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How 9/11 turned a new site called Wikipedia into history’s crowdsourced front page

Fast Company: “The volunteers who documented the attacks on the fledgling site were also laying a foundation for its future…Wikipedia.org had only been launched nine months earlier by a digital ad entrepreneur named Jimmy Wales and a graduate student in philosophy named Larry Sanger. By July, hundreds of visitors were arriving a day, many brought… Continue Reading

Zoom is adding live translation services, more hybrid work features

CNET – “Zoom unveils a number of upgrades to the video chat platform to help co-workers connect, whether they’re in the office or working remotely. At its annual Zoomtopia conference on Monday, Zoom unveiled several new features for the video chat platform, aiming to help its millions of users in the transition to the hybrid… Continue Reading

Johns Hopkins Launches Comprehensive Global COVID Behavior Dashboard

Johns Hopkins School of Public Health: “In a global survey fielded last month, more than half of those who are unvaccinated in more than 50 countries indicated they definitely or probably won’t get a COVID-19 vaccine. A new dashboard launched today by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) unpacks the survey findings and… Continue Reading

The ‘Pirate Bay of Science’ Adds 2 Million New Journal Articles

Vice: “On September 5, 2011, the Sci-Hub was born. It’s a place where people can find scientific studies that are typically hidden behind expensive paywalls for free. The site is constantly under legal threat and only periodically uploads. On its tenth birthday, it did what it does best. Uploaded paywalled articles to a database where… Continue Reading

Why Use a Dictionary in the Age of Internet Search?

The New York Times – “Dictionaries reward you for paying attention, both to the things you consume and to your own curiosity…With dictionaries, unknown words become solvable mysteries. Why leave them up to guesswork?…Perhaps because of Webster’s enthusiasm for rules, dictionaries have long had an unfair reputation as arbiters of language, as tools used to… Continue Reading

The Best Antivirus Protection for 2021

PCMag: “Antivirus software is critical for every PC. Without it, your personal information, your data, and even your bank account are all at risk. We’ve tested more than 40 utilities to help you pick the best antivirus protection…We call it antivirus, but in truth it’s unlikely you’ll get hit with an actual computer virus. Malware… Continue Reading

Some of the most iconic 9/11 news coverage is lost. Blame Adobe Flash

CNN Business: “Journalism is often considered the first draft of history, but what happens when that draft is written on a software program that becomes obsolete? Adobe ending support for Flash — its once ubiquitous multimedia content player — last year meant that some of the news coverage of the September 11th attacks and other… Continue Reading

Lowlights from the 2021 ABA Profile of the Legal Profession

RIPS Law Librarians – “The American Bar Association (ABA) recently published the 2021 ABA Profile of the Legal Profession which describes itself as a July 2021 “snapshot of the legal profession.” It contains 11 chapters on topics such as how the pandemic affected lawyers, legal education, lawyer well-being, legal technology and more. The report draws… Continue Reading

Here’s a List of Colleges That Require Students or Employees to Be Vaccinated Against Covid-19

The Chronicle of Higher Education: “As colleges begin the fall semester, they’re deciding whether to require — or just strongly encourage — students to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Below is a map showing the locations of colleges that are requiring vaccines of at least some students or employees. The states are color-coded based on how… Continue Reading

AI Policy and Research Clinic

“The Berkman Klein Center, in collaboration with the City of Helsinki’s Education Division and the AI-transparency company Saidot, hosted a virtual AI Policy Research Clinic to study the ethical governance of artificial intelligence-enhanced technologies deployed to support learning, student wellbeing, and retention in Helsinki’s vocational schools. Part of a Global Network of Internet & Society… Continue Reading