Information as a Tactic for Diversity

The Year I Didn’t Retweet Men

My Comment:

“There is nothing I find more amazing about social interaction than the extreme difference introducing a totally new perspective can make on a whole group. This tactic is how we make a real change in the way different demographics interact, by letting people dip their toes into different cultures through the issues that plague their lives. It’s so humanizing to see that other people care about things the same way you do, even if they’re totally unrelated issues. Not to mention that the spread of information from people you trust, like this guy to his co-workers, is a great way to demystify other cultures. Information is the great equalizer- hate is born from fear of the unknown. People with large, homogeneous followings have the power to effect immense change through the simple act of giving voice to issues outside their usual interests.We can all make that effort within our small circles, and all users have a responsibility to share with people unlike them. We can all have a chance at living in a more diverse and understanding the world if we make the effort to reach across the fence.”

Newspaper Endorsements Show Elephant-sized Difference in 2016 Election

Trump is the pink elephant in the room according to this data set by Noah Veltman. The data appears to show a significant difference in the number of newspapers who endorsed Trump when compared to those who backed Romney and McCain. Only two papers, the Florida Times-Union and Las Vegas Review-Journal, backed Trump. For my data visualization project, I’ve created a network using Kumu called Newspaper Endorsements to help put this stark contrast into perspective.

New Colossus

The Statue of Liberty in New York in front of clear blue sky
NY Statue of Liberty by Celso Flores

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Source: Emma Lazarus: Selected Poems and Other Writings (2002) through
Image Source: Celso FLORESBy: Celso FLORES  “NY Statue of Liberty”   (CCBY)

Jay Leiderman: The Lawyer Who Stands Between Hackers And Prison (Buzzfeed)

Meet The Maserati-Driving Deadhead Lawyer Who Stands Between Hackers And Prison

Article by  , Photography for Article by Nancy Pastor

This interesting article from Buzzfeed delves into the life of Jay Leiderman, who defends hackers from laws like the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act from the 1980’s. The CFAA is a remnant of the dawn of the computer age, born of fears from the Cold War that is now being used to prosecute people who use something that didn’t really exist when the law was written- the internet.