The Art Newspaper: Museum world rallies behind curator investigated for tweets on how to damage bronze statues

The Art Newspaper: Museum world rallies behind curator investigated for tweets on how to damage bronze statues. “UK arts professionals are voicing support for Madeline Odent, a curator at the Royston and District Museum and Art Gallery in Hertfordshire, who sparked controversy after discussing on social media substances that could be used to damage bronze statues. Odent posted a series of tweets to her personal account after Black Lives Matter demonstrators toppled a statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol and historic statues worldwide come under scrutiny.”

BetaNews: Microsoft launches Bing Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tracker

BetaNews: Microsoft launches Bing Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tracker. “Yes, the search engine (that people love to hate) has a new landing page regarding COVID-19. You can… see real-time tracking of Coronavirus across the globe. Microsoft shares that this data is being aggregated from the CDC, ECDC, Wikipedia, and The World Health Organization. In other words, this new tool is thankfully using more than one data source.”

A Journal Of The Plague Year: An Archive Of COVID19 (Omeka)

A new Omeka collection whose title will do wonderful things for your blood pressure: A Journal Of The Plague Year: An Archive Of COVID19. From the about page: “Join us in creating this repository of our uncertain moment. We are acting not just as historians, but as chroniclers, recorders, memoirists, image collectors. Contribute your experience and impressions of how CoVid19 has affected our lives, from the mundane to the extraordinary, including the ways things haven’t changed at all. Contribute text, images, video, tweets, texts, Facebook posts, Instagram or Snapchat memes, and screenshots of the news and emails–anything that speaks to paradoxes of the moment. Imagine, as we are, what future historian might need to write about and understand this historical moment.”

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.”

Bloomberg: Google Pulls Down Political Ads as Candidates Keep Pushing Limits

Bloomberg: Google Pulls Down Political Ads as Candidates Keep Pushing Limits. “Google has rejected dozens of ads from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign for violating its ad policies in the week leading up to Super Tuesday, as well as a Bernie Sanders ad and two from a political action committee supporting Joe Biden, according to data released by the company Tuesday.”

Reclaim the Net: Chinese citizens turn to GitHub to archive coronavirus outbreak events in a bit to avoid censorship

Reclaim the Net: Chinese citizens turn to GitHub to archive coronavirus outbreak events in a bit to avoid censorship. “As ever with any loss or grievance, we have on one hand the human desire to forget bad experiences in order to be able to move on with your life – and on the other, the urge to keep some memories, regardless of how traumatic they may be. In China, this is even more involved and difficult, as citizens are racing to preserve coronavirus memories against censors. And on GitHub, as it happens to operate both in China – and ‘beyond the Great Firewall.'”

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.”

NiemanLab: Not to alarm you, but coronavirus-focused news products are spreading very quickly

NiemanLab: Not to alarm you, but coronavirus-focused news products are spreading very quickly. “If you’re itching for more information about coronavirus and its specific impacts, there’s a product for you and it’s probably free. There are so many coronavirus newsletters popping up that even the same Twitter jokes are going viral.” I don’t want to add anything if it’s not useful, but I’ve been pulling so much coronavirus stuff lately I’ve been thinking of doing a weekly roundup. At this point I could probably do a DAILY roundup.

TechCrunch: Google cancels Cloud Next because of coronavirus, goes online-only

TechCrunch: Google cancels Cloud Next because of coronavirus, goes online-only. “Google today announced that it is canceling the physical part of Cloud Next, its cloud-focused event and its largest annual conference by far with around 30,000 attendees, over concerns around the current spread of COVID-19.”

Columbia Journalism Review: Preserving a ‘national memory’ of an outbreak

Columbia Journalism Review: Preserving a ‘national memory’ of an outbreak. “The project has become a tribute to the Chinese documentarians who’ve tactfully recorded the complex and often murky realities of life during the coronavirus outbreak amid threats of censorship. In the first weeks of coronavirus news coverage, Chinese news outlets published deep dives and government investigations, reporting on conditions in Wuhan under lockdown that many international organizations could not access. Their published stories are a win for press freedom in a country where the information flow is often strictly supervised. ”

ZDNet: NewsGuard Technologies launches Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center

ZDNet: NewsGuard Technologies launches Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center. “New York City-based NewsGuard Technologies, which hosts a subscription service that rates the credibility of online content sources using a multi-point check system, has launched a Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center for the purposes of disseminating information about websites that are willfully spreading false information about the COVID-19 disease and the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself.”

BusinessWire: Democracy Fund, UCLA Release First Dataset From Largest 2020 Public Opinion Study (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Democracy Fund, UCLA Release First Dataset From Largest 2020 Public Opinion Study (PRESS RELEASE). “The Democracy Fund Voter Study Group and UCLA today released the first dataset from its massive study of the American electorate. The project completes roughly 6,250 interviews each week – totaling 500,000 interviews in advance of the 2020 election. This data release promotes a better understanding of Americans’ views in this vitally important election year.”

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.”

WCCO: U Of M Launches Novel Coronavirus Resource Center

WCCO: U Of M Launches Novel Coronavirus Resource Center. “The University of Minnesota announced Thursday it will offer a new online resource center to educate the public about the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19. The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy launched the CIDRP Novel Coronavirus Resource Center to highlight the latest news developments, relevant scientific literature and guidance from leading agencies.”