Saturday, Anonymous took down the Department of Justice’s Sentencing Commission website, replacing it with the below video. As of Sunday night, the site is completely down. The hack was the first act in what they’re calling “Operation Last Resort,” which has been launched in response to Aaron Swartz’ death. The video details their plans, motivations and demands behind this latest attack.
In many ways, Seattle’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test reflects core problems with public school standardized testing. High school students in Seattle already take an average of four standardized tests a year, and the MAP, which takes hours to administer, monopolizes schools’ computer labs and valuable teacher time for weeks. The exams, which happen three times a year, have no stakes for the students, and so students care less and less as the year goes on, making their scores wildly variable and unhelpful to teachers.
As you may well have learned by now, dedicated activist and brilliant web innovator Aaron Swartz took his life this past Friday. Aaron was 26, but in those short years he made important contributions to RSS, been instrumental in the creation of Reddit, and created the lobbying group that was a powerful part of stopping SOPA/PIPA, among numerous other achievements large and small.
It’s the time of year for giving! Most non-profit organizations rely heavily on donations to survive, and they tend to get the bulk of their funding around this time of year. With the deadline for making tax-deductible donations quickly approaching, here are 15 amazing not-for-profit organizations working toward a more shareable future that need your support today.
1. Shareable (of course!)
It’s almost the end of 2012 and a leadership vacuum continues to plague the nations of the world on our single biggest global threat. Our climate is changing. And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be — given this week’s devastation — should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.
According to a new report by the National Resources Defense Council, the United States throws away a staggering 40% of the food it produces every year. There are a number of culprits for this: restaurants and bakeries which throw away what’s left uneaten or isn’t sold, people who buy more groceries than they can use (you know who you are), food distributors who throw out whole pallets when things go bad in transit. But one of the major reasons we produce so much food waste is supermarkets.
Earlier this month, a group of lawyers, entrepreneurs, business owners, ecovillage leaders, and community facilitators gathered in Portland, Oregon, for a two-day seminar on Legal Tools for the Sharing Economy. The course was taught by Janelle Orsi, co-founder of the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) and author of the recently-published book Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy.
Car ownership is down, public tranportation and car sharing is up, and people (especially young people) are working out collaborative consumption solutions to their transportation needs. While biking, walking and public transit can take you a long way, in most places in America, regular access to cars is still vitally important.