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April 13th, 2011
05:40 PM ET

Modern-day Abolitionists

Their objectives have not changed since the height of the slave trade: educate, document and mobilize.

By that I mean abolitionists work to spread awareness about the horrors of owning another human being. They record instances of this appalling practice. And they organize others to do something to stop it.

Sadly, slavery still exists today. But the tools to fight it have come a long way. The non-profit group, Not For Sale, utilizes technology to show people that human trafficking exists in their backyard. This online map lets you see instances of slavery near you... wherever you are.

Another "Not For Sale" tool lets you find out if the hands of modern-day slaves have touched the food, clothing or services you buy. And if you want to do even more, the "Not For Sale" Academy provides education on effectively fighting slavery and helping its victims.
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April 13th, 2011
08:32 AM ET

Anti-Slavery Apps

Free2Work and Call + Response. My look at two apps designed to fight slave labor by empowering the consumer with the right data and a global voice.

April 13th, 2011
07:45 AM ET

Yuri Gagarin, SuperTed and the Case against Space

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A lot of people are going to hate this blog post. To all those people, I’d just like to take a quick moment to say: “Suck it up, haters”. 

Here’s the deal. Some people are lost in space. Some, like me, are lost in space-related conversation. I just don’t get it. I don’t want to get it. I will never get it. 

When most of my colleagues watch the Yuri Gagarin video from five decades ago, they gasp in awe. When I watch it, I struggle not to choke on my own vomit. 

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Filed under: General • News Stream ephemera • Personal musings • Space