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Donald Trump promised "insurance for everybody." Here's how he can do it. - Vox
Description of "AmeriCare" (which could be called TrumpCare if he wanted) proposal that would allow employers and individuals to opt-in to Medicare-style coverage at any time.
aca  ahca  trump  politics  healthcare 
2 days ago
IF Data Permissions Catalogue
Documenting design patterns for personal data sharing, with example uses and research. Work in progress. Maintained by IF.
patterns  permissions  via:jenking  ui  privacy 
3 days ago
Tech LadyMafia - Wikipedia
Filled out the Wikipedia article during our edit-a-thon.

Edits/suggestions welcome!
artandfeminism  from twitter
5 days ago
Black Swan Fellowship - Live for free, work on a long shot.
The Black Swan Fellowship is a (brief) chance to live for free in a beautiful place, and work on something epic. All basic food, housing, and travel expenses are paid. Location is TBD, but you'll likely be staying on a sailboat, in Rio de Janeiro, in the center of one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.

There is only one requirement: that you work full-time on something that has a chance—however small—of becoming a very big deal.
fellowship  funding  art  weird 
6 days ago
Mapbox Tasking Manager - #80 - Building footprints - Oakland
In the last two months, a small group of people used this tool or organize mapping the building outlines for all of Oakland!
maps  coordination  oakland  awesome  mapbox 
7 days ago
American Health Care Act - CBO report
24 million losing insurance is big, but I actually think the more interesting things are about what you'll get for that insurance: "actuarial value" is expected to decrease quite a bit, so your premiums might not go up, but your deductibles and co-pays will a lot. And to stabilize the market, they have to mostly discourage older people (50-64) from insurance. With the Medicaid rollbacks as well, this does seem pretty well-targeted at taking away insurance from poor people.
aca  ahca  insurance  cbo 
12 days ago
The Maintainers
The Maintainers is a global, interdisciplinary research network that takes a different approach, one whose conceptual starting point was a playful proposal for a counter-volume to Isaacson’s that could be titled The Maintainers: How a Group of Bureaucrats, Standards Engineers, and Introverts Made Technologies That Kind of Work Most of the Time. Network members come from a variety of fields, including academic historians and social scientists, as well as artists, activists, engineers, and business leaders. All share an interest in the concepts of maintenance, infrastructure, repair, and the myriad forms of labor and expertise that sustain our human-built world.
standards  history  technology  maintenance  infrastructure 
14 days ago
Most of the time, innovators don’t move fast and break things | Aeon Essays
Understanding the role that standards, ideologies, institutions – the non-thing aspects of technology – play, makes it possible to see how technological change actually happens, and who makes it happen. It makes it possible to understand the true topography of technology and the world today.
standards  innovation  technology  determinism  langdonwinner  politics  siliconvalley 
14 days ago
xkcd: Phone
A reminder of why phones can be terrifying emotional confusers.
via:feedbin  stimulus  distraction  attention  technology  calm 
4 weeks ago
Gerrymandering Efficiency Gap: A Better Way to Measure Gerrymandering | New Republic
A *measurement* of gerrymandering, rather than a specific algorithm for creating districts. Excellent work, and well-explained.
gerrymandering  election  fairness  metrics 
4 weeks ago
Reflecting on one very, very strange year at Uber — Susan J. Fowler
It can be hard to imagine sometimes just how dysfunctional an organization can be. (In this case, not just an engineering team, but an entire company; the HR process comes off as especially insulting.)
engineering  sexism  uber  hr 
4 weeks ago
Basic Security Guide (Tech Solidarity)
Yet another guide; this one has an advantage of being brief. As usual, I don't agree with all its suggestions.
security  journalism  tech  Cryptoparty  guide  tutorial 
6 weeks ago
Guide for contacting Web hosts about hate speech / abuse
@dret I'm looking at this guide on reporting hate speech to Web hosts as related to the rel-issue concept:
abuse  harassment  web  hosting  tos  donthosthate  guide  tutorial 
6 weeks ago
Twitter
RT : Should academics march for science? Of course. We should also do other things. Multi-sided challenges require diver…
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7 weeks ago
Poetry As Political Expression | Verse
RT : We need poetry more than ever. Check out this playlist featuring political poetry necessary for our time:
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7 weeks ago
Academics Against Immigration Executive Order
These bans, as proposed, have consequences that reach beyond the scope of national security. The unethical and discriminatory treatment of law-abiding, hard-working, and well-integrated immigrants fundamentally contravenes the founding principles of the United States.

We strongly denounce this ban and urge the President to reconsider going forward with this Executive Order.
academia  petition  trump  politics  immigration  speak  from twitter_favs
8 weeks ago
Password and login security tips that anyone can use
For better or worse, we’re going to be using passwords to protect our online accounts for the foreseeable future. Use passwords that are strong and different for each site, and use a password manager to help. Set long, random answers for security questions (even if they’re not the truth). And use two-factor authentication on any site that supports it.

Following these steps takes some discipline and will make it harder to log in sometimes. But in today’s Internet, where thousands of passwords are stolen every day and accounts are traded on the black market, it’s worth some inconvenience to keep your online life safe.


Good advice and good explanations. However, I wish we could prioritize this better for users. Different passwords are more important than strong passwords. I think 2-factor is more accessible than randomly generated GUIDs as answers to security questions.
security  Cryptoparty  passwords  mozilla  rlb 
8 weeks ago
Twitter
RT : My name is Lutz Grünthal. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered in Auschwitz
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8 weeks ago
(500) https://www.ischool.berkeley.edu/events/2017/crypto-party-2017
RT : CTSP is proud to help sponsor the 2017 Crypto Party this Thursday Jan 26 at the . Open to everyone!🔐
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8 weeks ago
Twitter
RT : DYK redwood groves are carbon sink / acre in nature? About 200 tons an acre. More redwoods would mean less…
from twitter
8 weeks ago
The Empire Strikes Back: How the death of GDS puts all government innovators at risk – Organizer Sandbox – Medium
What I care about it preserving what I and many others believe are important efforts to modernize governments so that the effectiveness of government, and trust in its institutions, are maintained.
citizentechnologist  government  usds  18f  institution  uk  gds 
8 weeks ago
GitHub - bastianallgeier/letter: Letter is a simple, highly customizable tool to create letters in your browser.
Letter is a simple, highly customizable tool to create letters in your browser.

Very simple at this point. But a good reminder that so many document format tasks could just be websites with nice stylesheets printed to PDF.
via:feedbin  html  web  correspondence  css 
9 weeks ago
Our Computers | Endless Computers
Small, cheap computers (~$80-$150), designed for use by those who aren't familiar with computers. Runs a simplified Linux OS, apparently with browser as fairly primary.
linux  hardware  computer  tobuy 
9 weeks ago
Federal Government 2017
Interesting project to collect and classify illegal and out-of-norm actions by a large organization, in this case, our government under the Trump administration.
government  trump  documentation  politics 
9 weeks ago
EFF's 100-Day Plan | Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF reveals its top 10 priorities for the first 100 days of the Trump presidency.
from twitter_favs
9 weeks ago
Twitter
Currently hovering: one helicopter, two drones.
ReclaimMLK  from twitter
9 weeks ago
saltpack - a modern crypto messaging format
Need to encode, transmit, or store encrypted or signed data? saltpack is a streamlined, modern solution, designed with simplicity in mind. It is easy to implement & integrate. We've made few crypto decisions and instead leave almost all of the heavy lifting to the NaCl library.
security  encryption  crypto  standards  spec 
10 weeks ago
Twitter
RT : Rallied against the GOP plan to and defend our progress at in NoVa
OurFirstStand  MakeAmericaSickAgain  from twitter
10 weeks ago
Twitter
RT : Here, I took the data from the report and ordered the spending categories by SNAP/non-SNAP ratio. Result: Baby food…
from twitter
10 weeks ago
Twitter
RT : John Lewis is an American hero who has changed this country for the better with courage, sacrifice, and a lifelong…
from twitter
10 weeks ago
The Senate Took the First Step in Repealing The Affordable Care Act | Teen Vogue
RT : Your birth control costs are about to skyrocket AND if you become pregnant, you can be dropped from your insurance
from twitter
10 weeks ago
Twitter
RT : 4/ & UC Berkeley on consumer perception of personalization practices vs risks of discrimination (loc/gen…
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10 weeks ago
Twitter
RT : Our requests are eminently reasonable, shared by leaders of both parties. I'll return this letter to
from twitter
10 weeks ago
Federal Privacy Council | Finding More Effective and Innovate Ways to Preserve Our Core Value of Privacy
The Federal Government is expected to protect the information entrusted to it by the American people

Organization of privacy officers across different agencies within the privacy government. Good resource of compliance rules, directives, practices, etc.
privacy  government  organization  usg 
10 weeks ago
Mercury Web Parser by Postlight
Get all the main content and metadata out of an article page with a simple Web request.
api  parser  tools  html  postlight  via:rss 
10 weeks ago
Grass Island, and a Resolution · iNaturalist.org
A resolution to journal about naturalist exploration, not just identify. It's a good idea to log the questions (and ideally, some answers) we have along the trail.
inaturalist  blogging  resolution 
11 weeks ago
DIY Feminist Cybersecurity
Nice set of explanations of problems and straightforward use of corresponding tools. (Not really "cybersecurity"; also, not really sure how it's especially "feminist"; but hey, it's useful.)
security  howto  feminism  privacy  crypto  Cryptoparty  tutorial 
12 weeks ago
Save 33% on Overcooked on Steam
Overcooked is currently 33% off on Steam: Why not gift it to someone along with this handy…
from twitter_favs
december 2016
Tinfoil
A forum for discussion of journalism and information security.
security  encryption  journalism  community  discourse  via:ciphertext 
december 2016
firstlookmedia/gpgsync: GPG Sync is designed to let users always have up-to-date public keys for other members of their organization
GPG Sync solves this problem by offloading the complexity of GPG to a single trusted person in your organization (referred to here as the "techie"). As a member of an organization, you install GPG Sync on your computer, configure it with a few settings that the techie gives you, and then you forget about it. GPG Sync takes care of everything else.
pgp  gpg  crypto  Cryptoparty  security  firstlook  via:discourse 
december 2016
Care for the Vulnerable vs. Cash for the Powerful — Trump’s Pick for HHS (NEJM)
In sum, Price’s replacement proposal would make it much more difficult for low-income Americans to afford health insurance. It would divert federal tax dollars to people who can already buy individual coverage without subsidies and substantially reduce protections for those with preexisting conditions. The end result would be a shaky market dominated by health plans that offer limited coverage and high cost sharing.
Whereas Price’s actions to date have not reflected the tradition of the physician as advocate for the poor and vulnerable, they do harken back to an earlier tradition in American medicine: the physician advocate as protector of the guild.
nejm  via:facebook  ppaca  healthcare  insurance  politics  ama 
december 2016
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