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In this issue: Salon; ASA
Web site recommendations: IT/politics
I have subscribed to Salon, the no-ads version. I will be posting more
links to their material as I think much of it is really good stuff.
Apologies if these links require you to jump through various ad pages.
They're raising subscription prices on the 15th so this may be a good time
to sign up. Let me know if you'd like me to send you a Salon subscription
I'll be in Atlanta briefly this weekend for the Am Soc Assn meetings. Let
me know if you'll be there and would like to meet up. Also, there will be
a gathering (or two) for those interested in comm & info tech research,
send me a note if you'd like more info.
And now onto some links.
Keeping the Net Neutral
Millions Going Solo With Cells
Creative Commons Moving Image Contest
CFP: British Medical Journal theme issue on eHealth applications
Internet Filters Block Valuable Data, Too
Supreme Court Oral Arguments Now Available for File-Swapping
A Fight for Free Access To Medical Research
A good cartoon on freedom of speech issues
CFP Participatory Design Conference 2004
Digital Games Research Conference 2003
The rise of "flash mobs" - you'll want to read this to make sure you're
not caught off guard at one of these:)
Religion and Politics: Contention and Consensus - poll results from The
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
a few notes on the Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System
Bush Misuses Science, Report Says
details at http://www.politicsandscience.org
Arnold's Nazi Problem - Why won't he repudiate Kurt Waldheim?
Hong Kong fashion company uses swastikas and other Nazi party symbols
in a clothing line and to decorate its chain of stores
Coca-Cola promotes drink with 'swastika' robots
Mankind, Other Lazy Terms, Return to News Pages
Lawyers group argues rights of cloned humans
"So if you're asking me did Iraq have weapons of mass destruction, I'm
saying, well, it all depends on what you mean by 'have.'" by Steve Martin
"A combination of summer heat and a rigid dress code has led a Swedish bus
driver to wear a skirt to work."
Movie: Dirty Pretty Things - highly recommended! - for reviews, see:
The K Chronicles - What happens when a white guy invites five black men
into his house for a complete fashion and lifestyle overhaul?
Queer Guy With a Slob's Eye
Cartoon: The Defense of Traditional Marriage Act
Cartoon: freedom of speech issues
Correction: I should not have posted this link last week: Teens and Young
Adults Now Spend More Time Online Than Watching Television
The study had some serious research design problems. Thanks to reader CK
for pointing this out!
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From E-BLOG: How to sit at a cafe [7/31/03]
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Unfortunately, this is the second time within a month that I find myself
commenting on security/privacy issues with respect to computers. My last
such message was prompted by a burglary. This time I write because a good
friend of mine had his laptop stolen right from under him at a cafe in
A really efficient way to prevent such an event is to put your feet around
the strap of your bag ALWAYS. I do this with my bags of various types at
cafes and restaurants alike.
I learned the hard way myself. I once had something stolen from right
under me at a cafe in New York. I must have been so engulfed by reading
Durkheim that I did not notice someone swiping my backpack from under my
table. I was relatively lucky though. I had just gone home and changed
bags. The only things in my bag were a CD and my calendar. The bag itself
was a conference bag, which would have been neat to hold onto, but I have
done just fine without it. The calendar was trickier as it had contained
the phone numbers of everyone I knew in the city (I was living there at
the time). Luckily, someone called me a few days later to say they had
found it. He delivered it to my place. (Note that sometimes this can be a
trick to get into a person's place. I lived in a building with a doorman
and was not at home when the person made the delivery so it was safe.)
The point is, do not wait for something to be stolen from right under you
before instituting this very simple little ritual. Always put a foot
around the strap of any bag you have with you. Last year at a conference I
attended, several people reported having their bags stolen from the back
of their chairs and such. It is not worth the risk, use that strap to your