Tag: politics

Capitol Building: It Was An Insurrection, Not a Protest

Capitol Building: It Was An Insurrection, Not a Protest
I’m typing this at 5:09 pm on January 6th, frustrated because I had other plans (including a celebratory Sherlock Holmes birthday post, but I’ll write that next week). After starting the afternoon watching Congress certify election results, as events unfolded, I came to a sad conclusion: What’s happening at the Capitol Building is not a protest –... Read more »

Raks Inferno Online Fundraiser for Fair Fight on November 27

Raks Inferno 1127 Fundraiser
Late in October, we stated that voting on election day would not be the end of our current turmoil. Two Senate seats in Georgia have led to runoff elections, and now the Trump campaign is demanding another recount. With voter suppression efforts against marginalized communities in the United States, many seek On November 27th, you have the... Read more »

Election Day Isn't The End of It

Election Day Isn't The End of It
If you’re like me, you’ve already opted for mail-in or early voting rather than head into the lines of Election Day. We all know the stakes: we’re living in the midst of a pandemic with our government slowly, but surely, descending into fascism. It’s easy to believe that once November 3rd passes, Election Day will be... Read more »
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Why Voting In the 2020 Elections Matter

(Special thanks to Dawn Xiana Moon of Raks Geek for permission to use her Instagram post). With early voting in Illinois starting in the wake of Super Tuesday, the results of the Illinois Primary – along with the 2020 elections – appear to be a foregone conclusion. Selecting the “obvious” choice or abstaining from voting in the... Read more »

Women in Tech: A Conversation with SPR

Women in Tech: A Conversation with SPR
Recently, philanthropist Melinda Gates pledged $50 million towards “inclusive tech hubs” though Pivotal Venture’s “Gender Equality in Tech Cities” initiative. The initiative seeks to increase the power and influence of women in tech through greater education and hiring, and the UIC College of Engineering received an initial grant towards their computer science program in an effort to... Read more »

Book Review: LIKEWAR - The Weaponization of Social Media

Book Review: LIKEWAR - The Weaponization of Social Media
Once upon a time, social media was seen as an online ‘town square’ enabling a diverse array of opinions. Soon, it became a way for marginalized individuals and groups to have their voices heard. Now, in the age of Trump, ISIS, and “Russian bots”, social media has become a weapon for sowing dissension and division.... Read more »
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This Is Not Normal

This Is Not Normal
Back in November 2016, John Oliver hosted an episode of Last Week Tonight focusing on the election of Donald Trump. Towards the end of the episode, John Oliver gave his viewers some apt advice: with the relative chaos of the election, people would learn to adopt that chaos as being the “status quo”. Oliver advised her viewers, whether... Read more »

Roseanne, Samantha Bee, and Free Speech

Roseanne, Samantha Bee, and Free Speech
Like many of you, I have been following news about Roseanne and Samantha Bee getting in trouble for making comments on Twitter. One made flat-out racist comments; the other used a questionable word. The result has been a lively, passionate discussion about free speech on Twitter. (As well as a correlating number of flat-out troll... Read more »

How Donald Trump Taught Me The Power of Friendship and Community

No, it’s not a wacky ironic statement typical of a Gen X-er like me. Despite this blog’s focus on technology and social change, I will state for the record: Donald Trump, in his political activities, has taught me the power of friendship. Maybe it all started just a year ago when I was deciding to move... Read more »
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Google, Sexism, & When Dudebros Become MAD MEN

Google, Sexism, & When Dudebros Become MAD MEN
Sometimes, writing about tech provides….interesting challenges. For example: after writing a follow-up post about App Camp For Girls’ pitch event, I wrote a review of Disrupted by Dan Lyons, which emphasized a lack of diversity within the startup world. So the latest news – about how James Damore wrote a memo for Google claiming that women can’t... Read more »