When the journalist becomes the subject:
Vocativ: Cyber-Feminism: Women Take Up Encryption In A Post Trump World, by Tracy Clark-Flory
Last week, journalist Arikia Millikan reached out to women-in-tech listservs with some basic pointers on things like encryption, warning that “now is a good time to get serious about online security.” The response was strong enough that she followed up on Sunday with what’s known as a cryptoparty, where just under a dozen people gathered to learn more about protecting their online privacy. They went over security best practices and swapped “keys” — a phrase that has nothing to do with swinging and everything to do with vouching for the authenticity of each others’ encrypted accounts. The gender ratio was evenly split, which is rare for these kinds of events, she said.
“A lot of smart, powerful women rallied around Hillary this past election and are devastated,” she said. “If they weren’t weary of the unconstitutional measures the U.S. government has taken to spy on citizens before, they sure are now that Trump will inherit those programs. They aren’t going to give away their personal data to a government they no longer trust, and they are taking steps to protect themselves.”
Feminists have particularly sought out encryption “because they don’t like the idea of a government run by a president who clearly does not respect women having access to their private conversations,” she said. “If you were playing basketball, would you want the coach of your opposing team having access to your playbook? No, because then you could never win.”
A woman who attended Millikan’s event, and who asked to remain anonymous, said that everyone she’s told about the get-together has responded along the lines of, “wtf is a cryptoparty?” That, she said, “tells me a lot of people are in the dark about all this.”
Business Insider: 23 Things We Wish We’d Known Before Moving To New York City, by Emmie Martin & Drake Baer
“Living in NYC is like being in an abusive relationship with the coolest guy in the world.” -Arikia Millikan
NPR, A Day in the Life– Arikia Millikan, Featured Guest
On Traveling Unplugged, Notes from an Intrepid Adventurer
Tech Journalist Arikia Millikan travelled the world- 62 cities in 19 countries- last year, with “two suitcases and a laptop bag.”
In our favourite read from the past weekend, she tells you how you can travel the world inexpensively, stay connected to the Internet, and harness its powers for the greater good.
Here’s some excellent advise from her on getting free wi-fi:
The World Is Your Office
In so many of the most beautiful and remote corners of the world, Wi-Fi is available freely in restaurants and and as a convenience for customers and to keep their POS systems alive for credit card transfers. Do not resort to Starbucks or McDonald’s for Wi-Fi on the go — I never stepped foot in one while abroad despite the apparent convenience. Instead, I went where I wanted most to be, and traded my business for Wi-Fi. This worked everywhere from the swankiest of hotels in Dubai to the tiniest of beach bars in Thailand. If you’re not sure if a place has WiFi or not, go in and sit down near an outlet if you can find one. Look around and browse the menu. When the waiter comes to take your order, ask if they have Wi-Fi. If not, get up and go! This is 2014 and you have needs.
Words to live by if-like us- you love to travel, but can’t manage a day without your favourite blogs and websites!
Yet many people like feeling permanently connected. As Arikia Millikan, an American blogger, once put it, “If I could be jacked in at every waking hour of the day, I would, and I think a lot of my peers would do the same.”
Harvard Business Review – Lydia Laurenson On Publishing Business Models
Editor Arikia Millikan wrote about how hard it was to clean up her workflow after Medium threw open the floodgates and any user could submit content to her collection. When she joined Medium, she was able to put plenty of attention into every article she curated, but when Medium made it easier for users to submit content, she was suddenly drinking from a firehose.
An Equal Difference – Thanks, by Gabrielle Motola
“No person is an island, especially while working on one. I would like to express my gratitude to the following people for their support during the making of this book.”
Ex-Wired Editor Launches LadyBits Media Group for Tech-Savvy Women – Anastasia Ashman
As Millikan describes it, LadyBits is a collective of tech journalists and a media experiment to source, commission and edit writing of interest to tech-savvy women — a new layer between the writers and the publishing venues (which mostly serve the interests of tech-savvy men).
Remote Year Promised to Combine Work and Travel. Was It Too Good to Be True? – by Erica Adams. Spoiler: It was.
Arikia Millikan, a writer who currently lives and works in Japan, was one of the first to walk away from Remote Year. She had traveled extensively outside of the U.S. prior to joining Remote Year, and tried to provide constructive feedback to the staff, especially in Slovenia, where many people were clearly disappointed with the company’s accommodations that month. When it became apparent that the staff wasn’t receptive to her feedback, and the situation didn’t look like it was going to improve, she decided to leave.
“I wanted it to work out,” Millikan says. “It was not ideal to have signed up for this year-long journey and have planned my time and my money and aspects of my career around it only to find that they were complete amateurs.”
An Ambiguous Medium – CJR by Alexis Sobel
An essay about an inappropriate love affair tears open the problems with the two-tiered platform.
Interviewed for Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are – by Carlin Flora
Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (citing Arikia Millikan) [PDF]
Sources indicate that medical certificates confirming rape are a barrier to accessing justice (Wired.com 31 Mar. 2011; SOFA Dec. 2011, 20; MADRE et al. 2012, 17). The joint publication by MADRE et al. states that Haitian law does not technically require a medical certificate to prosecute rape but that justice officials consider it to be a prerequisite and will not proceed without one, even if there are witnesses to the rape (ibid.). Sources indicate that medical certificates are not available in all parts of the country (Wired.com 31 Mar. 2011; SOFA Dec. 2011, 20).
The Freaky History of Your IUD, Revealed – New York Magazine, by Molly Oswaks
“The whole concept of IUDs came about from the observation that if you put rocks inside the uterus of a camel, they wouldn’t get pregnant,” writes LadyBits founder Arikia Millikan for Motherboard, in a piece about the IUD’s bizarre history (which reads like a well-reported horror story).
Now we know.
What the Criticism of Lingerie-Clad Women in Tech Got Wrong – Autostraddle, by Laura Mandanas
“It’s been a long process undoing the brainwashing that the media imposes on little girls to make them think they can’t be beautiful unless they tread down the capitalistic rabbit hole of endless artificial enhancements,” Arikia Millikan wrote in a post on her blog titled “Why I Decided To Pose For A Lingerie Photo Shoot.” Although she initially wasn’t sure she wanted to participate, she realized, “Anyone who would sexualize me, objectify me, or treat me differently in the professional world would do so regardless of what I wore, and those who respect me would continue to. Why would I sacrifice the opportunity to be professionally photographed in what I feel is the best shape of my life? I’ve never kept myself from doing anything out of fear, especially when that fear is the burden of women alone.”
An Interview with Arikia Millikan – A Blog Around the Clock