maha bali

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ℳąhą Bąℓi مها بالي

[auc, cairo, egypt]

been thinking i’d add Maha for some time now.. then got to point.. didn’t know where to start..

so starting today .. with this..


@jgmac1106 this looks like an already written paper. That’s a lot to ask someone to read before they can participate. Cliff’s notes version?

ok. But it’s still a little weird coz u already seem to have ur paper ready? And author names not high on top?

huge.. because this is what we seem to do with everybody.. pre req ness.. agenda ness..

so in other words… ie: you want me to go thru 12+ years of compulsory ed before i’m in..?


still struggling with feeling in need to add so much more here.. but this post (as so many do.. hence the struggle).. helps put into words (or not) the essence of.. the experiment i’ve been involved with and the mindset of unfinished/undefinable ness.. of uncertainty..

i read it mostly through the lens/exhiliration/.. of ie: the bravery to change your mind.. but too.. on idosyncratic jargon.. ness et al

So some perspectives will still get left out….seen as representing a group of people like me (Egyptian, Arab, Muslim, global South. Whatever). People know, intellectually, that this should not be the case. But I think it’s unconscious.

thinking: public consensus always oppresses someone (s)


Horton talks about the fact that one’s ideas are “constantly changing and should change and that I’m as proud of my inconsistencies as I am of my consistencies” (p. 10, emphasis in original). This is one of the areas where openness and public scholarship can be wonderful. Unlike peer-reviewed articles that often take months to review and then publish. I have sometimes ALREADY changed my mind by the time a peer-reviewed article has come out! With non-peer-reviewed stuff, I can modify and link and respond ..


They probably think lots of ideas as universal, but that’s the privilege talking. There are words, simply words, that exist in my language that don’t exist in English. And those words make all the difference in the way humans perceive and express their own experience. This word, مظلوم is the object version of ظلم which means injustice. Mazloum (مظلوم) is the person against whom injustice has been committed. It is a word with the depth of “oppressed” (مضطهد) but not speaking of oppression (that’s a different word in Arabic – اضطهاد). The word mazloum refers to an instance whereas the word oppressed refers to systematic/structural injustice. But Mazloum is no less important, is a heavy word in Arabic. And the existence of the word changes your perspective on the world.

to me.. this is our best encryption/ al.. our ps in the open ness..


#oer17 keynote – hiding in the open – Maha starts at 16 min



any process can privilege some people over others..

public consensus always oppresses someone

begs we find a nother way (which is why today is diff than any other time in regard to the capabilities of tech facilitating this chaos).. to live.. that assumes/requires no training/prep.. in order to be/communicate et al.. be ‘legible

24 min – on assuming to help someone w/o asking.. more for you than them.. what does the gift mean..

28 min – catherine cronin: openess can as easily exacerbate inequality as reduce it.. we need more than good intentions

29 min – directing your efforts toward thing they fund… and often focus on tangibles..

34 min – open as instrumental vs open as praxis

37 min – a lot of what makes open work is this private behind it.. ie: dm s.. a lot going on behind scenes

40 min – open isn’t free.. 1\as in 0$.. domain of one’s own.. empowers.. but some don’t have the money.. required to pay year in/out to keep paying for domain name.. i don’t know if we can challenge that.. but we need to be aware of that..

we need to disengage from made up money

41 min – open isn’t free.. 2\as in libre.. not equally vulnerable to harassment, trolling, political surveillance

to what degree might open mean the ability to be free from being surveilled – chris gilliard @hypervisible

snowden privacy law – how to hide and still be out there – ritesh batra

43 min – in which languages can we find material online

since your language/theories are inadequate in expressing our experiences we only succeed of communicate our experience of exclusion.. we cannot talk to you in our language because you don’t understand it.. – lugones & spellman 1983

begs idio jargon ness.. sharon‘s translating all the voices

needs to say things that are understandable.. not really expressing what you wanted to say in the first place

beyond words

45 min – who gets to tell the story.. and who gets to decide when the story starts

46 min – how do you develop algo’s … that don’t reproduce dominant content..that can surface under-represented voices and knowledge

hosting-life-bits via self-talk as data

50 min – inclusion is a construction project.. must be engineered – sherri spelic

on including people.. but in our own space.. where we have the structure/power.. design with not for..

rev of everyday life.. a nother way


Aaron Davis (@mrkrndvs) tweeted at 4:56 AM – 22 May 2017 :

“Whose opinion are we seeking when we mention consensus?” @Bali_Maha (

public consensus always oppresses someone


find/follow Maha:

link twitter

Assoc Prof prac . Part of ++++ Was . Writaholic/Learnaholic


@andrewmid @NomadWarMachine @dogtrax @KateMfD I also like notion of affinity spaces as they focus on the space (w possibly shifting human actors) #Digciz

Original Tweet:

facil curiosity rather than agenda izing space/people ie: hlb that io dance


equity unbound


Sally Parsley (@sallyeparsley) tweeted at 5:39 AM on Thu, Nov 01, 2018:
Whose voices get heard? By whom? Where? Thought-provoking blog from @Bali_Maha for those of us working in global knowledge sharing/education – The Privilege to Choose Global Perspectives via @nuzzel

I am heard because I play the game.

imagining a world where every voice is heard.. everyday.. that’s our data.. sans hoop jumping

today we have the means for that ie: tech as it could be..


braindate ness