Showing posts from 2015

China/Russia collecting info to manipulate American officials

A US official reports that both China and Russia are collecting confidential data stolen in cyber attacks from websites (like Ashley Madison and the US Office of Personnel Management) to manipulate, threaten, blackmail government officials, including intelligence officers, into giving their nations American information. This is scary on a whole new level. Government sites remain in worse shape than commercial sites from a security perspective. What are we doing as a result? Nothing that is being reported. I bet we are doing the same in both China and Russia and probably in other countries as well.Read more about it here

rethinking autoplay

When a murderer shot and killed two US journalists last week in Virginia, he posted his video of the murders online. The video was then automatically uploaded and shared with Facebook and Twitter users without any warnings, upsetting the victims' families and many people who viewed the video without warning or desire. The viewers were linked to additional people who were then suddenly presented with the video, again without warnings. Both FB and Twitter removed the video and related tweets once they were informed of them. Users want more control over such videos and warnings. Read more about it here

Digital Archaeology

A company called Digital Archaeology is creating digital documentation of historic sites in an attempt to preserve, in a new way, the historic physical record of structures and sites for the future. Due to the record of increasing ISIS destruction, DA has sped up their pace significantly, racing to document before the structures and sites are gone. More power to them!  Read more about it here

FB 1 billion users

Facebook has reached a record billion users in 1 day. Amazing. What will it be like when all the nations are connected to the Internet and can access FB? Will they find relatives lost to war, offer memories of events the rest of know little or nothing about? It could have a major impact on history and documentation. Hopefully it will also have a positive impact on moving forward into the future. Read more about it here

There are really no secrets in the Internet world.

The site for married people engaging in infidelity, Ashley Madison, experienced a massive dump of personal data involving about 6800 senders and 3600 recipients. Now there is an investigation of the CEO Noel Biderman and his emails which were among those released. Names and information (some fake) have been released. People are freaking out over their private data being released. Apparently, they are afraid that someone will find out they are a cheater and that may impact both their lives, marriages, families and maybe their careers. Too bad they didn't consider this sooner. Read more about it here

Update: at least two people have killed themselves. The parent company is offering a large reward for information on the hackers. Additionally, names of some high profile people have shown up in the revealed data. The potential for lawsuits is huge here. Read the updates here…

Google ordered to remove news links

In the ongoing "forgotten" link saga, Google has been ordered by the courts to remove some links to news stories about people whose links were removed.  Google wanted the links to the news stories to document what had happened. The people whose links were removed and the courts do not want the news links. Will Google continue to fight this or decide to spend its energies and time elsewhere? Read more about it here

Do you want to live on in the internet forever?

Do you want someone to post online for you after you die? Do you want to leave enough info behind so a machine can do it for you? Do you really care? Does anyone care what your responses or interests are once you are dead? I think this concept panders to those who believe they are the center of the universe. Some people do care and want to express themselves on earth after they leave it. Really bossy, controlling people would love this idea. They would eternally get to express the last word much to the dismay of their families.

There is a new site called Eter9 which will respond for you after you die. You provide a profile and select preferences. There was a prior system called Virtual Eternity in 2010, but it ceased after 2 years. Still, 10,000 people signed up for it. I wonder how many of them died in that 2 year span and got anything out of the system. FB and MIT are both working on means to improve artificial intelligence to be "better than humans"  or to continue for yo…

Salute to those working to save history from ISIS

I was off most of last week for various reasons and during that time a lot of the information news was negative and ISIS related. The terrorists beheaded the former general manager for antiquities and museums in Palmyra, Khaled al-As'ad. He was 82 and had spent 40 years dedicated to his profession. I hope a fund and honor is established in his name. I feel terrible for him and his poor family. He was so dedicated in trying to save some of the artifacts and historical treasures for humanity that he was killed. It is absolutely appalling. Today I read the terrorists have likely blown up another temple. The cost of their attempt to rule humanity and denigrate parts of it is even more appalling than their mass destruction of history and the culture of nations and, ultimately, the history and early culture of the world.  Many of these early antiquities pre-date divisions of nations or religions, showing our shared history and culture. I salute those professionals and volunteers working…

Confidential CC

There is a new email app, Confidential CC, that the creators say can send an encrypted confidential email that only one designated person can access only once. The email has two layers of protection so it can't be printed off or forwarded or have a screen shot taken of it. It sounds like a Mission Impossible directive. The creator sees personal and professional use potential for this app. I could also see criminal use for it. Read more about it here

Remove trees and find a 12th c. chapel

Many of us have gardened, or tried to clear land to garden. Here's a story of a couple who tried to move some trees in their UK yard and found the remains of a 12th c. chapel foundation and walls which archaeologists have been working on. It will be recovered to preserve it. The couple will have to grow a garden elsewhere.

Ernest Hemingway Idaho home on HRHP

Ernest Hemingway's house in Idaho is now on the National Register of Historic Places. It's full of his personal items. This is his last home, where he wrote his last two books, and, later, killed himself. Nice photos. To find out more about EH and the EH collections in the Clarke click here
Read more about the house here

Hillary turns over her private server

Probably the biggest political/technology news of the moment is that Hillary Clinton has agreed to hand over her server that she used when she was secretary of state and recording of her emails to the FBI. This will result in an investigation of whether or not it was secure and if she broke rules or laws and/or tried to cover it up. It will be very interesting to see what the investigation determines and, hopefully, this will allow for better procedures and checks up front to ensure that politicians and government bureaucrats follow the proper protocols in the future. Republicans already think she's guilty, a lot of the public don't trust her as a result of how she handled the server situation which will likely affect her bid to be president, and her aides say this was a way to stem further accusations.  I hope the investigation doesn't take very long or we will not know the facts, or the facts we are allowed to know, before the election.…

hacker against criminals

With so much tech news about information being hacked or how vulnerable it is to hackers, here is an article about someone who has new software that enables him to hack criminals. Very interesting. Read more about it here

Could your washer or printer hack into a nuclear facility's computers? Yes

It's the end of the week. I leave you with something to think about all weekend. 

Recent tests showed how hackers hacked a car's computer system so that the hacker, not the driver, controlled  the car at anytime, anywhere. Well, now hackers have figured out how to steal files  from military bases and other high security/sensitive sites which aren't connected to the Internet for security reasons. How did hackers do it? They altered other basic equipment that many people have in their homes and offices (a printer, a washer, an air conditioner) so it emitted electormagnetic radiation which generated computer code - 11111s and 00000s. It was slow, but it worked. Dang those hackers are incredibly smart. This is the first time this was reported to have happened. What does it mean? It means hackers can now access secret files at high security sites without entering the site physically or going through the Internet. All secured sites with high level sensitive information in them, …

MI Archivist Intern job

The Archive Intern position works closely with the Corporate Archivist to connect Carhartt’ s employees to the company’s legacy by collecting, preserving and sharing the records and assets that demonstrate Carhartt’s  enduring mission and values. This internship will provide a distinct opportunity for students with an interest in textile preservation to utilize the archiving skills learned in the classroom. In Dearborn, MI.

Participating in the Remembering Lincoln digital project


Will your system be inaccessible in the next few days?

A loophole in coding whereby URL addresses are changed to IP addresses has been found and the expectation is that hackers will take advantage of it, particularly in the next few days, to interrupt internet service and cause websites to go offline. Using the techy lingo-patches are being rolled out, which means they should have dealt with it before making systems available for purchase but chose not to. Read more about it here

hacker conference

Yes, I know the title sounds like oxymoron but it is what it is. The biggest convention of hackers is meeting this week in, where else?, Las Vegas. Many of them are working for companies which invite hackers to try to break through their defenses in order to better secure their information. In addition to the attending the conference, you can also get a mohawk hairstyle, if you wish. I hope the NSA is there to recruit some of these hackers to work for us instead of against us. Read more about it here

New megacomputer for US

Recently the Saudis built a supercomputer and by this action became one of the top ten nations with a mega high performance computer. The nation with the #1 high performance computer is China.  On Weds., July 29th, Pres. Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI). The NSCI will use "strengths" from various government units to develop an American supercomputer to "advance core technologies ... solve ...computational problems." The goal is that this will happen in the next 10 years and that the new American supercomputer will outrank [and therefore outmaneuver] the others mega computers of the world. If we don't develop it, we will fall behind the other nations. That would really blow to American pride, ingenuity, and we would remain prey to hackers. We may still remain prey, but we will likely feel more superior regardless. It is hoped the new computer will help with "complex simulations and scientific re…

half of the world's online users are on FB

At least monthly, if not more often, half (1.49 billion) of the world's  online users (3 billion) check into Facebook. In the US people spend 1 out of every five minutes on their smartphones on FB. Over 65% use it daily. As the number of users soar, so too does FB stock value and the impact FB makes on many people and the world. These stats are fascinating. I'm sure FB could give us stats about which age group (I'm guessing teen girls) are the most avid users, what are the trendy topics, how many hours/day people are actively engaged, how many selfies are shared, etc. I wish that every time you checked into FB you actually learned something positive that was helpful to you. I don't really think anyone is on FB to learn, just to connect and share idle info and look cool. Every time there is an option to share info or change  the way your image looks people do it. Nobody cares what your vacation was like, but we all share info about it regardless. Where is FB going in th…

Jamestown skeletons found and tested

Skeletons of four of the earliest leaders of Jamestown were found in 2011 when the site of the original 1608 church was found and excavated. The skeletons were found buried in the church's chancel, a high status burial area. In 2013 the archaeologists returned to find the graves and see if they could determine their identity. Tests and research in records to identify them took two years. Now archaeologists know that two of the skeletons are of men from the first expedition to arrive in Jamestown in 1607 including: the first Anglican minister in America, Rev. Robert Hunt, who arrived in 1607 and died within a year of arriving, and Capt. Gabriel Archer who hated Capt. John Smith. The other two skeletons are of men who arrived in the [fourth] 1610 expedition including: Sir Ferdinando Wainman who died shortly are arrival, becoming the first knight buried in the new world, and his relative, Capt. William West, who was later killed by Indians. Both West and Wainman were buried in coffin…


While we all know of Stone Henge, there are also many other henges in the world. Two of them, Marden and Wilsford henges, near Wiltshire, England, are being excavated as part of a 3-year cooperative effort between several historical and academic institutions. These two henges do not have huge stones anymore like their neighbor, Stone Henge, rather they consists now solely of large earth formations which are clearly man made in the middle of what has become farm country. A number of artifacts have already been found. Recent excavation at Wilsford henge found a 4,000 year old Bronze Age skeleton with a necklace of amber, probably a child's skeleton. Everyone is excited and hope tests will show the child lived nearby. Read more about it here

FB loses another court battle to protect personal data

FB just lost what may prove to be an important case in NY state court of appeals. FB wished to not honor broad search warrants in order to protect users digital information. The search warrants were issued in a large social security fraud investigation case. Privacy rights advocates are concerned that all the data collected will be kept for an unspecified amount of time, and that for some of the people whose data is being collected there is no plan to charge them with a criminal offense, so why collect their data? The case is against 100+ NY city retired cops and firefighters who authorities believed lied about their physical and mental conditions, which can be disproved by their social media accounts, in order to get benefits they don't deserve totaling nearly $25 million. The feds requested access to the social media accounts of 381 people, but only 62 were charged in the case. 108 have so far pled guilty. The feds demanded that FB turn over all the data, without informing the p…

what do you have that is hackable?

Here are info systems on your stuff that can be controlled by forces other than yourself. Car breaks in a Jeep Cherokee can be hacked by digital radio broadcasts hacking car entertainment systems. Read more about it here  Smartwatchs also may have security problems with passwords and data encryption. Read more about it here  The latest update is 1.5 million vehicles are being recalled due to the Jeep hacking incident. Read more about it here

Chrysler is now recalling hackable cars. There are 1.4 million of them including models of Vipers, Rams, jeeps, Durango, Chargers and Challenger. Read more about it here

blog entry from my student intern Andrea Meyers

ultimate museum item: Neil Armstrong's space suit

If you are Neil Armstrong's space suit in which humanity first walked on the moon, you are beginning to fall apart, you need some conservation work. Fundraising efforts are underway to conserve the suit. An estimated $500,000 is needed. Don't all museums wish they had such an iconic item with which they could lead a campaign fund? To see a picture of Armstrong looking totally 100% the American hero that he is and to read more about it click here

Early Koran fragment found

Birmingham U in the UK has discovered in its collections what it believes to be one of the oldest known fragments of a Koran. This one is so old that specialists believe it very possible that the person who wrote them could have lived at the same time as the Prophet Muhammad. The parchment dates between 568 and 645 A.D. Muslims believe that the Koran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad between 610 and 632 A.D. A final version of the Koran in book form was completed about 650 A.D. The fragment volume is written in an early form of written Arabic called Hijazi script. BU plans to display the fragments in October. The Koran fragments volume is part of the Alphonse Mingana Collection of over 3,000 Middle Eastern books and documents collected in the Middle East in the 1920s by Mingana, who was an Iraqi Chaldean priest. Read more about it here

Federal system remains at high risk to hackers

Federal personnel files remain vulnerable to hackers according to an audit completed Friday July 17th. This does not bode well.  Three Dept. of the Interior units have not yet taken adequate steps to prevent their networks from being hacked. The chief info officer insists that steps are being taken, but due to the lack of central authority, it is difficult to react in a timely manner. Read more about it here

A more detailed discussion in the New York Times states that although the government has been warned for years, it continues to move slowly and ineffectually to reduce hacking risks. FAA officials said they tried to implement needed change, but at the end didn't have the budget to do what needed to be done. The Dept. of Energy and IRS both made what they thought were…

to unfriend or not the dead and gone

Here's something I've thought about as friends and acquaintances die with whom I have some type of social media connection. Do you unfriend them once they are dead or go out of your life (perhaps you move or your kid passes into another school?) Is that seen by yourself or others as cruel? Do you keep them, and why, and for how long? I know a lot of people who remember their dead relatives birthdays and the anniversaries of their deaths and marriages online and/or at the cemetery. I was not brought up to do that, so I don't do it,  and I see no value in doing it either in person or online. For me, graveyards are where the remains are, not the spirit, which I hope, with my faith, to meet again. If visiting/remembering in person or online works for some people, great, but it doesn't work for me, not at all.  Sometimes, from what I observe, it only makes people more upset instead of bringing them a sense of peace. I assume they are looking for peace, but maybe they aren&#…

UCLA hospital system hacked

The UCLA hospital system has been hacked. Now I've never been to UCLA, but the thought that 4.5 million people have had their data hacked, including private info, is not a good one. For more info about it read here

This comes right after hearing that the data of 21.5 million federal government employees and retirees had their data hacked. Instead of all the news reports about all the hacking, I would like to hear/read about what the government, major banks and companies and hospitals with our private data plan to do to combat this. The lack of anti-hacking measures and efforts does not inspire confidence. The UCLA hospital system apparently took measures and was attacked weekly, but the hackers still got through their firewalls and precautions and their security company.How to fight it? I'd like a special news report on what is being done nationally to fight all the hacking and to fight back against the hac…

new dino species was fluffy bird

Info about dinos is always expanding. The first biologist who others laughed at when he postulated that birds were dino descendants [British biologistThomas Henry Huxley] is now justified. Velociraptor has a newly discovered cousin who was covered in fluffy feathers with wings.  The feathers are thick, fluffy, and visible in the fossil. This dino is an entirely new species. The new dragon bird dino has a Chinese name. It looks like a scary velociraptor but covered in fluffy feathers. See interesting short video here

BBC releases home movies

The BBC has released to the public, digitized copies of various home movies, including some of the earliest believed filmed, of different families and groups at a plethora of events. Some of the films were very fragile and required conservation before being digitized. Very nice. It does provide a different perspective on those alive in the past than you get viewing a formal still photos. Read more about it and see a short, fun video here

Luedtke Jobs boxes

As noted in my previous post, my students continue to process Luedtke Construction Co. records. Right now they are in the Jobs files which records through a plethora of materials the various jobs they performed, dredging, building breakwaters, etc. Here is what has been processed so far.Only 39 cubic feet more to go in Jobs! I'm hoping my students can get through Jobs before the end of summer. The remaining series, No-Low-Bid, meaning Luedtke bid for the job, but didn't get it because they were outbid by another company, may have to be processed by my fall students.

Dredging in Milwaukee

My students continue to process Luedtke Construction Co. folders. They are currently in the middle of the jobs folders, which include documentation of all the marine construction jobs the company completed from the 1940s through the 1990s. In the files of Job 577 , dredging and building a breakwater in Milwaukee from 1982 to 1984, there are some earlier photographs of similar work in Milwaukee done by tough men in wetsuits working for the S. M. Siesel Engineering Company. They look cold and brave. Cudos to Andrea for finding such cool photos.

what happens next?

I'm back.

I'm still waiting to hear what exactly the US is going to do about the personal data of millions of past and current federal government workers and their partners, which was hacked. It is believed China and its minions (not those of recent film fame) hacked into the system. The hack was found in April but announced only last Thrs. An initial statement said the data of 4 million was hacked, but a later announcement estimated it was the data of 21.5 million. For more info see The head of The Office of Personnel Management has resigned. Now that the scapegoat has been eliminated, what happens next? Will the data be dumped, sold, used to access bank accounts, passwords to government sites, webpages, to identify people, soldiers, spies? More importantly, what is our government going to do moving forward to protect people whose personal data has been hacked, and those whose …

Loyola History Conf. posting

Here's a Loyola History Conf. posting.
Conference Recap: Destablilizing Normativity, Public Engagement, LGBTQ Histories, and More For more info see

Happy 4th. I'm gone until the 15th.

Clarke position


Position summary: Responsible for managing, coordinating, and assisting in the planning and development of the Library’s reformatting operations (digital and microfilm) in reference, production, and outreach. Applications review to begin July 10th. For more info see positing at

Dick Moehl's papers

Richard L.  "Dick" Moehl was a leader in the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Assn. (GLLKA). Through him the Clarke received the GLLKA records, including documentation of people who grew up living in lighthouses, lighthouses the group worked to save from destruction and restore, including St. Helena, saving the ice cutter Mackinac and making it into a museum vessel, their fight to get MI declared the national lighthouse state, periodicals they generated, and the topical photographs that they accumulated. Now we have his papers, approx. 65 cu.ft. in two piles in our hall.  It's in various size boxes so it won't fit on the stacks shelves without reboxing, so we are going to let it sit until we can get it processed. We will tackle Dick Moehl's papers soon. To read more about the other collections he donated click here
To learn more about the GLLKA collection click here http://catalog.lib.cmich.ed…

Luedtke Construction Co. records

The records of Luedtke Construction Co., a 3rd generation marine construction company in Frankfort, MI, is partially processed. We are in series three Jobs, which is documentation of jobs they bid on and were awarded as well as some smaller jobs, like towing vessels. So far Series 1 Local Historical 3 boxes (approx. 3 feet), series 2 Daily Reports  70 boxes (35 cu.ft.) and now series 3 Jobs 86 boxes (43 cu.ft.) are processed, with more to go in series 3. A fourth series No Low Bid (jobs they did not do but bid on) remains to be tackled.We've been on series 3 since June 1. We have a long way to go. About 156 cu.ft. came from the company. More should be coming in the future.

early computer techies needed

The UK's National Museum of Computing is appealing to the public for help repairing its computers and monitors from the1980s. Vising school groups actually use these computers to understand how things have changed. The museum should invest in getting someone trained by the old computer techies before they (the old techies) all die out. Read more about it here

list of removed Google links to be posted

The European court ruled that people, in countries in the European Union, could request that specific links that were "irrelevant" and outdated could be removed upon petition. For clarification, "A removal does not mean it is taken off the internet, nor the search engine as a whole. Instead, it means the specific link will not appear when a search for a person's name is conducted."  For example, maybe at one point you owed back taxes, but you really didn't, there was an error in the tax office, and you were later cleared of it. Some people believed the removal amounted to censorship. The BBC has decided to publish the list of these removed links. This now ignites debate about if this infringes upon the rights of those who asked and received removal of some links.  Google was against removal. Read more about it here

China believed responsible for massive US government hack

Big surprise, the US has decided that China is the lead suspect in the "massive hack" of US government computer information of 14 million (plus) Americans. How embarrassing. When are we or our alliesgoing to  hack them and shut them down? Read more about it here

FB plans to be able to ID you without your face

FB is developing the ability to recognize you online without your face. This body recognition will compare and contrast your body parts with others' parts in the same or similar positions. I can see how this would be helpful with a partial image or one in the dark to fight crime or one where your face is hidden behind another person, food, with a hat or a mask, but it could also be used to track people for nefarious reasons, such as stalking someone. I assume this would work in conjunction with your likes and dislikes and your location and habits online as well. Read more about it here

Purple Gang tunnel

I enjoy reading about archaeological discoveries, most of which are abroad. Here's one closer to home. Recently a get away tunnel used by the Purple Gang (a Prohibition gang associated with the killing of a man in the Doherty Hotel, Clare, the St. Valentine's Day massacre, other crimes, and the oil industry) was rediscovered during a water main break in the city of Clare, MI. Read more about it here

Fighting ISIS online

In an attempt to stop ISIS social media sites, particularly Twitter, a new team of European police is being formed. There are an estimated over 90,000 sites that are successfully used to recruit new ISIS members. There are various challenges in finding all the sites and blocking them successfully. The team's strategy will likely evolve as will ISIS' methods. I don't envy them their jobs. What they need is some type of malware that goes to certain words and phrases and implodes everyone's online sites and access that associates with those words and phrases while recording who they associate with so all the people involved can be questioned and possibly arrested and taken out of the picture. Read more about it here

Polish planes grounded by hackers

Polish flights were stopped when hackers hit the computers issued flight plans in Warsaw. Clearly the computers involved with planes need extra protection against hackers. Thank heavens they weren't in the air and didn't crash like they have in prior plane cyber attacks. Read more about it here

Kennewick man is a Native American ancestor

DNA tests finally prove the tribes were right after all: Kennewick Man is their ancestor. After finding the 9,000 year old skeletal remains of a man known as Kennewick Man in 1996 in Washington State, scientists fought to retain the remains for scientific studies, against the objections of Native Americans, who wanted to bury his remains with respect. Finally, after nearly a ten year long battle over the remains, tests prove he is more closely related to members of the tribes in Washington State than any other group on the planet. I hope he is finally buried in peace with respect. The findings will be published in Nature. Read more about it here

password storage site hacked

I laughed when I read this, but it isn't funny. I couldn't help myself. An online site that stores people's passwords, so they only have to use one, was hacked. The hackers got passwords, clues to passwords, including encrypted ones, and email addresses. Those hackers know where to go to get the most info to help them be successful criminals. Too bad we can't turn them away from the dark side and into the light. Read more about it here

medieval selfies

This is fun! Medieval selfies created by those who build churches in Norfolk, England. There are selfies of men and women which were hidden under a sort of whitewash for a long time. They were found by the Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey. Can you believe there is enough medieval graffiti that you could form a group and do a survey? I think it is cool that the workers were able to draw themselves and others and do it without being caught. Essentially this is art of the common people. Enjoy the images

modern demands of a digital Magna Carta

So what do 3,000 of today's "young people" (age 10-18) want in a digital Magna Carta concerning the web?
#1 they do not want companies to control it or governments to restrict rights to access information
#2 free speech
#3-4 free from/not allow government censorship
#5 available to all
#6 free from censorship/mass surveillance
#7 equal access to knowledge, info and current news
#8 freedom of speech
#9 again not government censored
#10 not sell our personal info/preferences for money, and clearly state if company/Website will do so
This is in honor of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. I think what an amazing document to still be so lauded, to have been created at all, and to be applied in a modern, digital way.
Read more about it here

another hack of more sensitive government info

In the second cyber attack of federal computer systems in a week,  hackers linked to China (does that mean they are Chinese or are working for China? or both?) gained accessed to sensitive background info from intelligence and military personnel seeking clearances. read more about it here

A tool to fight cyber crime

The UK's Turing software tool can sort a lot of data and go forward and backward in time, then zero in on computers involved in cyber crime. Finally, a good tool to combat cyber crime. Read more about it here

crash linked to plane data being wiped

This is scary, particularly if you are a nervous flier. A military plane crashed in Spain on May 9th. The investigation team now believes it crashed because data files for 3 of the 4 engines were wiped due to a software fault. The engines did not respond properly shortly after take-off. I haven't really thought about data and its impact on flying in awhile. There was nothing the crew could do to reset the computers or software in time to prevent their deaths. Three people died. It's amazing this doesn't happen more often with a greater death toll. This will surely have some repercussions in data and software for plane engines. Read more about it here

Lessons from the past (literally)

1917 blackboards with school lessons on them were uncovered during a school's renovation in Ok. City. They show what was taught and how as well as a calendar when last used (Dec. 1917) and images drawn in colored chalk. Very interesting. and it's in cursive! Plans are now to preserve them. Read more about them here

Doctorate finally awarded

In the interest of academic achievement and historical wrongs righted, here's a story about 102-year-old award winning female doctor who was finally awarded her Ph.D. from the German university which could not allow her to finish her oral exams due to the Nazis.

Magna Carta digital age vote

Honoring the 800th birthday of the Magna Carta and 25th of the WWW, the British Library held a vote to see what "young people" in the UK thought should be in a Magna Carta for the digital age. This is interesting. The most popular priority was safety on the net, followed by freedom of speech and privacy. The UK public can now vote on suggested clauses. The top 10 clauses will be revealed on Monday June 15th.  Analysis of the votes finds nearly 50% of students want to feel safe online. This outranked freedom on the web, surprising analysts who thought the students were more conservative in their desires than anticipated. A number of clauses discuss cyber-police being needed. This is very interesting. Of course students and youth, and in fact the vast majority of the UK, had nothing to do with anything that went into the Magna Carta, only rich nobles. Read more about it here

Lots of archival jobs

It strikes me that there are a lot of very diverse archival jobs being advertised currently. Some are less than 40 hours a week and some are temporary, but there are a lot more jobs than there were even a few years ago and many more than there were 5 years ago. That is good. Many now want/require digital expertise, which is to be expected, and a number of institutions are now dealing with their moving images collection.  I'm not going to post anymore jobs unless they are in MI. I refer everyone to archives gig which is posting these jobs. It rocks!

more jobs

Research Archivist at Autry National Center of the American West

Metadata curaton job at U. Alberta

Education archivist; and a processing fellow archivist both at U KY;

Burbank Photo Archivist

Records Analyst Liby of VA

archives job posting at Harvard

USA Freedom Act v. Patriot Act?

The Patriot Act has now been replaced and somewhat reformed by the USA Freedom Act. What are the differences between the two, or what will change/continue?

Overall it has limited the prior national security policy. Will this weaken our ability to defend ourselves against terrorism or combat it? That remains to be seen.

1) the bulk phone metadata of Americans, who and when called but supposedly not what was said,  moves to storage with telecom companies, instead of with the government as it had been.

2) bulk data can/will still be collected but it is harder for the NSA to get and search the records as they must first get a court order from a special federal court.

3)the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court will be required to declassify some of its decisions and non court reps will be able to argue about privacy rights before this secret court.

4) The ability of the NSA to use roving wiretaps and measures to monitor lone wolf scenarios will continue.

Other issues have not been add…

Google still working on diversification

News in the tech info world: most of Google's staff is still white males while the company continues to work towards diversification. I wonder what else they, schools, students, or advertising needs to do to get more minorities interested in high  tech jobs like Google offers. I'll bet the company offers great pay and benefits compared to other companies. Google is actively working to attract minorities and women through community outreach, work with historic black colleges, and internal changes.  I think more  minorities within the company will have an impact on its output and how we interact with those creations or systems, and that will affect our interactions with each other. Read more about it here

FB and free, threatening speech

A man who wrote threatening FB messages took his fight for free speech to the Supreme Court, which ruled in his favor. The court decided the standard used to convict him was too low, too general, that it was insufficient to convict him based on how a reasonable person would regard his communication as a threat. The government did not prove he actually intended to make a threat before convicting him. A rap artist, he often posted disclaimers about his speech.  What he posted was incendiary and violent. The court did not specifically state what standards should be used to convict someone of FB threats. Read more about it here

Patriot Act

Well, the Senate couldn't get its act together one way or the other, so the provisions of the Patriot Act supposedly stopped. Does this mean the NSA really stopped collecting data about 8 pm last night? I doubt that. I think someone is still doing it, legal or not. The House passed a bill requiring telephone companies to hold Americans' metadata and give it to the NSA if a specific warrant is procured, but this bill failed because the Senate did not agree  With the controversial law expiring here are the effects for government: The FBI and NSA can continue to collect info via Section 215 of the wiretap provision if they began an investigation before June 1. New investigations can't use the roving wiretap rule and can't petition the secret FISA court for warrants to seize records. So, what is the impact? Are we more at risk for terrorist acts? Will investigators have a harder time identifying and finding and making cases against problem people? Will our civil liberties …