In my last post about the Nobel, I asked if it is anti-activism. This article seems to rub its answer to my face. But I like that 🙂
‘Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize. At age 17, Yousafzai is the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Prize. In 2012, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman who boarded her school bus. She survived and continued to campaign for the rights of girls to go to school. Satyarthi, age 60, has been a leader for decades in the international movement against child slavery and the exploitation of child workers. In a statement, the Nobel committee said it “regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism.”
‘Last year on July 12, her 16th birthday, Yousafzai appeared at the United Nations and delivered her first speech since she underwent surgery, saying she was undeterred by the Taliban’s efforts to silence her voice. The event marked a global day in her honor. We broadcast an excerpt from her address. “Let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism. Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are the most powerful weapons,” Yousafzai says. “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution.”…’
Get Ready for BioSurveillance of Your Preschooler’s Health
‘There is growing trend toward the use of “biosurveillance” – Web-based systems to track public health, many times with an added predictive model . As you’ll see in the University of Michigan press release below, a familiar sales pitch is employed to assert that the only way to keep the public safe is through pervasive surveillance … now including preschoolers.
‘With Ebola taking center stage as the latest threat to humanity, along with new concerns over enterovirus EV-D68 which is afflicting children in increasing numbers, the surveillance state is not letting a single crisis go to waste…’
Satire is under attack, but are the fears justified?
satire – A literary work in which human vice or folly is attacked through irony, derision, or wit.
‘Facebook recently announced that it will display warnings beside satirical content. In this post we look at the flaws and implications of recent research on the spread of false information on Facebook.
‘It’s very easy to poke fun at anonymous individuals on the internet, but the list of “mainstream” news agencies The Onion has fooled is extensive. Fox News reported that President Obama sent a rambling 127 page long email to the nation, Iran’s Fars News Agency reported Iranian president Ahmadinejad was more popular among rural white Americans than Obama, and China’s Communist Party newspaper reported Kim Jong Un was voted the “Sexiest Man Alive.” Two Bangladeshi newspapers even reported that Neil Armstrong held a press conference in which he admitted the moon landings were a hoax. It seems Poe’s Law might need updating:…’