The Week on Sunday (weekly)

  • Like the contentious Slut Walk, One Billion Rising runs the risk of sensationalising gender-based violence activism. It abstracts the on-going struggle of GBV organisations, individuals and survivors, to a brief, quirky and enjoyable moment. A walk in your knickers or a dance.

    What is the point? What are the demands that we are making? Misogyny in our society is so pervasive, so deeply entrenched in the fabric of society, ingrained in our religious texts (or at least most interpretations of them), in literature, and popular culture, in our very record of history. Can we just dance it all away? Or dance it away just a little? We certainly cannot “dance until the violence stops”!

    tags: GBV SlutWalk OneBillionRising Rape SexualViolence

  • . Call me Ishmael. I was a young man of military age. I was immolated at my wedding. My parents are inconsolable.

    tags: Drones Kill_List Obama

  •  the FBI is quietly pushing its plan to force surveillance backdoors on social networks, VoIP, and Web e-mail providers, and that the bureau is asking Internet companies not to oppose a law making those backdoors mandatory.

    tags: WireTapping Internet surveillance privacy

  • Posting pictures on Facebook or sharing views about movies is part of what makes the internet fun. We can keep track of old friends, find obscure food recipes and share photos. But every service we use keeps information about us and some keep information about our friends and contacts.
    Our digital shadow is the collection of information about ourselves that we leave online. This can be useful as it helps us to remember things we might forget, but it can also be difficult to control.
    We give some information knowingly. For example:
    giving our location to get information about services around us
    entering our credit card information to buy things
    uploading pictures of conferences for others to enjoy.

    tags: DigitalShadows digitalactivism Internet Security

  • Online mapping is only four or five years old, but it has become so integrated into our lives we often forget how new and innovative it is. Interactive mapping technology is used for everything from visualizing data for aid relief, to reporting the weather, choosing a place to eat or identifying a traffic-clogged road to avoid. People no longer stop strangers on the street to ask for directions; instead, they consult Google maps on their smartphones.

    tags: maptivism mapping digitalactivism

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