October 21, 2016
aaronsw, carceral state, elections, hang em high, law, police, politics, Post, race, Uncategorized, uspoli
Historically, being an elected prosecutor was a sweet gig: operating with “unchecked power and no transparency,” you generally got to run unopposed for re-election, and on the rare instances in which someone did dare to run against the incumbent, the incumbent usually won.
Prosecutors are the reason that so many Americans were put behind bars on the basis of flimsy forensic evidence based …
August 3, 2016
aaronsw, books, disobedience, education, Feature, gift guide, hacks, happy mutants, mit, pracks, Reviews, scholarship, Uncategorized
MIT has a complicated relationship with disobedience. On the one hand, the university has spent more than a century cultivating and celebrating a “hacker culture” that involves huge, ambitious, thoughtful and delightful pranks undertaken with the tacit approval of the university. On the other hand — well, on the other hand: Star Simpson, Bunnie Huang, and Aaron Swartz. In Nightwork, first published in 2003 and …