I chose today to talk about a specific theme: how institutions justified mass surveillance by claiming that this is an ‘exception’ under an unprecedented and truly dangerous pandemic. Therefore, this article will be divided into three parts. The first part would define the concept of ‘exception’ and give you more concrete ideas about it. The second segment would explain how mass surveillance really works and how data gathering can happen in the simplest of ways. The third and the final part will be mainly recommendations for governments and institutions on how to deal with this pandemic without the politics of exceptions.Continue reading “The Worst Kind of Pandemics: the “Exception” in Politics”
Decolonize Your Beauty
It has always been easy to point at features that stand out: big nose, thick eyebrows, fat cheeks, big moles, stretch marks, big breasts, small breasts, too tall, too short, so skinny, so fat, thin hair, frizzy curls, tiny mouth, pulpy lips… Honestly, the list is endless and I don’t have time to write it all. However, it seems that there are specific features of beauty commonly agreed upon, although no one sent me the rulebook yet: you already have a picture in mind, there’s no need for me to describe further. But this picture isn’t you, is it? it’s too perfect to be true.Continue reading “Decolonize Beauty”
In this digital age, our lives have become reduced to virtual communities condensed behind small screens. However, in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of hours spent on our phones drastically increased due to quarantine and self-isolation. Notably, people spent most of their day on social media platforms such as Facebook which marked an increase of 27% on a user’s ‘online hours’ and Netflix which also registered an increase of 16%, as per an article written in the New York Times.Continue reading “You are under surveillance”
People have been protesting for more than two weeks now and the government is numb to the people’s demand. No matter what happens next, this revolution already created a series of achievements for Lebanese citizens to be proud of.
It is in those few seconds after opening your eyes and checking the news on your phone every morning for the past ten days that the truest prayers were sent. My biggest fear was waking up before dawn and realizing that the demonstrations are over, and the people full of hope went back devastated to their homes away from the streets.
Your eyes are my home
Some things don’t go as planned. But it’s okay At first it won’t be, healing takes time I wish I can keep you close and beg you to stay And I’ll write you poems that don’t really rhymeContinue reading “A Poem That Does Not Rhyme”
Helena Saadeh – Digital Data in a Societal Context – Sciences Po, Paris
Reaching their peak in November 2018, The Gilets Jaunes or Yellow Vests protested against reforms made by the government and had a list of revendications they wanted to implement. However, physical protests went beyond the streets of Paris and took part in the virtual world of Social Media, notably Twitter. The problématique for this paper “How did the Gilets Jaunes Fail to tweet their demands?” will be defended by the argument that the Gilets Jaunes’ set of revendications have shifted from raising the demands to mainly attacking President Macron, on Twitter. This research matters because throughout the years, Twitter, a more public and accessible platform, helped many other movements and revolutions to see the light such as the Egyptian revolution, the “MeToo” movement, and solidarity hashtags like recently #NotreDame or #SriLankaAttacks. This paper will study how the Gilets Jaunes, on the other hand, did not use the maximum outcome of Twitter for their pressures and demands; it will cover in depth the methods used to collect the data of the four hashtags used on the sixth of March 2019. In addition, it will highlight the findings which support the main argument of the paper and the related five academic readings. The paper will be concluded with implications and questions for further research.Continue reading “Why did the “Gilets Jaunes” fail to use Twitter?”
Something bad happens and the hero of the story is searching for an answer, a solution, or an adventure. While the hero starts this miracle-seeking journey, she -and I said “she” on purpose- will unexpectedly meet a handsome young man who does a lot of charity work. she will not fall in love with him immediately or at least she would deny it. With a lot of suspense happening, they will eventual break-up to make-up again either on Christmas eve or a few days later. to all producers, please change this cliché plot twist and do a movie worthy of this Holy Season.