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> “Freedom” uses the virtual space of popular first-person shooter game “Counter-Strike” to stage a performance piece: instead of following the game’s narrative and shooting as many other players as possible, Eva Mattes implores other players not to kill her. As she types and explains she is a performance artist making art in the space of the game, she is shot and killed, only to respawn and have the whole exchange occur again. DeLappe’s “dead-in-iraq” is similar in that he also uses a virtual space, that of video game “America’s Army,” to stage a game-based performance intervention: in using the “America’s Army” texting system, he types the name, age, service branch, and death of every man and woman killed in Iraq.

“These interventions destabilize assumed relations between gamers and frequently provoke very violent reactions,” said McLeod. “While these are both ephemeral interventions and that rely on real-time engagements of the artists in the gaming space, the fleeting but pointed performances have tactical agency. DeLappe and Mattes come from outside of any in-group within these games spaces and they resist the rules put in place by corporate and military game spaces.”

Essentially, gamers that regularly use these games are made to feel out of place and uncomfortable with their actions when confronted by these outsiders who disrupt their space.

More: http://hyperallergic.com/200098/artists-stage-political-interventions-in-video-games/
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“I’m interested in using games as a way to engage in and critique the fine art world, especially the economics of that world,” said Grayson Earle, an Integrated Media Arts adjunct professor at Hunt...
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How exactly does pissing people off "assist political engagement"?
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Finland wanted to reduce the size of its prison population — and succeeded.
How did Finland moved having the highest incarceration rate in Europe to having one of its lowest? Part of the answer lies in its open prisons, where prisoners — even those convicted of crimes like rape and murder — can be gradually eased back into normal life.
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Wonderful, engaging, and as the description says, "not just food porn," but an intimate family portrait as well.

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And knife porn. I was HUNGRY after watching it. 
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On this Yom HaShoah -- Holocaust Remembrance Day -- I am pondering that one of the most horrifying aspects of genocide is its statistics.

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When historians at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum began their research, they suspected they’d uncover somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000 concentration camps and ghettos The actual number, they found, is closer to 42,500.
Historian Toby Haggith has been trying to complete a project the British government had started near the end of World War II, but never finished. The government collected footage from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camps to prove what happened there. A rough cut was made into a film, but shelved. Now, however, that rough cut has been turned into a final cut.
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WASHINGTON—As part of the White House’s effort to mend 50 years of acrimonious U.S.-Cuba relations, members of the Obama administration called on the island nation this week to adopt a more democratic form of corruption.
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Loved this article from one of my favorite media critic sources, about great role models for boys. Great examples!

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Advice from Common Sense Media editors. What do Daniel Tiger, John Green, and Ansel Elgort have in common? They're all great role models for modern boys.
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu exchange greetings on the Archbishop's arrival at Kangara Airport at the start of a seven day visit to collaborate on a book on joy in Dharamsala, HP, India on April 18, 2015.
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(I've said it before:) #Google #ProjectLoon fascinates and inspires the pilot, the meteorologist, the geek, the amateur radio operator, and the Internet engineer, that are each a part of me.

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When we launched Project Loon in 2013 we hoped to answer a single question - could balloons be used to connect people to the Internet? Proving that this was possible in our New Zealand launch then led the team to start asking a much larger question - how can we make this work for everyone, no matter where they are in the world? How do you manufacture enough balloons to be able to provide coverage anywhere in the world and then launch them and control them so that there is always a balloon overhead to provide connection to the user on the ground?

In this latest video Project Lead Mike Cassidy offers a glimpse behind the scenes into how the Project Loon team have been tackling the challenges involved in moving from small scale, one-off launches and tests, to the scale and automation required to make balloon-powered Internet for all a reality.
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To prove their claim the machine was vulnerable to real-world hacks, the auditors were able to use the remote desktop protocol to gain remote access to the voting machines. They also used readily available hacking and diagnostic software to map, access, and transfer data from default shared network locations including C$, D$, ADMIN$, and IPC$. After downloading the database that stores the results of each vote, the auditors required just 10 seconds to figure out its password was "shoup" (named after the company name that preceded Advanced Voting Solutions). The auditors were then able to copy the database, modify its contents to tamper with recorded votes, and copy it back to the voting machine.
 
It's hard to find plain words that convey just how bad the security of this machine is. It's even harder to fathom so many critical defects resided in a line of machines that has played a crucial role in the US' democratic system for so many years. Jeremy Epstein, a security expert specializing in e-voting, summarized the threat brilliantly in a post published Wednesday morning to the Freedom to Tinker blog. He wrote:
 
As one of my colleagues taught me, BLUF—Bottom Line Up Front. If an election was held using the AVS WinVote, and it wasn’t hacked, it was only because no one tried. The vulnerabilities were so severe, and so trivial to exploit, that anyone with even a modicum of training could have succeeded. They didn’t need to be in the polling place—within a few hundred feet (e.g., in the parking lot) is easy, and within a half mile with a rudimentary antenna built using a Pringles can. Further, there are no logs or other records that would indicate if such a thing ever happened, so if an election was hacked any time in the past, we will never know. ❞
Virginia decertifies device that used weak passwords and wasn't updated in 10 years.
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"These testimonies are designed to disprove the notion that gay people can only have fulfilled marriages by wedding someone of the same sex. In United States v. Windsor, the court held that a federal gay marriage ban “degrade[s] and demean[s]” gay people by sending them a message that their relationship is not “worthy of dignity.” The brief confronts that powerful idea head-on by arguing that, in fact, same-sex relationships are less worthy of dignity, since gay people always have the option of marrying straight people."

This doesn't seem to follow logically. This would be the case only if this ruling disallowed the kind of union these people describe: if, in other words, it made it illegal for "same sex attracted men" to marry women. But this is clearly not what's at issue. Any bisexual man who marries a female partner is a same sex attracted man marrying a woman. This case has no bearing on that situation, as it doesn't institute a "sexual orientation test" for marriage, saying that anyone who identifies as same sex attracted must marry an individual of the same sex. The argument has to be that expanding the rights of one group of people in and of itself constitutes a restriction on the rights of another group. This might be true in some cases, I suppose, but it seems like there's a burden of argument on the putatively restricted group to show that's the case, and this argument surely doesn't do that, since it addresses a totally different point. 
There are a lot of terrible arguments against same-sex marriage, but this may be the worst: The Supreme Court must not protect gay couples’ marriages, because doing so would demean marriages between gay men and their wives. That, in a nutshell, is the argument put forth in an amicus brief recently filed by...
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