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What Your “Algorithmic Citizenship” Says About Your Web Habits

Forget passport stamps, browser plugin Citizen-Ex determines your online nationality to show how the internet really works.

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Despite all the time we spend online, many—if not most—of us are woefully underinformed when it comes to the internet’s basic structure. What, for example, do we mean when we say we’re “visiting” a website? Can browsing the internet cause us to cross physical international boundaries, simply by clicking our way from site to site? How does our nationality affect the way we experience cyberspace, and, in turn, the way cyberspace regards us as users?

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Announcing #100StartsWith1: 100 Little Ways to Change Your World in 100 Days

Changing your world is easier than you think. #100StartsWith1

Here at GOOD, we talk a lot about how important it is to be a global citizen—locally rooted, globally connected, inspired to make positive change. We’re also fully aware that “making the world a better place” sounds like a really big challenge.

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500 Years Later, Portugal Offers Citizenship to Descendants of Expelled Jews

Portugal welcomes back the Sephardic Jews it drove out in 1492 as part of the Inquisition.

King Manuel I, responsible for expelling tens of thousands of Jews from Portugal. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

In 1492 King Manuel of Portugal, in an effort to forge stronger ties with Spain, drove out tens of thousands of Sephardic Jews, many of whom had settled there after being expelled from Spain during the Inquisition. Now, more than 500 years later, Portugal will grant citizenship to their ancestors. The Portuguese parliament is finally implementing a law it endorsed back in 2013 to give dual citizenship to anyone who can prove descendence from the Sephardic Jewish victims of the Portuguese inquisition.

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Permaculturalists and a Buddhist Monk Are Walking the Keystone XL Pipeline

The construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline’s southern leg is underway in Oklahoma and Texas. Depending on your worldview, extracting oil is...

The construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline’s southern leg is underway in Oklahoma and Texas. Depending on your worldview, extracting oil is either a boon for jobs and industry, or it’s the most potent symbol of ecocide within industrial culture. Those who believe most strongly that climate change and freedom from oil are of the utmost concern for national security and energy independence have been putting their bodies and freedom on the line to blockade the building of the pipeline. Many others, whose lives are presently supported by the extraction of crude oil and natural gas in North America have been hard at work lobbying our government officials to permit the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline and to even charge these peaceful, but persistent activists as terrorists.

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