, the Jesuit social historian Michel de Certeau suggested that resistance to the “celestial eye” of power from above must be met by the force of “ordinary practitioners of the city” who live “down below.”
When we assume that data is more important than the people who created it, we reduce the scope and potential of what diverse human bodies can bring to the “smart city” of the present and future. But the real “smart” city consists not only of commodity flows and information networks generating revenue streams for the likes of Cisco or Amazon. The smartness comes from the diverse human bodies of different genders, cultures, and classes whose rich, complex, and even fragile identities ultimately make the city what it is.
— Read on www.technologyreview.com/2022/06/24/1053969/smart-city-unrealized-utopia/
The Justice Department announced today that it has entered a landmark consent decree with H&R Block in National Federation of the Blind, et al. and United States v. HRB Digital LLC, et al. The decree resolves the Department’s first ADA lawsuit centered on the accessibility of corporate websites and mobile applications. Under the decree, H&R Block will make its website, tax filing utility, and mobile applications conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 to the Level AA Success Criteria, will pay damages to the two named plaintiffs, and pay a civil penalty. H&R Block will also take a number of steps to maintain the accessibility of www.hrblock.com and its mobile apps with WCAG 2.0 AA, including adopting a policy, training employees and ensuring accountability, conducting regular automated and user testing, and regular reporting.
I recently found an interview from 2009 when I lived in Idaho and was advocating on behalf of the accessibility community there. The issues are the same, as are the villains, however the Obama administration hasn’t turned out to be as advertised. Sorry I had anything to do with it.
Here is a direct link to Gavins summary of the interview on his wordpress page,
though the link seems to be broken or not work for me and he hasn’t posted anything new in a few years. Gavin is still active on his twitter page https://twitter.com/mythillogic
You need to visit Kauai brother!
Looking back now, I can see that my passion has not diminished, though I tend to use less expletives.
The contents of this link has been rated PG-13 for cussing out corporados. $@*#