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The Digital Mystique Turns One

This week marks the first birthday of my book, The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life -- Online and Off. The past year has been quite a ride, and as with any new author, I've learned a LOT. The landscape for books keeps changing, and when I first jumped on this merry-go-round, I knew I was in for a wobbly ride. I made a commitment to the long haul as an author, not just to a one-hit wonder. I think that's the right strategy. … More »

Talking About Raising the Next Generation of Digital Citizens

This week, I'll be joining my friend and colleague, Veronica Arreola, in a discussion at the 2015 BlogHer conference in New York, #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us. Veronica's built her career around studying diversity in STEM. I've built mine around the intersections between digital media and society, having grown up online before most people knew what the Internet was. I'm also looking forward to meeting Kelly Wallace of CNN who will be moderating. We're all parents and we'll be discussing the … More »

What I Did This Spring: TechCamp

I first visited the quaint Eastern European city of Riga, Latvia in the summer of 1989. Nestled between the Baltic Sea, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and Estonia, Latvia represented the second stop in our People to People delegation of Kansas high school students touring the USSR. After a grim few days in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) where we were harassed by black marketeers and giant hotel cockroaches, our group languished in the friendlier atmosphere of Riga, with its intimate parks, basement … More »

ACM: Shifting Culture through Technology Research & Policy

When I worked as a systems and network administrator (translation: IT wrangler) back in the nineties, I learned an important lesson that the people in tech only get noticed when things break. If they work well, everyone's happy. If they don't work well, suddenly you're in demand. Technology is a tool and it's neutral. We use it to help us in our lives and our work. Startups gain notoriety because they might solve problems and make things more interesting for a while, but the technologists rarely … More »

For Today’s Books, it’s an Expedition, Not a Tour

As I embarked on another trip since the launch of my book six months ago, I ran into friends and was asked the question, yet again, "how's the book tour going?" For some reason, this confounds me because I don't feel like it's a tour. I think of tours as detailed itineraries with a tight schedule, traveling Europe, hitting twelve cities in a week. For most authors, that notion is old-fashioned. Yes, many still launch books and do targeted events. No, it's not generally a tightly scheduled tour … More »