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Paul Fenwick
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Loneliness is one of the last things we'll ever admit to, which is why I think we should start talking about it now:

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[TW: Discusses religious intolerance, and violence against women.]

You, or someone you know, may make the argument that the burqa—a traditional full-body, face-covering article of women’s clothing—should be banned or discouraged because it oppresses women.

I’m not interested in debating whether or not it oppresses women or not; but I can tell you that calling for its ban is harming Australian women, right now.

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A saw a thread on a friend's facebook wall suggesting that privilege didn't exist. This was my response.

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Once upon a time, in a future perhaps not too far away, humanity invented a thinking machine. It was smarter than anyone who had ever lived, smarter than entire cities of people put together. The thinking machine could figure out how to engineer all sorts of things, and help people with their lives. The people of Earth celebrated their achievement; surely this would be the end of suffering, and a time of world peace and harmony would be enjoyed by all.

But the thinking machine lacked one important part, a sense of ethics. Without it, it had no reason to think, no reason to make change, not even a reason to exist.

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If you’re reading this, it may be because I suggested that the world would be a better place if we saw fewer gendered toilets at your conference. I’d like to explain why.

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Speaking at a conference should be about the tech. It shouldn’t be about worrying if you’re going to be harassed, belittled, shunned, stared at, made fun of, or worse. Outreach is not playing favourites; outreach is simply saying: “Hey, there’s are others like you. That lack of diversity you see isn’t because the people here suck, that’s just a historical artefact.”

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Most people are concerned with what happens nearby. So many of our thoughts are about what happens in our suburb, our country, our circle of friends, our lifetimes. But that's an odd way to think if we claim that we care about the welfare of others...

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Holy smokes. So having looked at the actual code for this, the bug in iOS / OSX is way worse than described on gizmodo. The article is misleading when it says your home network is safe, it’s not.

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So, I've been doing this... ;)

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I've noticed a concerning trend over the last few years, and I'm not exactly sure what to do about it. As a culture, our communication habits are changing, and the results may be terrible for our mental health.
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