Why is the site black right now?

The United States of America is confronting—again—the reality of both systemic racism and police brutality, which is disproportionately directed at people of color.

Along with many other sites, we have turned this site black to point to the importance of black lives, and to express our solidarity with the people of color in this country, who have continually experienced racism in forms both subtle and overt for many centuries.

We know that this kind of visual gesture is often just performative, and that too often it stands in for actually doing something. We make this small change as a visual symbol of our stance—but we’re also working in our own ways in our own communities to make things better, pursuing justice and peace. In our podcast, we will be discussing a book by a black feminist in July—a decision we made well before this latest moment of horrific injustice. Racism is a problem with deep and structural roots in American society, and we could not reasonably talk about the ethics and epistemology of technology without technology’s effects on racism and racism’s effects on technology in America and beyond.


Episode 3.05 You Have Agency. Use It.

‘The Web We Have to Save’—hyperlinks, the stream, algorithms, and human responsibility.

Tagged: economics, social media, technology

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Blogging is not what it was in 2008. It has changed in some ways for the better, in some ways for the worse, and in a few ways that it’s hard to tell. Picking up from an Iranian blogger, Hossein Derakhshan, who was jailed for his political views in 2008, we take a look at hyperlinking, the stream, and personal agency. How can we keep the good of the blog world of 2008 and the good of the stream?

Before You Go

TUCOWS, parent company of Hover and Ting nailed its response to an intrusion on their servers. Note that Chris uses both Hover and Ting, and in fact winningslowly.org is registered at Hover—but we’re not getting anything from them (rather the opposite!)

See also our tweets back and forth with them here—turns out a kind word can be really appreciated.

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