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Woman Gets Groper Arrested By Posting His Picture On Twitter

Sexual Harassment

When Julia Marquand walked into a Seattle store, a man started following her a little too closely, making her suspicious. He then proceeded to reach out and touch her butt. She told him to leave her alone, and he apologized, but that didn’t make up for what he’d just done. Twenty minutes later, she spotted him nearby outside store, confronted him, and took his picture. She told Komo 4 News:

“I was yelling a little bit and there was some people walking by and a couple asked me if I was OK. It seemed like he was trying to do some damage control once he realized I took his photo and (he) was apologizing more and telling me not to take his picture.”

Marquand reported the harassment to police, but they weren’t interested in her photo. Despite having evidence, it seemed pretty clear that nobody was interested in taking action, so Marquand took it upon herself. She posted about the incident on Facebook and posted the guy’s picture on Twitter. Keep reading »

I’m So Tired Of This Sentimental BS About How Social Media Is Bad For Us

Ironic: This Is Going Viral On Facebook!

Are you buggin’, Prince Ea? Yes. You are buggin’. Social media is not that bad. I am seriously about to headdesk over here over the critiques this video for “Can We Auto Correct Humanity?” poses.

Let me tell you a story about my childhood. When I was very young, my dad commuted by train, and my mom was still at home with us. After my sister and I came home from school, the three of us would go to meet my dad at the train station. Charming image, isn’t it? My dad would then routinely proceed to blow right past us because he was so absorbed in the book he was reading. Keep reading »

Malala Yousafzai Wins The Nobel Peace Prize For Her Work In Education Activism

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  • As we told you this morning, Malala Yousafzai, along with fellow education activist Kailash Satyarthi, won the Nobel Peace Prize. In a press conference today, the youngest ever recipient of the honor said, “I’m proud that I am the first Pakistani and I am honored that I am the first young woman or the first young person to be receive this award. I’m thankful to my father for not clipping my wings and for letting me to fly.” [NBC News]
  • This extraordinary long read looks at the ways in which social media platforms refuse to help women who are victims of harassment on the sites. [The Atlantic]
  • Read about the first female four-star admiral in the US Navy and her path to the prestigious position. [NPR] Keep reading »

Should You Join Ello? Let Jimmy Fallon Help You Decide

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Jimmy: TV's Greatest Problem Solver

To be honest, I’m already wary of Ello because despite its claim that it’s ad-free, I feel like it’s only a matter of time before it finds something sketchy to do on the side with our personal information just like every other social network before it. I also hate it’s invite-only “for cool kids” vibe but to be fair, I’ve never tried it either, so I can’t exactly trash the thing without actually giving it a shot. Instead, I’m calling in Jimmy Fallon to do the job of weighing its pros and cons. [Mashable]

PurrVerse: We All Have The Right To A Secret Identity

PurrVerse: We All Have The Right To A Secret Identity

It was two and a half years ago that I presented at South By Southwest  on sex workers and social media, particularly on the dangers of “real name policies.” Sex workers are using social media, not only to talk to fans, but to talk to each other, to create community while still maintaining a level of personal privacy that feels good for them.

I argued that demanding people use their legal names (erroneously called their “real” name) can make social media an incredibly unsafe place, with more abuse rather than less. I talked about some of the cons to social media, like the overzealous censorship of nudity while ignoring violent gore, or how bullying and harassment goes ignored.

It was a generally well-received presentation, and I noticed that times did change. Google Plus, who was the main offender, changed their policies first to allow nicknames, and then finally in July of this year, doing away with “real name” policies altogether. I figured the NymWars were over with that. Keep reading »

City Creates Sidewalk Lane For Texting While Walking

City Creates Sidewalk Lane For Texting While Walking

Taking a cue from an American experiment, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they’re going. But it’s apparently intended to be ironic—to remind people that it’s dangerous to tweet while walking the street. “There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here,” said Nong Cheng, the marketing official with Meixin Group, which manages the area in the city’s entertainment zone. Read more on Newser…

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