Still going. Mat Johnson in the New York Times: “Proving my blackness” Facebook: fair and balanced, by Nathan Jurgenson in Cyborgology Bethany Horne for Newsweek: “The Case Against Matt DeHart” The Atlantic‘s “From Paint to Pixels” This interview with The Narcycist in the TuneCore blog.
Let’s see how long this lasts. The story of a Palestinian father and son trapped in Dubai’s airport for a fortnight, from the Guardian. What happens to Mexico’s sex workers when they grow old? The British Journal of Photography asks. A heartbreaking personal essay in Esquire that deserves a click. A Q&A with a “high end call girl” in Business Insider. This interview with Citizen Lab’s Ron Deibert from Dawn. The Register on spy tech firms Trovicor and Gamma tar
Thinking of kicking this back off as a regular (semi-regular) feature, because reasons. Buzzfeed on what happens to stolen passports in Turkey Rula Jebrael takes on Bill Maher and Ayaan Hirsi Ali in Salon EFF on Facebook’s Internet.org project: “not neutral, not secure … not the Internet” aeon against generational thinking CPJ on cartoonists under threat around the world Slate’s history of slavery (multimedia, but paywalled*) “Here’s how much of your life the United States has been a
After a long week+ of partying, I treated myself to some birthday long reads. The Huffington Post on “cliteracy” The New York Times on the horrifying working conditions of nail salons The Guardian on psychosomatic illness The Guardian again on porn data Mada Masr on meticulously structured chaos Wired on the math behind Starbucks drinks
When I was young, there were things I thought only adults could do right: The way my mother could perfectly braid my hair, the way my father knew how to bargain with a car salesperson…these were “adult” things that I would someday, somehow learn.
A friend recently said to me that he doesn’t reflect much on his childhood, but I do. I think often about what—from my parents and the other adults I grew up surrounded by—I’ve emulated and what I’ve rejected. My penchant for creating meticul
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
6/22: Since this is still getting shared, I should note that I resigned from OTF’s Advisory Board in early June.
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