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Monthly Archives: October 2014

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Grooming Students for A Lifetime of Surveillance

Interesting exploration of the use of student data and the lack of privacy protections on it.

One thing is clear: those who have the power to protect student privacy will not do so as long as they can continue to subsidize the cost of public education with student data.

 

 

 

Check out this great documentary about the Internet that was! More information on the Baud and its creators here.

Excellent interview with Laura Poitras about her new film “Citizen4” on Democracy now today.

Really great debate on the pros and cons of digital privacy. From Intelligence Squared‘s website: Some say that the mass collection of U.S. phone records is a gross invasion of privacy. Others say that it is necessary to keep us safe. But what does the U.S. Constitution say? “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Is collection of phone records a “search” or “seizure”? If so, is it “unreasonable”? Does it require a particularized warrant and probable cause? These are among the most consequential—and controversial—constitutional questions of our time.

Really great debate on the pros and cons of digital privacy.

I can’t love Feminist Frequency enough for troubling the gamer binary. If you’re unfamiliar with Feminist Frequency or Anita Sarkeesian.

Feminist Frequency is an ongoing series of video commentaries exploring gender representations, myths and messages in popular culture media. Created and hosted by Anita Sarkeesian.

Visit my website for more links and articles: http://www.feministfrequency.com

In this episode we explore the Women as Background Decoration trope which is the subset of largely insignificant non-playable female characters whose sexuality or victimhood is exploited as a way to infuse edgy, gritty or racy flavoring into game worlds. These sexually objectified female bodies are designed to function as environmental texture while titillating presumed straight male players. Sometimes they’re created to be glorified furniture but they are frequently programmed as minimally interactive sex objects to be used and abused.

Full transcript, links and resources available at: http://wp.me/pwSlB-4QZ

ABOUT THE SERIES
The Tropes vs Women in Video Games project aims to examine the plot devices and patterns most often associated with female characters in gaming from a systemic, big picture perspective. This series will include critical analysis of many beloved games and characters, but remember that it is both possible (and even necessary) to simultaneously enjoy media while also being critical of it’s more problematic or pernicious aspects. This video series is created by Anita Sarkeesian and the project was funded by 6968 awesome backers on Kickstarter.com

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