A few more weeks left in Boston

My dear readers, I am about to reach the end of my sabbatical year. I am formally on leave until the end of July 2019 but I will probably be at work by June. In fact, there are already thesis committee duties by May 22. In most of Boston stay, I was sort of in … Read more

Anthro roundup: “a timeline of the history of anthropology!”

Behold, a timeline of the history of anthropology!  Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology I am extremely happy to announce today that I’m making open access my timeline of the history of anthropological theory. This timeline has over 1,000 entries, beginning with the birth of Lewis Henry Morgan on 21 Nov 1818 and the latest … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: “Using Sound and Artificial Intelligence to Detect Human Rights Violations…

Using Sound and Artificial Intelligence to Detect Human Rights Violations  iRevolution by Patrick Meier Video continues to be a powerful way to capture human rights abuses around the world. Videos posted to social media can be used to hold perpetrators of gross violations accountable. But video footage poses a “Big Data” challenge to human rights organizations. Two … Read more

Anthropology roundup: #AAA2016 = Open Access Strikes Back… “Would Margaret Mead tweet?…

ArXiv for anthropology: @SocArXiv + #AAA2016 = Open Access Strikes Back  Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology Cliffs Notes version of this post: @SocArXiv is a Green Open Access digital repository that is currently being developed for the social sciences. I think this is a good thing. Let’s talk Open Access and publishing at #AAA2016. … Read more

Anthropology roundup: “Decolonizing Anthropology Textbook Covers….

Decolonizing Anthropology Textbook Covers  Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology — A Group Blog by Decolonizing Anthropology This entry is part 8 of 8 in the Decolonizing Anthropology series. By: Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall and Jennifer Esperanza   As young anthropology students in the 90s we heard Dr. Faye Harrison call: decolonizing anthropology is about “working to free … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: “World Leaders on Instagram 2016…

World Leaders on Instagram 2016 Executive Summary Most Followed World Leaders on Instagram What to Post? Accounts Worth Following Do they manage their own account? First, Let’s Take a Selfie About the Study Executive Summary Social Media, Smartphone Encryption, and Surrogate Motherhood  Slate Articles by Gabriel Roth Happy Friday, Slate Plus members! Here at Slate’s New … Read more

Literati roundup: Nietzsche’s Philosophy of Education… “49 millions artworks, artifacts, books, videos, and sounds from across Europe…

Nietzsche Lays Out His Philosophy of Education and a Still-Timely Critique of the Modern University (1872) Open Culture by Josh Jones In a recent entry in the New York Times‘ philosophy blog “The Stone,” Robert Frodeman and Adam Briggle locate a “momentous turning point” in the history of philosophy: its institutionalization in the research university in … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: “Wikipedia-Mining Algorithm Reveals World’s Most Influential Universities…

Negotiating the WSIS+10 and the Future of the Internet Dipnote – U.S. Department of State Official Blog by Daniel Sepulveda After two and a half years of technical analysis and discussions, six months of deliberations among all stakeholders, and intense negotiations at the United Nations, at three o’clock in the morning on December 12, 2015, the … Read more

Peter Jackson also involved in Turkey’s Gollum debate…

Man faces two years in prison for saying Turkey’s president looks like Gollum Boing Boing by Mark Frauenfelder A Turkish doctor is on trial for sharing a meme with side-by-side photos of the president of Turkey and Gollum. He is accused on insulting the president. The court has assembled a team of experts to determine whether … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: “Global Voices Community: We Stand With Hisham

Global Voices Community: We Stand With Hisham Global Voices Online by Global Voices Hisham Almiraat (center) at the Global Voices 2012 Summit in Nairobi with Mohamed ElGohary (L) and Sami Ben Gharbia (R). PHOTO: Ivan Sigal Anonymous declares “total war” on Islamic State after Paris attacks The Next Web by Matthew Hussey The Anonymous hacking group has … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: Thanks to partially Snowden, “The NSA is no longer authorized to spy on US citizens

The NSA is no longer authorized to spy on US citizens — for now  The Next Web by Abhimanyu Ghoshal The US Senate failed to pass legislation extending legal authority of the country’s spy agencies — including the National Security Agency (NSA) — to collect data on American citizens’ communications on Sunday, reports Reuters. Senator Rand … Read more

London mapped according to Victorian Literature… “Kurt Vonnegut’s “Shapes of Stories” as an infographic poster…

Kurt Vonnegut’s “Shapes of Stories” as an infographic poster  Boing Boing by Mark Frauenfelder A Good Professor Is an Exhausted Professor Slate Articles by Rebecca Schuman In higher-ed parlance the herculean act of teaching eight courses per year is what’s known as “a 4-4 load” or, alternatively, a “metric ass-ton” of classroom time. And yet a new bill … Read more

Istanbul Has Worst Traffic… İstanbul news roundup:

Istanbul Has Worst Traffic; Los Angeles 10th Worst [REPORT] ValueWalk Istanbul, Turkey has the worst traffic in the worst traffic in the world. A drive that would take 30 mins in average driving conditions takes a solid hour … İstanbul top spot in traffic congestion index in 2014 – Today’s Zaman Istanbul revealed as the most … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: Cover of new Charlie Hebdo issued… “More Surveillance Won’t Protect Free Speech

France puts 10,000 troops onto the streets warning ‘threat is still present’  Mashable! France on Monday ordered 10,000 troops into the streets to protect sensitive sites after three days of bloodshed and terror, amid the hunt for accomplices to the attacks that left 17 people and the three gunmen dead. This map shows every attack on … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: Strange Sony Hack claims… Another Euro fine on a tech company: Tripadvisor fined by Italy regulator

Tripadvisor fined by Italy regulator  BBC News | Europe | World Edition Italy’s competition watchdog fines travel website Tripadvisor €500,000 (£392,000) for publishing misleading information in its reviews. How information volunteers solve communicative issues during a disaster media/anthropology by John Postill Volunteers play with children at a disaster refugee centre near Yogyakarta, in Indonesia. Photo by Eko … Read more