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Daily Archives: April 9, 2023

Watch Joni Mitchell Perform George Gershwin’s “Summertime”

Open Culture: “…There’s been a lot of love for Joni Mitchell circulating of late, the sort of heartfelt outpouring that typically accompanies news of an artist’s death. Fortunately, the beloved singer-songwriter has shown herself to be very much alive, despite a 2015 brain aneurysm that initially left her unable to speak, walk, or play music. As she quipped in a recent interview with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, “I’m hard to discourage and hard to kill.” How wonderful, then to be so fully alive as a windfall of testimonials roll in, describing the personal significance of her work, from the famous friends feting her last month with a concert of her own compositions as she was awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song to ordinary citizens with fond memories of singing “The Circle Game” at camp…”

Facial recognition is helping Putin curb dissent with the aid of US tech

“…​​It’s no secret that the Russian government uses facial recognition to keep an eye on citizens. In 2017, the city of Moscow announced the launch of one of the world’s largest facial recognition video surveillance networks. In a news release at the time, Moscow’s Department of Information Technologies said 160,000 cameras across the city –… Continue Reading

What is misoprostol? Crucial questions about the other abortion drug

Vox – A Texas judge’s ruling could take mifepristone off the market. An alternative, however, exists. “In a move that could further curtail Americans’ already limited reproductive options, a federal judge in Texas ruled on Friday to reverse the FDA’s approval of mifepristone, an abortion medication that has been used in the US for more… Continue Reading

Tackling Technostress

RIPS Law Librarian, Laura Scott: “…According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term technostress — “stress arising from working in an environment dominated by technology, esp. computers” — was indeed coined in the 1980s. But there’s also a growing body of current organizational psychology, occupational health, and information science literature examining today’s version of technostress.… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 8, 2023

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 8, 2023 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

If It’s Advertised to You Online, You Probably Shouldn’t Buy It. Here’s Why.

The New York Times: “…The ability to track people has turned out to be an unbeatable advantage for the online ad industry, which has grown to a $540 billion market worldwide, according to the media agency GroupM, dwarfing all other forms of advertising, including TV, radio and newspapers. It has propelled the massive growth of Google… Continue Reading