Stay focused. End #CISPA.

by Jessica Brookman in

There is a reason that the late Aaron Swartz referred to CISPA as the Patriot Act of the internet.

Make no mistake: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act is evil. 

It will give the government the ability to perform warantless searches of your data. 

 Think. About. That. Now think about the Fourth Amendment. OK, now back to CISPA. 

This bill was written with the distinct purpose of invading your privacy. Supporters have outspent opponents 140:1 with members of Congress (in)directly benefiting from the bill

Alexis O'hanion (co-founder of Reddit) called Google's Larry Page to discuss. Despite Ohanian’s plea and the White House veto threat, the House passed the CISPA bill on Thursday by a vote of 288 to 127. A companion bill is planned for the Senate.

This bill threatens to ignore privacy rights established between web entities and users. 

I know there are a lot of extremely fucked-up and nefarious things going on in America right now but if this bill passes, we are all more fucked. 

Read more and take action:


CISPA gets Re-write 4.16.13 via CNET
Pro-CISPA forces spend 140 times more lobbying than opponents 4.18.13 via Sunlight    Foundtation Report Group

The ONWARD Month in Review - February

by Jessica Brookman in

In addition to keeping a private diary, I also keep a visual diary on this blog.

Diaries (of any kind) are a way to record experience. As a reader of this blog pointed out, I am a conscious observer. I spend a lot of time taking photos and people-watching. 

I start more than my fair share of conversations with strangers. I talk about what I see and learn. The process itself brings me happiness;  which is why I spend the *rest* of my time finding new ways to crystallize experiences and generate a discussion around them. 

So, a small while ago, I got to work on another kind of visual diary - the one I keep on my body. I've written about my tattoos and what they mean to me before. But briefly, my tattoos are a way to condense transformative experiences permanently and artistically.  They are inextricably connected to vivid moments in my life. They serve me as both reminders and conversation pieces.

My first tattoo -- the one on my left arm -- is the word ONWARD and people are always asking me what it is and what it means. This is mostly because it's vertical and in my quasi-illegible handwriting. But, in the spirit of recording and discussing...and moving on from each month, the visual diary on this blog The ONWARD Month in Review. 

Here's some of February:

What were you up to? 

xoxo, Jessa

oh, and by the way:

My body is a journal in a way. It’s like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant something, a specific time in your life when you make a mark on yourself, whether you do it yourself with a knife or with a professional tattoo artist.
— Johnny Depp