Haartez: Israeli Archivists Fume Over Wikimedia Israel’s Reposting of Historical Photos Trove. “The Association of Israeli Archivists has roundly condemned Wikimedia Israel, the local affiliate of the U.S. foundation that runs Wikipedia, for copying into its photo archive 28,000 photographs taken in pre-state Israel. In a statement Tuesday, the archivists accused Wikimedia Israel of being ‘thieves in the night’ and said the move may violate intellectual property rights and general ethical norms.”
Jerusalem Post: Access To Israeli Laws Is Now Available To The Public, Online And Free. “Access to the Israeli law texts is now freely available online in a national legislation repository. The National Legislation Database in the Knesset was originally created in December 2014 and contains about 1,500 Israeli laws, of which roughly 970 remain in effect. The Knesset’s website will also provide open access to the updated and comprehensive version of the laws in accordance with an agreement signed in April, according to a press release. Data from the British Mandate orders are still in process of being completed.”
Arutz Sheva: Haredi MK pushes establishment of national genealogy database. “A haredi lawmaker has announced plans to advance legislation which if passed would establish a national genealogical database, listing every individual whose Jewishness has been verified by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. MK Yisrael Eichler (United Torah Judaism) said this week his party would push the ‘Genealogy Database Law’, which he first proposed last year.”
Times of Israel: Israel reaches out to Iraqis on Facebook. “Israel’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday launched a Facebook page uniquely dedicated to fostering ties with Iraq. Diplomats in Jerusalem said the Arabic-language page will serve as ‘some sort of digital embassy’ to the war-torn country. Israel, while still formally considering Iraq an enemy state, has in recent months stepped up efforts to reach out to the country, arguing that Iraqis are interested in establishing ties with the Jewish state.”
Times of Israel: Despite privacy concerns, Israel to put nation’s medical database online. “The Israeli government on Sunday approved a National Digital Health plan, which, despite mounting privacy concerns, plans to create a digital database of the medical files of some 9 million residents and make them available to researchers and enterprises.” After reading about so much misuse of personal information and data leaks, I’m honestly shocked Israel is going to do this.
Times of Israel: Amid racism claims, state to open archives on Jewish North African immigration. “The government on Sunday said it would open state archives on the mass immigration to Israel from North Africa in the early years of the state after a television series documented systematic, historical racism toward the newcomers. The cabinet approved Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal to give public access to all the archival material regarding the integration of large numbers of immigrants in the early years of the State of Israel, his office said.”
The Times of Israel: Israel to probe Facebook over Cambridge Analytica data breach. “Israel’s Justice Ministry informed Facebook that it is opening an ‘administrative investigation’ into the social media giant following reports of the transfer of personal information from Facebook to data-mining firm Cambridge Analytics, ‘and the possibility of additional violations of Israelis’ personal information,’ the ministry said Thursday.”