Cornell: Downloads of labor contracts surge after they go online

New-to-me and apparently fairly recent: an online archive of labor contracts. “You might not expect that a project digitizing 100 years of labor-management agreements would shed light on societal trends, increase scholarship or encourage institutions to pursue similar projects. But the recently completed ‘Cornerstones in American Middle Class: Historical Collective Bargaining Agreements Project’ at Cornell University Library’s Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives did just that.”

Reuters: Experts say automated accounts sharing fake news ahead of French election

Reuters: Experts say automated accounts sharing fake news ahead of French election. “French voters are being deluged with false stories on social media ahead of the country’s presidential election, though the onslaught of ‘junk news’ is not as severe as that during last year’s U.S. presidential campaign, according to a study by Oxford University researchers.”

Techdirt: The Weird Antitrust Questions Of A Google Chrome Ad Blocker

Techdirt: The Weird Antitrust Questions Of A Google Chrome Ad Blocker. “There have been all sorts of reactions to the news of a built-in Chrome ad blocker, but a lot of people are raising the antitrust questions. Obviously, Google is unlikely to consider its own ads to be the ‘bad ads.’ And thus, an official Google ad blocker — especially one that allows its own ads through and is default on its very popular browser — at least raises eyebrows about antitrust issues. There’s a strong argument to be made (and I’m pretty sure that some ad firms would raise this with a court within a day or so of such an ad blocker being released) that this is an anti-competitive move to suppress competing ad firms.”

Center for Civil and Human Rights to publish first database examining intersection of Catholic social teaching and international human rights law (Notre Dame)

University of Notre Dame: Center for Civil and Human Rights to publish first database examining intersection of Catholic social teaching and international human rights law. “The University of Notre Dame Center for Civil and Human Rights, in partnership with Hesburgh Libraries, will unveil Convocate — the first online research tool for simultaneous searching of Catholic social teaching documents and the instruments of international human rights law — on Friday (April 21). … Convocate is a free online database designed to help scholars, students, practitioners, advocates, public officials, diplomats, ministers, pastors and concerned citizens compare documents from Catholic social teaching and international human rights law for the purpose of investigating the convergences and divergences between the two fields.”

Moscow Times: Twitter Reportedly Caves to Russian Censors, Will Possibly Move Data to Russian Servers

Moscow Times: Twitter Reportedly Caves to Russian Censors, Will Possibly Move Data to Russian Servers. “Russia’s media censor, Roskomnadzor, says Twitter has agreed to the transfer its Russian users’ data to Russian servers by mid-2018. In a press statement, Roskomnadzor said the agency’s chief, Alexander Zharov, has received confirmation from Twitter communications head Sinead McSweeney that the company is currently ‘in the process of determining what information about Russian citizens and organizations in commercial relations with Twitter in Russia can be stored in the Russian Federation.'”

TechSpot: Passengers leaving the US will have to pass facial recognition scanners at all international airports in the future

TechSpot: Passengers leaving the US will have to pass facial recognition scanners at all international airports in the future. “Visa holders looking to board international flights out of the US will soon be required to pass a facial recognition test at all US international airports, The Verge reports. Facial recognition systems at airports have been around since 2015 in a handful of airports around the globe. As part of his first 100-day agenda, Donald Trump has expedited a system that will track every outgoing passenger from the US. The system is currently being tested on a flight from Atlanta to Tokyo with wider adoption to come in the summer.”