Berlin’s public transport uses transphobia in a publicity stunt

BVG is Berlin's main public transport corporation, the one that runs buses, trams and the U-Bahn. They have been known for edgy advertising and I've been a fan of their campaigns in the past. The organisation took the plunge during International Women's day and decided it would be a good idea to introduce what they call Frauentickets or Women's tickets the coming Monday, 18 March It is a very obvious publicity stunt and is only sold as a day ticket with a € 1.50 discount from a regular one, which symbolises the wage gap. This is still something that could have been used for good and I am sure that was their original intention, while the reality of the matter is in fact the opposite.

Why I stepped aside from the Transgender Flag Emoji group and why the Transgender Flag is not a part of the new version of Emoji

Transgender flags waving in the wind in a park

While I have been evaluating my volunteering projects in the past half a year and stepping away from some so I can concentrate on my full-time job, my relationships and friendships, my work with the group that has submitted technical proposals for the Transgender Flag Emoji is something that has generally laid still for long periods of time and has in fact not taken much time away from me, aside from the initial work of writing the technical bits of the proposal

How isolationistic overvalidations lead to systematic exclusion and chaos in Icelandic bureaucracy

On ethnocentrism Ethnocentrism is a word I only learned a couple of years ago, when I was working with people who had a background in sociology and political science at an office in the outskirts of Beirut. In the context of technology, it describes the phenomenon of designing systems based on the values and conventions … Continue reading How isolationistic overvalidations lead to systematic exclusion and chaos in Icelandic bureaucracy

How do you gender your users and customers?

For an Anglophone person (a person who primarily uses English), gendering does not sound like a hard issue to deal with. Pronoun use may be a concern, but those can be bypassed easily. However, many other languages are overly gendered compared to English, so pronouns are a much lesser concern. As an example, nouns and … Continue reading How do you gender your users and customers?