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Privacy groups fear ‘serious threat’ from facial recognition app which could out gay subjects

Privacy groups fear ‘serious threat’ from facial recognition app which could out gay subjects:

kyssthis16: everkings: upallnightogetloki: half-in-love-with: …













kyssthis16:

everkings:

upallnightogetloki:

half-in-love-with:

americanninjax:

ryan-c-cole:

Kids today, they don’t know

I remember how freaking excited I was when WInamp started having different skins.

Cleaning that ball in the mouse when it wasn’t working! And that labyrinth screensaver was the most awesome thing ever!

OH MY GOD, SPACE CASE THO!!

My young friends, this is my childhood.

ENCARTA!!!!! My nerdy ass loved me some Encarta, ya dig

internet, social capital and idolization

internet, social capital and idolization:

tranqualizer:

this is new on my blog, check it out if you wanna!

i have been meaning to write something about the internet, social capital and idolization for awhile but haven’t gotten around to it because well, the internet, social capital and idolization. 

i want to start off by acknowledging the access i am afforded due to my masculinity, light skinnedness, conventional attractiveness, ability to speak the dominant US-english language, among many other factors that shape my experience of the world and how others choose to receive my work, writing and other parts of me that i share. 

the internet is a cool place. over the past few years of blogging and publishing my writing i’ve gotten a lot of opportunities to connect with folks in diaspora, across the queer and trans community and other folks of color with whom i’ve come to call comrades, friends and loved ones. i’ve written extensively about my relationship with my mom, quite a bit about identity and hot mess homos and have just started moving into a place of recording my thoughts on movement building, sustainability and creating from love, not fear, from my corner of the internet and offline world. 

i’ve been able to build with others through mutual vulnerability; the “liking” and “reblogging” of 2am posts on tumblr about relationships, poverty, confusion, sex… it goes on. the internet and all of its vastness has become an intimate space for me and i’ve relied on it more than a few times to pay my rent, to help my mom, to pay a speeding ticket and to feed myself. needless to say, my communities online are no less real than those offline - with the same sort of urgency, longing for touch and closeness and desire for mutual recognition. 

the space that i’ve decided to take online, as a result of privileges that allow me to navigate the world like i do and a lack thereof that pushes me to think about more creative ways to survive, work and play has been met with a lot of positivity. on my tumblr i have made over 22,000 posts, with nearly 5,000 followers and a few posts that have become a little popular. i write out those numbers to put into perspective what social capital has meant and means to me. 

in the past few years i have been able to engage with folks and be taken seriously because a small group of folks who took interest in who i am, my writing and my experiences became a not so small group of people. and the not so small group of people who take interest in me now do so for a myriad of reasons: they like my writing, they think i’m funny, it was a random connection, their friend told them to check me out, they think i’m cute… and all of those reasons have been molded by my social positioning as a person with aforementioned experiences around light skinnedness and conventional beauty. 

i continue to work on thinking critically about the space i think up, about how much less i have to worry about my work* being stolen, used without credit and misrepresented than women of color — specifically Black women — do, about how easy it is for me to solicit responses about topics that i’m not the only one writing about and about how simple it is for me to ask for help and receive it without being aggressively challenged, harassed and dehumanized.

click thru to read more.

If You Used This Secure Webmail Site, the FBI Has Your Inbox | Threat Level | Wired.com

If You Used This Secure Webmail Site, the FBI Has Your Inbox | Threat Level | Wired.com:

therealroxie: gohomebiphobia: redvelvetcupcakemurder: I…









therealroxie:

gohomebiphobia:

redvelvetcupcakemurder:

I wonder what the B stands for?

'Bisexual' is still a blocked term in Google search suggestions, along with anything else deemed too vulgar. Homosexual, heterosexual, and transgender all have the green light.

Note: ‘Bisexual’ will turn up if you have Instant on, but will stop after you’ve typed out enough to spell ‘bisex.’

WOW signal boosting this… this post was written a year ago and nothing has changed since then?!

I am so disappointed. Thank you to OP for contacting me and letting me know about this. Ugh.

Here is the policy that I assume Google thinks “bisexual” falls under:
The search term violates our Autocomplete policies. We aim to provide you with relevant search queries, but we exclude a narrow class of search queries related to things like pornography, violence, hate speech, and copyright infringement.”

Ironic, right?

Here is Google Headquarter’s address:
Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
USA

I plan on writing them a letter. You should too.

biyuti: il-tenore-regina: picante-pero-sabrosx: an-imaginary-…











biyuti:

il-tenore-regina:

picante-pero-sabrosx:

an-imaginary-soldier:

enigmarainbow:

darkreed:

onvern:

asksiddian:

autisticpancake:

deltaink:

That’s not cool Tumblr.

no

Reblogging just in case this is true. I’ll get it off my blog here later, but for now….

Yeah if this is true… I’m just leaving this here and may or not remove all art.

TIME TO READ THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CHANGES.

what

Bleh

Oh yeah. It’s true.

What makes this even more of a shitshow though? Well, if you don’t feel like digging through all the legalese to find this section, I’ve done it for you. This is what it says as of 2014-01-25, 19:53 PST:

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Read that. Read all of it. Not just the legalese in white. Not just the “skimmer-friendly” version in gray. Read both and notice how they technically, for all legal purposes, say the same things…yet completely contradict one another from any practical standpoint. The gray boxes are all nice and friendly. The legalese is basically a great big ol’ FUCK YOU.

So yeah, signal boost the hell out of this.

GET ALL YOUR ART AND WORK OFF OF TUMBLR NOW!

Well shit. My writing blog has now come to an end. 

um…

what.

this hinges on a fairly big misunderstanding of copyright law:

the slideshow says

"they are no reserving the right own any original, uncopyrighted content you post and sell it for profit"

okay. even if this were true….

there is no such thing as ‘uncopyrighted’ content. unless it is in the public domain (and then can’t be copyrighted ever again).

absolutely everything you create, you own the copyright. copyright is exactly that: a right. you can sign away this right (which tumblr’s TOS do not ask us to do), but you always have it unless explicitly and expressly signed away.

enforcing your \copyright, is a different issue depending on your jurisdiction. in the us, you need to register your copyright in order for it to be enforceable. But unless you are already doing this, you can’t enforce your copyright, even if you retain it.

and we do.

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ‘ORGINAL, UNCOPYRIGHTED’ MATERIAL.

glitterlion: neutralnewt: joeywaggoner: This is the current…



glitterlion:

neutralnewt:

joeywaggoner:

This is the current signature count for the petition to restore Net Neutrality. As you can see it has a very long way to go.

Come on people I know there are at least 64,000 of you on tumblr who haven’t signed this yet. Click here to do so

If you have already signed be sure to share the link so that the word will spread.

hey real talk for a second

the deadline for this petition is in THREE WEEKS

and it’s not even halfway to meeting the goal.

If it doesn’t meet the goal, IT’S OVER. THE PETITION IS REMOVED. THE END.

I know it might be a little annoying to take a whole two minutes out of your life to make an account and sign this, but that little annoyance pales in comparison to the fact that right now, MASSIVE CORPORATIONS NOW HAVE THE POWER TO CONTROL HOW THE INTERNET IS RUN

Please, DON’T sit back and think, “Oh, everyone else will sign it. I’ll just reblog.” No. There are literally THOUSANDS of people thinking the exact same thing. There’s a reason this post has almost 20,000 notes more than the number of signatures: It’s because people are liking and reblogging without signing it.

Don’t fall victim to the bystander effect. DO take this very, very seriously. The only requirement for signing is that you are 13 years or olderYou don’t have to be a U.S. citizen to sign. So please, take the two minutes. Sign the petition. It’s the only hope we have to fix this.

Honestly, if you signed any of the ridiculous petitions that went around before they increased the signatures needed to received a response, e.g. getting the government to respond about building a fucking star wars death star or some shit, then you need to sign this.

feministwerewolf: lastrealindians: Natives Censored on…



feministwerewolf:

lastrealindians:

Natives Censored on Twitter, By Danielle Miller

It is now 2014, but we still have racially offensive sports teams and mascots being used. There are plenty of Native Americans speaking out about these issues on Last Real Indians, and now on twitter. The more Natives join the conversation, the more people report profiles and deny that their voices matter.

There have been many Natives tweeting with anticipation for a twitter storm for “Change the Name” and it has now been brought to our attention that we will have to find a new strategy to simply share our opinions, because our movement will be filtered as spam.  This is highly frustrating and unethical. So many other racial groups and individuals have used twitter as a tool to trend their ideas, and yet Native Americans are being censored.

In our last attempt to get #changethename trending, I was thrown in twitter jail every time the hash tag picked up momentum. My other jailed account was even suspended on claims that my tweets were “aggressive”. Never mind the fact that I blocked the racist in my mentions to avoid unnecessary conflict. The fact that I chose to address my opinions about Native mascots and answer typical responses defending the mascots and thus stand up for myself and my ancestors, was met by an account suspension and claims of aggression.

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/natives-censored-on-twitter-by-danielle-miller/

I saw this happening, there were just bieber support tags trending but despite a very healthy flow in the #changethename tag, it never popped up as a TT.  this is OBVIOUS censorship on twitters part.  I see hateful, racist, homophobic trends ALL THE TIME on there, but a tag natives were using that should have trended didn’t?  yeah, smells fishy to me too.

Will our voices be silenced on the Internet? | Al Jazeera America

Will our voices be silenced on the Internet? | Al Jazeera America:

wakeupblackpower:

Net neutrality ruling a major blow to communities of color. The open Internet has provided people of color and other marginalized groups an unprecedented opportunity to tell their own stories and to organize for racial and social justice. The principle of the open Internet, sometimes referred to as “Net neutrality,” prevents Internet service providers (ISPs) from interfering with, blocking or discriminating against Web content.

Several advocacy groups have used the open Internet to organize online campaigns to protest against racism, hate speech and unfair treatment of immigrants. For example, Color of Change, an online advocacy organization, uses the open Internet as a tool to empower the black community to speak out against injustice and to make government more responsive to its concerns. The immigrant-rights group Presente has organized online campaigns to challenge inhumane immigration policies. Colorlines, a daily news website that focuses on racial justice, relies on the open Internet as a platform to report on critical stories often ignored by the mainstream media.

But this may all come to an end.

On Jan. 14, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that ISPs such as Verizon and AT&T can censor, block and interfere with Web traffic and content online. The court struck down the Federal Communication Commission’s 2010 Open Internet order, which was intended to provide Internet users with some protection to access the content of their choice online without interference.

Verizon sued the FCC in 2011 following the passage of those rules. The telecom giant argued that, like newspapers, ISPs should have the First Amendment right to “edit” the Internet and determine what content flows over their wires.

With Verizon’s triumph, there’s nothing stopping ISPs from becoming our Internet overlords. And if you believe what Verizon told the court, that day is coming.

Asked by federal judges whether Verizon planned to prioritize some websites and online services over others, the company’s lawyer said last year that her client would be “exploring those types of arrangements” if it weren’t for the FCC rules.

There’s nothing holding back Verizon and other ISPs now. They have the power to determine whose voices will be heard online and which ones will be silenced. They also have the power to block unpopular speech. And this may mean the silencing the voices of those fighting for social and racial justice — especially the voices of people of color.

The end of net neutrality would be a tremendous loss for marginalized voices and the democratic debate they enrich.

thatsquitespiffing: (Sorry this is going to be a long post, i…



















thatsquitespiffing:

(Sorry this is going to be a long post, i would put it on read more however it is becoming risky to go to other peoples blogs so I have just left it)

I have collected as many blogs as possible that I/other people have proven to be blogs linked to the FBI/moneypak virus. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU FOLLOW OR ATTEMPT TO VISIT THEIR BLOG. I recommend noting down these names and blocking them all.

If you click on one of these blogs you are at a high risk of being redirected to a page claiming to be the FBI (or other police agencies specific to your country) explaining to you that your computer has been detained for one of the following reasons: 

  • viewing/downloading prohibited pornographic material
  • pirating copyrighted material
  • spreading viruses and being part of online scams

The ransom ware website explains that the only way to escape these charges is by paying a specific sum of money (from 100-500 dollars) through moneypak.

Obviously this website is fake, however it can be scary, especially when it doesn’t let you leave the webpage. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU PAY THE WEBPAGE. Paying them will not free your browser.

Depending on your laptop, this ransom ware can range from being annoying to being pretty dangerous! 

If you are a mac user you shouldn’t worry to much. Avoid these pages as much as you can, but if you do find yourself facing this nuisance just force quit and reset your browser. This should rid you of the problem (however I recommend using a virus protector to do a scan of your computer just in case)

On Windows and other computers it is more dangerous as the ransom ware can effect your computer outside of just the browser. It has even been known to turn on webcams!

If you find that your windows computer has been infected visit these webpages on a different device (or check the page now and write down the instructions just in case)

Now a few ways that you can identify whether a blog that has followed/reblogged you is a virus.

  • Blogs with these icons are viruses (or are blogs pretending to be viruses to scare you, i recommend not following them either, they sound like meanies).
  • If the url looks like a keysmash (random collection of letters and numbers) chances are it is a virus blog
  • If you hover over the blogs name and recent post are these or similar it is probably a virus blog.

Note that not all virus blogs have these characteristics. Some do not have an icon or appear to be completely safe. You can even catch this virus off of friends’ blogs thats html has been infected. It is a good idea to check your blogs html for suspicious activity and coding.

If any of these blogs follow you, block them immediately and contact Tumblr.

How to stay safe:

  • update/acquire some virus protection software
  • DO NOT CLICK ON ANY OF THE BLOGS STATED ABOVE OMG JUST DON’T DO IT
  • Avoid visiting other users blogs, even ones that have been safe in the past until this virus dies down.
  • Avoid clicking on blogs that have reblogged/liked your posts until this virus dies down.
  • Avoid following back until this virus dies down.

It is also a good idea that while this is going on, even if you don’t think your computer has been infected, to avoid online shopping or websites where personal information such as your credit card details/address/important passwords is needed if possible, or use another device to complete these tasks, just in case the virus is using key logging (the virus has done so in the past)

Don’t worry too much about this virus/malware/ransom ware/whatever you want to call it. As long as you exercise reasonable caution you should be safe :) If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask me!

Long post over