Shocking article on arXiv.org from the at the Annual Meeting for the Association for Computational Linguistics 2019. It reports that the algorithms used by “sophisticated” hate bias checkers are not neutral – they are based on standard American English. Therefore tweets by black Americans are proportionally more likely to be flagged up as abusive than […]
Recently added to the Library of Congress website: the papers of President James Garfield. The Garfield collection includes approximately 80,000 items, mostly dating from 1850 to 1881. Garfield’s papers include correspondence, diaries, speeches, records of his Civil War military service details of a disputed election in 1876. The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of […]
Currently being digitised by Tulane University library this collection of original Spanish-language radio soap operas — better known as radionovelas produced by Cuban Emigres in Miami during the 1960s. The The Louis J. Boeri and Minín Bujones Collection of Cuban-American Radionovelas, 1963-1970 gives insight into cold war history and relations between the US-Cuba. They include […]
USAID has developed a new tool which aims to increase aid transparency in relation to US historical foreign aid. The Foreign Aid Explorer reports comprehensive, aggregate historical (1946-2000) and disaggregated (2001-present) obligation and disbursement data on more than 20 U.S. Government agencies implementing foreign assistance. It is possible to construct easy visual reports.
This new collection has been launched by the Library of Congress. Since June 2014 they have regularly been web archiving online only general news sites, mainly from USA. These are now available and searchable in one place. There are currently 54 items. Of these 17 can be viewed openly on the Internet the rest on […]
The Center for Responsive Politics has just released a new database which enables researchers to explore the interaction between gender and race in US campaign funding. Typical questions it hopes to answer include: Do a candidate’s race and gender affect the challenges of fundraising? How do the sources and amounts of funding differ by gender and […]
Now available: The United States Army in the World War, 1917-1919 Published in 1948, this 17 volume set contains key documents, maps, and records for the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) from the start of the American involvement in World War I through the to the armistice. See volume 10 for the peace agreements. Congressional record for 1917 has […]
Lots of links on this subject. New York Times collected examples of misinformation over 4,000 were sent from social media. Other sources of fact checking and overviews of political accuracy include: Politfact has been checking claims made about the election by the President and other commentators Washington Post fact-checker Media Matters for America News coverage […]
As a move to greater transparency Facebook has launched this searchable database about political adverts appearing on Facebook and who is funding them. It covers US election spending. There are also statistical snapshots taken every week. Google transparency report also has a political ads section and Twitter has a list of political campaign advertisers.
The MMIW Database logs cases of missing and murdered indigenous women, girls, and two spirit people in Canada and the United States, from 1900 to the present. It is being complied by a PhD Student Annita Lucchesi. The website provides information about current under reporting and lists her research reference sources. It has data on […]