MENAFN: Discover Puerto Rico first to offer live guided tours through Google Earth. “Discover Puerto Rico is the first destination to offer live guided tours via Google Earth, transporting at-home wanderlusters to iconic locations on the Island such as Flamenco Beach in Culebra, Toro Verde in Orocovis and Domes Beach in Rincón (pictured left to right), during National Travel and Tourism Week (May 3-9).” Old story but an interesting idea.
PR Newswire: Discover Puerto Rico First to Offer Live Guided Tours Through Google Earth (PRESS RELEASE). “As most of us enter another week of shelter-in-place mandates, Discover Puerto Rico is the first destination to entertain and educate would-be tourists by transporting them through Google Earth on live guided tours throughout the Island. Jorge Montalvo from Patria Tours will be hosting a series of three live guided tours utilizing Google Earth, during National Travel and Tourism Week (May 3-9). Participants will feel like they are actually in Puerto Rico, seeing the Island’s natural wonders, off the beaten path experiences, and cultural offerings, with the ability to interact and ask questions along the way.” The tours are free.
Local 12: Puerto Rico seeks ban on flights from US COVID-19 hot spots. “Puerto Rico’s governor on Wednesday asked federal officials to ban all flights from U.S. cities with a high number of coronavirus cases to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. territory.”
Techdirt: Puerto Rico’s Justice Department Demanded Info From Facebook About Journalists Who Livestreamed Protests. “While the DOJ and FBI have dealt with some limited repercussions due to their targeting of First Amendment activities (which includes targeting Muslims because they’re Muslims), it really hasn’t promised to stop doing this. Nor has it been told to stop doing this. Instead, the DOJ has simply made it slightly more difficult for investigators to violate people’s rights. The Intercept has done some investigating of its own and discovered the FBI actively engaged in First Amendment violations for years during its partnership with Puerto Rican law enforcement agencies.”
Remezcla: Hasta ‘Bajo Is the First Digital & Physical Archive of Puerto Rican Reggaetón. “Patricia Velázquez once tried to search any records of the word ‘reggaetón’ on the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueño’s official website. She came up emptyhanded, so she plotted a way to change this.” I knew what reggae was, obviously, but not reggaetón. Fact Magazine has an extensive overview. I think the next hour or so of RB will be accompanied by this soundtrack.
Phys .org: Scientists race to document Puerto Rico’s coastal heritage. “A group of U.S.-based scientists is rushing to document indigenous sites along Puerto Rico’s coast dating back a couple of thousand years before rising sea levels linked to climate change destroy a large chunk of the island’s heritage that is still being discovered.”
New York Times: Google Digitizes Artworks in Puerto Rico for 1st Time. “‘Goyita’ is one of more than 350 paintings from Puerto Rico that Google Arts & Culture digitized for the first time with help from ‘Hamilton’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who unveiled late Thursday the online exhibition that features work from four Puerto Rico art institutions.”
Phys.org: Researchers analyze use of social media to influence politics during uprising . “When the people of Puerto Rico took to the streets after a series of government corruption scandals this past July, a group of researchers took the opportunity to determine the role of social media in the organization and dissemination of the protests, marches and other activities that occurred.”
Pacific Standard: A New Database Tracks The Fate Of Hurricane Maria’s Indirect Victims. “These deaths and nearly 500 others are recorded in a new database released by three journalism organizations: the Associated Press, the Center for Investigative Journalism in Puerto Rico, and Quartz. The organizations collected reports from Puerto Ricans who believed their loved ones died as a result of Hurricane Maria but whose death certificates didn’t indicate storm conditions as a cause of death. The database is a more personal portrait of Maria’s victims, most of whom died not directly because of Maria’s winds and flooding, but indirectly because of a lack of electricity, medical care, and communication in the wake of the storm.”
ENDI: Map for community management. “[Vivian Moreno] is concerned about the reliability of the statistics provided by the government of Puerto Rico and the political-partisan perspective for many public issues. Yesterday, the goal behind a workshop organized by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College was to work, somehow, the data issue. The idea was simple: to create a database between different Puerto Rican communities in order to stop relying on government information, and move aid and resources where they are needed.”
University of Oregon: Ethnic Studies archival team releases digital archive on Puerto Rico. “Over the next eleven months, visit us regularly for new interviews, bibliographies, stories, photographic journeys, and more educational materials pertinent to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Co-create knowledge with us! Share stories with us through our UO Puerto Rico Project Facebook Page , our UO Puerto Rico Project Twitter,  our hashtag #uoprproject, and our UO Puerto Rico Project YouTube Channel. ”
LA Times: Google parent turns on internet balloons in Puerto Rico . “Google’s parent Alphabet Inc. said Friday that its stratospheric balloons are now delivering the internet to remote areas of Puerto Rico where cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria. Two of the search giant’s ‘Project Loon’ balloons are already over the island enabling texts, emails and basic web access to AT&T customers with handsets that use its 4G LTE network.”
Washington Post: We’ve created a Twitter bot that provides hourly updates on the situation in Puerto Rico. “On Wednesday we added a new tool: A Twitter account, @pr_recovery. Every hour, when our system checks status.pr for new data, the account will tweet an update on the efforts on the island. Each hour we’ll include numbers on power and water access; on other hours, we’ll add in other figures, too, such as the extent of phone coverage or bus service.”
Reuters: Google to use balloons to provide Puerto Rico cell service. “The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said late on Friday it had approved Alphabet Inc’s application to provide emergency cellular service to Puerto Rico through balloons. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico has struggled to regain communications services. The FCC said on Friday that 83 percent of cell sites remain out of service, while wireless communications company are deploying temporary sites.”
Digital Trends: Puerto Rico Website Is Keeping Track Of The Island’s Re-Emerging Infrastructure. “The site went live on September 29, and it shows the small signs of progress that are happening on the island. The number of supermarkets that are now open has risen from 49 percent to 65 percent in the past few days, and 814 of the island’s 1,100 gas stations are operating. There are fewer people and pets taking refuge in shelters. “