TransTech holds first-of-its-kind summit

TransTech holds first-of-its-kind summit:

projectqueer:

The summit is the brainchild of TransTech Social Enterprises Founder and CEO Angelica Ross ( who was recently cast on Ryan Murphy’s new FX show Pose alongside four other transgender actors ) and featured a keynote address by transgender entertainer, entrepreneur and LGBT activist Madison Hinton and workshops led by trans and gender nonconforming facilitators focusing on the four technology categories—design, web/app, media and business.

TransTech holds first-of-its-kind summit

TransTech holds first-of-its-kind summit:

projectqueer:

The summit is the brainchild of TransTech Social Enterprises Founder and CEO Angelica Ross ( who was recently cast on Ryan Murphy’s new FX show Pose alongside four other transgender actors ) and featured a keynote address by transgender entertainer, entrepreneur and LGBT activist Madison Hinton and workshops led by trans and gender nonconforming facilitators focusing on the four technology categories—design, web/app, media and business.

theoffingmag: After observing a lack of female net artists…



theoffingmag:

After observing a lack of female net artists online, Acidwinzip, Ursula Zavala focused on positive images of the female digital experience. This project attempts to build unity within women arts communities online in order to form a powerful and fearless unified voice.

Read: “Cyborg Mestiza: Borderland Feminism Today & Tomorrow”

We Snuck into Seattle’s Super Secret White Nationalist Convention

We Snuck into Seattle's Super Secret White Nationalist Convention:

bilt2tumble:

mutazili:

suburbanerrorist:

koobaxion:

gendernihilistanarchocommunist:

White nationalists generally don’t want to look like characters out of American History X anymore. Fashion choices at the convention ranged from Ruby Ridge to Mad Men, but most of the people there looked like you might run into them on Capitol Hill or in the U-District. That said, there is a type. According to my observations, the standard Seattle Nazi is a white male under 30 who either works in the tech industry or is going to school to work in the tech industry. “You’re also a coder? Do you mind if I send you something I’ve been working on?” I heard that more than once.

“That movie Hidden Figures was bullshit,” a guy dressed like John Goodman in The Big Lebowski said out of nowhere. “We never went to the moon, Stanley Kubrick faked all of it.” Water almost squirted out of my nose and it was the closest I came all night to breaking character.

It really makes me wonder though, like why do people who work in tech tend to lean to the far-right? Like I’ve met Islamists who do networking and programming and they tend to spout cringe-worthy / fundamentalist rhetoric.

There’s a theory among at least some sociologists that the kind of person who is into Islamic fundamentalism likes to find a single answer to a single problem, no nuance. In tech, a specific problem has a specific solution which is all down to the mechanical nature of things and can be found by having sufficient knowledge (knowledge which usually only comes from the creator of the product). There are no grey areas, something either works or it doesn’t, no need for wisdom or empathy. It’s also important to be right all the time because since there’s only one solution to every problem, all the other ‘solutions’ are worthless. 

^^^^ Reblob for Commentary & File Under; Things That Make You Go- Hmmmm!

+++Article is a Good'un & embedded NYT link are WELL worth the long read.

Free/open source programmer and Creative Commons activist Bassel Khartabil faces torture in notorious Syrian prison #5yrsago

mostlysignssomeportents:

Bassel Khartabil, a Palestinian free/open source developer and Creative Commons activist, has been in prison in Syria since June, and his colleagues around the world have been agitating for his release. Now, the news gets worse: a recently released fellow inmate reports that Khartabil has been subject to harsh treatment and torture in Syrian custody. From the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Eva Galperin:

https://boingboing.net/2012/10/31/freeopen-source-programmer-an.html

Free/open source programmer and Creative Commons activist Bassel Khartabil faces torture in notorious Syrian prison #5yrsago

mostlysignssomeportents:

Bassel Khartabil, a Palestinian free/open source developer and Creative Commons activist, has been in prison in Syria since June, and his colleagues around the world have been agitating for his release. Now, the news gets worse: a recently released fellow inmate reports that Khartabil has been subject to harsh treatment and torture in Syrian custody. From the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Eva Galperin:

https://boingboing.net/2012/10/31/freeopen-source-programmer-an.html

Unsecured Internet of Things gadgets get hacked within 40 minutes of being connected to the net #1yrago

mostlysignssomeportents:

The Atlantic’s Andrew McGill set up a virtual server on Amazon’s cloud that presented to the internet as a crappy, insecure Internet of Things toaster; 41 minutes later, a hacked IoT device connected to it and tried to hack it. Within a day, the “toaster” had been hacked more than 300 times.

https://boingboing.net/2016/10/31/unsecured-internet-of-things-g.html

hustleinatrap: This is phenomenal! These young and beautiful…





















hustleinatrap:

This is phenomenal! These young and beautiful women from Mexico are proud of their African roots. The dance is a peculiar expression of their love and respect for the culture they relate to.
These women identified themselves as Black and even made the government include them as Afro-Mexicans in the national census in 2015!

This is what Black Pride means. Very inspiring!