Nathan writes, "Wanting a more immediate and responsive way to do something about the outrage a friend and I felt every time we read about the latest assaults on civil liberties, I built an Amazon Dash button that sends $5 to the ACLU every time I press it. Repurposing the technology to do good, not just buy goods."
Nathan had to kludge a way to auto-submit the ACLU's donation form, making this a little tricky to repurpose to give to other orgs (e.g. EFF, Southern Poverty Law Center, Council on American Islamic Relations).
Two days later the IoT button arrived and I dove into the work of hooking it into the script I’d built. It’s supposed to be almost plug-and-play, with a helpful iPhone app to connect and set everything up, but the app was never able to complete the process. After hours of frustration and troubleshooting, I eventually got the IoT button registered manually and linked it to the script I’d written. Another test, another $5 to the ACLU.
Finally, because looks rank right up there with function, I designed a graphic for the button, printed it, and stuck it in place so it looks more like a real Dash button.
The button resides near my laptop now, every press sending another $5 into the fight. Sure, I could set up a recurring donation every month, but then there’s not the tactile thrill of the press and I wouldn’t have learned my way around this technology.
The ACLU Dash Button
My 2019 book Radicalized has been named one of the five finalists for Canada Reads, the CBC's annual book prize -- Canada's leading national book award, alongside of the Governor General's award!
In 1975, Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge seized power in Cambodia after expelling a US puppet regime, surviving a brutal US bombing campaign despite the massive asymmetry between the Cambodian forces and the US military. Tian Veasna was born three days after the Khmer Rouge took power, and spent his formative years in forced labor camps as his family were beaten, starved, tortured and murdered. Today, Veasna is a comics creator living in France, and in Year of the Rabbit, Veasna creates a coherent story out of his family's narratives, giving us a ground-level view of the horrors of the Pol Pot regime, whose campaign of genocide led to the deaths of more than a million people.
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