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A Small Victory, But More To Do

Dec 4, 2016

Tonight social media is all a flutter with news about the Army Corps of Engineers statement that they will not give any permit to ETP to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe. Many people think that this is a great victory and that the Water Protectors have won. But this is simply not […]

Protecting Human Life At Standing Rock
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Protecting Human Life At Standing Rock

Dec 3, 2016

On November 28, 2016 North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple ordered that the Water Protectors leave the Oceti Sakowin Camp located north of the Cannon Ball River. In his executive order he stated: I direct state agencies, emergency service officials, and nongovernmental organizations to reduce threats to public safety by not guaranteeing the provision of emergency […]

Internet at Standing Rock
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Internet at Standing Rock

Nov 15, 2016

Since September I’ve been working with the Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. A big part of that work has been setting up Internet connectivity for camp. Before we even started on that, though, we sat down with members of the community at Standing Rock, most especially the elders who run […]

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Introducing Rose Nesbitt

Jun 14, 2016

Hello to the followers of the official Geeks Without Bounds blog! You may have noticed that there are no new posts here. The reason for that is GWOB has been so busy with projects that it’s been hard for anyone to sit down and tell everyone what’s been going on. Enter me! My name is […]

Poverty and Africa
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Poverty and Africa

Nov 28, 2015

If you want to understand poverty in Africa, it wouldn’t hurt to start out by getting your head around poverty in America. Many people would argue that the two come from vastly different histories and can’t be compared, but the dynamic similarities are striking — and useful if we want to find solutions to them […]

Gender based violence in Eastern India

Oct 27, 2015

Written by: Chinmayi SK India’s rugged north-east ( which consists of the seven states of Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram,Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and the Himalayan state of Sikkim) and the eastern parts (Jharkand , Orissa , West Bengal) of India has seen a rise in crimes against women over the past decade. In 2014, the […]

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Indigenous Rights And Sustainability

Jan 27, 2015

In This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein explains how Indigenous land rights are being used as a last stand in a number of battles to protect water and land from destructive extraction industries as well as the pipelines, train lines, shipping routes and terminals used to transport coal, gas and oil. These rights, conferred by treaty […]

Why I Love Hackathons

Why I Love Hackathons

Jan 14, 2015

Two weeks ago, my friend Omer Zak shared a blog post from Infotropism on his wall called Why I Don’t Like Hackathons by Alex Bayley aged 39 1/2. Whenever I see a post like this, I want to run to the person who wrote it and invite them to one of our hackathons because nearly […]

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Social Justice in Technology Policy

Jul 24, 2014

Today on Facebook, I read an excellent post by Praveen Sinha. The post talks about the problem of privilege in the area of law and policy making around technology. The gist of the post is that the people who are most likely to be hurt by bad technology policy are the ones least likely to […]

HOPEX Roundup Part 1

Jul 21, 2014

The GWOBorg descended upon New York City this weekend for H.O.P.E. X, the bi-annual hackers conference organized by the fine folks at 2600 Magazine. H.O.P.E. stands for Hackers On Planet Earth, one of the most creative and diverse hacker events in the world. It’s been happening every other year since 1994. Willow and Diggz gave […]