empowermentors: Caption:Calling all…



empowermentors:

Caption:Calling all queer/trans*/female/disabled P.O.C. who create and remix digital media; hack/code/program or want to start; love, hate, or love to hate technology; and oppose private tech & media ownership. We need you! The Empowermentors Collective is a skillshare, discussion, and support network for intersectionally marginalized people of color with a critical interest in technology and media hacking.

We are called Empowermentors because we focus on sharing knowledge and technical skills, producing free software and free media, and supporting one another however we can. In this way we are both teaching and learning from each other to collectively empower ourselves.

Click the “Read More” link to find out how to join.

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Meet Melba Roy Mouton – a Head Computer Programmer & Assistant Chief of Research at NASA

womenrockscience:

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This is Melba Roy Mouton Assistant Chief of Research Programmes at NASA’s Trajectory and Geodynamics Division. Initially a mathematician she worked her way up through the company working as a Head Computer Programmer and then Programme Production Section Chief at Goddard Space Flight Centre.

Melba graduated from Howard university in 1950, a black college and safe haven for students of colour who were terrorized at other institutions. Howard has had an open race & gender policy since its inception. In 1959 she started working at NASA where she was head mathematician for Echo Satellites 1 and 2.

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In 1961 Melba got promoted to Head Programmer in charge for the team that determines aircraft orbits in space. Here she designed computer programmes in order to predict aircraft locations and trajectories. These programmes allowed NASA to track aircraft in space. By 1972 Melba had been promoted to Assistant Chief of Research Programmes, Trajectory and Geodynamics Division.

Sources: Vintage Black Glamour NASA The Afro American African African

The Future of Broadband, Security and Privacy for LGBT Communities

The Future of Broadband, Security and Privacy for LGBT Communities:

The Future of Broadband, Security and Privacy for LGBT Communities

The Future of Broadband, Security and Privacy for LGBT Communities:

dynamicafrica: Cape Town is to host the 3rd annual African…



dynamicafrica:

Cape Town is to host the 3rd annual African Creative Economy Conference from 6-9 October 2013 - a three-day intensive programme of exchanging cutting-edge information and innovative ideas about Africa’s creative economy.

Mission
To place great focus on and generate attention about the continent’s creative industries, not just as economic drivers but also to highlight the potential contribution of the Creative Industries to the eradication of poverty, democracy and human rights.
Description

The African Creative Economy Conference (ACEC) is a unique opportunity to empower yourself in a three-day intensive programme of exchanging cutting-edge information and innovative ideas. With Africa’s current share of the global creative economy at less than 1%, the conference will focus on unlocking the potential of the continent’s creative industries and leapfrogging into emerging high-growth sectors of the world economy.

The Conference programme will broadly cover:

• Examining and re-defining the creative industries under African conditions and their relevance to African economic, social and political developments;
• Undertaking and sharing detailed, up-to-date research on each sector in the creative industries; and
• Discussing the creative industries and their relevance within the broader political and economic context. For example, the role of BRICS countries in Africa, and the impact of countries such as China on the creative industries.

This event will be of particular interest to creative practitioners, government bodies and policy makers, academics, researchers, entrepreneurs, journalists and many others.

For more information about ACEC, visit www.acec2013.org.za

12 True Tales of Creepy NSA Cyberstalking | Threat Level | Wired.com

12 True Tales of Creepy NSA Cyberstalking | Threat Level | Wired.com:

ruckawriter:

From Wired Threat Level. There’s a nicely interactive viewer for reading the documentation disclosing these incidences, if you’re so inclined.

How a Crypto ‘Backdoor’ Pitted the Tech World Against the NSA | Threat Level | Wired.com

How a Crypto 'Backdoor' Pitted the Tech World Against the NSA | Threat Level | Wired.com:

searchingforknowledge:

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searchingforknowledge: andromedamedrexia: diasporicroots: How…



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andromedamedrexia:

diasporicroots:

How ancient Africans were the first nerds: Birth of technology traced back 70,000 years to the continent’s southern tip.

Modern human technology began more than 70,000 years ago in South Africa before spreading to communities elsewhere, a new study claims.

It was there that our ancestors made the first bone tools, the first abstract art, the first jewellery and probably the first stone tipped spears and arrows, research shows.

The claims, based on archaeological findings over the past decade, contradict the widely held belief that modern human behaviour originated in Europe about 40,000 years ago.

The first nerds? A reconstruction of a Homo sapiens hunting party from the BBC documentary Planet of the Apeman. New research traces the birth of technology 70,000 years to southern Africa

They chime with findings published just last month which suggested that the development of long-range weapons in Africa was the technological breakthrough which allowed humans to become the dominant species.

Click here for the full article.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2243946/How-ancient-Africans-nerds-Birth-technology-traced-70-000-years-continents-southern-tip.html#ixzz2brOXnjDA
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fuck you racist anthropologists—get a load of this shit

pssst Azaelia and company.