The Future of Broadband, Security and Privacy for LGBT Communities

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


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.

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.

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

12 True Tales of Creepy NSA Cyberstalking | Threat Level |

12 True Tales of Creepy NSA Cyberstalking | Threat Level |


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 |

How a Crypto 'Backdoor' Pitted the Tech World Against the NSA | Threat Level |



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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.

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fuck you racist anthropologists—get a load of this shit

pssst Azaelia and company. 

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Mihoko Ogaki   |

In her ongoing series of figurative sculptures titled Milky Ways, artist Mihoko Ogakiexplores ideas of life, death, and rebirth. The dead or dying human forms are constructed from Fibre-reinforced plastic and embedded with bright LEDs that when lit project fields of light resembling stars in the surrounding space. You can see many more installation views over on her website

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Nairobi mall attack inspires new apps to aid in an emergency

Nairobi mall attack inspires new apps to aid in an emergency:


The terror attacks by a group of suspected al-Shabaab militants at the Westgate mall in Nairobi shocked residents of the city and placed a heavy burden on emergency services.

Following the horrible attack, Ushahidi has come up with two tools for emergencies. Ushahidi is a non-profit technology company that specialises in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualisation and interactive mapping.

Ushahidi, which means “testimony” in Swahili, was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout in 2007/8.

It’s new app, the Ping is a binary, multichannel tool that will help families, friends and companies to quickly make contact to check that their loved ones and colleagues are safe:

There was a consistent problem in every disaster that happens, not just in Kenya, but everywhere. Small groups, families and companies need to quickly check in with each other. They need to “ping” one another to make sure they’re okay. It has to be something incredibly simple, that requires little thinking to use. People have been doing some stuff in this space in the past, the best like “I’m Ok” are focused on smartphone users, but we have a need to make it work for even the simplest phones. Our goal is to have this available for anyone globally to use.

This is how the Ping works:

1. You create a list of your contact (family, organisation), and each person also adds another contact who is close to them (spouse, roommate, boy/girlfriend, etc).

2. If a disaster happens, you send out a message for everyone to check-in. The app admin sends out a 120 character message that always has “are you ok?” appended to the end. This goes out via text message and email (more channels can be added later).

3. The message goes out three times, once every five minutes. If there is a response, then that person is considered safe. If no response, then three messages are sent to their other contact.

4. Each response is filed into one of three areas: responded (verified), not responded, not ok.

Another tool is Blood Donation Kenya, which is a crowdmap of all locations of blood drive centres. The map matches blood location centres with people willing to help with donation, medical instruments or medical personnel.

Erik Hersmann explains the logic behind the map:

One of the most amazing guys in Kenya in any emergency is Philip Ogola of the Kenya Red Cross. He’s first on scene with great updates, but there’s only so much that one person can do. Now, the Kenya Red Cross itself has been doing incredible work, but they have a problem with a lot of their stuff still being paper and pen (and there’s another group working on a locally hosted database system to digitize this without putting real people’s names online, run by Nivi of eLimu). Another problem that they have is that the hospitals are running short on some types of blood, and are overwhelmed with others, as the Kenyan population comes out in full force to donate blood.

(We asked) how can this be managed better, so that people aren’t turned away from some places and so that they know where to go for their type?

Hersmann said Ushahidi had set up a crowdmap deployment to map the locations of all blood drive centres, in an effort to match these areas with those willing to help at

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How to Answer the Top 35 Asked Interview Questions from The Undercover Recruiter here. Posted for friends looking for jobs this summer.Unfortunately you may also be asked illegal questions and these are two pretty good articles here and here.