I see fascism, so I’m saying something.
With any new job, everyone wants to know who one is working for and why. This video expresses beautifully the pressing nature of the problems FoodCorps seeks to address and the solutions it is implementing to address them.
As anyone who lives in New York is aware, it’s municipal election season. The mayoral race, holding the most political power, has attracted the most attention. The mayoral race has also received nationwide publicity due to a scandalous candidate, which also helped elevate the comptroller’s race into visibility. There are many other positions up for grabs, however, including Public Advocate, Borough President, and City Council. It’s easy to brush these elections off, but New Yorkers should take them seriously; your lives hang in the balance. Continue reading
President Obama delivered on Wednesday a speech in commemoration of the fifty-year anniversary of the March on Washington. Some have lauded the successes of the movement, while others have reflected on its shortcomings. Ultimately, in any polarized discussion, the truth lies somewhere in between.
Although he himself does not harp on it, it is impossible not to pause over the powerful symbolism of President Barack Obama presented before us. When he speaks of interracial marriage, it is difficult not to think of Obama himself, the product of a black father and a white mother. When he says that the White House has changed, it bears a force that can only come from the first black President. Could King even dream that such an event would happen so soon after he stood at those steps? Continue reading
Codecademy is #MadeInNY. If you don’t know what Codecademy is yet, you really should. Codecademy is a company that seeks to truly disrupt education rather than incrementally altering classrooms, primarily teaching programming at the moment. If you don’t know what Made in New York is, then you’ll have disappointed the lovely folks at NYC Digital. We Are Made In New York “an economic development initiative that supports the city’s vibrant tech community.”
A page on the Codecademy website dedicated to after-school programming, encourages educators to begin a coding club at their school using the site’s resources. Although an educator visiting the page likely already knows this, the page makes the value of such an activity clear, placing it in <strong> terms: “Digital literacy is now a fundamental skill like reading and writing.” Continue reading
With the sun starting to set a warm glow over the East River, I was one of 150 people scurrying through the stone streets of DUMBO on Thursday, July 11th. Approaching the NYU-Poly DUMBO Incubator building, strangers’ suspecting glances were confirmed: others around them were also heading to the Brooklyn edition of the NYC Digital Roadmap Listening Sessions.
The name of the event series may cause some minor confusion. The “Digital Roadmap Listening Session” is not just for attendees to listen to government officials explain themselves. Those attending the sessions are not supposed to merely listen to that which is already occurring. It would be a mistake to assume that the listening in these sessions is merely passive. Ordinary New Yorkers are invited to be “innovators,” as the @nycgov Meetup group terms attendees. It is important to note that the events are described as participatory discussions; all are welcome to chime in on the city’s digital future. Continue reading
Media outlets have been abuzz for the past few weeks, scandalizing the revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) has vast records, even on Americans. The question of security versus surveillance has provided much room for debate, even inviting comparisons to oppressive regimes. Perhaps even more heavily, the popular media is fascinated by the Edward Snowden, the Booz Allen contractor responsible for the leaks.
In engaging in such pervasive surveillance, the government is overstepping its bounds. While the actions of these agencies are likely legal, they are not necessarily appropriate. President Obama and other officials have repeatedly insisted that these actions are not made explicitly illegal by the word of law. Rather, they have been sanctioned by all branches of the federal government. Is this enough? Continue reading