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.”

All About IP: German Federal Court of Justice Confirms Copyright in Photographs of Public Domain Paintings

All About IP: German Federal Court of Justice Confirms Copyright in Photographs of Public Domain Paintings. “On 20 December 2018, the German Federal Court of Justice confirmed that photographs of public domain paintings ‎are, in principle, protected by a copyright-related right in section 72 of the German Copyright Act (Case No. I ZR 104/17). The case involved a request to take down several pictures hosted on Wikimedia Commons—an online database of works distributed under Creative Commons licenses—as public domain images. All pictures featured art on display at the Reiss Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim, Germany.”

New York Times: When Facebook Spread Hate, One Cop Tried Something Unusual

New York Times: When Facebook Spread Hate, One Cop Tried Something Unusual. “In most of the world, rumor-fueled meltdowns are taken as a fact of life, a product of Facebook’s propensity for stirring up people’s worst impulses. But Andreas Guske, a trim, steely-eyed police inspector in the refugee-heavy Bavarian town of Traunstein where the rumor circulated, didn’t think his community could afford complacence. Attacks on refugees were already rising. And southern Germany is a front line in Europe’s battle over identity and immigration.”

The Verge: Facebook ordered to stop combining WhatsApp and Instagram data without consent in Germany

The Verge: Facebook ordered to stop combining WhatsApp and Instagram data without consent in Germany. “Germany’s national competition regulator has ordered Facebook to stop combining user data from different sources without voluntary consent. The order applies to data collected by Facebook-owned platforms like WhatsApp and Instagram, but also third-party sources that Facebook uses to flesh out its advertising profiles, including those of non-users.”

ITV: Guernsey WWII bunker with German murals opened years after being sealed

ITV: Guernsey WWII bunker with German murals opened years after being sealed. “A World War 2 bunker in Guernsey has been opened after years of being sealed. The last time the 631b bunker near Richmond Kiosk was accessible was in the early 1980’s and members of the Festung Guernsey Archive group have unsealed it to a record a digital archive of it.”