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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 
3 days 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 
3 days 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 
11 days 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 
17 days 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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22 days 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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23 days 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
25 days 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 
27 days 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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27 days 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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29 days ago
Twitter
RT : DYK redwood groves are carbon sink / acre in nature? About 200 tons an acre. More redwoods would mean less…
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29 days 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 
4 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 
5 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 
5 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 
5 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.
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5 weeks ago
Twitter
Currently hovering: one helicopter, two drones.
ReclaimMLK  from twitter
5 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 
5 weeks ago
Twitter
RT : Rallied against the GOP plan to and defend our progress at in NoVa
OurFirstStand  MakeAmericaSickAgain  from twitter
5 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…
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5 weeks ago
Twitter
RT : John Lewis is an American hero who has changed this country for the better with courage, sacrifice, and a lifelong…
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5 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
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6 weeks ago
Twitter
RT : 4/ & UC Berkeley on consumer perception of personalization practices vs risks of discrimination (loc/gen…
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6 weeks ago
Twitter
RT : Our requests are eminently reasonable, shared by leaders of both parties. I'll return this letter to
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6 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 
6 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 
6 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 
7 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 
8 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…
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8 weeks ago
Tinfoil
A forum for discussion of journalism and information security.
security  encryption  journalism  community  discourse  via:ciphertext 
9 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
Everything I’ve ever built (a list) – Medium
I love reading the history of projects that people build, and re-constructing the history of the people themselves. (Also, it can be sad and shocking to see what things happen or don't happen based on some business's decision.)
lists  people.txt  bots  indieweb  idno  known 
9 weeks ago
A 70-Day Web Security Action Plan for Artists and Activists Under Siege – Medium
A month-by-month security plan. I'm not sure I agree with all of this, but it does have a nice sense of priorities of action and a good community spirit.
security  privacy  surveillance  crypto  Cryptoparty  selfdefense  politics  art 
9 weeks ago
draft_encrypt-email-guide-10-2016 - Google Docs
Instructions for installing, setting up and using GPG encryption software. (Not my favorite.)
crypto  pgp  Cryptoparty  email  tutorial 
9 weeks ago
CDT’s Priorities for the New Administration | Center for Democracy & Technology
Attached are a series of policy recommendations for you as our nation’s 45th president. They are moderate, pragmatic proposals aimed at firmly establishing America’s role as the global leader in both innovation and internet freedom. As your Administration assumes leadership of the government, we encourage you to chart a forward-looking course that protects our individual rights, keeps the country secure, and enables further innovation in our hyper-connected reality.
cdt  policy  internet  trump  politics  privacy  security  freeexpression 
9 weeks ago
Fix the internet by writing good stuff and being nice to people · Woman. Legend.Blog
Today’s internet is mean. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when everyone online became a jerk, but to me it seems that the tipping point occurred right when making money off content started being worth more than the content itself. I wrote the following post before the election but never got around to publishing it. Now, it seems more necessary than ever.
internet  twitter  culture  web  indieweb  writing  blog  blogging 
9 weeks ago
Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science
The Online Ethics Center (OEC) is a repository of resources on the ethics of science, engineering, and research that help engineers, scientists, scholars, educators, students, and interested citizens understand and address ethically significant topics and problems that arise in the practice and results of science and engineering.
ethics  science  engineering  ctsp  repository  teaching 
9 weeks ago
Twitter
RT : Big show tonight as an Oakland fire benefit! Thanks for coming out
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9 weeks ago
Technology in Hostile States: Ten Principles for User Protection | The Tor Blog
This blog post is meant to generate a conversation about best practices for using cryptography and privacy by design to improve security and protect user data from well-resourced attackers and oppressive regimes.


These are principles for developers of software, both substantive and clear.
Tor  infosec  ethics  security  privacy  patterns  engineering  from twitter_favs
9 weeks ago
The Signal protocol implemented for Node and browsers (review needed)
Our own Nick Merrill has done a quick port of Signal's crypto libraries so that they can run in browser or in Node.js. Nice blog post with the list of steps needed and open questions about security.
javascript  encryption  node  ischool  crypto  signal  doubleratchet  from twitter_favs
10 weeks ago
neveragain.tech
Tech workers pledge not to be repression's little helper:
pledge  politics  trump  ethics  engineering 
10 weeks ago
Forget “Why?”, it’s time to get to work. – Medium
The most important thing is that we focus on the work that needs to be done now.

This is the kind of optimism that I like to see: the spirit of, yes, this is a setback, and that just means we need to work now and continuously.
optimism  tech  trump  politics  organization  work  thework 
11 weeks ago
Attack discrimination with smarter machine learning
Interactive visualizations of discrimination (in the case study of loan granting). Nicely separates some of the different goals/outcomes.
discrimination  machinelearning  ml  visualization  google  via:techdel 
11 weeks ago
Tweetment Effects on the Tweeted: Experimentally Reducing Racist Harassment | SpringerLink
A modest but interesting result on how "calling out" of harassment by automated means seems only to work if it comes from a popular white man.
via:techdel  harassment  racism  twitter 
11 weeks ago
Natural Language API Basics  |  Google Cloud Natural Language API Documentation  |  Google Cloud Platform
Pretty straightforward API to send Google a sentence or a document and get back lots of structured data about all the words.
nlp  google  api 
11 weeks ago
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