Last week’s “Heartbleed” bug will go down in history as a particularly memorable security vulnerability. Beyond the fact that Heartbleed is a practical matter of protecting our online identities and personal security, we also find the story fascinating and relevant to Everyday Ambassador in a few other ways as well.
In a Rwandan-born process called the Gacaca court system, ethnic Hutus—who murdered, raped, and plundered Tutsi targets—are released from jail on the condition that they confront their neighbors directly, those whose lives they took or ruined. No expensive lawyers. No long, drawn-out processes. Just face-to-face connections. Grassroots justice.
All that talk about the world ending in 2012? It didn’t mean ‘The World’ was going to end. It meant ‘The World As It Was’ was ending. There’s a new world beginning, a new way of operating—the Fix-It generation. One world ended and another is beginning.
The Turkish Prime Minister’s “ban” on Twitter last week was met by a resounding show of defiance from his own people, and even his own government. Social media has become a vital platform for uniting people, voicing concerns, and blowing whistles, but its potential for abuse inherently undermines its value, raising questions as to whether or not we the people can be “good” enough to monitor ourselves properly.
By 2015, the US government will finally cede the role of overseeing the system of web addresses and domain names and “turn over the keys” to a new international organization—a crucial step towards fulfilling its founder’s dream of a purely unrestrictive, collaborative, problem-solving global community.
While much progress has been made in the year leading up to this past International Women’s Day, grim statistics—some downright shocking—point to grim realities for women the world over. Much work still needs to be done, and both women AND men need to lean in to close the gap in equality—together.
As an American who spends a lot of my time abroad, I frequently do the dance of having to distinguish my individual beliefs apart from my government’s behavior, yet at the same time convey my proud identity as “American”. So I can’t help but wonder, as an ‘everyday ambassador’, what’s going on in the mind of an everyday person in Ukraine?