Smithsonian: Smithsonian Launches Kickstarter for Culture-Defining “Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap”. “The Smithsonian has launched a 30-day Kickstarter campaign today for the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap, a powerful cultural statement told through an unequaled combination of music, text and stunning visuals. The compilation, to be produced and released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, includes nine CDs, more than 120 tracks and a 300-page book with extensive liner notes, essays by artists and scholars, and never-before-published photographs from the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s collection.”
Bloomberg: Facebook Is Looking for Employees With National Security Clearances. “Facebook Inc. is looking to hire people who have national security clearances, a move the company thinks is necessary to prevent foreign powers from manipulating future elections through its social network, according to a person familiar with the matter. Workers with such clearance can access information classified by the U.S. government. Facebook plans to use these people — and their ability to receive government information about potential threats — to search more proactively for questionable social media campaigns ahead of elections, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the information is sensitive. A Facebook spokesman declined to comment.”
Politico: The JFK Document Dump Could Be a Fiasco. “Within the next two weeks, the National Archives is legally obligated to release the last of thousands of secret documents from government files about the assassination, most of them from the CIA, FBI and the Justice Department. And there is every indication that the massive document dump—especially if any of it is blocked by President Donald Trump, the only person empowered under the law to stop the release of the files—will simply help fuel a new generation of conspiracy theories.”
University at Buffalo: UB, international partner launch first global database of food systems planning policies. ” A first-of-its-kind database developed and maintained at the University at Buffalo will help city, regional and statewide governments around the globe develop better food systems planning policies by drawing from legislation already crafted.”
New York Times: A Bot That Makes Trump’s Tweets Presidential. “With a single burst of tweets, President Trump can fire and hire a chief of staff, bar transgender soldiers from the military and undercut negotiations with foreign nations. It’s ‘diplomacy by tweeting,’ said Russel Neiss, a software engineer for an educational technology nonprofit.”
FEMA: FEMA Launches Hurricane Recovery Facebook Page for U.S. Virgin Islands. “The Federal Emergency Management Agency has launched the ‘FEMA U.S. Virgin Islands’ Facebook page to provide factual information and resources to hurricane survivors, their families and the general public on and off the islands. Virgin Islanders can visit http://www.facebook.com/FEMAUSVirginIslands to find information on federal response and recovery activities, location-specific updates, helpful links, and photographs and videos of the united effort to help the islands recover from hurricanes Irma and Maria.” You might be wondering why I’m denoting this as a new resource when Hurricane Irma hit the Virgin Islands in early September. FEMA did not announce this resource until Saturday, October 14. It looks like the profile picture was updated on this page on October 3, while actual posts began October 9.
Ars Technica: Dutch privacy regulator says Windows 10 breaks the law. “The lack of clear information about what Microsoft does with the data that Windows 10 collects prevents consumers from giving their informed consent, says the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA). As such, the regulator says that the operating system is breaking the law.”