On Thursday, July 24, The WIP and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies will co-host Twitter chat “Women in Islam: Myth vs. Reality.” Join the conversation from 9:30 am – 10:30 am PDT / 12:30 pm – 1:30pm EDT on Twitter. #LocalVoicesTalk

The idea for “Women in Islam: Myth vs. Reality” was inspired by two CNS
fellows from Pakistan – Maria Syed and Nidaa Shahid. Both fellows wrote
this summer for The WIP addressing the common misperceptions in the West
of women in Pakistan. After sharing the topic with CNS fellow
Abdulmajeed Ibrahim of Nigeria, the topic grew to address common
misperceptions in the West about Islam. The vision for this conversation is to engage Muslims and Non-Muslims to cultivate better cross-cultural understanding.

The Twitter event follows my radio presentation “Muslimahs On Faith And Women’s Issues,” which aired the weekend of July 19-20.

More information + bios of the chat panel can be found here.
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To Protect Net Neutrality, Schumer, Gillibrand Call to Reclassify Broadband as a Utility

This is worthy of sharing! New York’s representatives in the nation’s Capitol are advocating for a sane, solid internet policy!

Washington, DC– As the comment period comes to a close for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposed rulemaking on its Open Internet order, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, along with eleven Senate Democrats, are calling on the Commission to reclassify the transmission component of broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. In a letter to be sent to the FCC today, the lawmakers point to the need for the FCC to use its authority to “prevent broadband providers from creating Internet fast lanes for those who can pay, leaving others stuck in traffic.” The FCC is currently considering a proposal that could allow broadband providers to charge websites, applications, and services more for faster delivery times to consumers.

Broadband is a more advanced technology than phone service, but in the 21st century it performs the same essential function, write the lawmakers in the letter.  Consumers and businesses cannot live without this vital connection to each other and to the world around them.  Accordingly, it would be appropriate for the FCC to reclassify broadband to reflect the vital role the Internet plays in carrying our most important information and our greatest ideas.

Text of the letter can be found below.

The letter is signed by Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Oreg.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Corey Booker (D-N.J.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).

July 15, 2014

 The Honorable Tom Wheeler

Chairman

Federal Communications Commission

445 12th St. SW

Washington, DC 20554


Dear Chairman Wheeler:

 An open Internet has become the world’s most successful platform for innovation, job-creation and entrepreneurialism.  An open Internet enables freedom of expression and the sharing of ideas around the world.  An open Internet is driving economic growth throughout the United States.

 Yet, the vitality and nondiscriminatory nature of this platform is at stake today.  We must take steps to prevent broadband providers from creating Internet fast lanes for those who can pay, leaving others stuck in traffic.  We need to prohibit paid prioritization, which would leave start-ups and small businesses to suffer in a new Internet slow lane, harming our economy and job growth.   Our goal must be to protect the openness of the Internet for future generations. 

 At issue today is how the FCC should use its authority to keep the Internet open for business.  We remain concerned that the Commission’s recent notice of proposed rulemaking suggests approaches that could undermine the openness of the Internet.  Because the item tentatively concludes that Internet service providers would be allowed to offer faster delivery times for websites, applications or services that pay for it, the Commission’s proposal could fundamentally alter the Internet as we know it.

 Instead, the Commission should take this opportunity to put truly effective open Internet rules on the books, and do so using whatever authority best stops these discriminatory practices.  We believe that authority already resides in Title II.  By reclassifying the transmission component of broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service, with appropriate forbearance, the FCC could prevent online discrimination. 

 Broadband is a more advanced technology than phone service, but in the 21st century it performs the same essential function.  Consumers and businesses cannot live without this vital connection to each other and to the world around them.  Accordingly, it would be appropriate for the FCC to reclassify broadband to reflect the vital role the Internet plays in carrying our most important information and our greatest ideas.   

 Thank you for your consideration and your work on this issue.

 

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Ah, Writer’s Lament!

Originally posted on Inner Workings of My Mind:

I love writing. I may not be terribly good at it but I have never really cared about that. I love writing and whenever I feel the

This isn't my danged dining room table. It's my danged couch, where I wrote this particular blog post.

This isn’t my danged dining room table. It’s my danged couch, where I wrote this particular uninspired blog post.

thoughts churning around in my head I almost immediately start putting them down on paper.

Yet I find myself struggling with a couple of things.

I don’t currently have a job. That means I don’t have an office. And that means that when I write, except for when I’m travelling, I write from home.

I don’t know how professional writers do it. Does a home office make all the difference? I have never had a proper home office. I have never had an apartment/house big enough for one. When I write at home, I write at the dining room table or with the laptop…

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“Google, combined with Wi-Fi, is a little bit like God. God is wireless, God is everywhere and God sees and knows everything. Throughout history, people connected to God without wires. Now, for many questions in the world, you ask Google, and increasingly, you can do it without wires, too.” ~ Alan Cohen, a V.P. of Airespace, to the New York Times (2003)

You’ve heard about Snowden and the NSA. Heard about the sneaky tricks Facebook has been engaging in. Now comes word that Google, the entity that in the past could make or break websites and blogs, change policies at the drop of a hat to fight events some call “link baiting” or “SEO” – Now it comes out that Google itself has stooped lower than that by deliberately MANIPULATING TWITTER – I couldn’t believe this NPR report when I first read it!

In short, Google is now selectively censoring news!

“In old-school newsrooms, the saying goes: if it bleeds, it leads. Because this new newsroom is focused on getting content onto everyone’s smartphone, Agrawal says, editors may have another bias: to comb through the big data in search of happy thoughts.”

“Happy thoughts?” WTF!!!???

Snippets from the article: ” Designers put the factoid into a pretty box. Influencers enlisted by Google circulate it on Twitter and Facebook – to increase it’s reach beyond the company’s own social network Google+.”

“After the dramatic defeat by Germany, the team also makes a revealing choice to not publish a single trend on Brazilian search terms. “

Now, I wonder how effective Google was at skewing twitter trends. The UK Telegraph headliner “Brazil vs Germany ‘most tweeted sports game ever’
35.6 million tweets were sent during last night’s World Cup semi-final match”
seems to give hope that the big G isn’t as influential as it thinks.

One more thing ::: Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and other technology companies appear to have stepped back from a net neutrality fight to ensure Internet providers treat all Web traffic equally, leaving startups to battle proposed legislation.

What do YOU think?

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