Privacy Protector

May 4, 2017 2:02 PM
Privacy Protector

By Brian Howey Tower Staff Writer We’re going down the rabbit hole again for another round of privacy-protecting pointers. Google’s search tool tracks your browsing history, preferences, and everything you click on while using Google sites and stores it in association with your IP address. That information is sold to third party advertisers who use it to create user-specific advertisements. Google creates “filter bubbles” by presenting search results that its automated system thinks you would prefer, which may differ from what you’re actually looking for. Google is already known for privacy violations, such as the 2013 case in which Google […]

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Privacy Protector

April 20, 2017 10:50 AM
Privacy Protector

Privacy Tip: Use A Virtual Private Network By Brian Howey Tower Staff Writer A Virtual Private Network (VPN) creates a secure connection between another network and your device via the internet. This encrypted connection is used to forward all of your network traffic through the VPN, adding a layer of privacy to your device. A VPN does NOT make you anonymous. Think of it as curtains for your windows.You may mask your activities within the house with the curtains, but your address is still visible to the outside world. Do not use VPNs that keep traffic logs or are based […]

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‘Hands off.’

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‘Hands off.’

By Brian Howey Tower Staff Writer The Oakland A’s are scouting a location for their new stadium, and Laney College may be the perfect spot—but perfect for whom? In a phone interview with The Laney Tower, Oakland A’s President Dave Kaval listed four possible new stadium locations, including Howard Terminal, a new ballpark at the A’s current site, and two sites in the Lake Merritt area. “We’re trying to determine, amongst those four locations, what would make the most sense, what’s feasible for traffic, transportation, and financing,” Kaval said. The Lake Merritt locations are “close” to Laney College and the […]

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Fight for your digital rights

March 30, 2017 2:01 PM
Fight for your digital rights

We have entered an age where privacy is no longer a right—if you want to keep it, you’re going to have to fight for it. Congress just let your internet provider run wild with your browsing history. Once again, we’re reminded how easily internet privacy can be compromised. FBI Director James Comey has said, point blank, that there is “no such thing as absolute privacy in America.” But it’s not time to give up. We have an ever-growing arsenal of privacy-protecting tools at our disposal, so no more lousy excuses about not taking action. Phrases like “there’s nothing I can […]

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‘DEPLORABLE’

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‘DEPLORABLE’

Neglected Oakland building burns down, killing four and displacing dozens The charred skeleton of an apartment building stands smoldering and empty as emergency crews look on, waiting idly in the mist of a fire hose. This is the aftermath of the deadly March 27 inferno that gutted the building at 2551 San Pablo Ave. in West Oakland and took the lives of four people. “One lady got trapped in the building and called [out] while she was in flames,” said Anthony, a Laney student who described the fire. An employee for The Workforce Collaborative, Anthony, who wished to withhold his […]

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BATHROOMS FOR ALL GENDERS

March 16, 2017 11:58 AM
BATHROOMS FOR ALL GENDERS

Transgender and gender non-binary students now have a place to “go,” as it were. As of March 1, all public, single-occupancy bathrooms in California are considered gender-neutral. In response to a recent California law, gender-specific signage has been covered with temporary, gender-neutral replacements on all 21 relevant restrooms on Laney’s campus, with permanent placards on the way. “Laney College is committed to ensuring equal access to our facilities to all our students,” said Laney College Public Information Officer Dolores Bernal. Changes in signage are the result of Bill AB1732, signed into California law September 2016 by Gov. Jerry Brown. The […]

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A day without a woman

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A day without a woman

East Bay women take to the streets in show of resistance against inequality “We are the power.” Met with roars of approval from a crowd of hundreds clad in red shirts and pink hats, Shannon Malloy’s rallying cry echoed across the amphitheater of Frank H. Ogawa Plaza March 8, beginning a demonstration and march celebrating International Women’s Day. Malloy, an organizer for Oakland Women’s Strike Organizing Collective, was one of many who spoke at the rally, whose themes included protection of women’s reproductive rights, denouncing the gender wage gap, and above all, unity. Malloy was followed by Tranica Cooks of […]

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The kind of school that stifles students’ free speech?

March 2, 2017 9:36 AM
The kind of school that stifles students’ free speech?

An article published in the Feb. 2 edition of the Laney Tower titled “The Next President of Laney College?” set a series of events in motion that has caused outrage among some faculty members at Laney College. The day the article was published, one of the three recent presidential candidates at Laney College, Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli, sent a letter to Peralta College District Chancellor Jowel Laguerre complaining that “this article…is horrible and damaging to my career and my future employment.” In response to Tricoli’s letter, Chancellor Laguerre contacted Peralta Executive Director of Public Information, Communications, and Media Jeffrey Heyman. […]

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The next president of Laney College?

February 21, 2017 8:27 PM

Interested in who the next president of Laney College may be? Students, staff, and faculty had the opportunity, on Jan. 30, to meet the three short-listed candidates for college president, and ask whatever was on their minds. Michael Reiner, Ph.D., Tammeil Gilkerson, and Anthony Tricoli, Ed.D. attended several forums throughout the day to introduce themselves and field questions from the Laney community. Tricoli said he was passionate about programs for student veterans, but questioning revealed that he is currently involved in an ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit,and left his position at Georgia Perimeter College under ambiguous circumstances. Gilkerson introduced herself as […]

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Counting the Uncounted

February 16, 2017 3:18 PM
Counting the Uncounted

Biennial homeless census documents West Oakland’s displaced Broken glass scrapes underfoot, glinting in the muddy lamppost light as David Hernandez walks toward a cluster of tumble-down tents huddled under a MacArthur Freeway overpass. It is the early morning of Jan. 31, and the encampment is cold and still. One man stands among the tents, quietly smoking a cigarette. “There’s someone over there,” Hernandez says, pointing. Quyen Tran lifts her clipboard and marks the man, and the encampment, on her count sheet. The pair moves on. As they walk, they scan empty lots and circle RVs, searching for tents and tarps, […]

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Welcome Week at Laney opens with resource fair

February 3, 2017 3:11 PM

Many students entering the Student Center on Jan. 24 were surprised to find a variety of tables dotted with leaflets and clad in bright tablecloths. The booths advertised a multitude of services provided by Laney and other organizations in order to assist students in managing their personal lives outside of school. “Students spend so much energy finding work — or even something to eat,” said Lynna Wong, coordinator for the Employment Services Center. “We just want to provide the resources so they can spend their time studying instead.” Among the services tabled were several organizations offering employment assistance, such as […]

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A former Panther’s concept for revolution

November 7, 2013 12:00 AM
A former Panther’s concept for revolution

In a society still clashing on issues of race, sexuality, Ericka Huggins offers insight on social justice Armed with a calm demeanor and a kind smile, former Black Panther Ericka Huggins spoke to Laney’s Perspectives on Racism class Oct. 30 to share her wisdom on race, gender roles, and education. The class, instructed by Alicia Caballero, had recently finished readings in “Want to Start a Revolution?”, a book profiling 16 women and their contributions to progressive social movements from the 1920s to today. “If you believed the media you would think that only men forwarded social movements,” said Huggins. Huggins, […]

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AP reporter shares journalist roots with students

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AP reporter shares journalist roots with students

Associated Press writer Terry Collins visited the Introduction to Journalism class Oct. 29 to share his experiences as a writer for the world’s oldest and largest news agency. Collins spoke in depth on the recent BART strike, which he had been covering, detailing the ins and outs of writing on such a broad topic. Persistence and a blanket approach to choosing interview subjects were Collins’ methods to gaining as much information from the widest range of people as possible. “You could see the…anger from us, you know, riders and everyday people. All walks of life.  That was really interesting,” said […]

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‘Life is Living’ celebrates art and community

October 24, 2013 4:21 PM
Local artists compete in the Estria Graffiti battle during the 'Life is Living' festivities at DeFremery Park.

Thousands gathered at DeFremery Park to celebrate and contribute to Oakland’s annual “Life is Living” festival. The festival, held on Oct. 12, was meant to bring together Oakland residents and raise awareness for important issues in the Oakland community. The festival hosted a graffiti competition, local hip-hop artists, skateboard and BMX competitions, a freestyle rap battle, and renowned performers Dead Prez and The John Santos Sextet. “We wanted something that reflected the brown people of west Oakland, that reflected those of us working hard in schools and other institutions and our neighborhoods to create something that validated, reflected, and supported […]

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State Attorney General exalts Laney students

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Students Dantong Zhang Sin and Qingmian Xue share a laugh with Calif. Atty Gen. Kamala Harris as she looks at their Chinese Family Reunion and Renewal of Family Bonds project in the Laney Library Oct. 11.

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris paid a visit to the Laney campus Oct.11, honoring the student creators of the “What Mask Are You Wearing” art exhibit located in the library. Amongst a gaggle of talkative students and staff, Harris perused the colorful projects that students of the Asian/Asian-American Studies program have displayed in the library since September. “I think it’s great because we normally wouldn’t get the opportunity to speak with someone of the higher judicial system,” said Chun Cheung, one of over 260 students who have contributed to the exhibition. Harris was showered with gifts by faculty members and […]

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