Category: Science & Technology

A Climate Change Denier’s Perfect Storm

A Climate Change Denier’s Perfect Storm

— Antony Alumkal
In the past few months, we have witnessed the devastation caused by climate change induced severe weather. Anthony Alumkal critiques the campaign of anti-environmentalism spearheaded by E. Calvin Beisner and his organization, the Cornwall Alliance, for it is one that the planet cannot afford.

We Need Algorithmic Transparency

We Need Algorithmic Transparency

—Kelly Gates
Understanding what’s inside the black box of cloud computing matters. We need transparency in the weird experience of being human.

From the March for Science to an Abolitionist Science

From the March for Science to an Abolitionist Science

—Britt Rusert
An abolitionist science moves beyond generic defenses of science in an age of populist skepticism and backlash, requiring an evaluation of different types of science and an excavation of their specific relationships to forms of power and exploitation.

Don’t Bring a Test Tube to a Gun Fight

Don’t Bring a Test Tube to a Gun Fight

—Antony Alumkal
The March for Science is a response to politically motivated efforts to undermine scientific research and ignore scientific evidence when crafting public policy. Science is under increasingly heavy political fire, and the March for Science indicates that scientists plan to fire back.

Available, Accessible, Usable

Available, Accessible, Usable

—Elizabeth Ellcessor
Creating accessible spaces, technologies, and content often entails augmenting, altering, or otherwise working around the assumption that all users will have a “normal” able body.

More Than a Symbolic Change: iOS 10 and the Accessible Icon Emoji

More Than a Symbolic Change: iOS 10 and the Accessible Icon Emoji

—Elizabeth Ellcessor
The revised accessibility symbol emoji introduced in iOS 10 is not the familiar static wheelchair symbol. Its inclusion demonstrates how art and activism can influence culture, industries, and policies with major implications for access and participation in broader society.

Zika and the Limits of Biomedical Fixes

There are reasons to see the rise of Zika not as another problem in need of a biomedical fix but as a sign of the limits of biomedical fixes.