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From “Burn Her” to “Yaas Witch”

I’ve always been fascinated by Witches so I decided to make a little homage video to their story and societal progression, following their changing status from demonized to empowered. Digital Media and the Internet really allowed Witches to stay alive and relevant in our culture, but this process brought with it a lot of commodification of traditional practices that are held dear…

How does one talk about looking for drugs in a forest?

In a previous article, I discussed the curious entanglement between the Hydra online drug marketplace and post-soviet urban planning. This peculiar business model requires not only physical and online infrastructure, but also new language to accommodate for all the creative activity taking place due to this platform and the specific experiences of drug users in the former Soviet Union it produces. This…

QWERTY but write it in Arabic

2020 has been a year marked by conversations about racism and colonialism taking their rightful place in the mainstream. So the convergence of conversations about racism in society and racism in technology is of no surprise. And Eurocentrism of digital media. People have compared facebook’s global expansion to colonialism, noting the similarities in savior narratives, references to themes of equality, democracy, basic…

The power of sound

Our lives keep getting busier and busier every year. We love to rush things, increase our standards and receive better results in a shorter period of time. Everyone must have heard by now about the “successful success” way of living. Maybe such a way of constructing one’s living is great in terms of productivity and simultaneously being useful for the world, but…

Decentralization and Wikileaks: Opportunities and Challenges for Traditional News Platforms

"Wikileaks Logo - Illustration" by DonkeyHotey is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Wikileaks has become famous through publishing secret information. With its new and radical approach to the freedom of information, Wikileaks distinguishes itself from classical news organizations, but it does not exist completely separate from them. Wikileaks, for example, has only been able to gain such prominence and thereby such a huge audience because it collaborated with some of these traditional news platforms.…

Privacy invading Surveillance Techniques: Immediate Ways to Evade Facial Recognition

Facial recognition software is one of the most hotly debated technological advancements of our time. The possibilities of misuse brought many companies to put the development and use of facial recognition on hold. But new start-ups, and the enormous demand of public and private security organizations have made facial recognition a spooky reality. There are many cities around the world that employ…