Personal data at border crossings and the political duties of our work

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I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.

Another great article on security and why we need to be at our most vigilant right now by Quincy Larson of Free Code Camp. We often rely on security tools and encryption to protect us, but at border crossings that may not be enough.

We Are The Scientists Against A Fascist Government

This examines “what is our moral duty as scientists?” Insisting on keeping our work ‘apolitical’ creates the space fascism needs to function.

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“Battling Unconscious Bias” by Neem Serra from AlterConf 2016 **

Neem Serra talked about unconscious bias and how it affects our perceptions, decisions, and interactions on a day to day basis. She discussed biases other than the usual sexism and racism that we’ve unfortunately come to expect during the hiring process and highlighted many others that may disqualify a job applicant. She then went on to encourage people to amend the process by squashing these biases with six concrete suggestions that people could use themselves or recommend to people within their companies who do hire people.

** I attended AlterConf and you can read more about it here!

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