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Settlement small step in reconciliation

A settlement of $10,000 in a class-action law suit involving hundreds of people left out of residential school compensation is to be paid by the Canadian Federal Government to each “day scholar” who attended residential schools during the day and returning home each night. The Federal Government is also providing a $50 million into a […]

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215 lost souls

Emotions overwhelm me as I grapple with the horrendous news of the undocumented remains of 215 Indigenous children as young as three years of age at a former residential school in Kamloops, BC on the traditional lands of the Secwépemc. The Kamloops school, once the largest in Canada’s Indian Residential School system, was operated by the Catholic […]

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Under constant Surveillance

Video Doorbell Yikes! Reading The Guardian’s article “Amazon’s Ring is the largest civilian surveillance network the US has ever seen” by Lauren Bridges, solidified my long standing suspicion that we are increasingly under surveillance and that law enforcement agencies will be able to use personal video recordings without warrants. It comes on the heels of […]

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A Shadow, A Mother, A Sender (or Shared Pictures of ourselves)

by Carolin Aronis We take pictures of our children,  but we actually take pictures of ourselves. We are there through them,  and through what we chose to capture (also the background, their clothes,  the distance we hold).  We are there via our sight, hands, and posture, holding the smartphone to connect us together.  To take […]

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Why Am I So Tired?!

In these weeks? Months? Years? Of Covid isolation and prairie winter blues, tech has kept me *working* *connected* *distracted* *comforted*. It has been my solid constant through all the pandemic feels! With this, I’ve noticed some serious shifts in my relationship to technology, both in how I use it and how I talk about it […]

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Mothers who Work from Home/Work for Home

by Sucharita Sarkar In April last year, during the national COVID-19 lockdown, Amul, the popular Indian butter (and dairy) brand, brought out a doodle advertisement (which is their trademark) dedicated to the urban Indian mother. The cartoon is titled, “Mom is where the heart is” and it shows the mother working at her job from […]

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M/other & D/other

by Astrid Joutseno I discovered mommy blogs, or what I have termed maternal online life writing, in 2011 when I was pregnant with my child. I was hungry for examples of how to bridge from an adult-woman-artist life into mothering. Sylvia Plath and Patti Smith were my mother idols, but the way they had written […]

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algorithmic culture: music streaming and privacy

Article: New Spotify Patent Involves Monitoring Users’ Speech to Recommend Music “The [Spotify] patent outlines potential uses of technology that involves the extraction of “intonation, stress, rhythm, and the likes of units of speech” from the user’s voice. The tech could also use speech recognition to identify metadata points such as emotional state, gender, age, […]

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Communicating Across Cultures

by Suzanne Kamata When I learned a little over twenty-one years ago that my daughter was deaf and had cerebral palsy, I was worried about how I would communicate with her. For one thing, we were (and still are) living in Japan. It was hard enough for me, as an American, to communicate with my […]

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On Covid, Privacy, and the Internet: Reflections from a gen z/millennial

Just last week I came across Greg Ferenstein’s Medium article about the “Birth and Death of Privacy.” In it, Ferenstein notes that privacy, as it is generally understood today, is a relatively new concept and the desire to keep certain aspects of our lives with ourselves or those very close to us is a desire […]