Liz Henry

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The Best Apps for BlogHer '11

As you get ready for BlogHer '11, here are some good apps for your laptop, iPhone, or Android you might want to download and set up in advance. Usually I tell people before BlogHer to remember their gadgets, an extra power strip, an Airport Wireless and extra ethernet cable, and all their gadget chargers. This year I want to talk about software and apps! 1. A VPN client for secure network traffic over open wifi ...more
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Lesbian Blogger Hoax: Warnings & Questions About Paula Brooks

Paula Brooks, lesbian blogger, mom of 4-year-old twins and an adopted baby from Belize, and Deaf person, stepped down this week as head of women's news site LezGetReal.com, claiming to have perpetuated an elaborate hoax for years. "Brooks" described himself to the Washington Post as an ex-construction worker and military man named Bill Graber. Hang onto your hats, because the unfolding story is one of the most tangled pieces of Internet drama and extended sockpuppetry I've ever encountered. ...more

LezGetReal fans need to have a LezGetGRABER website! more

Gay Girl in Damascus Blogging Hoax: Chasing Amina

I tried to persuade the Amina-blogger, who was emailing me, to step forward and make a public statement on the Gay Girl in Damascus blog, at the least to assure readers that she was not in police custody. The writer’s response was to continue creating new layers of deceit. We discussed postmodern constructions of identity and gender issues for several days. Meanwhile I continued digging into the backgrounds of the online identities connected with Amina, working with Ali, Ben, and keeping in touch with others working on the same story. ...more

With the first revelation I was disheartened to think of vulnerable people being duped and the ...more

Everyone Knows Your Password: Lessons for Bloggers From the Gawker Hack

If you've ever commented as a logged-in user on Gawker Media blogs such as Jezebel, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, io9, or Gawker itself, you need to change some passwords. Last weekend the entire commenter database from Gawker was hacked into, copied, and widely distributed. I'll go into depth for BlogHer readers about how to manage your passwords and what the hack means for bloggers. ...more

Stuff like this makes me freak out about what can be found (and then lost) online. ...more

Feminists Fighting for WikiLeaks

Today's arrest of Julian Assange on rape charges is being framed by many people as a conflict between feminism and free speech. I support WikiLeaks and ALL the people who worked to create and maintain it, because it's important political work. I'm very concerned that once Assange enters the court system he will not be treated fairly. ...more

I think it's important to remember 2 things in the feminist/Wikileaks controversy: 1) that the ...more

How to Spy on Open Wifi Hotspots: A Security Warning!

A new Firefox extension, Firesheep, has been released that makes it much easier to spy casually on other people's network activity over open wifi. Here's what you need to know as a blogger and social media user to protect your privacy!...more

Great post!! I'd read about this and sent it out to my people, but hadn't explained it nearly so ...more

Obama’s Internet-Wiretap Bid: Secret Government Backdoor to Your Mailbox

We have a right to talk in private and that includes email and other online communication. I've written and spoken at BlogHer before about our right as women to speak and act freely in public. But we also need to keep in mind our rights to speak in private. ...more

Every time I see something like this, I think to myself how much we really need more technology ...more

Domestic Violence: I Called the Cops. Where Were My Neighbors?

So I became a cop caller. That might sound strange to you. Maybe 90% of you reading would have called the cops at the first scream. Somehow, I could not. I thought she might listen and come in with us, while if we called the police, they would both be long gone. I have some measure of distrust for the police, as well, from past experience. Would they come? Would they care or dismiss it as a domestic dispute? Would calling them only put her at more risk -- once they got home? It was a dramatic escalation. Talking with them was working at first. You just want to say … man, really you don't want to go to jail! Please! ...more
One time I called because I was afraid she was going to get hurt. it was a couple who entered ...more

Dr. Laura, the N-Word, Gays, Lesbians, Autism: Bloggers on Everything She's Wrong About

Radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger melted down recently on the air and just couldn't say the n-word enough times to exercise her freedom of speech. Never mind that she has enjoyed freedom of speech enough to get paid to say that lesbian and gay people are a "biological error" and that all gay men are pedophiles. ...more

That no empathy thing is very scary and very common - particularly among people who are abusive. ...more

Ada Lovelace Day: Some of My Best Friends are Unicorns

For last year's Ada Lovelace Day, I wrote about a lot of women who are developers and programmers and geeks who inspire me. They still do. This year, I'm lucky enough to be able to add many more to the list: women who love to concentrate deeply, who learn new things all the time, and who make things with code or hardware; who clearly approach life by diving right into it; women who share my passion for free and open source software and free culture. ...more