In the spirit of making academic work, so often cloistered in esoteric journals or inaccessible behind paywalls, accessible to all and in a timely fashion, I have begun the process of creating pre-production files of my upcoming publication. I have deposited these files in our open access institutional repository, Scholarship@Western. I intend to negotiate for… Continue reading Now available: New Publications on CCM; Google Glass, Race and Class; LIS, Diversity as Social Justice and Calls to Action;Digital Literacy
The third in a series of conferences focused on digital labor will take place from November 14-16 in New York City. The event is open to to all and registration is free. Trebor Scholz, the visionary behind the series, shared the following words about his hopes for this fall's conference, which I have reprinted below. My… Continue reading Digital Labor: Sweatshops, Picket Lines, Barricades [#dl14]
Today global civil society and privacy advocates draw attention to the mass surveillance that digital life and tools - and the complicity of corporate entities - has engendered. The NSA and Edward Snowden scandals are just the latest revelations in a crisis that has been growing for years; witness this Wired article that discusses whistleblower… Continue reading Resist Mass Surveillance
My article on the problematic and ubiquitous university/state employee "ethics test" can be found in an edited version at the Chronicle of Higher Ed's "Conversation" website. Please visit and add your voice! One commenter described the tone as "whiny and PC," so I must be doing something right...
If you are an employee of a higher education institution, you can likely set your watch by it: the dread annual ethics test. Usually presented as a self-paced, online "learning module," the test is designed, ostensibly, to measure your ability to deal with complex workplace situations. Some of the situations require use of your best… Continue reading The Trouble with “Ethics”