January 9, 2019

AFF Community

Weekly Writers Round-Up: Social Media Censorship, Driverless Cars for the Disabled, and the War in Afghanistan

By: Josh Evans

Each week, we’ll be featuring the work of the alumni and current participants of AFF’s Writing Fellows Program. A few highlights from the past week are below. For more information on how the program can help launch your career in writing, see here.

Official Pages on Private Social Media Platforms Are Not a Pass for Censorship by Erin Dunne (Fall 2018) in The Washington Examiner
Some politicians think that the Internet gives them a right to censor. Across the country, public officials — from the president to county supervisors — create and maintain public profiles, such as Facebook pages, that are separate from their private accounts. These public pages act as official mouthpieces of policy, emergency updates — and a forum for community interaction…

There is No Military Victory in Afghanistan by Gil Barndollar (Summer 2018) in The National Interest
Donald Trump wants to get U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. In July he decided to begin negotiations with the Taliban and he is now considering plans to withdraw seven thousand troops, half of the U.S. force in the country. The president is right to seek an end to this lost war, but we should be under no illusions about the potential outcomes of an American withdrawal…

Uber’s Self-Driving Tech Is Back — Here’s What It Means for the Disabled by Chloe Anagnos (Summer 2017) in AIER
Uber is not just helping common people by expanding their earning possibilities, it’s also giving folks with disabilities a shot at being more productive and independent, especially now that it’s back at testing its self-driving car technology…