Best Books On feminism

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In the 1950s, a group of scientists spoke out against the dangers of nuclear weapons. Should cryptographers take on the surveillance state?

Computer scientists and cryptographers occupy some of the ivory tower’s highest floors. Among academics, their work is prestigious and celebrated. To the average observer, much of it is too technical to comprehend. The field’s problems can sometimes seem remote from reality.

But computer science has quite a bit to do with reality. Its practitioners devise the surveillance systems that watch over nearly every space, public or otherwise—and they design the tools that allow for privacy in the digital realm. Computer science is political, by its very nature.

That’s at least according to Phillip Rogaway, a professor of computer science at the University of California, Davis, who has helped create some of the most important tools that secure the Internet today. Last week, Rogaway took his case directly to a roomful of cryptographers at a conference in Auckland, New Zealand. He accused them of a moral failure: By allowing the government to construct a massive surveillance apparatus, the field had abused the public trust. Rogaway said the scientists had a duty to pursue social good in their work.


What are the best sites on feminism?

Here are some feminist blogs for you to check out. Keep in mind that many of them are culturally oriented — some consider themselves feminist replacements for mainstream celebrity magazines and others analyze relevant pop-culture news. Also, Third Wave feminism is especially concerned with intersectionality, which means many feminist blogs will cover other types of oppression as well, like racism and discrimination on the basis of sexuality. Finally, some of these are personal blogs and others are larger operations:

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