I received word from our credit union today that soon we’ll be able to electronically deposit our checks from a smartphone or scanner. I had in my pocket a check that has been awaiting deposit for a week and thought how convenient. But the feature isn’t enabled yet so I walked to the bank during… Continue reading My “Inconvenient” Walk
Throughout my life I’ve regular found myself struggling to find the right word (or name) because of a bad memory — I was destined to be an absent minded professor. But at other times I struggle to find the right word because completely different ways of understanding underlie so many of our words. This is… Continue reading Finding the Right Word
As we prepare for our first backyard chickens and experience our first winter with backyard meat rabbits, I’ve been reflecting a lot on what it means to ease into urban farming. There is the personal gains of having close at hand quality nutritious food and coming to see the interconnectedness of life more closely than… Continue reading Urban farming as civic duty
A wonderful article from colleague Virginia Eubanks. She points out that this is not an individual concern, but a community concern. It is not a privacy issue but a civil rights issue. We need to move from a fixation on privacy towards a future based on digital human rights. The alarm is raised when it stops being strategies used to keep in check the unruly people not like us – the immigrants, the welfare recipients, the radicals in foreign countries – and starts being a strategy to keep an eye on us middle and upper middle class. But instead of us decrying the breach of our privacy, we need to come to see how human rights have been violated throughout, not just ours but those on whom these techniques have been used for decades.
Thanks, Virginia, for a wonderfully thoughtful piece!