Encrypting Ethnography: Digital Security for Researchers

(This invited post comes to us from Jonatan Kurzwelly. Jonatan is a a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at the University of St. Andrews. You can email him atkurzwelly@mailbox.org . his PGP fingerprint is: 1B4B 89B4 DD31 B05E 949A E181 B51C CA99 2FD6 6382 -Rex)

Imagine a situation in which everything you do on your computer, tablet or telephone is easily available to local authorities, criminal organizations, corporations or even your neighbors or their teenage children. Imagine that your electronic diary is public and anyone can read everything you have written about the people you work with. Every piece of secret, confidential information you have been entrusted with is being read. It doesn’t matter if you use nicknames and codewords – someone who knows the context of your fieldsite will figure it out. With the use of special software, all your text, photographs, videos and sound recordings can be quickly and automatically analyzed, regardless of the language you write in. Moreover, imagine that all of your communications with your colleagues, sponsoring institutions or supervisors are also publicly available. This includes field reports, emails, video conversations, instant messaging, phone calls.

The “How Does a Forensic Anthropologist Work?” Edition

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Creative Writing club presents: Inter-Galactic Anthropology
Quad (subscription)
It has been three solar periods since my arrival on Earth, and so far my true nature has not been exposed. 9936 was very clear when addressing our expedition crew: our true identities were not to be revealed. When we stepped foot on Earth soil we would

Environmental studies lecturer wins anthropology association public policy award
UC Santa Cruz
Barbara Rose Johnston, a UC Santa Cruz lecturer in environmental studies, has been named a winner of the 2015Anthropology in Public Policy Award from the AmericanAnthropological Association. Johnston, a senior fellow at the Center for Political .

3-D Printed Fossils Transforming Anthropology
WVXU

Shortly after the discovery of Homo naledi (a new ancestor of humans), Miami University says its anthropology students can hold precise plastic replicas of some of the fossils. Students looking at websites about the discovery found that the research

APES Creates Anthropology Community
Fordham Ram (registration)
Fordham University is home to over 90 student clubs and organizations, nearly 30 of which are categorized as “academic.” But in recent memory, there has never been a club associated with one of Fordham’s major social science departments:Anthropology.

Andrew Hill: An anthropologist who devoted much time to Abu Dhabi’s wilderness
The National

The Englishman was the J Clayton Stephenson professor ofanthropology at Yale University, and a curator and head of the division of anthropology in the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. Before coming to the famed Ivy League school in 1985 he .

Anthropology class uncovers 100-year-old bones on Hilton Head Island
WTOC
“It’s not surprising to find bones in a mausoleum for the most part, but it was surprising here, only because nobody has been entered here for so many years and we weren’t expecting any remains,” said Kimberly Cavanagh, Anthropology Assistant Professor ..

UB anthropologist named Jean Monnet Chair
UB News Center

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Deborah Reed-Danahay, professor of culturalanthropology in the Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, has received a prestigious and highly competitive Jean Monnet Chair teaching post from the European ..

Hispanic Heritage Month: Anthropology of coconuts
Pactrick Air Force Base
Rojas came to the US while in high school briefly, and then went back to Puerto Rico to finish high school and bachelor’s degree inanthropology and archeology. The percentage of people with degrees in Puerto Rico is very high, making it very

List as Form: Literary, Ethnographic, Long, Short, Heavy, Light

[Savage Minds is pleased to run this essay by guest author Sasha Su-Ling Welland as part of our Writers’ Workshop series. Sasha is Associate Professor ofAnthropology and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington. She is the author of A Thousand Miles of Dreams: The Journeys of Two Chinese Sisters (Rowman & Littlefield 2006) and a forthcoming book on gender and globalization in Chinese contemporary art (Duke University Press).]

The Story of Seething & being a little bit Stupid

David Jeevendrampillai, UCL Anthropology

Image 1: The Story of Seething Exhibition. Jan - May 2015. UCL Anthropology (Photo Credit: Timothy Carroll).

Image 1: The Story of Seething Exhibition. Jan – May 2015. UCL Anthropology (Photo Credit: Timothy Carroll).

UCL promotes itself as a leading global university and frequently ranks amongst the top institutions in the world; it also houses the UK’s largest Anthropology department. The department has an international reputation as a leader in Anthropological research with a particular history and strength in material culture studies. Upon entering the department’s central London campus one is greeted by a reception replete with well-lit display cases which house exhibitions of current UCL research and items from the extensive and rich Ethnographic Collection.

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the Anthropologies #21 series.

The next piece in the anthropologies climate change series comes from Michael Agar. His bio is here. Check out more of his work on the rest of the Ethnoworks site, or email him at magar AT umd dot edu. –R.A.

Homo Naledi’s other revolution

When the Homo Naledi discovery was announced I was excited to see thatthe initial publication was in an open access journal, eLife. In fact to me this was a huge relief for, now that my adjunct teaching days are done and I am gainfully employed in the museum sector, I no longer have access to journals through a university library. (But, then again, I won’t have to rewrite my human evolution lecture. So there’s that.)

Hispanic Heritage Month: Anthropology of coconuts
Pactrick Air Force Base

 

Rojas came to the US while in high school briefly, and then went back to Puerto Rico to finish high school and bachelor’s degree in anthropology and archeology. The percentage of people with degrees in Puerto Rico is very high, making it very ..

Anthropology: One-man multidisciplinarian
Nature.com
Richard Francis Burton (1821–90) thirsted for and mastered knowledge in so many fields — from geography to sexology — that his real legacy for science is muddied. The flamboyant polymath was an eminent explorer, a pioneer of ethnography and a .

 

Forensic Anthropology Testimony In Haiti’s Raboteau Massacre Digitized At Duke …
Forbes
The entire six-week trial was covered by Radio Haiti, the first independent radio station in the country, and includes the testimony of forensic anthropologist Karen Ramey Burns, a specialist in using skeletal remains as evidence of human rights abuses.

 


Monthly Review
Race to Revolution reviewed in Dialectical Anthropology
Monthly Review
Among the strengths of Gerald Horne’s Race to Revolution: The United States and Cuba During Slavery and Jim Crow is its timing; it arrives at the moment of the first real movement in US–Cuban diplomatic relations since the imposition of the blockade in …

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