The Star: German court rules Facebook settings violate data protection laws. “The Berlin state court ruled in a suit brought by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations that Facebook’s ‘real name’ clause violated the country’s regulation that providers of online services must allow users to remain anonymous.”
Deutsche Welle: Does Germany really have 25,000 castles?. “How many castles are there in Germany? Which one is the highest? Which one is the oldest? Nobody really knows the answer — at least not yet. The European Castle Institute wants to put an end to the confusion. … In Braubach, not far from Koblenz, the EBI has started to establish a record of every single castle in the country, information which it is uploading into a public database called EBIDAT. “
Germany vs Elsevier: universities win temporary journal access after refusing to pay fees. “The Dutch publishing giant Elsevier has granted uninterrupted access to its paywalled journals for researchers at around 200 German universities and research institutes that had refused to renew their individual subscriptions at the end of 2017.”
BBC News: Germany starts enforcing hate speech law. “Germany is set to start enforcing a law that demands social media sites move quickly to remove hate speech, fake news and illegal material. Sites that do not remove ‘obviously illegal’ posts could face fines of up to 50m euro (£44.3m). The law gives the networks 24 hours to act after they have been told about law-breaking material.”
US News & World Report: German Intelligence Unmasks Alleged Covert Chinese Social Media Profiles. “Germany’s intelligence service has published the details of social network profiles which it says are fronts faked by Chinese intelligence to gather personal information about German officials and politicians. The BfV domestic intelligence service took the unusual step of naming individual profiles it says are fake and fake organizations to warn public officials about the risk of leaking valuable personal information via social media.”
State Library of North Carolina: New Camp Butner German POW Collections Available. “The Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina is excited to announce the availability of two new collections documenting German prisoners of war (POWs) and one Italian POW at Camp Butner, N. C., during World War II. By the end of 1943, nearly 50,000 Italian POWs were held in 27 camps in 23 states, including at Camp Butner in North Carolina. German POWs would come to Camp Butner by the fall of 1943 after Rommel’s defeat in North Africa created a large number of German war prisoners. The POWs at Camp Butner built various structures, including a church, and had their own camp newsletter in German entitled Lager Fackel. Many of the POWs worked in small satellite camps throughout central North Carolina, being contracted out to farmers and other businesses for home front work.” These are small collections but I don’t often learn about Axis POWs being held in the US and collections for same.
Phys.org: Twitter verboten? German parliament edict irks lawmakers. “Germany’s new parliamentary speaker is meeting resistance to his suggestion that lawmakers refrain from tweeting or snapping photos during sessions. Wolfgang Schaeuble, who served as Germany’s Finance Minister until being elected parliamentary speaker last month, told lawmakers in a memo that the use of devices ‘to photograph, tweet or distribute information about the session’ is ‘inappropriate and thus undesired.'”