Shtetl-Optimized » Blog Archive » Jonathan Dowling (1955-2020)Today I woke up to the sad and shocking news that Jon Dowling (homepage / Twitter / Wikipedia)—physics professor at Louisiana State, guy who got the US government to invest in quantum computing back in the 90s, author of the popular book Schrödinger’s Killer App: Race to Build the World’s First Quantum Computer, investigator of BosonSampling among many other topics, owner of a “QUBIT”...1
How to Track the Tech That's Tracking You Every DayIt’s easy to feel helpless right now. Cities across the country are seeing unarmed protesters maimed by police officers who enjoy both the full support of the current presidential administration and of the American legal system itself. Congress is, in 2020, debating whether to make lynching a federal hate crime. And there’s still a pandemic happening! Meanwhile, even the people who emerge from this moment unscathed physically will, undoubtedly, find their digital lives compromised in more ways than we can possibly fathom.
Police In The U.S. Are Beating People To The Ground To Enforce A Curfew That Is Already RacistHistorically, curfews have been enforced to control the physical movements of Black people. The practice was used in the late 19th and 20th Century when Jim Crow laws were enacted to disenfranchise Black communities. Now, police are using violence to enforce them in response to anti-racism protests.1