I’m a week late to this, but I was just reading Mark Zuckerberg’s personal announcement of changes to Facebook’s Community Standards and the release of a new government requests report. Read it in its entirety; it’s a real treat and a key to understanding the warped bubble that is Silicon Valley.
It’s also rather long, so instead of going line-by-line, I’m going to pick apart the pieces I find the most troubling, starting with:
As difficult questions arise about the limits of
Sometimes when you haven’t blogged for awhile, you just have to pick something and get on with it. So, here are some rappers’ views on the ‘Blurred Lines’ verdict (which, if you’re not familiar, was explained excellently by my colleague Parker Higgins). Presented without comment.
I have mixed emotions because, you know, I love the sound of Mr. Marvin Gaye and I love the sound of Pharrell Williams and it’s delicate because I don’t know what happened. I wasn’t in the stud
Two years ago, I wrote a post about how you can help Syrian refugees. While I stand by the information in that post, I decided to write a fresh one that includes newer organizations. This post also includes some repeats from the last. Many thanks to Lina Sergie Attar and Sima Diab for their help.
As I explained last time, I’ve highlighted organizations that are 501(c)(3) US-based nonprofits and receive high marks from GuideStar and Charity Navigator, with a couple of notable exce
This is what an encrypted chat looks like after the fact.
“[W]e must never allow the future to collapse under the burden of memory.” – Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
Rare is the interview that brings tears to my eyes. This is not what I was expecting when I sat down for an interview with my friend, the journalist Lina Attalah, in Cebu City, Philippines, a couple of weeks ago. She had told me about the interview the evening before over snacks
Four years ago, Sami Ben Gharbia wrote a piece that I had the privilege of editing, entitled “The Internet Freedom Fallacy and the Arab Digital Activism.” I was still relatively new to digital rights activism, and although my politics told me that taking money from the US government for what was pretty clearly democracy promotion was wrong, I was faced with the conflicting opinions of activist friends elsewhere in the world who agreed, but saw no other options.
That is, somewhat unfor
This is a loose talk that I wrote for a Women’s CryptoDinner at Thoughtworks’ WerkstattB in Berlin, February 4, 2015. I deviated considerably from the notes, but thought I would share them anyway.
I don’t believe that we’re doing enough right now to ensure that everyone out there has the ability to take responsibility for their online security and safety.
I’m guessing most people in this room understand why surveillance is terrifying and encryption is important. But just in ca
Yesterday, the Guardian asked a good question, which it then immediately failed to answer. The question was, in the context of the Paris unity march: “Which world leaders are really committed to press freedom?” Rather than answer it, however, the authors repeated the many articles and tweets of the past few days, focusing on the hypocrisy of leaders from countries like Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Turkey, who turned out for the march despite a track record of repressing speech at home.
Sharpening Contradictions: Why al-Qaeda attacked Satirists in Paris, Juan Cole What Drives Blasphemy Charges in the Middle East? (It’s Not Just Religion), Afef Abrougui Charlie Hebdo: The ‘them and us’ narrative is a dangerous downward spiral, Nesrine Malik Joe Sacco: On Satire – a response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Joe Sacco Charlie Hebdo: This Attack Was Nothing To Do With Free Speech — It Was About War, Ashgar Bukhari The Paris attacks were not about freedom of expression, Azad Essa Why
I received a lovely email last night from Kathy Sierra after she saw her name repeatedly being mentioned in the context of EFF’s legal support of weev, particularly in the aftermath of our latest post on harassment. She also sent a statement of sorts that I am free to publish as I wish; Kathy’s words are in full below.
I’ve seen my name brought up in discussions around EFF’s support of weev and hope to clarify a few things:
EFF’s help and support on weev’s case is a reason I c
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