Computer People for Peace: Interrupt 14

1984 is here … 13 years early…. The following call has been issued to peace activist groups. In addition we urge all computer people to join us in Atlantic City in May. Computers are increasingly being used as a means of oppression. They are at the heart of every military and police system. They are […]

Technology, the Internet, and Race: Tool for Liberation or Oppression?

Enhanced transcript of panel introductions at the “Technology, the Internet, and Race: Tool for Liberation or Oppression?” session at the recent at 25th annual Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference in Washington, DC held on October 14th, 2015. The transcript is “enhanced” because its links were added by me, the transcriber, and do not mean to […]

“The right to be forgotten” is not a legitimate right, and actively promotes abuse at all levels of society

An excerpt from an email I’ve been writing: As for “the right to be forgotten,” I strongly disagree that this is important. First of all, no one has “the right” to be forgotten. The framing of this as a “right” is incredibly dangerous because it is by definition a way to describe other people’s memories […]

David Whitehouse on the disturbingly intimate relationship of policing and schooling

In part of a larger talk on “The Origin of Police” at the Annual Socialism Conference in June 2012, David Whitehouse spent some time pointing out the disturbing connections between policing and schooling: First of all, we need to put policing in the context of a bigger ruling-class project of managing and shaping the working […]

“To Fix School, Make It Consensual,” which is to say, abolish school

Long commentary on this news item is long, but worthwhile. privileged-person: socialjusticevegan: gincoffee: socialjusticevegan: After that lesson, I thought back to my entire K-12 schooling experience. Despite the number of kind-hearted and well-intentioned people who played a part in it, how many ever asked for my consent? How many asked me (and seriously engaged me […]