Issue 22

the Week of June 8, 2015
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In this issue, read new articles critiquing the emerging fintech bubble, the state of liberational technology, and the semiotics of surveillance in the built environment. We explore how anonymity functions in online communities, misogynoiristic expectancy on social media, and the online/offline dichotomy. Plus, deconstructing the mythologies of the tech boom-bust cycle. Photo CC-BY milena mihaylova, cropped & filtered.

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Folk Tales of the Dot-Com Bust

We are conditioned to reason about economic vulnerability in terms of individual merit, instead of as systemic failure.

A woman holding up a camera phone in front of her face. Displayed on the phone is an inception-style repeat of the image, folding into itself infinitely.

New Vulnerabilities: Women of Color, Privacy, And The False Dualism Of Online and Offline

As women of colour, online spaces and social networks have enabled us to produce and control our own stories, build networks and communities and find our scattered tribes.

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We See The Signs: Graphic Design, Typography and Surveillance Aesthetics

Mass-produced surveillance signage is not only about cameras.

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Tripping Over Our Bootstraps: Open Source Ecology and the Promise of Liberational Technology

Configuring tools as a mode of straightforward escape from oppression, be it poverty or unfulfilling work, risks ignoring existing material practices and organizations that hold us to systems of inequity.

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Misogynoiristic Expectancy: Social Media Popularity and the Black Femme

The punishment for stepping out of line can be anywhere from regular harassment to doxxing, and as Black femmes are hypervisible but ultimately powerless, they are regularly crushed in such attacks.

by Riley H
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Anonymity and Toxic Internet Culture

Confronting the darkness that lies with anonymity as a defining factor of online spaces.

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Sex, Money, and the Trillion Dollar Shadow

Sex workers have long driven major revolutions in technology. They have also been at the forefront of innovating new business models for content, communications, and services themselves.

This issue is made possible in part by some of our generous readers: Corey Csuhta, Damian StewartMatt Luedke, Damien Lebreuilly and Andrew Wright