Government Accountability Office: Breaking Down Barriers to Broadband Access

Government Accountability Office: Breaking Down Barriers to Broadband Access. “What would your life be like without broadband internet? For many people, it’s hard to imagine not having critical services and resources at their fingertips on a daily basis. But millions of people—mostly in rural areas—still don’t have broadband access…. Federal efforts to provide broadband access to all span multiple presidential administrations. Today’s WatchBlog post explores our work about some of the ongoing challenges to achieving this goal.”

New York Times: On TikTok, Election Misinformation Thrives Ahead of Midterms

New York Times: On TikTok, Election Misinformation Thrives Ahead of Midterms. “In Germany, TikTok accounts impersonated prominent political figures during the country’s last national election. In Colombia, misleading TikTok posts falsely attributed a quotation from one candidate to a cartoon villain and allowed a woman to masquerade as another candidate’s daughter. In the Philippines, TikTok videos amplified sugarcoated myths about the country’s former dictator and helped his son prevail in the country’s presidential race. Now, similar problems have arrived in the United States.”

Department of Health and Human Services: Federal Health Agencies Unveil National Tool to Measure Health Impacts of Environmental Burdens

Department of Health and Human Services: Federal Health Agencies Unveil National Tool to Measure Health Impacts of Environmental Burdens . “Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Environmental Justice, announce the release of the Environmental Justice Index (EJI). The EJI builds off existing environmental justice indexes to provide a single environmental justice score for local communities across the United States so that public health officials can identify and map areas most at risk for the health impacts of environmental burden.”

West Virginia University: WVU Libraries receives second LYRASIS grant to support portal for congressional archives

West Virginia University: WVU Libraries receives second LYRASIS grant to support portal for congressional archives. “West Virginia University Libraries has been awarded a $39,300 LYRASIS Catalyst Fund grant to support the American Congress Digital Archives Portal, congressarchives.lib.wvu.edu, the first-ever online portal that brings together congressional archives from repositories throughout the United States.”

PRWeb: Envision Innovative Solutions Announces Release of Augmented Reality App for U.S. Capitol Visitor Center (PRESS RELEASE)

PRWeb: Envision Innovative Solutions Announces Release of Augmented Reality App for U.S. Capitol Visitor Center (PRESS RELEASE). “Envision Innovative Solutions, an extended reality technology developer, announced the release of ‘Who Are the People,’ a free augmented reality (AR) app the company developed for the U.S. Architect of the Capitol. Users can interact with statues displayed in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center by using their camera phone to virtually place statues in any location and experience interactive content paired with audio from museum curators.”

Knight First Amendment Institute: Newly Released Office of Legal Counsel Opinions from 1952-1971 Illuminate Government Policy During Civil Rights Era

Knight First Amendment Institute: Newly Released Office of Legal Counsel Opinions from 1952-1971 Illuminate Government Policy During Civil Rights Era. “The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University today published for the first time a set of Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) memos authored between 1952 and 1971 pertaining to desegregation policies and civil rights law.”

Rafu Shimpo: First National Names Monument Honoring JAs Incarcerated During WWII to Launch in Fall

Rafu Shimpo: First National Names Monument Honoring JAs Incarcerated During WWII to Launch in Fall. “With the support of a $3.4 million grant from the Mellon Foundation, the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture is creating Irei: National Monument for the WWII Japanese American Incarceration, a multi-faceted project to address the erasure of the identities of individuals of Japanese ancestry who experienced wartime incarceration.”

The National News: UK and US sign data access pact to share social media and phone data to tackle terrorism

The National News: UK and US sign data access pact to share social media and phone data to tackle terrorism. “The UK and US have signed a data access agreement to share social media and phone information to tackle major crimes, including terrorism. The new agreement will come into force in October and will allow either nation to immediately access phone and social media data to help in major investigations, Britain’s Home Office said.”

The Guardian: US tourist injured falling into Mount Vesuvius crater after taking selfie

The Guardian: US tourist injured falling into Mount Vesuvius crater after taking selfie. “The 23-year-old and his family reached the 1,281m-high (4,202ft) summit of the volcano towering over the southern Italian city of Naples after bypassing a visitor turnstile and proceeding along an out-of-bounds path. The man was taking a selfie, according to local press reports, when his phone slipped out of his hand and into the mouth of the volcano.”

New York Times: Disinformation Has Become Another Untouchable Problem in Washington

New York Times: Disinformation Has Become Another Untouchable Problem in Washington. “There is wide agreement across the federal government that coordinated disinformation campaigns threaten to exacerbate public health emergencies, stoke ethnic and racial divisions and even undermine democracy itself. The board’s fate, however, has underscored how deeply partisan the issue has become in Washington, making it nearly impossible to consider addressing the threat.”

New-to-me: Northeast Slavery Records Index

New-to-me: the Northeast Slavery Records Index. From the front page: “The Northeast Slavery Records Index (NESRI) is an online searchable compilation of records that identify individual enslaved persons and enslavers in the states of New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Jersey. NESRI indexes census records, slave trade transactions, cemetery records, birth certifications, manumissions, ship inventories, newspaper accounts, private narratives, legal documents and many other sources.”

New York Times: What the BA.5 Subvariant Could Mean for the United States

New York Times: What the BA.5 Subvariant Could Mean for the United States. “The most transmissible variant yet of the coronavirus is threatening a fresh wave of infections in the United States, even among those who have recovered from the virus fairly recently. The subvariant of Omicron known as BA.5 is now dominant, according to federal estimates released Tuesday, and together with BA.4, another subvariant, it is fueling an outbreak of cases and hospitalizations.”