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Catherine Fitzpatrick
New York City
Russian translator, blogger, news writer, human rights activist, and long-time student of international affairs.
Interests: International affairs, Russia, Central Asia, civil society, human rights, humanitarian issues, governance, NGOs, UN, OSCE, Gov 2.0, virtual worlds, Internet policy, digital law, cyberspace
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By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick I'm always fascinated that anyone quotes my little blog in their article or book, let alone scholarly dissertation -- and often, given their wild prejudices in the Silicon Valley milieu so uncritical of tech and the Internet, they get it absolutely wrong. So let me refute... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at Wired State
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A forums poster named Beth MacBain put up such a treasure of a typically inane prejudice against land-barons and typically skewed Linden fan adoration, that I just have to share: I can only speak for myself, but as an oldbie I like Bellisseria because it isn't a ghost town. After... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2019 at Second Thoughts
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News stories about hackers stealing personal data are legion. Some of the threatening email which my spam filter blocks are from supposed hackers demanding ransoms in bitcoin. If you go to the bitcoin account they claim you must pay in order to avoid having your "pornographic" files exposed, you find... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2019 at Wired State
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By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick There's a flurry of solutions offered for how to fix the real or perceived evils and woes of Silicon Valley's takeover of our lives, from breaking up monopolies to more training in the humanities (or not), to conservative legislation to remove reported bias in news offerings... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2019 at Wired State
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A graphic from the Lindens' blog, which quotes Maya Linden, in happier days. Given that this thread may be locked or deleted, about these news stories (reminding one of past stories), I'll just park this here for now: This lawsuits bundles together at least three separate issues that may combine... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2019 at Second Thoughts
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By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick Google server room. Photo by Brian Ussery So there's a weepy story in Wired about the Googlers all aghast that their company was going to do business with the US military with their new AI tech. More than two years ago, Googlers pulled together as employees,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at Wired State
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By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick Screenshot by Whirly Fizzle of a 4chan "particle attack" in the virtual world of Second Life. Five Years Since GamerGate So apparently it's the five-year anniversary of GamerGate, as we learn from a shiny retrospective article in the New York Times, with distracting, annoying arrow graphics... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at Wired State
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By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick This article/video by Clair Wardle in the New York Times seemed to me like something not to be praised. She thinks that panic about deepfakes -- videos that distort real people or events through technology to misleadingly sway opinion -- is more of a threat to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at Wired State
So I log on to one of these inanities from one "Amy Blazer": (Saved Mon Aug 12 17:08:38 2019)Hi, I would like to rent land. However, your prices too high. Secondlife dead now. I will pay you $10L permonth for land now. Okay? I expect fast answer please. No stalling... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Second Thoughts
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By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick Sam Byford/The Verge So I read in this shopper Manhattan Express that Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez, commissioner of the New York City Department for the Agining in the de Blasio administration, former AARP executive wants to "battle social isolation" which she feels is a problem for 1.6 million... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Wired State
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By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulu. Do you have a completely wild, untamed e-mail box like me? I had 250,000+ emails going back at least until 2009. When I clicked on the "unread," I saw that half of the e-mails were unread. I know some people who just abandon... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Wired State
So a few times I detected activity at a rentals that seemed to have traffic but wasn't paid but I didn't find any avatars or prims so I let it go. But then I happened to see traffic again while right in the area so I went up to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at Second Thoughts
So, here's my last post on this creep, and then they don't get any more attention from me. Why am I even still getting messages from them inworld when they are blocked? A reminder that this person did indeed have four alts and abused a rental limited to one per... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Second Thoughts
The House & Garden Expo Decorating Competition is really a wonderful experience. I participated in it again this year, and although I didn't win (last year I came in second place), it was still exhilarating and I spent a long time both working on my own decor and studying others.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2019 at Second Thoughts
[10:11] PazzoPazzo: don't ever forget that you hurt another human being by something you just made up [10:12] PazzoPazzo: I think that the other alts that you accused my sister of being is actually you [10:12] PazzoPazzo: you are just trying to draw attention to yourself on the blog [10:12]... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2019 at Second Thoughts
So I get a message from some idiot in SL now as follows: [18:46] PazzoPazzo: Second Life: User not online - message will be stored and delivered later. [18:46] PazzoPazzo: I am having trouble with a guy named Prokofy Neva. I rented from him and he banned me saying I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Second Thoughts
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By Prokofy Neva For Part 1, go here. I'll start with this delicious meal and this area which is the center of the house, in a way, and second favourite, after the photography studio -- although this is prettier. {LORE} Marrakesh Chair =Mirage= Sultan's Seat *UI* Arabic Table Copper Boon's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at Second Thoughts
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We must leave M. Carter Blanc to languish in one of the nastier jails of the Near East for the time being... You are wondering how the loose ends tie up? Well, they don't...all of them. But what we can tell you is that Carter's sojourn in the Sûreté nationale's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2019 at Second Thoughts
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By Prokofy Neva Part 1 Part 2 The guests filed into the drawing room, anticipating Emil's delicious hors d'oeuvres One thing Emil did right was to get to the fish market early in the morning for the best salmon and caviar. Tea? It was more like a posh cocktail party... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2019 at Second Thoughts
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By Prokofy Neva You can find Part 1 here. The love nest of M. Carter Blanc, honorary consul of a second city of the Near East, representing the small European nation of Titania, was, as love nests go, comfortable, but not luxurious; well-appointed, but not opulent; cosy but not langourous.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2019 at Second Thoughts
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By Prokofy Neva From its outward appearance, the Villa Sirocco -- as the locals had dubbed it -- did not seem to be a place of secrets. It lay open to every passerby, its gates not locked until well after dark, its windows flung open, and its many visitors languishing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at Second Thoughts
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This is how I want it to come out -- facing me rightside up, landscape orientation. This is how it keeps coming out -- or some other direction, depending on trial-and-error typed numbers, never like the first picture. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at Second Thoughts