Here are some of the reads & comics I’ve found thought-provoking over the last week. Ranked in priority-reading order:
  1. The Restorative Justice movement is key (see my recommendation of Changing Lenses) to a more just society. This detailed essay gets into some of the political considerations and implications: https://abolitionjournal.org/revolution-restorative-justice-anarchist-perspective/
    1. Related: Slate Star Codex talks about the tactic of focusing on Bail Reform: http://slatestarcodex.com/2017/05/16/bail-out/
    2. Related: Freddie doBoer says "we can’t simultaneously be a movement based on rehabilitation and restorative justice AND a viciously judgmental moral aristocracy" https://medium.com/@freddiedeboer/planet-of-cops-8917cfc01fc9
    3. Related: Mariame Kaba discusses prison-abolitionist tactics: https://thenewinquiry.com/free-us-all/
  2. Richard Beck of Experimental Theology once again discusses the paradox of “Denouncing Caesar while embracing Caesar." https://experimentaltheology.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-paradoxes-of-progressive-political_8.html
  3. System/Application Threat Modeling is a highly valuable and underutilized activity in securing systems. OWASP has a new github-integrated tool to help you try threat-modeling: https://threatdragon.org/
  4. People have become so accustomed to seeing videos of abuse from law enforcement officers, that the beating of Rodney King seems not so bad: https://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2017/05/08/theres-way-worse-videos-todays-students-on-the-la-riots-and-rodney-king/
  5. It’s a bit simplistic, but good to see something other than victim-blaming regarding Wannacry: https://theintercept.com/2017/05/16/the-real-roots-of-the-worldwide-ransomware-outbreak-militarism-and-greed/
  6. “When...commons is enclosed and run for the benefit of capital, or actually run by capital itself, price-gouging and favoritism to business are only to be expected. And every step in the process is characterized by collusion and self-dealing. That’s the nature of the capitalist state: to subsidize inputs, socialize costs and risks, and facilitate the privatization of profit." https://c4ss.org/content/48991 and https://c4ss.org/content/48648
  7. XKCD sarcastically articulates the current state of machine learning ethics: https://xkcd.com/1838/
  8. Reminder: "Because terrorism is so uncommon...any strategy for combating it that involves policing entire communities is likely to end up harming huge numbers of innocent people — thus feeding the same climate of alienation and hostility that fosters political violence in the first place." https://theintercept.com/2017/05/13/misunderstanding-terrorism-how-the-us-vs-them-mentality-will-never-stop-attacks/
  9. The Onion’s ClickHole has gone PatriotHole and it is brilliant: http://www.clickhole.com/article/nation-under-siege-berkeley-scientists-have-engine-6002
  10. This framework/classification of dystopias is useful. You could even rate a society on each type: http://expressiveegg.org/2017/01/03/four-kinds-dystopia/
  11. As with other things, we get more upset about our privacy more than we actually do anything about it: https://hbr.org/2017/05/why-were-so-hypocritical-about-online-privacy
    1. Related, here’s how to address Twitter’s new setup: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/05/how-opt-out-twitters-new-privacy-settings
  12. Freddie deBoer challenges the left’s public-private divide around honesty: https://medium.com/@freddiedeboer/of-course-theres-the-backchannel-71ea06a1199a
  13. Cory Doctorow talks about human nature in the midst of crisis, as well as his new book: http://www.locusmag.com/Perspectives/2017/05/cory-doctorow-weaponized-narrative/
Read anything over the last week that I should add for next time? Let me know in the comments!