As domestic abuse goes digital, shelters turn to counter-surveillance with Tor | BetaBoston
Sarah’s abuser gained access to every password she had. He monitored her bank accounts and used her phone to track her location and read her conversations. She endured four years of regular physical and emotional trauma enabled by meticulous digital surveillance and the existing support services, from shelters to police, were almost powerless to help her.

“We wish we could just stop the clock because we need to catch up,” said Risa Mednick, director of the Cambridge domestic violence prevention organization Transition House.

To fight back, Transition House and others turn to the same methods used by intelligence agencies in order to keep their clients safe.
abuse  consent  network 
5 hours ago
At CIA Starbucks, even the baristas are covert - The Washington Post
Welcome to the “Stealthy Starbucks,” as a few officers affectionately call it.
In Defense Of Ms. Hill — Cuepoint — Medium
When you pay for a Lauryn Hill concert you are not paying for her to do what you want, you are paying for her to do what she wants. She is not an iPod nor is she a trained monkey. She doesn’t have to do her hits and she doesn’t have to do the songs the way you want to hear them. She doesn’t owe you that. The world does not revolve around you, and you ain’t gotta like it. Get over yourself. If you have a negative experience at her concert, go home, put on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and the next time she does come through your town, don’t go to her concert. Problem solved.
2 days ago
The Unrepentant Bootlegger - NYTimes.com
the site attracted 2.6 million visitors a day and had around 60,000 registered members, many of whom visited the website’s community section to discuss topics as diverse as philosophy, parenting and politics. Under the nickname Queen Phara, Ms. Beshara held court in these forums, where she was known for her hot-tempered and playful online personality.
2 days ago
Ostracon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In Athens, the voting public would write or scratch the name of a person in the shard of pottery. When the decision at hand was to banish or exile a certain member of society, citizen peers would cast their vote by writing the name of the person on the piece of pottery; the vote was counted and if unfavorable the person was exiled for a period of ten years from the city, t
3 days ago
Stocks With Female Directors Outperform - Business Insider
A Credit Suisse report found that, overall, companies with a market cap greater than US$ 10 billion that have at least one woman on the board of directors outperformed those that had no women at all by 26% for large caps over the six years leading up to 2011.
4 days ago
BBC News - A Point of View: Tom Ripley and the meaning of evil
Ripley finds a certain satisfaction in despatching his victims, but it doesn't come from any dark romance of evil. It's the satisfaction that comes with a job well done. He kills when killing is necessary in order to maintain the kind of life he enjoys, not because he enjoys murdering people.
evil  sociopathy 
5 days ago
New Tools for an Ancient Activity on Vimeo
The great equalizing factor, of course, is that nobody can see each other online. So, the ideas are what really matter. You can't discern age, race, complexion, body shape, vocal tone or any of the other attributes that we all incorporate into our impressions of people. This, of course, will change as audio and video become common along with the written word. But even then a lot of people will play their sounds and show their video, but they won't ever show themselves." —John Coate, “Cyberspace Innkeeping” (1993)
5 days ago
Oscar Murillo Made His Collector Cry
Upon arriving for the stay, Murillo had been struck by the fact that the house staff was predominantly black. He said he couldn’t ignore it. So the artist, dressed in a white jumpsuit, worked as a member of the house staff for the entirety of the residency.
race  art 
6 days ago
Why Misogynists Make Great Informants: How Gender Violence on the Left Enables State Violence in Radical Movements | INCITE! Blog
“His radical race analysis allowed people (mostly men but occasionally women as well) to forgive him for being dominating and abusive in his relationships. Womyn had to check their critique of his behavior at the door, lest we lose a man of color in the movement.” One of the reasons it is so difficult to hold men of color accountable for reproducing gender violence is that women of color and white activists continue to be invested in the idea that men of color have it harder than anyone else.
6 days ago
The Creepiest New Corner Of Instagram: Role-Playing With Stolen Baby Photos | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
“It’s more exciting to be testing these fantasies online and not in their minds because there’s some follow through online and yet they’re behind the safety of their computer in their bedroom. This is another variation of that. These role players have a desire to try on the fantasy of being a family person, a mother, whatever it might be that they’re searching for or void they’re trying to fill.”
thebook  fakesters 
6 days ago
Is Arizona's Revenge Porn Law Overbroad?
One of my pet peeves is that the label “revenge porn” is not properly descriptive in the slightest, and yet it has stuck around. The media frenzy around this issue has done much to publicize the trials that victims experience, and perhaps has done something to challenge the usual victim-blaming narrative. But by centering the criminalization effort and locking out discussion of other remedies, the media has done victims a deep disservice.
6 days ago
Natalie Imbruglia hints at move back to Australia after 20 years of London living | Daily Mail Online
The presenters seemed audibly shocked by her statement with Jackie O commenting: 'Tinder that's... I dunno if you'd be right for Tinder.'

'Listen it's not like Grinder,' responded Natalie, referring to the matching making app for gay, bi and curious guys that has a reputation for physical interactions.
7 days ago
The Right Not to Work: Power and Disability
The very first thing that people ask me when I say I am a painter is “Do you sell your work? Are you supporting yourself?” I actually do sell my work, but I do not support myself from these sales. I hate this question and I feel ashamed no matter how I answer it. This is because I always feel like this question is a test; a test to see whether my lifestyle and hobby are legitimate; and money is the gauge of this legitimacy. Is money really where all value lies? Are my art and my lifestyle really less meaningful because I do not support myself financially?
art  money  disabled 
7 days ago
Life as a Nonviolent Psychopath - The Atlantic
I started with simple things of how I interact with my wife, my sister, and my mother. Even though they’ve always been close to me, I don't treat them all that well. I treat strangers pretty well—really well, and people tend to like me when they meet me—but I treat my family the same way, like they're just somebody at a bar. I treat them well, but I don't treat them in a special way. That’s the big problem.

I asked them this—it's not something a person will tell you spontaneously—but they said, "I give you everything. I give you all this love and you really don’t give it back." They all said it, and that sure bothered me. So I wanted to see if I could change. I don't believe it, but I'm going to try.
7 days ago
Review: Jon Ronson's The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry -- Science of the Spirit -- Sott.net
Of course, I'm talking about Andrew Lobaczewski's Political Ponerology, which just barely made it out of Communist Poland, the first copies destroyed, stolen, and lost and its researchers hunted, arrested, tortured, killed, and silenced. Lobaczewski survived long enough to write the book from memory and contact a publisher who recognized the importance of what he was saying: yes, psychopaths rule the world, and this is how it works.
8 days ago
YURICA REPORT / How to Detect Evil
M. Scott Peck, M.D. wrote a most important book for our times, People of the Lie, The Hope For Healing Human Evil, published in 1983 by Simon & Schuster. It’s a study of human evil. Peck said he chose the title “because lying is both a cause and a manifestation of evil. It is partly by their lying that we recognize the evil.”
9 days ago
'Good writer, bad man' -a genre
Some of his friends knew how troubled he was. John Updike, whom Cheever with typical ambivalence considered a good friend and a dangerous competitor, seems to have understood. But among strangers Cheever made himself (unless he was too drunk) into a convincing replica of the man he wished he was.

Self-presentation mattered to him. I met him over lunch during one of six alcohol-free years close to the end of his life. On that occasion, witty and lively and warmly generous to three Toronto writers he would never see again, he was the very model of a well-born New Englander who happened also to be a superb writer and a rather modest writer. He was magnificent. Even the harshest pathographer could never doubt that Cheever knew how to put on a grand performance.
9 days ago
The Twentieth Century - Google Books
“Bad artists always admire each other's work. They call it being large-minded and free from prejudice. But a truly great artist cannot conceive of life being shown, or beauty fashioned, under any conditions other than those he has selected.”
10 days ago
Why Did Charity Johnson Pretend To Be A Teenager For Nearly 20 Years
“Charity wanted to be wanted; she wanted someone to love her unconditionally, like a mother should love her child,” explained Osarieme Obaseki, the internet “mom” who finally exposed Charity’s deception. “She’s not a con artist for money. She’s a con artist for love.”
10 days ago
TimesMachine: THE AEROPHONE. - NYTimes.com
" in which @nytimes editorializes against the privacy implications of the Phonograph. http://nyti.ms/1ujyPNU "
privacy  workingon 
10 days ago
Radical Librarianship: how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons' electronic privacy - Boing Boing
Librarians in Massachusetts are working to give their patrons a chance to opt-out of pervasive surveillance. Partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts, area librarians have been teaching and taking workshops on how freedom of speech and the right to privacy are compromised by the surveillance of online and digital communications -- and what new privacy-protecting services they can offer patrons to shield them from unwanted spying of their library activity.
10 days ago
Alibaba's Maggie Wu and Lucy Peng: The dynamic duo behind the IPO - Fortune
The giant Chinese e-retailer has a reputation for fostering talented women. Lucy Peng and Maggie Wu are stellar examples.
10 days ago
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10 days ago
Wisdom2.0: it came for our heartbeats, now Google wants our souls | Technology | theguardian.com
Wisdom2.0, a Californian conference that grew out of the west coast’s twin obsessions of technology and self-actualisation, and that came to Europe for the first time this week.
10 days ago
What We Talk About When We Talk About What We Talk About When We Talk About Making | Quiet Babylon
It used to take thirty people a month to make the Whole Earth Catalog, he told us. Thanks to technology, Cool Tools took only two people. Moments later, he mentioned the name of the distributed copyediting service they’d used. I wonder how many people were on the other end of that transaction. I bet it was more than thirty.
I’ve been thinking a lot about why they didn’t get to count.
labor  dematerialization 
12 days ago
It’s people! Meet Soylent, the crowdsourced copy editor » Nieman Journalism Lab
Soylent is an add-in for Microsoft Word that uses Mechanical Turk as a distributed copy-editing system to perform tasks like proofreading and text-shortening, as well as a type of specialized edits its developers call “The Human Macro.”
crowdsourcing  turk 
12 days ago
Late commercial payments: charging interest and debt recovery - GOV.UK
The current Bank of England base rate is 0.5%, so statutory interest for a recent debt would be 8.5%.
13 days ago
Utah fatal shooting: Darrien Hunt’s family blames racial discrimination behind his killing | Wall Street OTC
Hunt’s mother said that her son was only carrying a ‘toy sword’, i.e. a Katana which is a souvenir sword, having a rounded edge, and not a blade. It was bought from an Asian gift store.

Grieving her son’s sad demise, she said, “My son is a tender heart who would not hurt anybody. My son is a beautiful, bright-eyed, intelligent boy.”

Hunt was born to a white mother and a black father. Her mother had recently got separation from her husband and just returned to Utah to start a new life for the family.
race  cosplay  cops  sad 
14 days ago
New World Notes: Minecraft Became So Big Because It's Extremely Popular With Girls & Women -- Another Reason Why the Game Industry Needs to Solve Its Sexism Problem
Were Minecraft not so massively popular with females, its userbase could easily have been less than half as large as it is. Iris and I write a lot about getting more women in games, but as we often say, it's not just about feminist values or making gaming truly mainstream: Making games that appeal to both genders is good business sense.
gender  gaming 
14 days ago
The privileged few are tightening their grip | Nick Cohen | Comment is free | The Observer
They are all nice people. But there's the rub. They are too fucking nice for Britain's good. Their niceness is a noose that is strangling our ability to talk to ourselves and to the world.
nice  culture  funding 
14 days ago
H. P. Lovecraft and Megalithic New England - Jason Colavito
t’s probably worth noting that neither Mystery Hill nor most of the alleged “megalithic” sites of New England are columnar; alternative archaeology speaks of stone chambers, not standing circles of stones on the hilltops. These were mostly colonial-era cold cellars and spring houses. Even the famous “stone circle” of Gungywamp is supine, not standing columns of stone.
15 days ago
Columbia University Students' Powerful Display Of Support For A Rape Victim Seeking Justice | ThinkProgress
Under the terms of Sulkowicz’s thesis — entitled Carry That Weight or Mattress Performance — she’s not allowed to ask for help carrying her mattress. She is allowed to accept help if other people offer on their own, however, and that inspired her fellow students to get organized so they can assist Sulkowicz in a meaningful way.
art  performance  rape 
15 days ago
Power Dive into the Danger Zone
I know I can't just tweet images from Top Gun because that would lead to the same situation. I can, however, use the next best thing and stay well clear of Paramount's copyrights. I'm referring, of course, to another film distributed by Paramount about two fighter pilots who indulge their need for speed on the edge of a global conflict, 1941's Power Dive, starring Richard Arlen and Jean Parker. It's got everything Top Gun has (except the beach volleyball), but because Paramount failed or declined to renew its copyright, rights to use content from Power Dive reverted to the public domain.

Therefore, I present @BasicallyTopGun, which will be tweeting frames from Power Dive two images per hour at a sample rate of one image for every two seconds of film.
bots  copyright  automation 
20 days ago
Zoe Quinn’s Depression Quest - The New Yorker
s. “They’re clearly hurting,” Quinn said. “People don’t viciously attack anyone without having some deep-seeded loathing in themselves.”
gender  games  gamergate  abuse 
20 days ago
The Afghan Girls Who Live as Boys - The Atlantic
Officially, girls like Mehran do not exist in Afghanistan, where the system of gender segregation is among the strictest in the world. But many other Afghans, too, can recall a former neighbor, a relative, a colleague, or someone in their extended family raising a daughter as a son. These children even have their own colloquialism, bacha posh, which literally translates from Dari to “dressed like a boy.” Midwives, doctors, and nurses I’ve met from all over the provinces are more familiar with the practice than most; they have all known bacha posh to appear at clinics, escorting a mother or a sister, or as a patient who has proven to be of another birth sex than first presumed
20 days ago
yishan comments on IAm Yishan Wong, the Reddit CEO
I've begun to converge on the idea that a good way to think of reddit is as a city-state. This is in contrast to how a lot of businesses think of themselves as e.g. money-making machines to be optimized and exploited, and customers to be cynically manipulated.
reddit  fake-states 
20 days ago
The Revictimizing of Janay Rice | The Nation
. I spent the morning communicating with people who work on issues involving domestic violence and violence against women nearly every day of their lives. They all said the same thing, without dissent: releasing this tape to the world is incredibly damaging to Janay Rice. Just as we would protect the name of an alleged rape victim, just as we would not show a video of Ray Rice committing a sexual assault, we should not be showing this video like it’s another episode of Rich People Behaving Badly. If Janay Rice wanted to show this tape to the world, in other words if she had offered her consent, that is a different matter. But showing and reshowing it just because we can is an act of harm.
21 days ago
Reddit as a Government
The First Amendment does not apply to private platforms, and it is deeply strange to argue that it should. But there is an observation here that should trouble anyone invested in the future of the internet—in other words, anyone who plans on being alive in ten years. The web is increasingly experienced through a handful of centralized platforms, and the rules those centralized platforms impose are non-trivial to public life and community.
21 days ago
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