CW for discussions of transphobia and violence.
In this, the final episode of 2018, I got to talk to weightlifting pal and femme genius Tara Robertson about her work on diversity and inclusion at Mozilla — and like a million other things, including why we want an open Internet, whether libraries are neutral (hint: they’re not), the conservative politics of tone policing, the danger of corporations replacing the public sphere, and more! That’s a lot of topics, so here are a bunch of links!
- First up, if you want to hear more from Tara (which you obviously do), why not check out the keynote she delivered last month in New Zealand?
- Want to read more about Mozilla’s work on diversity and inclusion? Do that here.
- Here’s the article Tara mentioned from Dr. Katherine Phillips on why diversity makes us smarter aka the business case for diversity
- I also found a recent-ish piece on Facebook’s “free internet” and how it violates net neutrality and functions like “digital colonialism”
- Ready to get freaked out? Here’s a piece on what Facebook is doing with your data.
- Oh, and in case you have no idea what net neutrality is and why it matters, this is a great primer.
- On the topic of neutrality in libraries, here’s a really interesting summary of a variety of perspectives based on a panel organized by the American Library Association.
- An iconic piece: Anil Dash on the web we lost
- If you’d like some context around our conversation about the Vancouver Public Library and transphobia, read this public statement by jaye simpson
- And while you’re reading awesome things, you should definitely read the Femme Shark Manifesto
- To back up our discussion about heightened violence against the trans community, here’s some information from the Human Rights Campaign
- And if you’d like some context around my discussion of Grace Lavery’s experience of transphobia in the context of queer studies, here’s her Twitter thread explaining the situation
- On the topic of keeping your data safe, here’s a great piece Tara shared with me on quitting the “Big Five” tech companies
- Didn’t know that Turnitin is a corporation mining your data? Read up on the case against it.
- And here’s a little more reading on Starbucks, public spaces, and anti-Blackness
- Finally, because I promised it: here’s the list Kaarina shared of helpful self-care tips for the holiday
Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded and produced by Hannah McGregor on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.