Science: More than 700 German research institutions strike open-access deal with Springer Nature

Science: More than 700 German research institutions strike open-access deal with Springer Nature. “A consortium of more than 700 German research institutions and libraries today announced an agreement with publisher Springer Nature to make it simpler for authors to publish their papers open access. The agreement is the largest national open-access deal to date, but it doesn’t allow authors to publish open access in Nature or its sister journals.”

Deutsche Welle: German authorities turn to AI to combat child pornography online

Deutsche Welle: German authorities turn to AI to combat child pornography online. “Peter Biesenbach, the justice minister in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s largest state, announced on Monday a new project in cooperation with computer giant Microsoft: the development of new AI technology that would not only automatize the detection of child pornography on the internet, but also lighten the workload and psychological burden on authorities dealing with such disturbing content.”

CNN: Germany fines Facebook for under-reporting illegal content

CNN: Germany fines Facebook for under-reporting illegal content. “Facebook has been fined more than $2 million in Germany for inaccurately reporting the amount of illegal content on its platform. German authorities said Tuesday that Facebook had provided ‘incomplete’ information in mandatory transparency reports about illegal content, such as hate speech.”

The Getty Iris: Half a Million Records on Early 20th-Century German Art Market Added to Getty Provenance Index

The Getty Iris: Half a Million Records on Early 20th-Century German Art Market Added to Getty Provenance Index. “After four years of work, the Getty Provenance Index® has greatly expanded its database of German art sales catalogs, adding nearly 570,000 records of artwork sales for the years 1900 to 1929. This expansion, adding to existing records for the years 1930 to 1945, gives researchers in provenance and the art market unprecedented information on auction sales in Germany and Austria during the volatile years of the early twentieth century, including the periods of World War I, the Weimar Republic, and the years of politically sanctioned Nazi looting prior to and during World War II.”

BuzzFeed News: WhatsApp Has Become A Hotbed For Spreading Nazi Propaganda In Germany

BuzzFeed News: WhatsApp Has Become A Hotbed For Spreading Nazi Propaganda In Germany. “German WhatsApp users are spreading far-right propaganda through the use of stickers and chain letters, and the company is doing little to nothing to stop it, despite local laws forbidding the use of Nazi imagery.”

Zawya: New Accessible Travel Database announced by German National Tourist Board (PRESS RELEASE)

Zawya: New Accessible Travel Database announced by German National Tourist Board (PRESS RELEASE). “The German National Tourist Board has launched a new and comprehensive online database for BarrierFree (accessible) travel, the first of its kind to include a national labelling and ‘Accessibility Checked’ identification seal. Entitled ‘Travel for All’, the database enables the user to search for a wide range of accessible holiday facilities throughout Germany including accommodation, restaurants, activities, shopping centres and essential services such as accessible transport and local tourism offices.”

Zeit Online (translated): International computer game collection goes online

Zeit Online and translated from German: International computer game collection goes online. “The aim of the project, which has also received funding from the German government , is now to expand the collection into the world’s largest and most important database, said Çiğdem Uzunoğlu, Managing Director of the Digital Game Culture Foundation. Currently, it handles around 40,000 computer and video games that have come onto the market since the 1970s. Well over 60,000 titles are planned to be put on the internet with cover, release date and background information.”