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Curiosity Experiment No. 27: Step by Step

I wrote a blog post this week that seems to have resonated with a lot of people; it’s about online communities, and more specifically, what I can do to build the Internet I want to experience. It emerged from a recognition that while I try to be conscious in my off-line consumption habits – for […]

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The Invisible Campfire of Online Communities

Campfire: photo by Dawn on Flickr

When was the last time you felt a deep sense of connection with someone else online? Maybe it was today – reading a blog post that articulated something you’ve been trying to express for ages, or seeing a friend’s face light up over Skype, or witnessing something beautiful and human captured on video. And maybe […]

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What Vulnerable Truths Are You Ready to Tell?

Curiosity Experiment No. 23: Truth Telling

This week, I was inspired and moved by some healthy truth-telling on the internet. From Google finally releasing its (not-so-great) diversity data (which it’s been refusing to share despite years of requests from journalists), to flagship online publication A List Apart taking a public stand in support of diversity, to the astonishing outpouring of women’s stories via the Twitter hashtag #YesAllWomen, it has been […]

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Four Fabulous (and Realistic) Female Characters for HBO’s Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley title card

My latest piece for Quartz is a light-hearted commentary on HBO’s Silicon Valley series that debuted a couple of weeks back. I argue that the show, which features just one speaking role for a woman in the series premiere, has actually made Silicon Valley (the non-italicized one) look even more sexist than it is in real life… […]

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It’s Different for Leaders: Lessons from Mozilla’s CEO Appointment

Photo by Tom Gill

Mozilla appointed a new CEO, Brendan Eich, last week, and a lot of good people are feeling troubled by it. They’re wrestling with wildly conflicted feelings and convictions. They’re doing the hard work of trying to reconcile their deeply-held respect for diversity and freedom with itself, as freedoms of belief and expression hit painfully up […]

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Curiosity Experiment: Can Technology Make You More Mindful?

Curiosity Experiment No. 14: Embodied Computing

Here’s your weekly curiosity experiment: In my latest blog post, I propose some remedies for the common complaint that “technology” (i.e. screen-based devices and the internet) is inherently distracting, overwhelming, and/or draining. One simple thing I’ve been playing with is embodied computing: that is, checking in regularly with how my body feels while I’m performing tasks on my […]

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What’s the “Tox” in a Digital Detox?

Juice detox

When Rohan Gunatillake and I hosted our conversation at South by Southwest last weekend, the question we opened with was this: When we refer to a digital sabbatical as a “digital detox,” it suggests that technology itself is a toxin. Is that true? And if not, what’s the “tox” we’re trying to remove from our systems? As […]

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Beyond Unplugging: How to Stay Sane Online

Beyond Unplugging: How to Stay Sane Online (my SXSW session)

For the hyper-connected among us, 2013 may well have been the year of the digital sabbatical. Many a media story hyped the benefits of multi-day technology cleanses, where analog, “real-life” experiences were touted as carrying the healing properties of a lemon-juice-and-cayenne shot, and our plugged-in, screen-addled culture was soundly critiqued. While I’m a strong advocate […]

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Curiosity Experiment: On Priority Setting, and Recovering From Distractions.

Curiosity Experiment No. 4: Focus

Here’s your weekly curiosity experiment: I recently downloaded an extension for the Chrome web browser (called Momentum) that replaces the default “new tab” screen with a beautiful photo and a reminder of your #1 priority for the day. It’s a great tool for me, because it gives me a gentle nudge each time I open a […]

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Getting Real About the Gender Ratio in Tech: What the Numbers Reveal

Photo of a woman's hands typing on a keyboard

I have a new piece in Quartz today, on Tracy Chou’s excellent Women in Software Engineering project. In just two weeks, she’s collected data on gender diversity in 84 companies’ engineering teams. It’s growing daily, with contributions from company employees doing head counts as well as volunteers combing companies’ websites for info. Why, you might […]

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