for Its Future

New York Times: Snapchat’s Disappearing Act Leaves Venice Beach Searching for Its Future. “When the company behind the disappearing-messages app took over multiple properties on the beach as it expanded, starting in 2012, it also posted guards who would shoo away anyone who wasn’t an employee and who lingered too long near a Snapchat entrance. In an oceanfront community still defined by hippie eccentricity, that didn’t go over well.”

U of Nevada, Las Vegas: A new research tool created by University Libraries helps the world discover more connections among the region’s Jewish community.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas: A new research tool created by University Libraries helps the world discover more connections among the region’s Jewish community.. “Navigator is an online research browser that uses linked data embedded in the Libraries’ Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project digital collection to create visualized links between people, organizations, and communities; allowing users to physically see relationships as well as observe how those connections have evolved over time.”

ASU: Watch your church service on Facebook? ASU professor confirms there’s an app for that

Arizona State University: Watch your church service on Facebook? ASU professor confirms there’s an app for that. “Many faith communities — from traditional churches to spiritual and non-denominational congregations — are now embracing digital technology for leading worship services, delivering religious teachings, and building relationships with current and potential members. The use of digital technology is also changing the way some religious communities identify, create and maintain religious authority.”

The Conversation: How Facebook – the Wal-Mart of the internet – dismantled online subcultures

The Conversation: How Facebook – the Wal-Mart of the internet – dismantled online subcultures. “For those who value feeling as if going online is a physical meeting point, easy and fleeting connectivity can be perceived as a bad thing, trading convenience for commitment. BME’s community was built up through sustained and regular participation. It’s the difference between grabbing a Dunkin Donuts coffee on the way to work and being a regular at a neighborhood bar. Becoming part of a community involves hanging out, messing around and committing to local rules for participation.”