Artists Rosa Menkman and Sarah Grant launch their “Digital Crisis Research & Toolkit“ initiative. Supported by Eyebeam’s Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future program, Menkman and Grant aim to produce an “emergency first aid kit” that promotes digital self-reliance and less dependence on top-down, imposed platforms. “The closer we get to truly decentralizing critical communications infrastructure, the more resilient our methods of communication in times of crisis,” they write. For now, you can aid the duo’s research by taking their Digital Crisis Survey.
“…as familiarity with coding increases, more people will use that skill to produce music or art. There are people who say ‘I spend all day behind a computer; the last thing I want to do after work is look at a computer again,’ but for me, the computer is not a burden but more like water. I don’t think I’m alone in that regard.”
Ahead of the sunsetting of Adobe Flash on Dec 31, the Internet Archive announces the preservation of Flash content—SWF files—through emulation. First introduced by Macromedia in 1996, the software was vital for dynamizing the early Web. “From roughly 2000 to 2005, Flash was the top of the heap for a generation of artists, animators, and small studios,” writes archivist Jason Scott, warning that a big part of Internet history is now “in true danger of sinking beneath the sea.” To run Flash files without the discontinued player, the non-profit digital library incorporated Ruffle, an in-development emulator, into the site. Thus far, more than 1,000 Flash classics have been ‘resurrected.’
In their latest investigation, London-based research agency Forensic Architecture reconstruct the Beirut port explosion that killed more than two hundred people, wounded over 6,500, and destroyed large parts of the city on the evening of Aug 4. Using open-source information including videos, photographs, and documents provided by the independent Egyptian online newspaper Mada Masr, project lead Samaneh Moafi and team provide a meticulous, evidence-based picture of the events and “the multiple layers of state negligence” at play that day.