Critical Review: Allison Hanes’s Column “The devil is in the details of Bill 96 — and they are alarming”

Allison Hanes wrote and published this garbage and I felt compelled to critique it in roughly same manner, albeit more roughly, as I would have were I still in grad school grading papers. Not sure how this fits in to the general theme of my blog yet, but I felt compelled to post it. I might spin this type of article into its own thing. source: https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/hanes-the-devil-is-in-the-details-of-bill-96-and-they-are-alarming   I sincerely hope Bill 96 works to ...continue


Abandoning my Graduate Research: Carleton University’s Open Discrimination Towards Québec and Québecois.

I have withdrawn from Carleton University’s Sociology and Anthropology department because of the hostile work environment engendered by the open discrimination by other graduate students and faculty towards Québec, Québecois, and more generally French Canadians. Combined with an unwillingness to address an already hostile work environment, the department’s refusal to act when presented with evidence supporting my claim is abhorrent. This is especially true considering the mental health challenges I already faced as someone who ...continue


Pandemic as War: A Dangerous Frame

News coverage, twitter comments, and interviews have featured people from all walks of life describing the current pandemic through language we typically with armed conflicts. Covid-19 is our enemy, we must forgo peace time luxuries to support those fighting on the front lines. It’s a compelling and easily understood narrative which has been reinforced by decades of participation in various conflicts around the world. We’ve internalized these scripts, sets, and the roles we’re expected to ...continue


A Case for Privacy

Recognizing privacy as essential for both the well-being of individuals and our communities has only become more urgent as technological innovation continues to erode the distinction between our private and public lives. Unfortunately, the bond between privacy and the individual is often glossed over, framed as an opaque black box which undermines our ability to recognize its importance. It is essential that we understand how privacy enables meaningful human expression granting both individuals and groups the opportunity embrace and cultivate our shared human nature.

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Statelessness, Technology, and the Growing Gap Between Individuals and Reality (Working Excerpt)

  Article 1(1) of the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons defines statelessness as a person “who is not considered a national by any State under the operation of its law” (United Nations 1954:3). Hannah Arendt describes two significant harms stateless individuals must contend with. The first relates to the legal or political nature of the deprivation where individuals become rightless as a consequence of not belonging to an internationally recognized political ...continue


Bypassing the Lenovo Thinkpad E550 BIOS Password

  I am not responsible for any damages or issues you may encounter while attempting the following, do it at your own risk and on hardware you own or for which you have permission.   There’s a lot of information out there already on how to bypass BIOS passwords which includes shorting but what I didn’t find were which EEPROM pins I needed to short on the particular motherboard found within my Thinkpad Model. Many ...continue


The Significance of Privacy in Constructing the Person

Photo: HLS Historical and Special Collections The recognition of privacy as essential for both the well-being of individuals and the multiplicity of networks we constitute has only become more urgent as technological innovation continues to erode the distinction between our private and public lives. Unfortunately, the bond between privacy and the individual is often glossed over, framed a black box which undermines the ability and will necessary for its defense. Understanding how the expectation of ...continue


Completed the Summary of Taddeo’s Just Information Warfare Article (2016)

I completed the second part of the summary and edited the original article which you can check out here.

I’ve also stated working on and adding graphics/illustrations to existing work like this one. I’ll be working on some more detailed infographics in the future, should be a good way to quickly convey information in a compelling manner.

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Instantiating Complexity with Simplicity and Heterogeneity as Descriptors

Photo: Cover of Law, John and Annemarie Mol, eds. 2006. Complexities: social studies of knowledge practices. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. How we engage with complexity is shaped by our understanding of its structure which in turn frames our ability to communicate those challenges simply and effectively. Complexity is quick to reveal itself when moving between the simple and the complex, an observation not lost on application security professionals who create policy documents establishing an organization’s ...continue


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