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Ellen Page: “I’m not afraid to say the truth”
Interesting long interview. CN: discusses threats of sexual violence, homophobia.

In 2017 she published a long post on Facebook about her experiences of harassment at work, including a story about one of Hollywood’s most successful directors Brett Ratner. It began: “‘You should fuck her to make her realise she’s gay.’ He said this about me during a cast and crew meet and greet before we began filming X-Men: The Last Stand. I was 18.”
One thing we need to do, she says, is change the language. “We need to stop claiming the political activists are ‘radical’. The people who are fucking radical are the people who want to keep destroying our water and our top soil and our air in order to give a few people billions more dollars.” They’re the extremists, she insists, not the people who want Americans to have universal health care. “It’s not a debate, whether Donald Trump is racist or not. Gay marriage is not a debate. And the media needs to stop claiming it is.”
by:EvaWiseman  from:TheGuardian  interview  EllenPage  homophobia  #MeToo  SexualAssault  activism 
january 2019 by owenblacker
Margaret Atwood: ‘All dystopias are telling you is to make sure you’ve got a lot of canned goods and a gun’
Earlier this month, when she spoke at the Southbank literature festival in London, she talked about “the most amazingly vicious online abuse” of women. “What century are we in?” she asked. “Apparently, the 12th.”

When The Handmaid’s Tale was published, she says, the novel was reviewed by British critics as an enjoyable fantasy, and by the Canadians with a certain anxiety (“Could it happen here?”). In America, though, there was a sense of: “‘How long have we got?’” She sighs. “Apparently, not as long as I thought … With any cultural change there is a push and a pushback. Trump has brought out a huge pushback that was originally against immigrants. Now it has shifted to being very misogynistic, partly because of Hillary Clinton. You have not seen anything like this since the 17th-century witchhunts, quite frankly.”
by:CharlotteHiggins  from:TheGuardian  MargaretAtwood  by:MargaretAtwood  interview  dystopia  SF  politics  geo:UnitedStates  DonaldTrump  HillaryClinton  USElection2016 
october 2016 by owenblacker
Meet Moxie Marlinspike, the Anarchist Bringing Encryption to All of Us
Signal, widely considered the most secure and easiest-to-use free encrypted messaging and voice-calling app, is the reason he’s been invited to speak as part of the very same crypto Jedi Council he had worshipped as a teenager. Marlinspike designed Signal to bring uncrackable encryp­tion to regular ­people. And though he hadn’t yet revealed it at the time of the conference in March, Signal’s encryption protocol had been integrated into WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging app, with over a billion users.

For any cypherpunk with an FBI file, it’s already an interesting morning. At the very moment the Cryptographers’ Panel takes the stage, Apple and the FBI are at the height of a six-week battle, arguing in front of the House Judiciary Commit­tee over the FBI’s demand that Apple help it access an encrypted ­iPhone 5c owned by San Bernardino killer Syed Rizwan Farook. Before that hearing ends, Apple’s general counsel will argue that doing so would set a dangerous legal precedent, inviting foreign govern­ments to make similar demands, and that the crypto-cracking software could be co-opted by criminals or spies.

The standoff quickly becomes the topic of the RSA panel, and Marlinspike waits politely for his turn to speak. Then he makes a far simpler and more radical argument than any advanced by Apple: Perhaps law enforcement shouldn’t be omniscient. “They already have a tremendous amount of information,” he tells the packed ballroom. He points out that the FBI had accessed Farook’s call logs as well as an older phone backup. “What the FBI seems to be saying is that we need this because we might be missing something. Obliquely, they’re asking us to take steps toward a world where that isn’t possible. And I don’t know if that’s the world we want to live in.”
MoxieMarlinspike  interview  from:Wired  by:AndyGreenberg  crypto  Signal  WhatsApp  hacking  geo:UnitedStates 
august 2016 by owenblacker
Tory rebel David Davis: ‘We haven’t had a Stasi or a Gestapo in Britain, so are intellectually lazy about surveillance’
“It’s astonishing how few people take an interest in this country,” he says. “In every other country in the world, post-Snowden, people are holding their government’s feet to the fire on these issues, but in Britain we idly let this happen. We’re the country that invented James Bond and we like our spies. We have a wonderful illusion about our security services, a very comforting illusion. But it means we’re too comfortable. Because for the past 200 years we haven’t had a Stasi or a Gestapo, we are intellectually lazy about it, so it’s an uphill battle. Even people who are broadly on my side of the political spectrum in believing in privacy and liberty tend to take the state at its word too often.”
DavidDavis  surveillance  politics  geo:UnitedKingdom  TheresaMay  Stasi  Gestapo  JamesBond  by:StephenMoss  interview  from:TheGuardian  apathy  EdwardSnowden  InvestigatoryPowersAct2016 
november 2015 by owenblacker
Laverne Cox: “Now I have the money to feminise my face I don’t want to. I’m happy”
“I knew everybody would be asking me about it,” she says, explaining the thoughtful and nuanced blog she posted in response to Jenner’s transition. “I am so moved by all the love and support Caitlyn is receiving,” she wrote. “It feels like a new day, indeed, when a trans person can present her authentic self to the world for the first time and be celebrated for it so universally.” ¶ But in the same blog, Cox questions the celebrations of Caitlyn’s attractiveness, and urges a continuing focus on diversity and multiple voices within the trans community. “I thought there was a conversation that was not being had,” she explains. “It was about me wanting to acknowledge all those trans folks out there who don’t have access to health care, who don’t embody cisnormative beauty standards, even that cisnormative beauty standards are deeply problematic.
LaverneCox  interview  transgender  from:TheGuardian  patriarchy  CaitlynJenner 
june 2015 by owenblacker
Pedro Leaves Us Breathless - by Hal Rubenstein
How a nice Cuban boy from the suburbs of Miami becomes a nationally respected AIDS activist, gets on MTV's muy hot true-life soap, The Real World and winds up America's summer heartthrob
PedroZamora  date:1994  HIV/AIDS  from:Poz.com  interesting  interview  ChildAbuse  geo:UnitedStates  MTV  by:HalRubenstein 
november 2014 by owenblacker
Lunch with the FT: Cory Doctorow - FT.com
Cory Doctorow should be too busy for lunch. He’s co-editor of, and a prolific contributor to, one of the most influential blogs in the world, Boing Boing. Over the past decade the Canadian-born writer has published 16 books, mostly science fiction novels. He campaigns vigorously on the politics of the digital age. His speaking schedule for the two months following our lunch requires three return trips from his home in east London to North America. He has almost 300,000 followers on Twitter. He is an impeccably prompt email correspondent.
from:CoryDoctorow  SF&F  interview  food  copyfight  from:FinancialTimes  interesting  CoryDoctorow  SpeculativeFiction  from delicious
july 2013 by owenblacker
Chatting with Obama For America’s Director of Frontend Development: Daniel Ryan | Nettuts+
Whether you lean to the right or the left, there’s little doubt that, if you’re a Nettuts+ reader, you’ll likely agree that technology is rapidly shaping politics. In United States Presidential campaigns, the web was a major platform for front-facing unification of a message, but it was also a core part of each side’s internal processes.

Recently, we had the opportunity to interview Daniel Ryan – the Director of Frontend Development for “Obama for America” – about the strategies, technologies, and experiences that were a part of the race to November 6.
date:2012  from:EtiennePollard  interesting  devops  webdev  interview  obama  via:EtiennePollard  BarackObama  from delicious
january 2013 by owenblacker
10 interview questions to help make the best geeky hire
Interviewing for an IT position isn’t all about determining technical proficiency — it’s also important to measure a candidate’s geek quotient. After all, would you want someone on board who doesn’t know who Gary Gygax was?
geek  funny  interview  work  from:JenBlacker  via:JennyBlacker 
june 2010 by owenblacker
Ravelry — an interview with their webgeek
Possibly you’ve never heard of it. But if you know anyone who knits or crochets, ask him or (more likely) her about Ravelry and chances are you’re talking to an active member. It’s big. This is an interview with Casey Forbes, who constitutes the whole engineering staff.
Ravelry  InterfaceDesign  interview  blog  Ruby  startups  inspiration  web2.0  webdev  from:JenBlacker  via:JennyBlacker 
september 2009 by owenblacker
Cory Doctorow: Why I Copyfight
Good interview with Cory. It's intended as a concise answer to the question, "Why should we care about the copyright wars, anyway?" For: linked to far too many people, on the off-chance that you've not already seen it.
from:CoryDoctorow  from:BoingBoing  copyfight  interesting  from:LocusMagazine  politics  culture  copyright  CoryDoctorow  copyleft  interview  CreativeCommons  essay  IP  philosophy  Internet 
november 2008 by owenblacker
Home Office 'ignored opposition to ID cards' | Politics | guardian.co.uk
The Home Office decided not to count the 5,026 responses forwarded by Stand.org.uk, a website which campaigns on privacy issues, because it was deemed to be an "organised campaign".
Stand.org.uk  no2id  from:TheGuardian  interview  OwenBlacker  politics  geo:UnitedKingdom  date:2003-11-21 
april 2008 by owenblacker
What's In Your Gadget Bag, Ewan? — Gizmodo
"Ewan Spence takes the road less traveled, and he takes it often." Never a truer word about one of my best mates was written.
EwanSpence  friends  interview  InterfaceDesign 
april 2008 by owenblacker
Rands In Repose: A Glimpse and a Hook
"The terrifying reality regarding your resume is that for all the many hours you put into fine-tuning, you’ve got 30 seconds to make an impression on me. Maybe less." Everything I've ever learnt about how to hire is summarised here.
blog  InterfaceDesign  recruitment  reference  CV  résumé  interview  howto  tips  career  business 
march 2008 by owenblacker
Self v Littlejohn
Will Self demolishes what Richard Littlejohn laughingly calls a "novel".
BBC  funny  interview  politics  books  RichardLittlejohn  WillSelf  race  BNP  homophobia  LittleEngland  xenophobia 
may 2007 by owenblacker
Ade Rowbotham - le cool * interview *
My mate Ade, talking about his (awesome) photography
photography  friends  AdeRowbotham  interview 
may 2007 by owenblacker

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