Showing posts from June, 2015

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ruled that people, in countries in the European Union, could request that specific links that were "irrelevant" and outdated could be removed upon petition.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 …