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Archive for 'human rights'

The Courage of Misha and Amy

I continue to be blown away by the courage in the face of bigotry displayed by the We Do Campaign. Watch the new video they’ve just released (embedded here) and contrast the self-righteous Bible quoting at the beginning with the quiet dignity and brave commitment to the path of love shown by Misha and Amy. […]

Rima Kupryte, Dorothy Eneya, eIFL, and Ada Lovelace Day

To celebrate the first (hopefully annual?) Ada Lovelace Day, I’d like to highlight the work of two remarkable women who work with an organization called Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL), which exists to enable and sustain access to knowledge by library users in developing and transitional countries. The organization does this by helping member nations […]

Ada Lovelace Day

I just heard about Ada Lovelace Day and I think it’s a super idea. Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology. [...] We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines. Entrepreneurs, innovators, sysadmins, programmers, designers, games developers, hardware experts, tech journalists, tech […]

Don’t forget about your library for out-of-print books!

The always excellent today again mentions a book I am quite fond of. Glorifying Terrorism is a book of short stories originally written to protest the 2006 UK Terrorism Act, a law which made it illegal to produce works of art or literature that “glorify terrorism.” As many were quick to observe, this makes […]

“just domestic violence”: some thoughts on the VA Tech massacre

By now you’ve probably heard about the shootings at Virginia Tech. Like everyone else, I am horrified. The University of Virginia is deep in mourning for the people who were killed at our sister school. Almost everyone here has people they care about at VT. I send my heartfelt condolences to everyone who lost a […]