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Where walls once stood I walk, I walk with purpose past near-broken homes, edges sharp with resentment, nothing but words holding them ever so tenuously together. I move through invisible structures of concrete to my home, a home once inhabited by a resistor or a poet or more likely a poor family, asleep in my closet, in my kitchen, the space between my table and chair. I walk the line, the line drawn on the pavement to remind us tha
These are, roughly, my remarks presented on a panel discussion of content governance at the Humboldt Institute, on October 10, 2014.
Who are the private actors involved in Internet governance? Internet service providers, software companies, content providers. I’m going to focus primarily on the latter, because of the impact I believe that they have on our public spheres and on governance.
As Marianne Franklin said earlier, these corporations derive their legitimacy from their
As you know if you’ve ever read this blog, Facebook has a serious problem with users abusing its reporting mechanisms, particularly when it comes to the “real name” policy. After a recent incident (well-documented by many) involving LGBT performers, the company has finally responded. But the response, of course, is weak. Here’s a response from Chris Cox, a Facebook staffer, with my comments in-line (bold is mine):
I want to apologize to the affected community of drag queens, drag king
Wow. When we created this yesterday and tossed it up on my site, I wasn’t expecting the huge response it received (something like 3,000 hits and ~200 retweets in less than 24 hours). Most of the reactions were extremely positive. Some were disgusting and misogynist, but not unexpected. Some were critical, but fair: I especially take to heart points about the erasure of non-whiteness or non-maleness in the initial image, and Renata’s astute comment all of the faces highlighted having much
Yesterday, my dear friend Morgan re-posted the following image with this comment: “It appears that courage is a white dude thang….”
The image, initially posted by Pirate Parties International, features whistleblowers and others who have been lauded for their courage in the vague but connected realm of Internet activism. The image also only features white dudes.*
I was incredibly disheartened by the majority of comments Morgan received. While some people tried to argue that Jew
I spoke today at CERN’s 60 year anniversary celebration – here is, more or less, my speech
First, I’d like to thank CERN for inviting me to speak here – it’s truly an honor – and to wish you a happy 60th anniversary and many more years of scientific discovery ahead.
I’ve been asked to speak about the World Wide Web and human rights – this is a topic near and dear to my heart. As a freedom of expression and privacy activist, I believe that the Internet has opened new frontiers
(N.B.: Since someone already commented elsewhere, to be clear, I absolutely and completely support asylum for Edward Snowden. That doesn’t mean I have to agree with everything or even anything he says or does).
There’s a somewhat odious quote floating around from Edward Snowden that was tweeted, then expanded by the Guardian, but both come up short. I compared the Guardian‘s quote against the video here; here’s what he actually said (1:09:35):
“…Maybe the people of New Zealand
I came across this fascinating (and horrifying) article by Ellie Hall yesterday on the “women of ISIS,” many of whom are foreigners who have traveled from “Western” countries to join the fighters in Syria. The piece is worth a read, but I was particularly struck by the first paragraph, in which—for the first time, I believe—a Facebook spokesperson states outright that it’s company policy to remove terrorist organizations.
It isn’t actually news to me that this is happening acros
Perhaps you remember last year when I discovered that, if you Google “What time is it in Ramallah?”, Google would serve up one of their weird little “boxes” that claimed Ramallah was part of Israel. I let a friend at Google know, and within a week, the problem was fixed…and for awhile, a search for any city in Israel or Palestine remained country-less in results.
Since then, I’ve found all sorts of weird anomalies in those boxes – try searching “Who founded Occupy?” for example. At on