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Clubhouse joins the club (by losing user records). #Cyberculture agenda

In Uncategorized on April 14, 2021 at 17:38

CyberNews – Apr 10, 11:24 AM

So far, it seems like it’s been the worst week of the year for social media platforms in terms of data leaks, with Clubhouse seemingly joining the fray. Days after scraped data from more than a billion Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, collectively

Business Insider – Aaron Holmes – Apr 3, 7:41 AM

The personal data of over 500 million Facebook users has been posted online in a low-level hacking forum. The data includes phone numbers, full names, location, email address, and biographical information. Security researchers warn that the data…


Over the long weekend reports emerged of an alleged data breach, impacting half a billion Facebook users from 106 countries. And while this figure is staggering, there’s more to the story than 533 million sets of data. This breach once again highlights how many of the systems we use aren’t designed to adequately protect our information from cyber criminals. Nor is it always straightforward to figure out whether your data have been compromised in a breach or not. Few days ago a user created a Telegram bot allowing users to query the database for a low fee, enabling people to…

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Just started reading: “The Daughters of Kobani

In Uncategorized on April 12, 2021 at 09:43

Kobani resistance is such a powerful symbol that extremists and their (hidden) supporters are keen to punish this victory in one way or another. I guess, women’s role in his resistance is even a bigger blow to fundamentalists and patriarchy in the region. I do not intend to romanticize the “Rojava Revolution.” I wish democratic ideals could really be achieved. But life is hard, the region is hard and a democratic haven will be the target of all around it.

In any case, the book contains precious details of women fighters. It contextualizes the broader historical and political scene. It provides details of the siege and heroic resistance.

The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice

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#Europe agenda: “Europe’s vaccine rollout ‘unacceptably slow… Algorithmic anxieties on digital vaccine passports…

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2021 at 15:49


Digital vaccine passports could provide a path back to our pre-pandemic lives, but the route of return is an ethical minefield. China, Israel, and Bahrain have already begun rolling out digital vaccine certificates. On Wednesday, the EU announced its plan to join them. In theory, the passes can provide evidence that someone is safe to travel, return to the office, or enter leisure venues. But critics fear they will exacerbate inequalities and compromise data privacy. They also worry that even inoculated people can spread COVID-19. One of their biggest concerns involves the rollout of vaccines. People who get their jabs first — such as older

The WHO says the situation in the wider Europe region is more worrying than it has been in several months.

Dutch election: PM Mark Rutte claims victory and fourth term

Voters hand Mark Rutte a new coalition mandate while a liberal, centre-left party also does well.
As several countries pause the AstraZeneca jab, six reporters explain what is happening across Europe.

How Germany became ground zero for the COVID infodemic

Exclusive analysis by openDemocracy reveals how false claims and conspiracy theories gave rise to Europe’s largest anti-lockdown movement

Moscow said Italy’s expulsion of two Russian officials suspected of spying should not affect its relations with Rome.

The EU Online Terrorism Regulation: a Bad Deal

On 12 September 2018, the European Commission presented a proposal for a regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online—dubbed the Terrorism Regulation, or TERREG for short—that contained some alarming ideas. In particular, the proposal included an obligation for platforms to remove potentially terrorist  content within one hour, following an order from national competent authorities.

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Once in April 2004, Paul Rabinow stopped by Rice Anthropology for a brown bag meeting. Here are my photos

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2021 at 10:13

It is said to see anthropology lost two of its major voices. I remembered the day Rabinow was at the Rice when I was a doctoral student.

For those who do not know who Sahlins and Rabinow are. 

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It may not be intentional but that’s the point: “Ursula von der Leyen snubbed in chair gaffe at EU-Erdoğan talks

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2021 at 09:43

Video Shows Presidential Protocol Mishap in Turkey

Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, stood as her colleagues President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Charles Michel, took the only two available chairs during a photo opportunity in Ankara, Turkey, on Tuesday.
Ursula von der Leyen snubbed in chair gaffe at EU-Erdoğan talks

Ursula von der Leyen snubbed in chair gaffe at EU-Erdoğan talks

Awkward moment as EC chief consigned to sofa at meeting where women’s rights was on agenda

Ursula von der Leyen, the European commission’s first female president, was “surprised” after being left without a chair during a meeting of the EU’s two presidents and Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and has demanded such a snub is never repeated.

The EU is ready to strengthen relations between Ankara and Brussels, the top EU officials have said after a meeting with President Erdoğan.
The New York Times – Matina Stevis-Gridneff – Apr 6, 4:44 PM

BRUSSELS — If diplomacy is part theater, acted out on meticulously crafted sets, then a protocol blunder this week turned a top-level visit by European Union leaders to Turkey into high drama. Whether by design or by oversight, Ursula von

The Washington Post – Michael Birnbaum – Apr 6, 2:56 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Tuesday with the European Union’s two presidents, but an awkward moment when the woman among them was left standing caused a bit of a diplomatic stir. A video of the leaders assembled in an ornate meeting…

Bienvenue sur le site de Reporter sans frontières | RSF – Apr 2, 8:04 AM

The first victim will be Melis Alphan, a journalist specialising in covering conjugal violence, who will face a possible sentence of seven years and six months in prison for a single photo when she appears before an Istanbul court on 6 April. A

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An Aljazeera explanation of recent drama that links Kanal #İstanbul to Montreux Convention

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2021 at 11:28

Turkey’s Canal Istanbul dispute explained

Gezi Park was only one of 1,014 properties that were handed over to fused foundations, the General Directorate of Foundations explained.

The Guardian

Fehmi Yıldıran remembers how, growing up in the Anatolian town of Bolu, every spring he and the other children used to boil eggs and dye them red using onion skins. He didn’t find out what the tradition was about until 1952, when he

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Turkey’s weekend drama: “Retired admirals’ midnight declaration on Montreux Convention triggers ‘coup’ debate

In Uncategorized on April 5, 2021 at 19:03

The president spoke for the first time after a declaration by retired admirals concerning the Montreux Convention caused controversy.

Turkey detains admirals who criticised giant Istanbul canal

The 10 retired admirals had questioned a costly canal project backed by President Erdogan.

Retired admirals’ midnight declaration on Montreux Convention triggers ‘coup’ debate

The declaration criticizing the government over the discussion of the convention and a video showing an admiral in Islamic clothes
The government’s reaction to a letter from retired admirals is a “fake agenda” that aims to distract the public from Turkey’s real problems, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said.

Opposition divided on retired admirals’ ‘Montreux Declaration’

While some opposition politicians say that the government is using the declaration to distract the public from the country’s real
The New York Times – Carlotta Gall – Apr 3, 2:00 AM

ISTANBUL — Their happiness shines out of the photograph: 14 graduates of Turkey’s Air Force Academy celebrating their completion of a flight training program with a picture together in front of a fighter jet. Within months, all but one of


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#Anthropology roundup: “The Untold Stories of Archaeology’s Women

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2021 at 11:18

The Untold Stories of Archaeology’s Women

Archaeologist Sada Mire, the executive director of Horn Heritage Foundation, stands at Somaliland’s Dhambalin, a 5,000-year-old rock art site her team discovered in 2007. Sada Mire

For Women’s History Month, it has become traditional to rifle through the great names of the past, pluck out a few that strike the imagination and have the appropriate gender marker, and dust them off for a new audience. We should know—we run the TrowelBlazers project, a largely community-sourced archive of biographies of women in the “digging” sciences: archaeology, geology, and palaeontology.

Social distancing professor gives anthropology lectures via Minecraft

Social distancing professor gives anthropology lectures via Minecraft


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As a graduate assistant in biological anthropology at the University at Buffalo, I was tasked with curating the primate skeletal collection. The collection of skeletons—taken from cadavers studied during a primate anatomy class—had been neglected for a few years. Most of the specimens had lost their labels. So, when I began re-cataloguing the collection in 2016, I ran into trouble.

I knew that the skeletons were from three different species of macaques, but I didn’t know how to tell them apart, given that most research tends to focus on skeletal variation at a higher taxonomic rank, like genus or family. I wondered if one species had an anatomical feature that others did not which had been overlooked by previous scientists.

This project ended up becoming the topic of my dissertation. I started reading everything I could about macaque skeletons, taxonomy, and evolution. I also found myself gravitating toward books and papers on the history of taxonomy as a science.

Social Distancing in a Sumatra Rainforest

An Orang Rimba man named Nyeruduk stands in front of a tent on a rubber plantation in Sumatra. Dedi Supriansyah

On an otherwise silent night in March 2020, a woman’s wailing cry burst from within a seemingly deserted oil palm plantation in the Bukit Suban village, Jambi, Indonesia. Induk Nyerau, a mother of eight, was crouched down in her traditional wooden tent, suffering from fever and shortness of breath.

How to Pitch: A Guide for Anthropologists

Writing a pitch involves untangling your ideas into a clear message. mikroman6/Getty Images

So, you think you have the seeds of a great essay or opinion piece. Maybe your research can help people understand an emerging human or environmental crisis. Maybe you want to share your lab’s latest astonishing discovery. Maybe you’ve just wrapped up a National Science Foundation grant and want to live up to the values of the “broader impacts” requirement.

You are ready to write for the public. But where to start? You start with a pitch.

Mapping Human and Neanderthal Genomes

Back in 1990, researchers embarked on an epic project to map out all of human DNA: the Human Genome Project. Their first draft of the human genome was published 20 years ago today.

I find myself thinking: Wow, it’s been 20 whole years—yet it’s only been 20 years!

Genetics is a dizzyingly complex field that is still in its infancy. Because of that, new finds and advances have a lot of potential for misinterpretation and misuse. But the field has also served as a potent reminder of how similar we all are at the core—and how blended humanity has been throughout all of deep time.

Marie Hermanova**

Person holding smartphone photo – Free Mobile phone Image on Unsplash

Ethnography of and on social media, in which my own research on female influencers on Czech Instagram is embedded, presents a growing, diverse and exciting field of research. It also places the ethnographer in an intricate network of relationships that are both more distant, yet also more intimate than their offline counterparts. As was already noted in the introductory post of this blog series, these new types of intimacies call for new types of reflections, both methodological and ethical. I choose here to explore two questions related to digital intimacy as both the subject and method of my research: the methodological dilemma of getting to know my informants by scrolling through their feeds and the ethical dilemma of reciprocating this intimacy via my own feed.

How We Survived Growing Up in Apocalyptic Cults

“I believed I wasn’t going to live past 6 years old.”



Maybe you’ve sung the Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslas” and wondered who this good king was. The carol wasn’t written until the 19th century, but “Wenceslas was a real person,” writes NPR’s Tom Manoff, the patron saint of the Czechs and “the Duke of Bohemia, a 10th-century Christian prince in a land where many practiced a more ancient religion. In one version of his legend, Wenceslas was murdered in a plot by his brother,” Boleslav, “under the sway of their so-called pagan mother,” Drahomíra.

Wenceslas’ grandmother Ludmilla died a Christian martyr in 921 A.D. Her husband, Bo?ivoj, ruled as the first documented member of the P?emyslid Dynasty (late 800s-1306), and her two sons Spytihn?v I (circa 875–915) and Vratislav I (circa 888–921), Wenceslas’ father, ruled after their father’s death. The skeletal remains of these royal Bohemian brothers were identified at Prague Castle in the 1980s by anthropologist Emanuel Vl?ek. Due to advances in DNA analysis and imaging, we can now see an approximation of what they looked like. (See Spytihn?v at the top and Vratislav at the bottom in the image below.)

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Gergerlioğlu slapped by a policeman, later abducted from hospital and put in prison…

In Uncategorized on April 3, 2021 at 16:03

HDP deputies and the son of Gergerlioğlu were not allowed to visit him at the hospital today. It was later found that he was secretly taken to prison.,

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Crackdown on Student Protesters is heartbreaking…

In Uncategorized on April 3, 2021 at 14:14

Turkey Resumes its Crackdown on Student Protesters

Government, University Authorities Should Allow Peaceful Dissent

Police forcefully detain a protester  who is crying on the ground while the police stand over her at a demonstration.

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Police forcefully detain a protester during demonstrations against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s rector appointment to Boğaziçi University, April 1 2021, Kadıköy, İstanbul, Turkey. © 2021 Murat Baykara/Sipa via AP Images

Turkish court today ordered the release of two student protesters detained since February 4. Şilan Delipalta and Anıl Akyüz were arrested for joining an unauthorized protest against President Erdogan’s controversial appointment of an unelected rector to Turkey’s Boğaziçi University in January. Their detention was just one episode in a broad crackdown on student protesters in Turkey this year. …


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