Archive for July 2013

NSA XKeyscore can search nearly everything you do on the Internet

NSA XKeyscore can search nearly everything you do on the Internet
NSA XKeyscore is the latest privacy invasive technology revealed by documents leaked by Edward Snowden. According to the leaked documents Xkeyscore allows the NSA to search ”nearly everything a typical user does on the internet” including the content of emails, websites visited and search history. Previously the NSA has asserted that they only collected “meta-data,” but... Read more »

Pregnant woman shot and killed after racial confrontation

Trayvon Martin was lucky. At least he caught national attention. At least people were outraged at his killing. But he is not the only shooting victim in this country. Far from it. Consider, for example, a couple of people in Kansas shot for walking down the sidewalk. The man was shot multiple times for that... Read more »

"What would you do if you weren't afraid?" My Lean In epiphany

I didn’t expect to cry when I saw Sheryl Sandberg at BlogHer. I haven’t even read Lean In, the book by the Facebook COO about what women have to do to succeed. I haven’t even read many of the articles about Lean In. I tend to be turned off my mass movements. Still, I cried... Read more »
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Stop saying "I was hacked," raise security awareness instead

Stop saying "I was hacked," raise security awareness instead
“I was hacked.” It’s an overused phrase. It’s what people say when their email address is used to send spam. It’s what people say when they lose control of their social media accounts (or sometimes as a lie to cover up inappropriate posts to social media). It’s what people say when their web site has... Read more »

Care for Real school supply drive: Help Chicago kids by shopping

Care for Real school supply drive: Help Chicago kids by shopping
One of my favorite things about school was shopping for brand new school supplies at the beginning of each year. Unfortunately, a lot of families cannot afford to buy their kids the supplies they need for school. This is why Care for Real is again having a school supply drive. They will distribute school supplies to children... Read more »

Why I'm going to BlogHer '13

BlogHer ’13 is in Chicago July 25-27. I was at Lollapalooza last year when I heard the news. As I was checking Twitter for updates about what would become Lollapalooza’s first weather evacuation I also saw a number of tweets from people at the BlogHer conference in New York sharing the news that BlogHer ’13... Read more »
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Five reasons why blogging is like theatre

I started blogging because I no longer had time to write plays. Even though blogging may seem like an ideal fit for someone who has spent most of her lifetime writing and working on computers I held a long disdain for blogging. (I even included “blog” in my list of the least sexy words.)  But... Read more »

Edward Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Edward Snowden has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for the leaking of government documents about NSA spying programs. The nomination was made by a Swedish sociology professor to symbolize ‘that individuals can stand up for fundamental rights and freedoms.’ Does Edward Snowden deserve a Nobel Peace Prize for his actions? When I wrote a... Read more »

Summer in Chicago is best when you just add water

Summer in Chicago is best when you just add water
ChicagoNow bloggers are banding together today to give our readers the best of Chicago in the Summer. We will be sharing our favorite places, events, and summer activities all around Chicagoland. Get ready to experience the most comprehensive list of summer hot spots brought to you by true Chicagoans.  There are enough things that I... Read more »
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Anthrocon: The furry Pittsburgh I never knew

Anthrocon is the world’s largest convention for furries and their fans. Anthrocon is for people who love animal characters with human features and, more notoriously, people who like to dress like such animals. The Antrocon furry convention has been held in Pittsburgh since 2006. Sorry, Chicago. Anthrocon looks like much a lot more fun than our... Read more »