Daily Digest: Guatanamo secret files, video game libraries

by Taryn Wobbema

Several news organizations, including the New York Times and NPR, obtained secret documents that offer insights into the prisoners held at Guatanamo Bay. The documents, another set leaked to WikiLeaks, reveal details about the prisoners who have been held there – as well as those who remain. They include accounts of interrogations and interactions between captors and captives. A story gleaned from the documents chronicles the transition of a Libyan from a prisoner at Guatanamo to a rebel trying to oust Qaddafi. This is the fourth time the Times has obtained such a mass of documents, and they were prepared. The stories come complete with an interactive graphic and an audio file of the reporters discussing the files. Maybe more tomorrow?

University libraries across the country have begun building their video game collection. The librarians say they’re “following scholarship,” according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. With several sides of academia studying games’ effects, use of storytelling or design, they saw the need to provide the equipment “to support that teaching and research.” They’re supplying games for old systems, like Nintendo, and computers. With tight budgets, critics argue this is money wasted on a trend. But many professors see the value in preserving the cultural and technological history.