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Several Ohio Republican lawmakers are proposing to strip courts of the authority to review cases related to implementing the newly passed Issue 1 abortion amendment.
RT @19thnews From transportation troubles to a lack of accessible equipment, voters with disabilities face unaddressed barriers to the ballot. Researchers estimate that if accommodations were prioritized, over 2 million more votes would be cast.
RT @PENamerica New PEN America report documents 110 educational gag orders introduced in 2023, primarily focused on restricting speech about LGBTQ+ topics & identities in schools, and squelching the structures that underpin academic freedom within higher education.
HT @RajeevJayadevan “10 years’ equivalent cognitive decline” Worse among people with Long COVID. Stony Brook study included a non-infected control group, eliminating sampling bias.
HT @Dakota_150 Even patients with mild COVID symptoms could face a higher risk of developing heart disease and stroke
Humane, a company started by two former Apple employees, says its new artificial intelligence pin can stop all the scrolling. Can it live up to the hype?
What happens when energy, intelligence, and labor get cheap?
Strange Ways AI Disrupts Business Models, What’s Next For Creativity & Marketing, Some Provocative Data
Via @scottbelsky Forecasts and implications around: (1) business models likely to become antiquated as AI proliferates in more industries, (2) reflections on another round of AI launches in the creative world, and (3) some provocative data and surprises
Three takeaways learned from creating my first GPT by Bradley Metrock.
ICYMI “Now and Then” was made possible by technology Peter Jackson used on the documentary series Get Back. Listen here.
With covers of “Blank Space” and Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” going viral, Johnny Cash is suddenly the voice of AI. The choice is telling.
ICYMI The US, China, & others signed a declaration coordinated by the UK warning AI could be “catastrophic.” Yet none seem to be suggesting development should slow down
Meta is barring political campaigns and advertisers in other regulated industries from using its new generative AI advertising products, denying access to tools that lawmakers have warned could turbo-charge the spread of election misinformation.
Most startups that tried to popularize livestream commerce in the country are struggling.
In 1948, long before Kindles and iPads became popular, Ruiz Robles, a teacher, created her Mechanical Encyclopedia to help lighten her students’ textbook load. It was a pale green box about the size of a textbook that allowed a user to read any book in any language and on any topic.
Media & Publishing
MT @diversebooks Announcing: Indigenous Reads Rising! We’re excited to share this new site with you today, which covers children’s & YA books by Native, First Nations, and Indigenous creators. Looking for book lists? Best practice articles? Educator resources?
RT @debreese Get to know Native writers and use their books all year long. Our kids are Native 365 days/year. Normalize our existence. Don’t confine us to November. See my YA list at WorldCat:
Her Daughter Stopped Going to School Because of Anxiety. Now Lauri Hornik Helps Other Kids — Through Books
RT @ALALibrary ICYMI: New report finds that libraries are popular among Gen Z and Millennials, even among self-identified non-readers. 54% of Gen Z and Millennials visited a physical library within the previous 12 months.
Financial Times, La Nación, The New York Times, Vox, Chilango, the Times of India, and others talk about their early experiments sharing news on the world’s favorite messaging app.
RT @ILoveLibraries Our latest report on book bans and challenges happening in the U.S. — and efforts to thwart them — includes news from Florida, Colorado, and Kentucky, and actor/comedian Steve Martin’s response to his book being banned by a school district.
MT @jonfreadom Utah lawmakers want to make it easier to ban books. If a book is banned in 2 districts why not just mandate its banning state-wide? How about encouraging elected officials to ban books in their own districts? It’s clear to see the direction this is going.
If you don’t like a book at a public library, your choices are:
Sanity- Don’t check it out.
Insanity- Defund the library.
MT @PENamerica Pennsylvania: Johnny Weir pledges to give money to Quarryville Library after Fulton Township decided to pull its annual funding to due to LGBTQ+ material at the library. Weir, the two-time Olympian in figure skating, is from Quarryville.
MT @shannonrwatts “We’re living in an era where some adults find it appropriate to contact the police over a fictional book involving gargoyles,” said Jennifer L. Armentrout, author of the library book that led Moms for Liberty members to call the police in Florida.
HT @FLFreedomRead A teacher asked a student to check out the book [that Moms for Liberty called the cops on]. That teacher then gave the book to a member of “Moms for Liberty.” “It’s over a book that’s never been read by my daughter. What makes me upset is my daughter is being used for this group. The group needs to fight on its behalf and not use children that they’re trying to supposedly protect,” the anonymous mother told WEAR News.
High schoolers in Sitka, Alaska, introduce a resolution to their school board to ensure there will be no book bans
Resources & Opportunities
Join us for this pay-what-you-wish virtual program on Disability in Publishing and media, where you will hear from a panel of experts who are authors, screenwriters, journalists, bookstore owners, marketers, and activists with disabilities. 11/14 noon ET. Open to all. Virtual. Pay-what-you-wish.
Hope you can come to this WMG in-person get together on 11/30 5:30pm ET in NYC. This event will include time for catching up before the holidays as well as an important Power Hour talk about how to move DEI initiatives forward.
Signed Book Auction — All Proceeds are in Aid of B.B.C. Children in Need.
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