Texas State Library and Archives Commission: From “Unplayable” to Searchable Online: the House Recordings Recovery Project. “In 2007, Texas House of Representatives’ Media Services transferred to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) about 350 reels of audiotape. Most of the recordings dated between 1975 and 1984 and covered the House floor debates from the entire 63rd through 68th Legislative sessions. Many House committee recordings were included as well. At the time the tapes were transferred to TSLAC, the majority of the reels were described by House media staff as ‘unplayable.’ Having been marked as damaged and unplayable, the audiotapes were stored in TSLAC’s climate-controlled stacks awaiting deaccessioning.” A new resource and a discussion about restoring endangered media!
Krebs on Security: It’s Way Too Easy to Get a . gov Domain Name. “Many readers probably believe they can trust links and emails coming from U.S. federal government domain names, or else assume there are at least more stringent verification requirements involved in obtaining a .gov domain versus a commercial one ending in .com or .org. But a recent experience suggests this trust may be severely misplaced, and that it is relatively straightforward for anyone to obtain their very own .gov domain.”
Maine: National Archives awards $96K to Maine State Archives to digitize legislative journals. “The Maine State Archives recently received a grant from the National Archives’ National Historical Publications and Records Commission, which will fund the digitization of previously unpublished journals of the Maine Legislature.”
New York Times: California Reveals Facebook Probe, Says Social Media Company Stonewalling Investigation. “California revealed for the first time an 18-month investigation into Facebook Inc’s privacy practices and accused the social media giant in a court filing on Wednesday of hampering the investigation.”
AP: ‘It’s a fine target’: Census bureau to fight misinformation. “Worried about internet trolls and foreign powers spreading false news, census officials are preparing to battle misinformation campaigns for the first time in the count’s 230-year history. The stakes are huge. Who participates in the 2020 census count could influence how U.S. congressional seats and billions of federal tax dollars to educate children, help low-income families and pave new roads are divvied up.”
Al Monitor: Can Egypt’s newest search engine root out extremism?. “Dar al-Ifta, Egypt’s Islamic authority with the power to issue fatwas (religious edicts), recently launched a search engine to track fatwas from terrorist groups and extremists and to help Al-Azhar scholars tackle Islamophobia. The data collected will enable clerics to develop indicators to help decision-makers better understand terrorist networks and guide policymakers in formulating effective counterterrorism strategies.”
OpenGov Asia: New website to provide Australians with a safer online experience. “The national online hub provides comprehensive online education resources and tools to report harmful content. This will promote safer, more positive online experiences and help Australians learn more about safeguarding themselves and their children from online harms.”