September Bronx Writers Center Dispatch: Orlando Ferrand
Writer, artist, and PEN member Orlando Ferrand reflects on his tumultuous adolescence in Cuba, where politics and sex made uneasy bedfellows. More
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In advance of TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew’s testimony before Congress on March 23, PEN America released a letter signed by more than a dozen other civil liberties, digital rights and anti-censorship organizations opposing a wholesale ban on TikTok in the U.S. https://pen.org/press-release/pen-america-with-other-free-speech-organizations-sends-letter-to-congress-opposing-proposed-national-tiktok-ban/
Crowds gathered on a recent Friday at a Melbourne, FL, Ben & Jerry's. But it wasn't the Cherry Garcia drawing the extra customers. It was opening night for the "Banned Book Nook"—and customers scooped up novels, memoirs and biographies along with ice cream https://www.npr.org/2023/03/23/1164284891/book-bans-school-libraries-florida
Fake images shows #AI's disruptive power.
Far-right activist Jack Posobiec recently tweeted a deepfake video seeming to show President Biden announcing a military draft.
“Screw them all,” he said of fact-checkers and mainstream news outlets. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/03/22/trump-arrest-deepfakes/