The Guardian: Facebook bans far-right groups including BNP, EDL and Britain First

The Guardian: Facebook bans far-right groups including BNP, EDL and Britain First. “Years after the company first dismissed fears it was empowering extremists, Facebook has permanently banned a number of far-right organisations and individuals including the British National party (BNP), the English Defence League (EDL) and Britain First .”

Kent County Council: KCC’s collection of Parish Registers goes online for the first time

Kent County Council: KCC’s collection of Parish Registers goes online for the first time. “Leading family history website, Findmypast, has today announced the online publication of thousands of original parish registers in partnership with Kent County Council. The new records have been created from more than 3,000 handwritten registers currently held at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone….More than 2.6 million fully-indexed baptism, wedding banns, marriage and burial records spanning more than 400 years of Kent history are now available to search online exclusively.”

Surrey Comet: Launch of project led by KU academics documenting video evidence and testimonies from media inquiry

Surrey Comet: Launch of project led by KU academics documenting video evidence and testimonies from media inquiry. “The event was held last week (April 2) to mark the launch of… a new online project created by a team of academics led by the Journalism Department at [Kingston University]. The Discover Leveson project is focused around a website that gives free and easy access to the public testimony and submissions to the Leveson Inquiry, the UK-based investigation into journalistic practices that was established in the wake of the phone hacking scandal in 2011-12.” If you don’t remember the Leveson Inquiry, the BBC has a FAQ of sorts. I mentioned this in December but it looks like this is the “official” launch.

The Guardian: Social media firms to be penalised for not removing child abuse

The Guardian: Social media firms to be penalised for not removing child abuse. “New laws proposed to tackle social media companies streaming child abuse, extremism, terrorist attacks and cyberbullying have been welcomed by senior police and children’s charities. Launched on Monday, the Online Harms white paper outlines what the government says are tough new laws for internet companies and the ability to enforce them.”

Charity Digital News: The best data resources for UK charities

Charity Digital News: The best data resources for UK charities. “In this article we’ve catalogued some of the best data resources for charities, looking at the partners and educational hubs that charities can use to get a step up into the world of data, and some of the best sources of open data to start exploring once they get a grasp on the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’.” Extensive list, mostly well-annotated.

The Guardian: Social media bosses could be liable for harmful content, leaked UK plan reveals

The Guardian: Social media bosses could be liable for harmful content, leaked UK plan reveals. “Social media executives could be held personally liable for harmful content distributed on their platforms, leaked plans for a long-awaited government crackdown obtained by the Guardian reveal.”