November, 2016

Aboriginal communities embrace technology, but have unique cyber safety challenges


For many people living in remote Aboriginal communities, mobile devices are the sole means of accessing the internet. 

However, when the use of mobile devices oversteps social and cultural lines, it can have serious consequences for individuals and their families.

While some people avoid social media and online financial transactions as a protective measure, this can result in new forms of digital exclusion.

Our research into online risks, carried out in central Australia and Cape York, reveals unique problems in remote communities, many of which are caused by the sharing of devices.

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Banana leaf Hermes bag resurfaces as a meme in Asia because street food


It’s been six years since designer Jean-Paul Gaultier trundled out that banana leaf bag “inspired by the tropics,” but people still can’t get over how much it looks like a pack of street food.

The clutch, which was part of a 2010 couture collection for fashion house Hermes, is pretty much the exact size and shape of a parcel of banana leaf-wrapped food that you can find on the streets of Southeast Asia.

The Thais use the fragrant leaf to wrap desserts such as sticky rice and custard. In Malaysia, it looks like a takeaway pack of nasi lemak — the country’s national dish that consists of coconut rice, chicken, egg, peanuts, anchovies and sambal chili. Read more…

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Dolly Parton is donating $1,000 a month to fire victims in Tennessee


Dolly Parton is a national treasure. 

The beloved singer announced Wednesday that her companies would donate $1,000 a month to “all of those families who lost their homes” in the devastating Tennessee wildfire that has killed at least 7 people. 

Help those who lost their homes in the Tennessee wildfires. Donate to the My People Fund by visiting #mypeoplefund

— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) December 1, 2016

According to local officials, the fire has destroyed at least 400 structures in and around Gatlinburg, Tennessee, since Monday. Guests of the nearby Dollywood theme park were forced to evacuate the premises.  Read more…

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