"A common retort to all of this is: “This is the internet. It’s offensive. If you don’t like it, leave.” That is correct: speech on the internet can be offensive and the right to be offensive is vital to democracy. But Facebook is not “the internet.” Facebook is a company with principles and community standards that create a reasonable expectation in users that it will enforce rules it itself has established in an unbiased manner. Facebook is perilously close to allowing “freedom of speech” to be used as a defense of unjust actions that are clearly intimidating and silencing female users."
#circle of 6
With Circle of 6, you can connect with your friends to stay close, stay safe and prevent violence before it happens. Need help getting home? Need an interruption? Two touches lets your circle know where you are (with exact GPS coordinates!) and how they can help. Icons represent actions, so no one can tell what you’re up to—it’s quick and discreet.
C6 is already on iPhone, and now it will be available for Android starting September 6th! Tell all your friends!
"At the startup-focused Grow Conference in 2011, [Matt van Horn’s] presentation included bikini-girl images from his calendar. He prefaced the slides with a laughing, “I’m sorry for being sexist. I apologize in advance."
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17-Year-Old Girl Creates Nanoparticle That Kills Cancer, Wins $100,000 →
When I was seventeen, it was a very good year. Actually, that’s a flat out lie. When I was seventeen I was probably wallowing in self-important despair so trivial that now, years later, I can’t even remember if I was wallowing or not. The point I’m getting at here is that I wasn’t doing anything productive, much less anything that could save countless lives and contribute to a field of science that is more important now than it has ever been. That’s what Angela Zhang was doing, and now, she’s$100,000 the richer for it. Also, she can say she’s created ananoparticle, one that kills cancer, for what that’s worth (Spoiler: It’s worth a lot).
The $100,000 Zhang earned comes with first prize in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. Her project, “Design of Image-guided, Photo-thermal Controlled Drug Releasing Multifunctional Nanosystem for the Treatment of Cancer Stem Cells,” was apparently as complex, thorough, and revolutionary as it sounds.
The nanoparticle Zhang created is already being referred to as something of a “swiss army knife” in the area of cancer treatment. That’s not to say it’s dull and rusty because
I you didn’t take care of it when I was you were out camping, but rather that it has a whole bunch of useful applications. The nanoparticle is delivered to tumors via the drug salinomycin where it kills cancer cells and deposits gold and iron-oxide materials to help with MRI imaging.
Not only is this impressive in its own right, but let me remind you this girl is 17. She’s got a lot of time ahead of her. She spent about 1,000 hours developing this particle since 2009 (when she must have been 15) and she wants to continue to study chemical engineering, biomedial engineering, or physics. She hopes to someday be a research professor.
#intimate partner violence
Circle of 6 is an iPhone app for college-aged students and their friends to stay close, stay safe, and prevent violence before it happens.
We believe that staying connected to a small group of people is critical to keeping you and your friends informed and safe. Circle of 6 is a mobile app that makes it quick and easy to reach your circle and let them know where you are, and what you need. It’s a fast, easy-to-use and secure way to look out for each other.
The design is simple. It takes two touches to get help, so no fumbling or digging around for the right number. We use icons to represent actions, so that no one can tell what you’re up if they see your phone. The design ensures safety, speed and privacy. GPS is integrated (using Google maps), and is only activated by you, and sent to your own Circle of 6.
Publicly we ask that everyone take the pledge to stop violence before it happens. This via a Facebook page to engage large numbers of young adults 18-24 in advocating for safer campuses and relationships without violence. Privately, we ask that you look out for each other by downloading the Circle of 6 app and supporting your friends.
The app is a proto-prototype, currently working on iPhones. In the next iteration, we will expand programming to work on multiple devices and operating systems (Droids, Blackberries, etc), and will conduct usability testing.
The gallery of images is a storyboard of how the app works. Each user downloads the app and adds 5 contacts from their address book, creating a Circle of 6 supporters. There are 3 situations where SMS notifications are sent to your circle of 6, and one emergency where the Love is Not Abuse hotline is called automatically.
Cyfi is a ten-year-old hacker, artist, Girl Scout and athlete in California. Oh and she also happens to be the co-founder of DEFCON Kids. Defcon Kids is part of DEFCON, the largest gathering of hackers in the world. And not just any hackers you know, these are the ones they make movies about. DEFCON kids was created for beginner hackers age 8-16.
But Cyfi wasn’t just helping found this child’s mini conference; she was also a speaker at the Defcon security conference where she led a talk called, “Apps – A Traveler of Both Time and Space; And What I Learned About Zero-Days and Responsible Disclosure.”
Hands up for this bad-ass girl, please. Anyone who thinks girls aren’t into tech can sit right down.