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Freemasons, Minnesota Suffragettes, Thunderbird, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, August 30, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Ballymena Times: Freemasons complete online legacy during Covid-19 Lockdown. “Project organisers, Freemasons Ivan Gillespie and David Martin were determined to move their stunning collection of interesting artefacts and documents into an online museum for all to see.”

Minnesota Historical Society: MNHS Marks 100 Years Since Passage of 19th Amendment with Online Exhibit. “Developed in partnership with the League of Women Voters Minnesota, the exhibit shares the stories of more than 40 Minnesota women whose commitment to civic responsibility, as well as the many voices who have been left out, can inspire us to participate more fully in the democratic process.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

ZDNet: Thunderbird e-mail client survives Mozilla layoffs. “Recently, Mozilla laid off almost a quarter of its staff. That meant bad news for its flagship Firefox web browser. And some people wondered if this also meant that Thunderbird, Mozilla’s e-mail client with 25 million users, was on its way out. It’s not. Thunderbird is safe.”

USEFUL STUFF

Bustle: 3 Free Apps That Make It Easy To Edit TikTok Videos . “There is a plethora of different video-editing apps out there for you to try your hand at. But picking the right editing app for you takes a little time. Plus, if you aren’t in the mood to drop some cash on editing apps, filtering apps that are free is important as well. Lucky for you, you don’t have to spend time scrolling through the hundreds of different apps available to you in the App Store. There are a few solid fan-favorites out there when it comes to editing apps for TikTok videos — and the best part is that they’re all free. This way, you can make fun and creative TikTok videos without breaking the bank. Win, win!”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

BuzzFeed News: The Latest TikTok Trend Is Venting About Your MAGA Parents. “TikTok is where Bridgette Olek told the world she had to leave her father’s Minnesota lake house after he discovered she’d protested at a Black Lives Matter rally in Fargo, North Dakota. Tensions between the two had been brewing for a while. He’s Republican and a Trump supporter. She’s ‘the polar opposite.’ Olek said the final break came when she went to a protest instead of entertaining family members who were visiting for the weekend. Her father asked her to leave, so she packed up her van and headed to other parts of Minnesota, then North Dakota, then Arizona, and finally North Carolina — for now.”

New York Times: Big Tech’s Domination of Business Reaches New Heights. “American tech titans flew high before the coronavirus pandemic, making billions of dollars a year. Now, the upheaval has lifted them to new heights, putting the industry in a position to dominate American business in a way unseen since the days of railroads.”

Reuters: Exclusive: Facebook employees internally question policy after India content controversy – sources, memos. “The world’s largest social network is battling a public-relations and political crisis in India after the Wall Street Journal reported that Das opposed applying the company’s hate-speech rules to a politician from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party who had in posts called Muslims traitors.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Committee to Protect Journalists: Facebook India executive files criminal complaint against journalist. “Facebook regional director Ankhi Das should withdraw her criminal complaint against journalist Awesh Tiwari, and respect citizens’ rights to criticize her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On August 16, Das, Facebook’s public policy director for India, South, and Central Asia, filed a criminal complaint with the cyber unit of the Delhi police, accusing Tiwari and other social media users of threatening her, ‘making sexually coloured remarks,’ and defaming her, according to news website Newslaundry and a copy of the complaint shared on social media.”

CNET: Facebook sues company allegedly behind data-stealing scheme. “Facebook filed a lawsuit Thursday against MobiBurn, alleging that apps using code written by the data monetization company harvested information about the social network’s users without permission.”

The Hill: Trump asks Supreme Court to let him block critics on Twitter. “The Trump administration on [August 20] asked the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that found President Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking his critics on Twitter. The lawsuit arose in 2017 after Trump’s social media account blocked seven people who had tweeted criticism of the president in comment threads linked to his @realDonaldTrump Twitter handle.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

CKPGToday: New interactive map allows British Columbians to view river quality trends across B.C.. “Using an interactive map of B.C., people will now be able to view 10-year water quality trends in certain rivers with data compiled from the Canada-B.C. Water Quality Monitoring Program. The program has been in place since 1985. Data collected is also used to determine the current status of water quality, detect emerging issues that may threaten aquatic life and support the development of guidelines for water, fish and sediment.”

Penn State: Mining Twitter data may help National Parks staff gather feedback faster. “The National Park system has been referred to as one of America’s national treasures. A team of Penn State researchers in the department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management and the Social Science Research Institute, report that mining tweets about the park may open up a rich vein of information that could lead to better service for park visitors while still protecting these national treasures and their wildlife.” Good morning, Internet…

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Ancestry security team confident Family Tree Maker vulnerability has not impacted Ancestry’s systems

We have been alerted to a potential security vulnerability at the MacKiev Company, which owns Family Tree Maker software. While we no longer have formal affiliation with the company, Family Tree Maker is used by some Ancestry customers to sync family trees between Family Tree Maker software and Ancestry. Based on our investigation, we do Read More

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DearMYRTLE’s March 2020 Webinars

DearREADERS,

Here is the lineup of DearMYRTLE webinars in March 2020. Attend the live sessions to get all the URLs and pose questions. The archived webinars will post to YouTube usually with 24 hours of the broadcast. See:
http://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE

Times posted are Mountain US – daylight when applicable.

Monday, March 2
10:00am

 Mondays with Myrt
Wednesday, March 4
7:00pm

 WACKY Wednesday with DearMYRTLE
Monday, March 9
10:00am

 Mondays with Myrt
Wednesday, March 11
7:00pm

 WACKY Wednesday with DearMYRTLE
Monday, March 16
10:00am

 Mondays with Myrt
Wednesday, March 18
7:00pm

 WACKY Wednesday with DearMYRTLE
Monday, March 23
10:00am

 Mondays with Myrt
Wednesday, March 25
7:00pm

 The Archive Lady joins WACKY Wednesday
Monday, March 30
10:00am

 Mondays with Myrt

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Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     🙂
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Announcing: Mini-Myrt Meetings

UPDATED: Now that many churches are offering virtual services, we will hold Mini-Myrt Tuesdays through Saturdays.


DearREADERS,


Cousin Russ and Ol’ Myrt here are excited to announce Mini-Myrt Meetings to be held Tues-Sat starting at noon Eastern (daylight when applicable.) People have been clamoring for more time together, but I think study groups would be too intense. If we must practice in-person social distancing, virtual meetings are the way to go.

We have “Mondays with Myrt” webinars at Noon Eastern. These Mini-Myrt Meetings will be 20-minutes Zoom meetings, and less formal with likely more conversation.

GOALS

🤗 PROVIDE an upbeat diversion during the pandemic isolation period.

🤗DEMONSTRATE how easy it is to use Zoom meetings.
🤗ENCOURAGE others to use free Zoom technology to keep in contact with their FAN club.

DIRECTIONS
1. With your web browser go to https://bit.ly/minimyrt
2. Register once. This is what the Zoom Meeting completed registration screen looks like:
LEGEND
A. Meeting Registration is approved.
B. Dates & Times are Mountain Time. Your time zone will show up appropriately because of the date/time set on your computer.
C. You may click “Add to Calendar” and choose from Google Calendar, Outlook Calendar (.ics) or Yahoo Calendar.
D. Join using a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device including Chromebooks, and below find your personal link to the meeting. You will also receive a confirmation email with that personal link to join. Do not lose that email.

E. You do not have to attend every Mini-Myrt, and you may cancel at any time.
MYRT’S HELPFUL HINTS
Zoom Meetings are easy to attend. Click on your personal URL, and you’ll will be in a waiting room until the host (me!) opens the meeting. As we have been practicing Zoom Meetings in our Zoom Webinar after parties, this will be  super  easy. Those of you who have attended SLIG Virtual Courses, Zoom Meetings were the format used there. (One exception – Virtual Nordic was in webinar format, because SLIG wanted to record and possibly distribute the lectures at another time.)
Zoom Webinars – You arrive as an “attendee” and will see designated panelists and whatever screen sharing is permitted by the host. Panelists must turn on their mics and webcams for you to hear and see them. You may communicate with others using the typed chat option  unless the host/co-host turn on your mic, or changes your status to panelist. 
Zoom Meetings – Everyone arrives with equal status, though the host/co-host have additional authorities. You have control of your mic and webcam. You do not need a mic or webcam to participate, as the chat dialog box is available to all.
Note: DearMYRTLE has set up her Zoom webinars and Zoom meetings to prevent file sharing and 1on1 chats, to avoid hackers sending a virus or distributing unsolicited business offers. There are additional Zoom options, but Ol’ Myrt here is keeping it simple.
Set up your own Zoom account herehttps://zoom.us/pricing
Yes, Zoom meetings have free and paid ($14.99 month) options. This video conferencing is fast becoming possible for keeping in touch with your FAN club. See Elizabeth Shown Mills, “QuickLesson 11: Identity Problems & the FAN Principle,” Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage (https://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/quicklesson-11-identity-problems-fan-principle : 23 Mar 2020).

If you value the interactive genealogy education provided in DearMYRTLE webinars, please consider donating. THANK-YOU in advance.
paypal.me/DearMYRTLE

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     🙂
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UPDATED: You, too, Can ZOOM!

DearREADERS,
Cousin Russ and I just completed an updated version of “You, Too, Can ZOOM!” and the video is embedded below. We host Mondays with Myrt in Zoom Webinar format and recommend the less formal Zoom Meetings for family gatherings and business team meetings.

Our recording explains the basic differences between the more formal Zoom Webinars ($$) and the free Zoom Meetings. 

Here’s the link to DearMYRTLE’s “I ZOOM, Do You?” handout that describes the equipment we regularly use. It’s of course, a shared document in Google Drive! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DjCfPPalVdmwnp_K-SmdVnYkpyvrrg76/view

RESOURCES
  • Zoom’s YouTube Channel is chock full of short 1-2 minute training videos. Some are from the attendees’ point of view, others from the host point of view. Ol’ Myrt here particularly recommends the “How to ZoomPlaylist located here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKpRxBfeD1kEM_I1lId3N_Xl77fKDzSXe
  • DearMYRTLE & Cousin Russ are on standby to assist with a free 15 minute consultation.

If you value the interactive genealogy education provided in DearMYRTLE webinars, please consider donating. THANK-YOU in advance.

paypal.me/DearMYRTLE

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     🙂
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy
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Twitter: @DearMYRTLE

Second Life: Clarise Beaumont

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What’s “Zoom Bombing” and WHY you should care

Avoiding “Zoom Bombing” takes planning. 

DearREADERS,

Today’s news reported the sad tale of a naked man interrupting a school committee meeting. 
Though such disruptive behavior is referred to as “Zoom Bombing,” literally any virtual meeting platform can be vulnerable. This would include the service you are considering for your society and family group meetings, such as Web-X, GoToMeeting, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Adobe Connect, Stream Yard, YouTube live streaming, Facebook Live and Webinar Jam – to name a few. 
Avoid such disruptions by careful event set up and employing only tech savvy hosts supported by multiple co-hosts. The number of co-hosts should increase as does the size of your attendee list. Each co-host accepts a specific monitoring assignment. 
For optimum security, be sure the service chosen has the ability to:
— require registration (the perp can be tracked down via law enforcement.)
— require a waiting room
— set “do not readmit if removed.”
— banning
— set attendee webcams to off on arrival
— use webinar (with a dedicated panel, but can turn on mic and/or webcams for an additional panelist one at a time) 
— for high-profile public meetings, use a tightly controlled virtual platform 
— do not permit change in virtual background while live. 
— set so only 1 participant can share screen at a time. 
— set so only host can screen share 
— have multiple co-hosts (1-2 to admit people, 2 to watch chat, 2 to watch attendees profile pics, 2 to watch Q&A, and grow these number as participant list grows, etc. etc.)
— change chat to “host only”
— use Q&A instead of chat
— do not permit renaming one’s profile. 
— etc.
— etc. 
Google Meet is particularly vulnerable for very public meetings, as it has fewer controls than most virtual meeting platforms. However for what we’d consider a select, private audience like an elementary school setting, Google Meet may work well with the added benefit of a Google Classroom integration. 
There are enhanced security settings that can be employed at additional cost:
— permit only domain-specific attendees (everyone uses their company email to register)
— 2-part authentication 
— sign-in with SSO
— logins as required by DOD
There are reasons I’d currently recommend Zoom or Stream Yard. 
In all the years of hosting virtual meetings Cousin Russ and I have had two intruders (audio, chat) that were immediately banned. We’ve never had a streaker. 

I can only surmise that the school committee meeting in the news article didn’t have enough experienced staff to employ built-in Zoom safeguards. It takes a dedicated IT person to keep on top of industry standards. 
We all need a Cousin Russ. 🤗
————
If you value the interactive genealogy education provided in DearMYRTLE webinars, please consider donating. THANK-YOU in advance.
paypal.me/DearMYRTLE

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     🙂
DearMYRTLE,
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Dear Randy: "How Can I Find Living Descendants with the Surname of a Historical Person?"

A Genea-Musings reader asked this question in email recently because they want to find someone descended from a War of 1812 soldier in their home town with the same surname.

1)  I had two thoughts:

* Search on Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, and other online family trees for the historical person, and see if you can find information down to the present (or the generation that died before now) with that name.  But how do I sort out hundreds/thousands of names to find the ones I want?

* Search on FamilySearch Family Tree, Geni World Tree or WikiTree for descendants of the historical person. Can a Descendants Report be created?

I recalled that Puzzilla could provide a Descendants Tree for a historical person.  I looked on FamilySearch Family Tree for a Descendants Report and did not find the capability.

2)  I recalled that I could import a bare-bones family tree (names, relationships, dates, places only) of a historical person into RootsMagic from FamilySearch Family Tree.  With that tree, I could then create a Descendants list or a Descendants Report that would have names, dates and places, but no sources.  However, it would have only deceased profiles, so to find a living person in the town, I would have to search newspapers, social media, and people finders, but having the bare-bones family tree might reduce the effort of getting to the unknown living persons in the specific town.

In order to demonstrate this process, I’m going to do it with one of my tree families.

3)  Can I find current San Diego residents who are descendants of Valentine Sevier (1712-1803) who settled in Virginia?  Here is his profile (MXM6-X3V0 in FamilySearch Family Tree:

*  I noted the FS ID number MXM6-X3V because I need it to put into RootsMagic.

*  With RootsMagic open, I clicked on “File” and then “New” and saw the “Create a new RootsMagic file” and entered the new file name:

*  When I clicked on “OK” the new file opened.  It was empty.  I clicked on “File” and “FamilySearch Central” and logged into FamilySearch:

*  I clicked on the “Import” button in the top row of icons, and selected “Use FamilySearch person with this ID” and selected 0 generations of ancestors and 12 generations of descendants:

*  I clicked on the “Import” button on the screen above.  There is a message that says it may take a long time.  I started at 2:10 p.m.  Here is a screen shot 20 minutes into the import:

*  I cut the download off after 70 minutes.  There are 7734 persons in the RootsMagic family tree file, all descendants (and their spouses) of Valentine Sevier.

*  Here is the Family View for Valentine Sevier (1702-1803):

*  I can now make a Descendants Report for Valentine Sevier by clicking on “Reports” then “Narrative Report” then selecting “Descendants” and “NGSQ” on the screen below.

*  Now I have a 1107 page report for 6 generations of descendants of Valentine Sevier, with a name and place index.  I can check the town of interest and see what descendants are living in that town.

4)  Of course, this is a family tree from FamilySearch submissions, and any name, relationship, date or place may be wrong.  The names may be incomplete, some dates may be missing, the places may not be standardized, and there are no sources in this import.  However, if I find a descendant of interest, I can go into each ancestor in their line back to Valentine Sevier and check the sources given for each ancestor.  My experience in FamilySearch Family tree has been pretty good – there are many profiles with errors, but if the profile has names of parents, a birth date and place, and a spouse’s information, the information between 1750 and 1940 is pretty good.  In the case of Valentine Sevier, there is a Sevier genealogy book available too from which significant information was obtained to submit to the Family Tree.

5)  In this example, I looked for a deceased Sevier descendant of Valentine Sevier in San Diego County.  I found one Sevier who died in 1949 in San Diego whose family is not in FamilySearch Family Tree.  An obituary for him might provide a wife’s name, children names, etc. California birth records might provide children’s names, and a people finder site might find their phone number. I could contact them if I wanted to.

6)  For my email correspondent, the tree took only 6 minutes to import, had only 474 persons, and RootsMagic created a 57 page descendants report.  I emailed it to her in 30 minutes after starting on the project.  She was thrilled!  She reviewed the report, and easily found a person with the same surname in the town of interest, and used a people finder program to get a phone number, called the number, and a daughter answered, heard her story, and confirmed the descendancy.  The town will soon have a War of 1812 memorial for their honored person who settled there early in the town’s history, and the family will know more of their family history.

7)  It’s amazing what genealogy/family tree management programs can do.  The above is one thing that no online tree can do at the present time as quickly and efficiently as RootsMagic does, IMHO.

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Understanding the Importance and History of Juneteenth

Historian and host of the PBS television series “Finding Your Roots,” co-produced by Ancestry®, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. writes about why we commemorate Juneteenth, and explains the history behind the day (June 19).   “Juneteenth celebrates a declaration of freedom in Texas that occurred two months after Confederate Commander Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Union commander Read More

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Twitter, WordPress, File Extractors, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, August 6, 2020

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Twitter Blog: New labels for government and state-affiliated media accounts. “Twitter provides an unmatched way to connect with, and directly speak to public officials and representatives. This direct line of communication with leaders and officials has helped to democratize political discourse and increase transparency and accountability. We also took steps to protect that discourse because we believe political reach should be earned not bought. In 2019, we banned all state-backed media advertising and political advertising from Twitter. Today we’re expanding the types of political accounts we label.”

WordPress 5.5 Release Candidate 2 is now available. “WordPress 5.5 is slated for release on August 11, 2020, but we need your help to get there—if you haven’t tried 5.5 yet, now is the time!”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: Best Tools to Extract Zip and Rar Files Online. “Extracting data from a Zip or Rar file is pretty easy – there are desktop tools that do the job just fine. However, there are times you may find yourself on a computer which does not allow installations of tools, such as a public library PC. Fortunately, you can still extract files using online tools that require no installations. Let’s take a look at the best tools to extract Zip and Rar files online.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

NPR: Twitter, Facebook Remove Trump Post Over False Claim About Children And COVID-19 . “Twitter temporarily blocked the Trump election campaign account from tweeting until it removed a post with a video clip from a Fox News interview from Wednesday morning, in which the president urged schools to reopen, falsely claiming that children are ‘almost immune from this disease.’ Facebook also removed a post containing the same video from Trump’s personal page. Both Facebook and Twitter said the post violated their rules on COVID-19 misinformation.”

Washington Post: Facebook’s fact-checkers have ruled claims in Trump ads are false — but no one is telling Facebook’s users. “Fact-checkers were unanimous in their assessments when President Trump began claiming in June that Democrat Joe Biden wanted to ‘defund’ police forces. PolitiFact called the allegations ‘false,’ as did CheckYourFact. The Associated Press detailed ‘distortions’ in Trump’s claims. FactCheck.org called an ad airing them ‘deceptive.’ Another site, the Dispatch, said there is ‘nothing currently to support’ Trump’s claims. But these judgments, made by five fact-checking organizations that are part of Facebook’s independent network for policing falsehoods on the platform, were not shared with Facebook’s users. That is because the company specifically exempts politicians from its rules against deception. Ads containing the falsehoods continue to run freely on the platform, without any kind of warning or label.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Sydney Morning Herald: Google and Facebook face fines and algorithm transparency under new code. “Google and Facebook will have three months to agree to revenue-sharing deals with Australian media companies before independent arbitrators intervene under a new landmark code designed to tackle the market power amassed by the US tech giants. Draft laws unveiled by the Morrison government and competition watchdog on Friday will impose a raft of conditions on the digital platforms, forcing them to compensate news media businesses for using their content and be more transparent about their data and algorithms.”

CNBC: Twitter says security flaw may have exposed Android users’ direct messages. “Twitter on Wednesday disclosed a new security vulnerability that may have exposed the direct messages of users who access the service using Android devices. Specifically, the vulnerability could have exposed the private data of Twitter users running devices with Android OS versions 8 and 9, the company said.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

FedScoop: DOD needs some help digitizing a massive collection of respiratory disease samples. “The Department of Defense has the world’s largest collection of pathology specimens, including ‘invaluable’ data from the 1918 influenza pandemic. Now it wants help to digitize it. Digitizing the collection of more than a hundred years of data —in the form of 55 million glass slides, 31 million paraffin-embedded tissue blocks and 500,000 wet tissue samples — would create a potentially exquisite machine learning database for computers to gain broader understanding of global health issues.”

VentureBeat: New ‘unselfie’ AI technique makes your selfies look like posed portraits. “Folks snap self-portraits with their smartphones all the time, whether for the benefit of followers on Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn. But these ‘selfies’ tend to look unnatural because they require that the subject stretch out their arms in order to capture the best angle. Fortunately, researchers at Adobe Research, the University of California, Berkeley, and KU Leuven in Flanders have developed an AI technique that automatically translates selfies into neutral-pose portraits. By identifying a target pose and generating a body texture, it’s able to refine and composite a person on a given self-portrait’s background.” Good evening, Internet…

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Haiti Educational NGOs, Paper-Mâché Horses, VoteByMail, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, August 8, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Thanks very much to Win Flint for letting me know about her new site, and I’m sorry it had to sit in the queue for almost a week. It’s called Educational NGOs in Haiti. From the front page: “This website is for non-governmental (NGO) schools in Haiti to share resources and make connections. Given the nature of the transportation and communications infrastructure in Haiti this can be difficult. It is also a place for sharing evidence-based research that can be useful in improving the educational operation of schools in Haiti.”

The Calvert Journal: Watch the birdie: how a papier-mâché horse in Tbilisi Zoo grew into a popular photo studio. “I was born in Tbilisi in the 1980s, back when the country was still a part of the Soviet Union. Visiting the zoo was a special event for me: it meant that I would get a Plombir ice cream, a cup of sparkling gazirovka (a non-alcoholic sparkling beverage), and a ride on an amusement ride adjacent to the premises. But the highlight of the day would always be getting the chance to sit on the papier-mâché horse that looked like it had galloped from a merry-go-round ride. I remember being helped onto the horse, filled with anticipation and excitement at having my photo taken, but also overcome with shyness in front of the photographer.” The author is working with the descendants of the photographer to crowdsource a collection of these images. This essay is so good. Grab a tissue and read it.

The Verge: VoteByMail makes it easier to request a mail-in ballot ahead of the election. “Registering to vote by mail can be a tricky process that varies depending on the state you reside in. You’ll often need to find the right website, the right form, fill in the correct info, and find the right election official to submit the paperwork. VoteByMail streamlines the process by finding your local election official, assembling some basic information needed to request a ballot, and sending the whole thing off for you. You should still check with your local board of elections if you do not receive a mail-in ballot, to ensure you can vote when election season arrives.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Revelstoke Review: Revelstoke’s forestry museum launches podcasts and new website. “Gary Xie started working for the [BC Interior Forestry Museum] in mid-May from his home in Surrey, Ont. He has never seen the museum and never been to Revelstoke. He was supposed to move to Revelstoke at the half-way point of his contract, however, he had trouble finding safe, single-space accommodation. However Xie continued to work remotely, updating the museums website and eventually, creating a podcast for the museum, featuring professionals in the local forestry industry.”

ProPublica: After a Year of Investigation, the Border Patrol Has Little to Say About Agents’ Misogynistic and Racist Facebook Group. “The Border Patrol vowed a full accounting after ProPublica revealed hateful posts in the private Facebook group. Now congressional investigators say the agency is blocking them and revealing little about its internal investigation.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

CNN: Facebook bans ads from pro-Trump PAC. “Facebook announced Thursday it was banning ads from The Committee to Defend the President, a pro-Trump super PAC. Facebook did not say how long the ban would last.”

Hyde Park Herald: Museum of Science and Industry wins grant to digitize 7,000 artifacts. “The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, has received a grant $225,782 to digitize a major part of its collection of more than 35,000 artifacts. The funds will pay for the MSI to create a website that will give free public access to 7,000 artifacts for the first time.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Deutsche Welle: Brazil top court sets precedent by banning global access to social media accounts. “Once again, Facebook and Twitter are finding themselves caught in the crossfire as Brazil’s top court goes after suspected purveyors of fake news. Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes ordered both platforms to block accounts spreading illegal content. The fact that national Brazilian judges are having international social media accounts blocked is a novelty and could have global repercussions.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

University of Texas at San Antonio: UTSA experts find bias in disease-tracking algorithms that analyze social media. “Social media has become the latest method to monitor the spread of diseases such as influenza or coronavirus. However, machine learning algorithms used to train and classify tweets have an inherent bias because they do not account for how minority groups potentially communicate health information.”

KTSP: New website tracks broadband access and internet speed across Minnesota. “The Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition is asking people to take the speed test on their website. Participants give their address or a nearby location data. The website then measures the download and upload speeds of the internet connection. The results are then recorded and displayed on a map. Green dots indicate a fast connection; red dots equal a slow connection.”

ABC News (Australia): Australia needs a soil database to prepare for future fires, scientists say. “The academics recently wrote a paper saying last summer’s bushfires had ravaged soils, damaging agricultural and environmental recovery.” Good morning, Internet…

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