University of Toronto: Researchers collect personal stories from coast to coast to illuminate the history of Muslims in Canada

University of Toronto: Researchers collect personal stories from coast to coast to illuminate the history of Muslims in Canada. “As an archivist on the Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA) project, Moska Rokay doesn’t just preserve the past – she unearths it. Rokay, a graduate of the University of Toronto’s master of information program in the Faculty of Information, speaks to Canadians across the country to collect stories, documents and images that bring the rich history of Muslims in Canada to life.”

Social media giants failing to combat ‘blatant and easy to find’ anti-Muslim hate speech (Radio New Zealand)

Radio New Zealand: Social media giants failing to combat ‘blatant and easy to find’ anti-Muslim hate speech. “The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), an American non-profit organisation, says social media platforms collectively failed to act on 89 percent of posts containing anti-Muslim hatred and Islamophobia, even after they were reported to moderators. YouTube was the worst offender, ignoring 100 percent of anti-Muslim and Islamophobic posts. Twitter failed to act on 97 percent, Facebook ignored 94 percent, Instagram 86 percent and TikTok 64 percent. The CCDH flagged 530 posts, viewed at least 25 million times.”

Foreign Policy: What Germany Can Teach Serbia About Confronting Genocide

Foreign Policy: What Germany Can Teach Serbia About Confronting Genocide. “Many surveys of Serbians confirm sentiments of conscious denial of the Srebrenica genocide, pretending nothing happened, blaming all sides, or general apathy. The Belgrade-based Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) recently presented ‘Zone of (Non)Responsibility,’ a collection containing more than a hundred excerpts from print and other media that talk about Srebrenica. This digital archive shows several phases of the official policy of denialism regarding the Srebrenica genocide since 1995.”

Chicago Sun-Times: Grants to local community groups will help archive untold history

Chicago Sun-Times: Grants to local community groups will help archive untold history. “[Ahmed Flex] Omar’s story is just one of countless stories about Black Muslims that have gone untold or unnoticed – something he has been working to amplify for the past six years through his Muslim American Leadership Alliance. A new $25,000 grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation is hoping to help the group – and others like it – to move forward.”

Politico: Islamic extremists sidestep Facebook’s content police

Politico: Islamic extremists sidestep Facebook’s content police. “Photos of beheadings, extremist propaganda and violent hate speech related to Islamic State and the Taliban were shared for months within Facebook groups over the past year despite the social networking giant’s claims it had increased efforts to remove such content. The posts — some tagged as ‘insightful’ and ‘engaging’ via new Facebook tools to promote community interactions — championed the Islamic extremists’ violence in Iraq and Afghanistan, including videos of suicide bombings and calls to attack rivals across the region and in the West, according to a review of social media activity between April and December. At least one of the groups contained more than 100,000 members.”

Pillars Fund: New Personnel Database For Muslims In Film Addresses Inequality Behind The Screen

Pillars Fund: New Personnel Database For Muslims In Film Addresses Inequality Behind The Screen. “The new database includes profiles for actors, directors, cinematographers, sound technicians, and other Muslim professionals working below and above the line in the filmmaking industry in the United States. The network is accessible to directors, producers, and casting directors who can search the profiles and invite artists to collaborate on their projects.”

Library of Congress: Library of Congress and Harvard University Form Historic Collaboration on Islamic Law Collections

Library of Congress: Library of Congress and Harvard University Form Historic Collaboration on Islamic Law Collections. “The Library of Congress and Harvard Law School have initiated an unprecedented, multifaceted joint collaboration to identify, select and assess the copyright status of materials focusing on national legal gazettes. The effort, initially set for three years, will coordinate access to, knowledge-sharing, and legal analysis of Library of Congress’ collections related to Islamic law, including national legal gazettes, manuscripts and other materials.”

Stanford University: Rooting Out Anti-Muslim Bias in Popular Language Model GPT-3

Stanford University: Rooting Out Anti-Muslim Bias in Popular Language Model GPT-3. “…two-thirds of the time (66 percent) GPT-3’s responses to Muslim prompts included references to violence. Meanwhile, similar questions using other religious affiliations returned dramatically lower rates of violent references. Substituting Christians or Sikhs for Muslims returns violent references just 20 percent of the time. Enter Jews, Buddhists, or atheists, and the rate drops below 10 percent.”

Songs, stories, pottery: Refugees preserve their heritage in digital archives (Thomson Reuters Foundation)

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Songs, stories, pottery: Refugees preserve their heritage in digital archives. “Solima Khatun has been a refugee six times in her long life. She first left her home in Myanmar during the Second World War, and most recently in 2017 – when relatives had to carry her as they fled to Bangladesh with nearly one million other Rohingyas…. Khatun’s story – along with pictures of her and her loda – are among scores of exhibits featured in the Rohingya Cultural Memory Centre (RCMC), a new digital archive of the art, literature and treasured belongings of refugees in Cox’s Bazar.”

Muslim Mirror: An Indo-American’s pursuit for vanishing Islamic heritage sites

Muslim Mirror: An Indo-American’s pursuit for vanishing Islamic heritage sites. “Chennai: Mr. Siraj Thakor, from Toronto, Canada, has undertaken the monumental task of creating an online database of all the Islamic Heritage Sites of India. He likes to preserve it digitally and make it available to all to cherish the Islamic past of this great country. Mr. Siraj is looking for volunteers to assist him with the information on Islamic Heritage Sites in India.”

MissMalini: Instagram Announces Its Partnership With The Queer Muslim Project To Present The ‘Digital Pride Festival 2.0’

MissMalini: Instagram Announces Its Partnership With The Queer Muslim Project To Present The ‘Digital Pride Festival 2.0’. “We’ve watched the LGBTQIA+ community bloom slowly but wonderfully in the society and the month of June is to just celebrate each member of this community. Amidst all of this, popular social media giant, Instagram announced its partnership with The Queer Muslim Project for the second edition of the Digital Pride Festival. Not just that, it also announced a brand new Pride inspired sticker-pack, rainbow gradient hashtags and rainbow gradient story-ring. Here’s everything you need to know about this amazing digital festival, which you literally shouldn’t be missing out on!”

BuzzFeed News: Instagram Labeled One Of Islam’s Holiest Mosques A Terrorist Organization

BuzzFeed News: Instagram Labeled One Of Islam’s Holiest Mosques A Terrorist Organization. “Instagram removed posts and blocked hashtags about one of Islam’s holiest mosques because its content moderation system mistakenly associated the site with a designation the company reserves for terrorist organizations, according to internal employee communications seen by BuzzFeed News.”