The Verge: Facebook, Twitter, and Google must remove scams or risk legal action, says EU. “Navigating your way around the internet may seem intuitive if you’ve grown up with access to it most of your life — but for those who are just beginning to use social media platforms, it can be hard to detect scam from the constant stream of information. The European Commission has taken a step to prevent these types of web-based consumer fraud, ordering companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to address and prevent them from appearing on their sites.”
The Verge: EU launches new tool for whistleblowers to report antitrust violations and cartels. “The European Commission (the executive arm of the EU) has launched a new initiative to encourage whistleblowers to step forward. A whistleblowing hotline including an email address, phone number, and encrypted web form will allow individuals to anonymously report price-fixing cartels and other anti-competitive practices.”
From the International Tracing Service: Card index on Jewish victims now online. “What is left of the card index of the Reich Association of Jews in Germany (Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland) comprises 32,264 registration cards, primarily those of Jewish school pupils, emigrants and deceased persons. Now interested persons all over the world have access to these cards. The ITS has moreover placed an additional 15,000 documents pertaining to the death marches online, thus supplementing the first group of documents on that subject published on its internet portal last year.”
A new digital archive shows children’s perspectives of World War I. “What makes the [Liberal Jewish Synagogue] archive so different is that children’s impressions of WWI are a rare find. There are any number of war poets and other literary ventures, but very little survives showing what children thought and cared about a century ago…. Along with teaching Judaism, the religion school gave its pupils an artistic outlet through writing and drawing assignments some about their lives and how they reacted to the war, some reflecting the wartime propaganda, and other pieces giving a strong flavor of the attitudes of the day.”
A new collection of Eastern Sephardic Ballads is now available online. “The Benmayor Collection of Eastern Sephardic Ballads and Other Lore is a collection of over 140 audio recordings gathered by Dr. Rina Benmayor in Seattle and Los Angeles during the 1970s. In conjunction with her visit to the University of Washington in 2014, and working together with the Sephardic Studies Program and Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, Dr. Benmayor organized, catalogued, and digitized her recordings and kindly contributed them to the Sephardic Studies Digital Collection.”
In development: a digital archive of medals and plaquettes. “Modeled after ancient precedents, medals and plaquettes, which emerged during the Renaissance, celebrated political, religious, and cultural leaders, as well as commemorating transformative events. The Molinari collection, one of the most distinguished in the United States, features masterpieces designed by leading Renaissance, Rococo, and Neoclassical artists, including Pisanello, Matteo de Pasti, Francesco da Sangallo, Guillaume Dupré, Nicolas Marie Gatteaux, and David d’Angers.” The archive is expected to launch this spring.
Deutsche Welle has more background on Turkey possibly getting its own search engine. “Turkey’s communications minister Ahmet Arslan recently announced in an interview with a local TV station that Turkey was ‘building a domestic search engine and email service compatible with national culture and values’. But he did not expand on what “national culture and values” he actually meant. However, he did provide information on certain technicalities: He said that user data would have to be stored within Turkey’s borders so that communications can be ‘fully analyzed.’ He also explained that the new search engine would be ‘integrated with the world’ but would use the Turkish alphabet – as if this was not already the case with Google.”