Friday, October 15, 2021

What to do if you think you’ve been hacked

 Wired: Here’s how to cut through the sponsored listings and ads—and get back to the good stuff….To get good results out of Google, you need to go beyond simply typing out a few keywords and hoping for the best. Using the tips we’ve outlined below, you should be able to find what you’re after faster and more easily…”

Tornado hits Armidale after wild weather lashes Sydney and regional NSW 

The pandemic is testing the limits of face recognition MIT Technology Revivew

Meet Timotej, the photographer behind the breathtaking Instagram account showcasing Croatia to the world 

 CNN: Get Used to Empty Supermarket Shelves, Comrade. “If you hoped grocery stores this fall and winter would look like they did in the Before Times, with limitless options stretching out before you in the snack, drink, candy and frozen foods aisles, get ready for some disappointing news.”

Borrowed a School Laptop? Mind Your Open Tabs Wired

PopSci - What to do if you think you’ve been hacked: “Being hacked can feel like a personal attack: You go to log into Facebook, Gmail, or iCloud—and your password doesn’t work, leaving you unable to access your most important online accounts. This worst-case scenario might bring on feelings of nausea and helplessness. Fortunately, you can take action in the face of digital vandalism. If you find yourself locked out of your accounts, major internet services have prepared a few routes for getting back in. As well as restoring your access, these companies help you limit the damage a hacker can do. How do you know that someone else has truly taken control of one of your accounts? Not being able to log in is a big clue—but don’t immediately assume you’ve been hacked the moment your password doesn’t work. First, make sure the culprit is really a bad actor: For example, if you can’t get into your Facebook or Twitter account on your computer, try logging in on another device to see if you’ve really lost your access. Also make sure to double-check the password you’re typing before you start to suspect the worst. Another warning sign can come in the form of email. Many services will send you messages about suspicious activity, such as when somebody logs into your account from an unfamiliar computer (or an unfamiliar country), or when somebody changes your username or password. Make sure to check your inbox for emails like these. Also, keep an eye out for messages from friends: If “you” have started sending them spam, they can alert you that your account was compromised. Once you realize you’ve been hacked, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and take back your account…”

Kyle K. Courtney / Library Futures: “We are very excited today to announce the release of the Library Futures Foundation’s (LFF) new policy document “Controlled Digital Lending: Unlocking the Library’s Full Potential.” As outlined, controlled digital lending maximizes a library’s ability to loan works, thereby making the entire loaning system more efficient and equitable.  Library Futures Foundation developed this document in consultation with the Intellectual Property and Information Policy (iPIP) Clinic at Georgetown Law. This concise policy document covers all the benefits, innovations, and goals that are the basis of any controlled digital lending system. It expands beyond the legal rationale laid out in the Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) White Paper by clarifying the core principles that are the foundations of a library’s mission to provide access to materials to serve the public good.  This policy document will be useful in understanding the role these principles play in the creation of a controlled digital lending bill. As the document demonstrates, controlled digital lending is a force amplifier for many of these library principles in the modern environment. Congress should support their communities by empowering libraries to serve as a meaningful access point for these publicly funded collections by supporting legislation that codifies the practice of CDL by libraries, encouraging funding through grant programs and other incentives to facilitate CDL, and promoting the development of a federal, centralized set of digital materials for use in CDL programs. Over 100 libraries in the U.S. and Canada are employing some version of CDL, and we hope this document can further discussions about a library’s right to provide equitable access to knowledge in the digital environment…”

The secret to designing a satisfying small garden? Go big

Immerse yourself in nature with these 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year images

Collections and archives. the Thames Television YouTube archive (via MeFi) / the London Picture Archive / File Not Found, ‘A generation that grew up with Google is forcing professors to rethink their lesson plans’. How the ‘traditional’ metaphor of files and filing cabinets means nothing to cloud-based Gen Z’ers / Mu:zines, ‘a non-commercial, labour-of-love archive project to collect, scan and re-publish old music production magazines’ / The Digital Death of Collecting(via MeFi). Platforms no longer conjure up nostalgia and loss, but a sense of actually being lost in culture: ‘The shifting sands of digital technology have robbed these collections of their meaning; the context in which they originally existed can no longer be experienced and they only appear as nostalgic ruins, the remains of once-inhabited metropolises gone silent.’

Other things. Inside Prora, a film about the ‘Colossus of Rugen‘ / Battleship Berlin, a documentary about the city’s brutalist heritage / The Police Shooting of Mark Duggan, a new investigation by Cabinet magazine and Forensic Architecture / Just Checking In, a classic piece of writing / the best-selling vehicles in American by State / the subtle and self-defeating art of Revenge Bedtime Procrastination / Schadenfreude watchskyscraper edition / Artist Thierry Mandon Lives in Suspended Domestic Scenes Within the Ghost Rooms of Severed Buildings / virtual instruments by Plogue / I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to The Velvet Underground & Nico / Azimuth, an undulating digital soundscape