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A couple of months ago, a lady asked me, "why are you implying that you are gifted, so everyone is gifted."
There is a lack of understanding of what gifted really means. And for a starter, when someone tells you he or she is gifted, it is not like the person is trying to intimidate you; it's more of giving you a heads up, like someone who has cancer, PTSD, or AIDS.
Personally, I'm not too fond of the term gifted because it does not represent what it stands for. Being gifted is more pain than glory; that's my opinion, not…


People’s concern about the face-recognizing CCTV cameras is going out of hand. It is good to be concerned about privacy and security, but creating some conspiracy theories or believing them is definitely irrational. Here are some tips that can be useful.

1. Should you be concerned?

Yes, of course, the minimum issue with these kinds of technologies is the mistake they make about people of color. Research has proven that sometimes these technologies cannot recognize one black person from the other simply because they are made based on white face recognition tests.

The other problem is the privacy issue. The…


There is a misconception amongst many people that encryption keeps data a hundred percent safe. Although encryption is a security tool, which has made the data transitions safer, it has not made all the security risks go away. For instance, most email providers, including Google, use Transport Layer Security, TLS. TLS uses symmetric cryptography, in which the keys are uniquely generated for each data transition. It also authenticates the parties by using public-key cryptography. However, all these security measures did not prevent some attackers from taking advantage of TLS/SSL vulnerabilities. The Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption (POODLE), The Browser…


Anti-Islamism and the Danger of Conservative Islam

End Islamophobia, Silent Protest at Union Station, Washington DC, Photo Courtesy of: Lorie Shaull

We are living in a difficult period of the world history, especially for the Muslims. We can blame ignorance for the growing anti-Islamism in the western world. Yet, we are missing some other vital factors if we only blame none-Muslim ignorance toward Islam as the sole cause of the issue. There are groups of Muslims also responsible by adding the fuel to the flame. Religious fundamentalism, in its nature, does not have any open door for a rational progressive discussion. That is why it is called fundamentalism. I do not believe there should be one and only one interpretation of…


From left: North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, the U.S. President Donald Trump and Iran’s Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei

The Singapore Summit has been a massive win, according to Republicans and Supporters of Donald Trump. Fox News national security strategist Sebastian Gorka calls it “beyond expectations,” and many other Republican and Alt-Right websites praised Trump for his excellent job at the summit. Following his return from Singapore, Trump held a rally in Duluth, Minnesota. During the event, Donald Trump claimed that the summit was an “incredible success.” He mentioned the summit agreement signed by the North Korean leader and Trump, “now sentence one says a total denuclearization of North Korea. … They stopped all nuclear testing. They stopped nuclear…


Donald Trump and Kim Jung Un, Singapore summit, June 8, 2018

Trump did close a deal, but not the one people were or are cheering for. By now, there is no doubt that Jared Kushner was involved with Russia’s interference with the United States’ election. He attended the Trump Tower meeting, and his family scandal somehow involves some people very close to the Vladimir Putin. However, this is not a whole story.

But Jared Kushner is just a role-player in this game. To see the real picture, we need to go back to the 1990s when the Perestroika occurred, and as a result, the Soviet Union collapsed. It did not take…


Protesters against Islamophobia and hate speech, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 17, 2016, Fibonacci Blue

The term Islamophobia has been used routinely to describe anti-Muslim hatred. But the question is, is it the right term?

The word Islamophobia consists of two parts “Islam” and “Phobia.” The Cambridge dictionary defines Phobia as “extreme fear of a particular thing or situation, esp. one that does not have a reasonable explanation.

The American Psychological Association describes phobia as an anxiety disorder “lumped in the same class as post-traumatic stress disorder and panic disorder, among others.” Moreover, anxiety disorders are, fundamentally, based on fear. …


No one can pick a topic about the United States and skip the race-talk. The race is what America was built on, and race issues have been going on since then. Economy, politics, even literature, and cinema have been affected by race. Racism has drawn too deep into the layers of American society, which has made it impossible to have a civil conversation without considering race issues.

However, some scholars, writers or educators believe not all issues, in the U.S., relate to racism. These people believe that focusing on racism leads to losing the central point in a discussion. So…


Donald Trump had to withdraw from Iran Nuclear Deal or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA). There was no other way for him because he is intensely in trouble. Trump may not talk, or tweet, like he is, or/and he may try to look confident. Nonetheless, the truth is America’s 45th president has messed up really big, and he doesn’t know how to fix it. Back in 2016, while campaigning for the election, he thought he would get into the campaign collect some money lose the election and live happily ever after with the easy money he made. Trump is…


Although history shows a gap between the first wave of feminism (late 19th century) and the second wave in the early 1960s, there have been other aspects that attracted the historians the least. Some of the elite women of America, stepped up, to show the society the strength and capability of women and to prove how much society had undermined them.

One may argue that the ordinary women and the elite ones had not faced the same challenges. However, regardless of their economic status, they experienced the almost the same discrimination. Simone Beauvoir believes men “respect each other through their…

Kambiz Shabankare

Researcher, #Technology #Security, #Safety, #Privacy, #SocialJustice, #MinoritiesRights, #BlackLivesMatter, #WomesRights, #GunControl

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