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Women's March Antarctica

Resistance is fertile. Especially on social media

Last week, a single tweet from the Antarctic gained 9 thousand retweets in just a few days. Data scientist Linda Zunas organised an Antarctica march on Saturday 21 January as part of the global Women’s March.

Zunas’ tweet shows a photo of her colleagues on board their expedition ship, preparing for the march.  Each of them holds a placard with a message: “Men for the earth”, “Save the planet”, “Seals for science” or “Penguins for peace”.

Zunas’ photo neatly sums up the diversity of voices that the Women’s March came to represent. It was a phenomenal protest, spreading across 7 continents and attracting more than 2 million people (some estimates say 4.8 million). And it was all started by an Hawaiian grandmother who posted an idea on Facebook back in November 2016.
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Fajer Qasem - project manager at GDS

A career in tech is for everyone

The Government Digital Service (GDS) turned five years old this week. As part of their birthday celebrations, the team tweeted a series of one minute videos. I love these birthday videos so much, I wanted to keep a log of them here.

I’m presenting to my local school’s Code Club next term – it’s a really diverse group and I want to talk about careers in technology and help them believe that these types of jobs are for everyone. Women and people from black or minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds are still under-represented in STEM roles. These videos will make perfect little demos.

Code Club is a brilliant way of teaching children to code, and giving them that empowering idea that they can build anything they want. But it’s also an introduction to the concept of a UK digital industry.
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“What I’d really love to do is make video for YouTube…or whatever”

It’s quite amazing the amount of vitriol 25 year old filmmaker Lena Dunham has attracted on YouTube. From “over-rated, self-indulgent [and] un-funny” through “Lena should wear shoes she knows how to walk in” to “I’ve dated this type..batshit crazy – RUN!”.

But Lena is into self-parody, so this stuff must be perfect fodder for her filmmaking, and for her upcoming HBO series, Girls (billed as a grittier, more stroppy Sex and The City so surely only a matter of time before it hits the UK).

Lena’s first feature, Tiny Furniture (trailer above), stars herself, her mum and her sister and is mostly shot in her family’s New York apartment on a Canon 7D. It won the audience award at SXSW two years ago and has been praised for its realism and honesty.

The film will be in cinemas across the UK from tonight (Friday). Believe me, if I had a babysitter, I’d be watching it!