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How Brianna Wu Went From Gamergate Victim To Congressional Candidate

Last week, Brianna Wu woke up to find a rock sitting on her living room floor, surrounded by shards of glass from the window it was thrown through. Sadly, for Wu, a video game designer and Head of Development at Giant Spacekat , this is nothing new. For almost three years, Wu has been the target of malicious abuse and harassment, predominantly online. In August 2014, Wu, along with other women in the video game industry like  Anita Sarkeesian and Zoë Quinn , became a target of the Gamergate controversy , in which some of the internet’s worst trolls unintentionally exposed the misogynist underbelly of the gaming community and its hostility toward women and minorities .  Gamergate was sparked after a smear campaign, led by Quinn’s ex-boyfriend, resulted in vicious online attacks against Quinn. Wu and Sarkeesian, who were both outspoken critics of the treatment of women in video games themselves and within the gaming industry, became targets soon after.  What at first looked like disagreement about the culture of the gaming community quickly revealed itself as a thriving microcosm of misogyny and rape culture: Wu, Sarkeesian and Quinn were (and continue to be) threatened with rape and murder, stalked, doxxed, and harassed.  The women found little to no support from law enforcement.

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Mark Zuckerberg On Lack Of Diversity In Tech: ‘That’s Our Problem To Figure Out’

Mark Zuckerberg believes it’s up to tech companies themselves to diversify the white, male-dominated industry. The Facebook CEO joined students at North Carolina A&T, a historically black college and university (HBCU), to kick off the chancellor’s speakers series on Monday. During the discussion, which was streamed live from his page , a student asked Zuckerberg how he plans to make his company more inclusive. She also asked what people of color can do to get jobs in those non-inclusive spaces. He told her that was the onus is on tech companies to fix the problem.  “Frankly, I think that’s our problem to figure out,” he replied

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‘The Perfect Nanny’ For Travis Kalanick

Last week , Uber CEO Travis Kalanick posted a quick job advertisement on the company website, calling for a Chief Operating Officer who can help him to “write the next chapter in our journey.” At NELP, we’ve done some hunting for good candidates ourselves in the past, and we’ve found that sometimes having a bit more detail can help you find just the right person to fit the bill. Maybe this can help flesh out the criteria a bit for you. (Sung to the tune of “ The Perfect Nanny ” from the movie “Mary Poppins.) Travis Kalanick:  Spoken  Wanted: a nanny for one misbehaving executive If you want this choice position  Have a grown-up’s disposition  Be good to drivers, no more suits !  Appreciate their hard work, share the loot. You must be honest , no stepping on toes, Reward women for work, not for their clothes.  No sexual harassment or “toxic” work cultures,  Help me be a leader, not quite such a vulture. Help me set rates that pay drivers fairly,  No going low-end so they get by just barely. Stop leasing to drivers with dangerous lending, It’s a company town , that’s got to be ending

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Fox News Anchor Shepard Smith Has Simply Had It With Kellyanne Conway

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith seems to have reached his limit of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway .  Smith said Monday, “We really don’t quote Conway much anymore because, well, history,” as he reported on her explanation of “ microwaves that turn into cameras .” Conway made the widely mocked comments when asked about President Donald Trump ’s accusation that former President Barack Obama had “ wiretapped ” Trump Tower before the election.  She called microwave/cameras “a fact of modern life.” Smith was having none of it.  “Microwaves do not not turn into cameras. Fox News can now confirm microwaves heat food,” he said. “Cameras take pictures.” Conway later walked back those comments, claiming she was speaking “ about surveillance articles in news & techniques generally , not about campaign.” 2/2: response to Bergen Record was about surveillance articles in news & techniques generally, not about campaign. Headline just wrong. — Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) March 13, 2017 — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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The Force Is Strong With This Photoshop Battle Over Mark Hamill’s Hair

“ Star Wars ” legend  Mark Hamill  shared a snap of himself having his hair treated online, and Redditors’ reactions were out of this world. Road to Recovery From the Perils of Purple Hair-Took me 3 dye jobs to get back to normal. #ACautionaryTale #HairDont #DudeWheresYourDignity ? pic.twitter.com/k0SiPp5yvs — Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 7, 2017 Redditors picked up the picture  that he posted Tuesday ― and immediately began manipulating it in various hilarious ways. Yoda swapping his lightsaber for a hair dryer? Check.

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Students Today Will Live In The Matrix

In case anyone hasn’t noticed, amidst self-driving cars and planned vacations to the moon: the future is here. The fast-paced onset of the space age, with all its promise and discontent, is causing many of us to catch our breath. For those of us still listening to TLC and Green Day, this year was a reminder that the future is arriving at breakneck speeds. What will our future look like? As always, the answer to that question is best answered by looking to young people

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22 Funny, Wise and Totally Bizarre Quotes From Kids

When kids inevitably say the darndest things, their parents like to remember.  That’s why mom Lacey Ellis developed the LittleHoots app to help parents document and archive their kids’ standout quotes by turning them into fun graphics. Ellis frequently shares highlights from the app on the LittleHoots Facebook page . From hilarious malapropisms to little nuggets of wisdom, these quotes capture pure childhood magic. Keep scrolling for 22 funny, clever and totally bizarre gems from LittleHoots. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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Dakota Access Protesters Fighting Warrant To Search Their Facebook Accounts

An investigation into a traffic pileup at a protest last month in Washington state has led to a fight over a search warrant that targets the private Facebook accounts of  Dakota Access Pipeline  critics. Attempts by Whatcom County officials to retrieve private messages, log-in history and other account information for members of the Bellingham #NoDAPL Coalition have opened up th court battle.  The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington is trying to quash the warrant on behalf of the Facebook users. The warrant is “ an overbroad and unconstitutional request for private data ,” according to an ACLU motion filed this week in Washington state Superior Court. Providing authorities with the requested data violates First Amendment freedoms of speech and association, and Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search, the ACLU motion said.  If upheld after a hearing on Tuesday, the search warrant would affect a wide range of people who posted to the #NoDAPL coalition page from Feb. 4-15 or simply interacted on Facebook with people who “liked” the group during that period. The number of users potentially affected is easily in the hundreds.  Boston College law professor Robert Bloom told The Huffington Post that the search warrant “looks a little troubling.” The request from Whatcom County officials “needs to be specific so police can’t go rummaging around, so to speak,” he added.  The dispute over the search warrant originated with an investigation by the Whatcom County prosecutor and sheriff’s office into a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline that blocked part of an interstate highway in Bellingham in February.  About 100 demonstrators obstructed several lanes for more than an hour, causing a 4-mile traffic jam Feb. 11, according to The Bellingham Herald

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